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An open meetings and records law was passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1974. The Kentucky Open Records Act is a series of laws that guarantees access to public records of government bodies, with the Kentucky Open Meetings Act legislating the methods by which public meetings are conducted. All public records must be open for inspection unless the records are exempted by one or more of the twelve exemptions found in the Act which include public records that are prohibited from disclosure by State or Federal law. There are 120 counties in Kentucky but also has 39 independent cities that are not part of any county and deal directly with the state government, giving that state 134 county level administrative units. that act as a smaller local government of the state. The state of Kentucky recognizes 419 cities which are divided into six classes based on their population. The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts provides criminal history reports including felonies since 1978, misdemeanors and traffic cases from five years of more. Discover a myriad of Kentucky public records online. Gather interesting facts, figures and statistics about the people and history of Kentucky. Link to the county sites to find information on the how their governing bodies operate and services they offer. You may also research a wealth of information on individual cities and community resources and attractions within the state. Investigate the possibilities of doing business in Kentucky by learning about the state's business laws. Get access to birth and death records from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Link to the Kentucky State Police site for criminal records and other criminal reports. Find out how affordable it is to live in Kentucky by acquiring data on the housing and real estate markets. Read about up to date current events and news headlines for Kentucky. This site is updated regularly for the best and most current services.

Kentucky Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Kentucky Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About Kentucky

  • Q: How do I find out the reason for jail time for a person in the 1920s or 1930s?
    By Evelyn
    Mar 05, 2018
    Reply:

    I had the name of the jail, so I called them directly. They put me through to a very nice older gentleman. I first told me it may take some time to find the information, but they kept all records since the prison opened. He called me back in a couple minutes to get my email. He copied the information and emailed it. So much easier than I expected.

    By anonymous
    Jul 15, 2018

  • Q: Where do I find information on free public court records
    By Angie
    Jan 10, 2016
    Reply:

    Your county circuit court clerk should be able to provide you requested information

    By Beth
    Jan 30, 2016

    Reply:

    If you're looking for bankruptcy or state level court cases, check the court search above under Kentucky Free Court Records Search. Records are generally from individual agencies and can appear anywhere online once published. The state of Kentucky's courts webpage also allows an open search of their cases, but will give you case numbers and party information. You can also see where the case is since it is a statewide search.

    By adm
    Apr 29, 2016

    Reply:

    Can I find out someone else pretrial release conditions? charges are still pending

    By me
    Oct 18, 2016

  • Q: Looking for a revocable trust settlement
    By Rebecca
    Apr 29, 2016
    Reply:

    My mother passed in April of 2015, looking for her revocable will settlement results. -my sister will not let me see the will. I am the oldest daughter of my mom.Paula said the estate has been settled.

    By Rebecca
    Apr 29, 2016

    Reply:

    If the will was probated, filed at the courthouse, the court records/files are public. Trusts are not public, nor is the will while the person is still alive, generally, I'm not sure if there are any exceptions to it. When the person makes changes to their trust, such as transfer/name assets in it, they should send a copy or notify of the updates.

    By anonymous
    Jul 18, 2016

  • Q: How can you find out for free online about if someone has a warrant issued
    By Frank
    Jun 06, 2016
    Reply:

    Yes, you can, do you know where is the warrant out of? Which court? or area/city/county

    By a1
    Jun 07, 2016

    Reply:

    It would be Madison county and Taylor county ky

    By Frank
    Jun 08, 2016

    Reply:

    You can start by checking individual city warrant lists in the counties. Richmond has a warrants list online open to anyone to check. There are other factors, is it a municipal/traffic warrant as so many are. You can see what is available by looking into each city and county's courts and law enforcement webstie. There's also a free warrant search from the Kentucky state police. There are contact numbers to the county/city clerk's offices through their sites where you will find how to check for warrants also, some have it online and other do not asking for the public to call in.

    By a1
    Jun 08, 2016

    Reply:

    Thank you so much I truly appreciate your help and time

    By anonymous
    Jun 09, 2016

  • Q: How do u find out if someone is driving on suspended license
    By anonymous
    Mar 18, 2016
    Reply:

    You can check a driver's 3 year history records from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website. The five year search is not public, however, a three year is public record and can be requested by the general public online. There's a small fee (3 bucks), but you will be able to see driving restrictions, status, license expiration and traffic violations. Personal information (gender, age, date of birth and SSN) and accident information are not included as in the 5 year non public record contains. Hope that helps!

    By admn1
    Jun 07, 2016

  • Q: How can I find when my mother and Dad were married? They are deceased.
    By Barb
    Jan 02, 2016
    Reply:

    Marriage records of the deceased, specially more than fifty years old have been archived by many record keepers (county clerks etc...). If you know where the marriage happened, you can look up the clerk for that area to see how far they go. You may run into a fee, either online or on site, depends on where you need to get it from.

    By admn1
    Apr 22, 2016

  • Q: I let my brother move in to my house. A year later he told me he could not insure. The house unless his name was added. As a temp.situation I added his name. I moved back to find all my property gone and he fild a civil suit to try and make me sale the huuse. I have been trying to fight this on my own. It is set for trial now but I need some help with this matter.
    By Bobby
    Jan 16, 2016
    Reply:

    If there is a specific type of record you are looking for that will helpful, you can search this self help directory, which is the purpose of the content. You can search for free records, or pay a private services to do it for you. Take a look at the information that is available for free first. Ask for what you need specifically in posts, just laying out a series of events will not be helpful. This site is advantageous when you're looking for public records and their sources, either free or with fees.

    By terr123
    Jan 18, 2016

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Kentucky Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Christian Poole
    Christian Poole, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/26/2018. Missing From Owensboro, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Daviess County Sheriff's Office (kentucky) 1-270-685-8444.
    September 17, 2018
  • Missing: Brandy Gaylor
    Brandy Gaylor, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/15/2018. Missing From Middlesboro, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bell County Sherriff's Office (kentucky) 1-606-337-6174.
    September 12, 2018
  • Missing: Daniel Jett
    Daniel Jett, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/23/2018. Missing From Taylorsville, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kentucky State Police 1-502-227-2221.
    August 20, 2018
  • Missing: Fatuma Hassan
    Fatuma Hassan, Age Now: 15, Missing: 07/03/2018. Missing From Louisville, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (kentucky) 1-502-572-3480.
    August 10, 2018
  • Missing: Katie Sumner
    Katie Sumner, Age Now: 17, Missing: 06/26/2018. Missing From Franklin, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Franklin Police Department (kentucky) 1-270-586-8824.
    August 07, 2018
  • Missing: Cory Lair
    Cory Lair, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/29/2018. Missing From Morehead, Ky. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Rowan County Sheriff's Department (kentucky) 1-606-784-5446.
    August 06, 2018

Kentucky Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Kaytlyn Norden • Louisville, Kentucky • 23 Years Old
    January 07, 2018
  • Missing Person • Fred Paar • Ghent, Kentucky • 48 Years Old
    September 23, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • Fred Paar • Ghent, Kentucky • 48 Years Old
    September 23, 2017
  • Missing Person • Tiffaney Andrus And Sean Barker • Lexington, Kentucky • 27 Years Old And 7 M
    September 10, 2017
  • Missing Person • Joshua Dawayne Patrick Dooley • London, Kentucky • 30 Years Old
    April 07, 2017

Kentucky Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/19/2018)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    9,340
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    160
  • Rape:
    1,440
  • Robbery:
    3,336
  • Aggravated Assault:
    4,404
  • Total Property Crime:
    99,166
  • Burglary:
    23,244
  • Larceny Theft:
    69,604
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    6,318

Kentucky Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    4,339,367
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    4,042,288
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    7%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    297,598
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    4,041,769
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    288,022
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    1,014,323
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    570,336
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    3,809,537
  • State's black resident population
    337,520
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    10,120
  • State's Asian resident population
    48,930
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    2,501
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    75,208
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    132,836
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    3,745,655
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    88%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    86%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in Kentucky
  • Births
    59,368
  • Deaths
    40,090
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    397
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    84%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of Kentucky Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    3%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    4%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    80%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    20%
  • Total number of Veterans
    334,465
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in Kentucky
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    1,934,973
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    183,855
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    11%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    70%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $113,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    1,674,738
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Kentucky Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $22,284
  • 2009 statewide income of median households in Kentucky
    $40,061
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    18%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $130,581
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $30,824
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    2,080,409
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    217,537
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    11%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    2,438,265
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    106,242
  • People employed by the government
    364,196
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    98,436,649
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    40,372
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    92,587
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    270,572
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    6,300,866
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Kentucky
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    337,627
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    26%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    119,105,421
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    74,680,759
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    50,405,925
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    11,843
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Kentucky territory
  • 2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units
    7,398
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    923,485
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    13,993,121
  • Size in square miles of land
    39,728
  • Population per square mile
    109
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