Scott County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Georgetown, Kentucky

Established 1983

Genealogy Research in Scott County, Kentucky

The Court House

The present Court House was built about 1877. It houses the County Clerk, County Judge and the PVA offices, and a Human Resources office.

The County Clerk's office is running out of space to store current records. Old records are now on different floors making research and copying records inconvenient.

The Court House burned in 1833 and again in 1837 destroying all marriage records, most wills, deeds and all loose papers. What was saved was copied just as it was, sometimes with many blank areas on a page. Some sources say that all records before 1837 were destroyed but some early deeds, wills and the Court Order Books survived. The Court Order Books will sometimes reference a will to be recorded but the will was destroyed in the fire. The contents of the will are not listed, but the date it is ordered or recorded is there. A few wills and deeds were returned several years later and re-recorded.

Scott County does not have surname indexes. Deed books are cross indexed but the index up to 1837 is by last name only. Records are indexed by the book, first letter of the last name and page number order. (Example: All last names starting with an A in book B are indexed together in order of page number.)

The County Clerk's office does not have the staff or time to do genealogy lookups. There is a volunteer genealogist who comes in every 2-3 weeks and answers any genealogy inquiries.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

Address mail to:

Scott County Clerk
Scott County Court House
101 East Main Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

The Justice Building

The Justice Building houses the County Court, The Circuit Clerk's office, and the jail. The clerk’s office has index books for lawsuits filed in the court system from 1792, but all case papers have been sent to the Kentucky State Archives. Some books and years are missing due to the Court House fires of 1833 and 1837. The early books have been microfilmed and are available at the Scott County Public Library, The State Archives, and the Kentucky Historical Society. The Circuit Clerk's office does not do lookups for genealogy requests.

Scott County Public Library

Materials available in the Kentucky Room at the Scott County Public library include all material published about Scott County as well as some resources from other states.

Microfilm holdings include early County Clerk and Circuit Court records, tax lists, Georgetown newspapers from 1867, Georgetown Cemetery Records, and Scott County census records.

There is a vertical file containing funeral notices, Bible records, and family files. Please note that the library does not have the staff or time to do genealogy lookups.

The Scott County Genealogical Society provides a genealogist on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month (except December), 1:00-4:00 p.m., at the Library to help with research and to answer questions about local resources.

Library hours are:

1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Address mail to:

Scott County Public Library
104 South Bradford Lane
Georgetown, KY 40324