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Due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to visit the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Accordingly, we cannot accommodate records requests until further notice. We currently have a limited number of records digitized on our website, be sure to check those links first. Please note that you may experience long delays for Kentucky Vital Statistics Records as well. For the most current information click here: UPDATES

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We now have a guide to help you obtain historical medical/health records. Please click this link or click the “Records” link within our website.


Effective July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 we will be unable to process any requests for historical health/medical records due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is out of our control. We will reassess the current situation by August 1, 2020. Updates will be provided regularly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Searching for Historical Records?

We now have a guide to help you obtain historical medical/health records. Please click this link or click the “Records” link within our website.

We have a limited number of historical records available. The majority of these have been transcribed and posted in the appropriate links on this website. If you would like physical copies of records, we can guide you on the process of obtaining those records. Please remember that not all records are available. KHI has no control over the availability of records.

As of 2019, we will not have access to death records after the year 1960. That means if the patient or inmate died in one of Kentucky’s state hospitals or institutions AFTER 1960, we will not be able to access any vital statistics. The good news is that we can provide you with information on how to obtain these records from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This is contingent upon record availability which we have no control over.

CSH, Northern Kentucky Archivist:

Jay Gravatte

ESH, WSH, and KSH Archivist:

Phil Tkacz

Advocacy and FSH&S Historical Researcher:

Robin Rider-Osborne

Website Administrator, Historical Medical Researcher:

Shawn Logan