Bell County, Kentucky

The county seat of Bell County, Kentucky is Pineville. The county was formed in 1867, from parts of Knox and Harlan counties. It was augmented from Knox County in 1872.


Bell County Circuit Court Clerk
P.O. Box 307
Pineville, KY 40977
(606) 337-2942 – Office
(606) 337-8850 – Fax

Circuit Court has jurisdiction over divorce proceedings, wills, trusts, estate matters, property disputes, adoption proceedings, marriage licenses and land records.

Bell County Clerk

​PO Box 157

Pineville, KY 40977

(606) 337-6143- Office

(606) 337-5415 – Fax

Recordings of deeds, mortgages, liens and marriage licenses.

Bell County Courthouse
Courthouse Square, Floor 1
PO Box 156
Pineville, KY 40977
Phone: 606-337-6143[3]
Bell County Website

This is the place to find court, probate and land records. Court and land records begin from 1867. Probate records begin from 1869.

Religious Organizations

The Kentucky Hometown Locator lists 38 churches.


Bell County Public Library

Pineville Branch
PO Box 1490
214 Walnut Street
Pineville, KY 40977
Phone 606-337-3422
Fax 606-337-9862

Middlesboro Branch
PO Box 1677
126 S. 20th Street
Middlesboro, KY 40965
Phone 606-248-4812
Fax 606-248-8766

The library has some oral histories posted on its website. Be sure to read up on Pineville history while on the website.


Bell County Historical Society & Museum
207 North 20th Street
Middlesboro, KY 40965

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1344
Middlesboro, KY 40965


The major emphasis of the Bell County Historical Society is the collection and preservation of  historical documents, photographs, and artifacts of the Cumberland Gap area including the adjacent counties of Harlan and Knox Counties from which Bell County was formed on February 5, 1867. 

Books of Interest:

Reports Of Civil And Criminal Cases Decided By The Court Of Appeals Of Kentucky, 1785-1951; Volume 41

COALFIELD JEWS: An Appalachian History

Bell County (KY) (Images of America)

Bell County, Kentucky

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