won’t search forever, of course. I try to search at least 3 issues on and after
the date of death. The search time for an obituary before 1940 averages about
30 minutes, while after 1940 about 15 minutes. If nothing is located in that
amount of time, I might have to stop searching, depending on my schedule. I can
let you know what issues of what newspapers I did search, allowing you to plan
additional searching at a later time. Some obituaries are printed many days or
weeks after a death.
Kentucky Death Certificate Photocopies from Microfilm
I frequently visit the Daviess Co.
Library, where copies of Ky. death certificates 1911-1956 on microfilm are
shelved. I make photocopies for $1.00 each, prepaid, which
includes postage. (For a quicker response you can include a self-addressed
fully completed death certificate includes name, address, spouse, birth and
death dates and places, burial place, undertaker, race, cause of death, parents
and their state of birth, occupation, physician's name, and informant's name.
The amount of information included, and its accuracy depends on the knowledge
of the informant. Most are fully completed, and of course, virtually all
include the date and cause of death.
most useful online index to the death records is available at
RootsWeb. Information needed to request death certificates is also available at
Vital Records Index maintained by the Univ. of Ky.
submitting a search for a great-grandmother's death certificate, I receive the
following report. This is what you need to print and send with your request for
Last Name First Name
MI Age Death
Residence Death Date Volume
Certificate Death Volume
050 24549 1934
an image of the death certificate.
must send all the information from the index for me to find the certificates on
will usually have your copies in the mail within one week. Please send payment
in advance. I accept checks or money orders. (I no longer accept funds through
PayPal. Sorry.) Please do not send cash.
THE CERTIFICATES YOU REQUEST ARE DATED NO LATER THAN 1956!
dated after 1956 can be requested from the Kentucky
Office of Vital Statistics.
I can handle
requests for any number of copies. My address is:
Chester Ward, Jr.
821 Glenn Ct.
Owensboro, KY 42303-0520
Libraries and Courthouse Research
often visit the Kentucky Room of the Daviess Co. Library, and the library of
West-Central Ky. Family Research Assoc. I visit the Kentucky Dept. of Libraries
and Archives in Frankfort, Ky., about once a month. I am in Louisville about as
often, at the Filson Historical Society, the SAR library, or the Jefferson Co.
hourly fee for work in Owensboro is $12 per hour. For work away from here, I
add to my hourly fee according the distance involved. For example, my hourly
fee for Louisville, Frankfort or Lexington research is $25. My hourly fee for
work in Evansville, Ind., is $15. Just email if you have a specific question
about my fees.
requesting my help, try to organize all the material you’ve collected regarding
the research question. Otherwise, I can’t be faulted if I search the same
records you’ve already covered. Send your notes to me, clearly indicating the
information you want. Please send a check or money order for $15. I will
evaluate your problem and write or email a response. If your problem can be
solved in one hour, then $15 will probably cover all your costs.
can’t promise I will find answers to your questions, but I will certainly try.
You will receive a complete list of the materials I cover while researching
I can furnish many work references on
Email me at mailto:email@example.com