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Owen County, Kentucky
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Founded February 6, 1819
County Seat Owenton
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Quick Dates

Owen County's civil records start the following years:

Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852   1852      

 *Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

County Courthouse

Owen County Courthouse, Owenton, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.


Parent County

1819--Owen County was created 6 February 1819 from Scott, Franklin and Gallatin Counties.
County seat: Owenton [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


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


African American Research

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



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


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.




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]
  • Owen County Historical Society. Owen County, Kentucky History and Families. Morley, Mo.: Acclaim Press, 2009. FHL Book 976.9393 H2o
  • [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


Local Histories








Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

  • Owen County Public Library

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

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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