Originally part of the Everton Online Library, this index covers more than 2.6 million deaths in Kentucky recorded from 1900 to 1999. The index provides the name of the deceased, birth date, age, death date, place of death, residence, race and certificate number. State-wide death records were not required until 1911, but the following cities had death records prior to the state-wide registration date: Louisville (1866), Lexington (1898), Covington (1880), and Newport (1880).
Death certificates represent one of the key primary sources for family information, typically being issued within days of a death and having many details about a persons' life. Frequently, they contain age, birthplace, parents' names and birthplaces and the cause of death.