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Perry County was formed in 1821 from a portion of Clay and Floyd Counties. It is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 700 to 2520 feet above sea level. In 1990 the county population was 30,283 in a land area of 342 square miles, an average of 88.5 people per square mile. The county and county seat are named for Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero in the War of 1812.

Hazard, the county seat of Perry county, in southeastern Kentucky is located on the North Fork of the Kentucky River in the Cumberland foothills just east of the Daniel Boone National Forest (Redbird Purchase Unit) and about 115 miles southeast of Lexington. Growth of the town was slowed by the long blood feud between the French and Eversole families; the worst gun battle occurred in Hazard in (1888) when 12 men were killed. The arrival of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1912 boosted development of local resources (coal, oil, gas, timber). Hazard annexed the adjacent community of Lothair in 1965. Hazard Community College opened in 1968. Hazard, Kentucky was incorporated as a town in 1832; and into a city in 1884.

Our Neighbors: Bell ~ Clay ~ Harlan ~ Knox ~ Leslie ~ Letcher

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  • Perry County Library  Perry County Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc.  (Disbanded about 2000. All their records will now be found at the Perry Co. Public Library.)

  • Perry County Clerk Marriages and Land records from 1821. Probate Records from 1901.

  • Perry County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses. Some records were lost in courthouse disaster in 1885 and in 1911.

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