Military Records and Research Branch (MRRB)
MRRB is the archive of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs. They maintain a collection of discharge documents for more than 300,000 Kentucky veterans who served in conflicts ranging from WWI to Desert Storm. They also archive a collection of records of persons who served in Kentucky militia and National Guard units. Materials held by MRRB include more than 75,000 files on former members of the Kentucky Army and Air Guard, and a research library of 1,000 volumes. Their website includes a link (www.state.ky.us/agencies/military/mrrb.html) for e-mailing questions to MRRB.
Office of Vital Statistics
The Office of Vital Statistics maintains birth and death records (1911-present) marriage and divorce records (June 1958-present). The Office cannot provide free information from a certificate, search for a certificate without a completed application form and applicable fee, or otherwise conduct a genealogical search of any sort using vital records. For records prior to the dates listed above, contact the applicable county courthouse or the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives to see if records were kept.
Genealogists with black Kentucky ancestors should therefore plan to research the property records of slaveholders. Records such as deed books, wills, estate inventories, and estate settlements may prove of interest. Some counties maintained lists of slaves imported into the county.
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