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{{stub}}&nbsp;''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] &gt; [[Kentucky|Kentucky]]&nbsp;&gt; Rowan County'' <br>
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''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Kentucky]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Rowan_County,_Kentucky|Rowan County]]''  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Rowan County Kentucky genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
[[Image:Rowan_County_Kentucky_Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Rowan County Courthouse, Morehead, Ky.]]
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{{KYDC}}
  
== History  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Rowan County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption KYGenWeb
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| custom_text = <center>and its representatives<br>'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyrowan/ Rowan Co. KYGenWeb]'''</center>
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| county_map = Ky-rowan.png
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| state = Kentucky
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| state_map = Kentucky.png
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| founded year = 1856
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| founded date = March 15
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| seat wl = Morehead
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}}
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== Rowan County Kentucky Courthouse  ==
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for {{PAGENAME}} Government Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Birth]]*'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Death]]*'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Land|'''Deeds''']]</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Probate|Wills]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1856</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1856</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1856</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1860</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1866</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1853</center>
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| width="100%" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''*'''Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing</center>
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[http://rowancountyclerk.com/ Rowan County Courthouse] <br>627 E Main Street<br>Morehead, KY 40351<br>Phone: 606.784.5212<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rowan County, Kentucky page 275, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== Rowan County Kentucky History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1856--'''Rowan County was created 15 March 1856&nbsp;from [[Fleming County, Kentucky|Fleming]] and [[Morgan County, Kentucky|Morgan ]]Counties.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat:&nbsp;'''Morehead <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1856--'''Rowan County was created 15 March 1856&nbsp;from [[Fleming County, Kentucky|Fleming]] and [[Morgan County, Kentucky|Morgan ]]Counties.<br>'''County seat:&nbsp;'''Morehead <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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'''1864--'''A disaster destroyed most of the records.  
 
'''1864--'''A disaster destroyed most of the records.  
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Rowan County Kentucky Places/Localities  ==
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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| Bangor  
 
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| Bluestone  
 
| Bluestone  
| Elliottville  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliotville,_Kentucky Elliottville]
| Lakeview Heights  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakeview_Heights,_Kentucky Lakeview Heights]
 
| Rodburn
 
| Rodburn
 
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| Farmers  
 
| Farmers  
 
| Lick Fork  
 
| Lick Fork  
| Sharkey
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharkey,_Kentucky Sharkey]
 
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| Clearfield  
 
| Clearfield  
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195606&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C+Rowan%2C+Haldeman&columns=*,0,0 Haldeman]
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| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195607&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C+Rowan%2C+Morehead&columns=*,0,0 Morehead]
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| Craney  
 
| Craney  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Morgan County, Kentucky|Morgan]]
 
*[[Morgan County, Kentucky|Morgan]]
  
== Resources  ==
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== Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Resources  ==
  
==== Biographies, Family Histories/Trees, GEDCOM files etc  ====
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[[Image:Kyrowan.png|thumb|right|400px]]
  
[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/family-pages.html Rowan County Family Pages]<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/family/pettit/FG_TOC.htm Relatives of Truby Petitt &amp; Florence Hall of Rowan County, Kentucky] <br>[http://gedcomindex.com/Towns/usky1104.html Sorted by Name, Rowan County, Kentucky]
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==== African American Research  ====
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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The following have information concerning African American research.&nbsp; Both should be used:
Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through [http://www.raogk.org/kentucky.htm Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] may&nbsp;take photographs of headstones found in&nbsp;county cemeteries.
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*Kentucky Historical Society&nbsp;[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp Cemetery Search]&nbsp;can be searched by name, place and/or date.&nbsp; This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky.&nbsp; <br>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ The KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900
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*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*&nbsp;[[Kentucky Minorities|Kentucky Minorities]] has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.&nbsp;
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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==== Biographies, Family Histories/Trees, GEDCOM files etc  ====
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1066 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Marion County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,
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[*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/kybiog/ KY Biographies] ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project
  
*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net
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*http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/family-pages.html Rowan County Family Pages]<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/family/pettit/FG_TOC.htm Relatives of Truby Petitt &amp; Florence Hall of Rowan County, Kentucky] <br>*[http://gedcomindex.com/Towns/usky1104.html Sorted by Name, Rowan County, Kentucky]
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/marion.html Marion Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=436871&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C++Marion++%2D++Cemeteries&columns=*,180,0 some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Marion County].&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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==== Cemeteries ====
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4152&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=18&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Marion County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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{{RAOGKcemetery}}Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/kentucky/rowan_county_cemeteries.htm Access Genealogy-Rowan County Kentucky Cemeteries]<br>[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/cemeteries.htm KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Cemetery Records]<br>[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/cem/ Linkpendium-Rowan Co., Cemteries]<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/cemetery/cem-list.html Rowan County Cemeteries]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/rowan.html Rowan Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/KY/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
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*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project
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*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1091 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Rowan County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4275&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=29&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Rowan County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/kentucky/rowan_county_cemeteries.htm Access Genealogy-Rowan County Kentucky Cemeteries]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/cemeteries.htm KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Cemetery Records]  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/cem/ Linkpendium-Rowan Co., Cemeteries]  
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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/cemetery/cem-list.html Rowan County Cemeteries]
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en "American FactFinder".] United States Census Bureau.
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|1860 |2282
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|1870 |2991
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|1880 |4420
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|1890 |6129
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|1900 |8277
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|1910 |9438
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|1920 |9467
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|1930 |10893
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|1940 |12734
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|1950 |12708
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|1960 |12808
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|1970 |17010
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|1980 |19049
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|1990 |20353
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|2000 |22094
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}}
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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|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.
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See [[Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.
  
 
[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/cen/ Linkpendium Census Records &amp; Indexes- Rowan County Kentucky]<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/census/census_main.html Rowan County Census Records]<br>[http://genealogytrails.com/ken/rowan/1870mortality.html Rowan County Genealogy Trails-1870 Census Index]  
 
[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/cen/ Linkpendium Census Records &amp; Indexes- Rowan County Kentucky]<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/census/census_main.html Rowan County Census Records]<br>[http://genealogytrails.com/ken/rowan/1870mortality.html Rowan County Genealogy Trails-1870 Census Index]  
  
==== <br>Courts  ====
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/census/cen_ke.htm The USGenWeb Census Images] ~ The USGenWeb Census Images Project
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ Kentucky Census Transcriptions] ~ The USGenWeb Census Project
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*[http://www.census-online.com/links/KY/ Census Online] ~ Census Online
  
[http://courts.ky.gov/counties/rowan/ Kentucky Court of Justice-Rowan County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk]
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==== Church  ====
  
==== <br>History  ====
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{{KY Church Intro}}
  
[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/histories.htm Rowan County Kentucky History Records]<br>[http://www.kentuckystewarts.com/RowanCounty/RowanCountyHistory.htm The Alexander Stewart Family of Rowan County Kentucky]<br>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_County,_Kentucky Wikipedia-Rowan County, Kentucky]&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel
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*[http://www.cdlex.org/index.cfm/NewsItem?ID=54078&From=Home Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Lexington]
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*[http://www.archlou.org/Parishes Catholic Parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville]
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==== Court  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/court/court.htm Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases] Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project
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*[http://courts.ky.gov/research/ Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]
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*[http://courts.ky.gov/counties/rowan/ Kentucky Court of Justice-Rowan County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk]
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==== History  ====
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{{KY History}}
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[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/histories.htm Rowan County Kentucky History Records]<br>[http://www.kentuckystewarts.com/RowanCounty/RowanCountyHistory.htm The Alexander Stewart Family of Rowan County Kentucky]<br>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_County,_Kentucky Wikipedia-Rowan County, Kentucky]&nbsp;
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==== Land  ====
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{{KY Land}}
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*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/KY/County/rowan.htm 1895 U.S. Atlas- Rowan County Kentucky 1895]  
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/other/maps.html KYGenWeb compiled list of maps]
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/kymap.html Click on the county to go to the KYGenWeb site]
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*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/KY/County/rowan.htm 1895 U.S. Atlas- Rowan County Kentucky 1895]
  
==== <br>Military<br> ====
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==== <br>Military<br> ====
  
[http://genealogytrails.com/ken/rowan/vietnamcas_rowan.html Rowan County Genealogy Trails Vietam War Casulaties]<br>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kymil/ Military Resources] ~ Revolutionary War through Civil War
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kybath/korea.htm Korean War Memorial] Korean War Memorial for Soldiers from KY ~ KYGenWeb
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/military/wwi/ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from KY] ~ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from Kentucky
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ken/rowan/vietnamcas_rowan.html Rowan County Genealogy Trails Vietam War Casulaties]  
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*http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n487/mode/1up List of Revelutionary War Pensioners]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/military.htm USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Military Records]
  
[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n487/mode/1up List of Revelutionary War Pensioners]<br>[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/military.htm USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Military Records]
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==== Miscellaneous  ====
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*[http://www.kykinfolk.com/postcards/KyPostCards/KyPostCards.html Kentucky Postcards] ~ The USGenWeb Archives Penny Postcard Project
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*[http://kykinfolk.com/kyfootsteps/ The KYGenWeb Footsteps] ~ The Kentucky Footsteps Archives ~ KYGenWeb Special Project
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
[http://themoreheadnews.com/ The Morehead News]<br>[http://rowancountybulletin.com/ Rowan County Bulletin]  
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*[http://themoreheadnews.com/ The Morehead News]  
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*[http://rowancountybulletin.com/ Rowan County Bulletin]  
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/kynews.php Kentucky News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Kentucky Newspaper Index with links
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*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/kentucky.html Another Kentucky Newspaper Index with links]
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm
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{{KY Newspaper abstracts|Appling}}
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
[http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/home.cfm?&fh_id=11032 Lane/Stucky/Gray Funeral Home Obituraries] <br>[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/news.htm USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Newspaper Records]  
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*[http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/home.cfm?&fh_id=11032 Lane/Stucky/Gray Funeral Home Obituraries]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/news.htm USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Newspaper Records]  
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*[http://kykinfolk.com/kyfootsteps/ KY Footsteps Archives] ~ KY Footsteps List Archives - thousands of obituaries here ~ KYGenWeb Project
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/other/obits.html KY Obituary Sources] ~ Kentucky Obituary Sources ~ Compiled by the KYGenWeb Project
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/kentucky_newspaper_obituaries.htm Links to research and locate obituaries]
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*[http://browning.evcpl.lib.in.us/ Browning Genealogy Database] ~ The Browning Genealogy Database - A Collection of Obituaries Compiled by Charles Browning.
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/ky/obitsky.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Kentucky Obituary Project
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-KY-NDX.html Obituary Depot&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Kentucky Newspaper Citations
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/smith/jktsmith.htm#nca Nashville Advocate] ~ Death Abstracts from the Nashville Christian Advocate
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==== Probate Records  ====
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*'''1853-1971''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books A to B (1853-1971)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
[http://www.usgwarchives.org/marriages/kentucky/rowan.htm Kentucky Marriage Project-Rowan County]<br>[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/vitals.htm KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Vital Records]<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/birth-ov.html Rowan County Births]<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/deathrec.html Rowan County Deaths]<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/rowan-mg.html Rowan County Marriages]
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{{KY Vital Intro}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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===== Birth =====
  
Rowan County Historical Society<br>P. O. Box 60<br>Morehead, KY 40351<br>
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*'''1856-1861''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1856-1861. Batch {{IGI|C517931}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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.</ref>  
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*'''1874-1875''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch {{IGI|C517932}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />  
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*'''1875-1876''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch {{IGI|C517933}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
[http://www.youseemore.com/rowan/default.asp Rowan County Public Library]<br>185 East First Street<br>Morehead, KY 40351 <br>(606) 784-7137
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===== Marriage  =====
  
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*'''1856-1859''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1856-1859. Batch {{IGI|M517931}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1875''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M517934}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1876-1878''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517935}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
== Web Sites ==
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195605&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C+Rowan&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/marriages/kentucky/rowan.htm Kentucky Marriage Project-Rowan County]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/rowan.html KYGenWeb Archives-Rowan County]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/vitals.htm KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Vital Records]  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyrowan/ KYGenWeb-Rowan County]  
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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/birth-ov.html Rowan County Births]  
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/ky/rowan/ Rowan County KY Genealogy Forum]
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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/deathrec.html Rowan County Deaths]
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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/rowan-mg.html Rowan County Marriages]
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*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project
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*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674843&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Births &amp; Christenings] ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search
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*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674848&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Deaths &amp; Burials] ~ KY Deaths &amp; Burials 1843 - 1970
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*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674849&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Marriage Records] ~ KY Marriages 1783 - 1979 ~ Family Search
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths &amp; Marriages
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi Kentucky Marriage Records&nbsp; 1973 - 2000]&nbsp; ~ Kentucky Marriage Records - 1973 - 2000
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*[http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ KY Divorces 1973 - 1993] ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases
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*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
  
== References ==
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== Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries ==
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*Rowan County Historical Society<br>P. O. Box 60<br>Morehead, KY 40351
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*[http://www.youseemore.com/rowan/default.asp Rowan County Public Library]<br>185 East First Street<br>Morehead, KY 40351 <br>(606) 784-7137
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/contact/kysocieties.html Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies]
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Websites  ==
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*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyrowan Rowan County KYGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/rowan.html KYGenWeb Archives-Rowan County]
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*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select&nbsp;the county.
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*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kencucky Website]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/kyfiles.html USGenWeb Kentucky Archives] ~ Kentucky in the USGenWeb Archives ~ Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
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*[http://usgenweb.org The USGenWeb project] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Rowan|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyrowan/ KYGenWeb-Rowan County]
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/ky/rowan/ Rowan County KY Genealogy Forum]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/ Rowan County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Guide to Rowan County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded March 15, 1856
County Seat Morehead
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Contents

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

Record Loss

1864--A disaster destroyed most of the records.

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.

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

  • Rowan County Historical Society
    P. O. Box 60
    Morehead, KY 40351
  • Rowan County Public Library
    185 East First Street
    Morehead, KY 40351
    (606) 784-7137

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.