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Founded February 6, 1819
County Seat Owenton
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Owen County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Owen County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1819 1852 1820 1819 1820
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Owen County Courthouse, Owenton, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
 

Owen County Courthouse
Madison & Seminary Street
PO Box 338;
Owenton, KY 40359
Phone: 502.484.2213[1]

Owen County Kentucky History

Parent County

1819--Owen County was created 6 February 1819 from Scott, Franklin and Gallatin Counties.
County seat: Owenton [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Owen County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Beechwood Hallam Natlee Rockdale
Bradleyville (hist.) Harmony Needmore Squiresville
Breck Hensley Ford New Sweet Owen
Bromley Hesler New Columbus Tacketts Mill
Canby Holiday Ford New Liberty Teresita
Cull Long Ridge Owenton Truesville (hist.)
Eagle Hill Monterey Perry Park Wheatley
Fairbanks Mountain Island Pleasant Home
Gratz Moxley Poplar Grove

Neighboring Counties

Owen County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:

Biographies

Cemeteries

Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1820 2,031
1830 5,786 184.9%
1840 8,232 42.3%
1850 10,444 26.9%
1860 12,719 21.8%
1870 14,309 12.5%
1880 17,401 21.6%
1890 17,676 1.6%
1900 17,553 −0.7%
1910 14,248 −18.8%
1920 12,554 −11.9%
1930 10,710 −14.7%
1940 10,942 2.2%
1950 9,755 −10.8%
1960 8,237 −15.6%
1970 7,470 −9.3%
1980 8,924 19.5%
1990 9,035 1.2%
2000 10,547 16.7%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Owen County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.

Court

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
General
  • Owen County Historical Society. Owen County, Kentucky History and Families. Morley, Mo.: Acclaim Press, 2009. FHL Book 976.9393 H2o
Bibliography
  • [Adams] Miller, Lynne D. Owen County, Kentucky Families. Lincolnton, N.C.: L.D. Miller, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 Ad13m
  • [Cobb] Morgan, Edgar L. and Mariam S. Houchens. The Cobbs of Owen County, Kentucky. Louisville, Ky.: E.L. Morgan & M.S. Houchens, 1961. FHL Book 929.273 C633m
  • [Glass] McMurtry, Zelma Garrison McCord. William Glass of Virginia and Kentucky and His Descendants of Scott and Owen Counties, Kentucky. Lexington, Ky.: n.p., 1975. FHL Film 1598394 Item 2
  • [Hammon] Hammon, Stratton Owen. The Saga of John Hammon, Revolutionary War Hero and Owen County, Kentucky Pioneer. Louisville, Ky.: The Pilgrim Press, 1979. FHL Book 921.73 H184h
  • [Shipp] Sanders, Walter R. The Shipp Genealogy from Essex, Caroline, Fa[u]quier Counties, Virginia, to Green, Taylor, Woodford, Jefferson, Fayette, Christian, Bourbon, Scott, Owen, Counties, Kentucky, and Johnson Counties, Indiana. Typescript. Microfilmed 1971. FHL Book 929.273 Sh64s; FHL Film 875372 Item 5

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kentucky Land and Property for additional information about early Kentucky land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Owen County, Kentucky. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Kentucky Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Owen County, Kentucky served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Owen County, Kentucky:

- 1st Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Company B.
- Fields' Company, Kentucky Partisan Rangers (Confederate), Company B.
- 3rd Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles (Confederate), Company E.
- Jenkins' Company, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate), Company A.

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Owen County, Kentucky newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Owen County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Owen County, Kentucky Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Taxation

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Owen County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Owen County, Kentucky Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records. See also How to order Kentucky Vital Records


Birth
  • 1852-1860 - Owen County Birth Index 1852-1860. Batch C517851 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874 - Owen County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517852 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Owen County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517853 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
  • 1852-1859 - Owen County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517851 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
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Owen County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

118 North Main Street
Owenton, KY 40359
Phone: (502) 484-3450

Owen County Historical Society
P.O. Box 84
Owenton, KY 40359
Phone: (502) 484-3450

Family History Centers

Owen County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Owen County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Owen County, Kentucky page 274, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.


 

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