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Founded March 15, 1856
County Seat Morehead
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Rowan County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Rowan County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1856
1856
1856
1860
1866
1853
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Rowan County Courthouse
627 E Main Street
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606.784.5212[1]

Rowan County Kentucky History

Parent County

1856--Rowan County was created 15 March 1856 from Fleming and Morgan Counties.
County seat: Morehead [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

1864--A disaster destroyed most of the records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses


Rowan County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Bangor Cranston Hilda Ramey
Bluestone Elliottville Lakeview Heights Rodburn
Brady Farmers Lick Fork Sharkey
Christy Gates Minor Smile
Clearfield Haldeman Morehead Triplett
Cogswell Hamim Paragon Waltz
Craney Hays Crossing

Neighboring Counties

Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

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

Biographies, Family Histories/Trees, GEDCOM files etc

[*KY Biographies ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 2,282
1870 2,991 31.1%
1880 4,420 47.8%
1890 6,129 38.7%
1900 8,277 35.0%
1910 9,438 14.0%
1920 9,467 0.3%
1930 10,893 15.1%
1940 12,734 16.9%
1950 12,708 −0.2%
1960 12,808 0.8%
1970 17,010 32.8%
1980 19,049 12.0%
1990 20,353 6.8%
2000 22,094 8.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Rowan 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.

Linkpendium Census Records & Indexes- Rowan County Kentucky
Rowan County Census Records
Rowan County Genealogy Trails-1870 Census Index

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

History

Local histories are available for Rowan 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.

Rowan County Kentucky History Records
The Alexander Stewart Family of Rowan County Kentucky
Wikipedia-Rowan County, Kentucky 

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.

Maps


Military

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate Records

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 Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Rowan 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
  • 1856-1861 - Rowan County Birth Index 1856-1861. Batch C517931 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1875 - Rowan County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517932 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875-1876 - Rowan County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch C517933 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
  • 1856-1859 - Rowan County Marriage Index 1856-1859. Batch M517931 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Rowan County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517934 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Rowan County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517935 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
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Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rowan County, Kentucky page 275, 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 3.4 3.5 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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