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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Rowan_County,_Kentucky|Rowan County]]''  
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky Genealogy|Kentucky]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Rowan_County,_Kentucky|Rowan County]]''  
  
{{KYDC}}  
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Guide to '''Rowan County, Kentucky ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
 
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{{Click|Image:KY_ORP.png|Kentucky Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Rowan County
 
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| adoption_sign = Adoption KYGenWeb
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Rowan County Kentucky Courthouse  ===
  
 
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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#Birth|Birth]]*'''</center>  
| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>  
| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Death]]*'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Death|Death]]*'''</center>  
 
| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''</center>  
 
| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''</center>  
| width="16.6%" | <center>[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Land|'''Deeds''']]</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Land|'''Land''']]</center>  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Rowan County, Kentucky#Probate|Wills]]'''</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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[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>
  
== History  ==
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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.<br>'''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 Genealogy|Fleming]] and [[Morgan County, Kentucky Genealogy|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  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/kentucky/ "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps"] (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1864--'''A disaster destroyed most of the records.  
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'''1864,1880s--'''Courthouse disasters 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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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bath County, Kentucky|Bath]]  
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*[[Bath County, Kentucky Genealogy|Bath]]  
*[[Carter County, Kentucky|Carter]]  
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*[[Carter County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carter]]  
*[[Elliott County, Kentucky|Elliott]]  
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*[[Elliott County, Kentucky Genealogy|Elliott]]  
*[[Fleming County, Kentucky|Fleming]]  
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*[[Fleming County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fleming]]  
*[[Lewis County, Kentucky|Lewis]]  
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*[[Lewis County, Kentucky Genealogy|Lewis]]  
*[[Menifee County, Kentucky|Menifee]]  
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*[[Menifee County, Kentucky Genealogy|Menifee]]  
*[[Morgan County, Kentucky|Morgan]]
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*[[Morgan County, Kentucky Genealogy|Morgan]]
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== Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Resources  ==
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[[Image:Kyrowan.png|thumb|right|400px]]  
  
== Resources  ==
 
[[Image:Kyrowan.png|thumb|right|400px]]
 
 
==== African American Research  ====
 
==== African American Research  ====
  
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[*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/kybiog/ KY Biographies] ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project  
 
[*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/kybiog/ KY Biographies] ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project  
  
*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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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/family-pages.html Rowan County Family Pages]<br>
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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/families/fg_toc.htm Relatives of Truby Petitt &amp; Florence Hall of Rowan County, Kentucky] <br>
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*[http://gedcomindex.com/Towns/usky1104.html Sorted by Name, Rowan County, Kentucky]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}}Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
 
*[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;  
 
*[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;  
 
*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]  
 
*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]  
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/KY/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ky/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital 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://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their websites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net  
 
*[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.  
 
*[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.  
 
*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,  
 
*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.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/cem/ Linkpendium-Rowan Co., Cemeteries]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/cem/ Linkpendium-Rowan Co., Cemeteries]  
 
*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/cemetery/cem-list.html Rowan County Cemeteries]
 
*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/cemetery/cem-list.html Rowan County Cemeteries]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=19&GScnty=1091&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|1252797|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1091 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/cemetery/cem-list.html KYGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Rowan+Kentucky&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kentucky&county=Rowan&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/cemeteries.htm KYGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/rowan.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.kyhistory.org/cemetery.asp Kentucky Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Kentucky&county=Rowan&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Kentucky Cemeteries|Kentucky Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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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.  
 
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]  
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[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/1870households.html Rowan County Genealogy Trails-1870 Census Index]  
  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{KY Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
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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  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/court/court.htm Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases] Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project  
*[http://courts.ky.gov/research/ Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]  
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*[http://recordsproject.com/court/kentucky.asp Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]  
*[http://courts.ky.gov/counties/rowan/ Kentucky Court of Justice-Rowan County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk]
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*[http://courts.ky.gov/courts/clerks/Pages/default.aspx?county=Rowan Kentucky Court of Justice-Rowan County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk]
  
 
==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
  
[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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{{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;
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]
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{{KY Land}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/admin/land/Pages/default.aspx The KY Land Office]
  
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==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/kentucky/ Maps of Kentucky (1776-1939)]
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/other/maps.html KYGenWeb compiled list of maps]  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/other/maps.html KYGenWeb compiled list of maps]  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/kymap.html Click on the county to go to the KYGenWeb site]  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/kymap.html Click on the county to go to the KYGenWeb site]  
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/KY/County/rowan.htm 1895 U.S. Atlas- Rowan County Kentucky 1895]
 
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/KY/County/rowan.htm 1895 U.S. Atlas- Rowan County Kentucky 1895]
  
==== <br>Military<br> ====
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==== Military  ====
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kymil/ Military Resources] ~ Revolutionary War through Civil War  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kymil/ Military Resources] ~ Revolutionary War through Civil War  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kybath/korea.htm Korean War Memorial] Korean War Memorial for Soldiers from KY ~ KYGenWeb
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/military/wwi/ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from KY] ~ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from Kentucky
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ken/rowan/vietnamcas_rowan.html Rowan County Genealogy Trails Vietam War Casulaties]
 
*http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n487/mode/1up List of Revelutionary War Pensioners]
 
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/military.htm USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Military Records]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/military.htm USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Military Records]
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=====Revolutionary War=====
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*[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n487/mode/1up List of Revolutionary War Pensioners]
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932371|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932398|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1912-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1916017|Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====World War I=====
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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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=====Korean 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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=====Vietnam War=====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ken/rowan/vietnamcas_rowan.html Rowan County Genealogy Trails Vietnam War Casualties]
  
 
==== Miscellaneous  ====
 
==== Miscellaneous  ====
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*[http://themoreheadnews.com/ The Morehead News]  
 
*[http://themoreheadnews.com/ The Morehead News]  
*[http://rowancountybulletin.com/ Rowan County Bulletin]  
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*[http://www.topix.com/forum/city/morehead-ky/TS0DN0SDIJERFPB0O Rowan County Bulletin]  
 
*[http://www.usnpl.com/kynews.php Kentucky News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Kentucky Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.usnpl.com/kynews.php Kentucky News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Kentucky Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/kentucky.html Another Kentucky Newspaper Index with links]  
 
*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/kentucky.html Another Kentucky Newspaper Index with links]  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm
 
*[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]  
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*[http://www.lanestuckygray.com/listings Lane/Stucky/Gray Funeral Home Obituraries]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/news.htm USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Newspaper Records]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/news.htm USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Newspaper Records]  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/kyfootsteps/ KY Footsteps Archives] ~ KY Footsteps List Archives - thousands of obituaries here ~ KYGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/kyfootsteps/ KY Footsteps Archives] ~ KY Footsteps List Archives - thousands of obituaries here ~ KYGenWeb Project  
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1774 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9066 Kentucky Wills and Probate Records 1774-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1727 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|1875188|Kentucky Probate Records 1727-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
 
*'''1853-1971''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books A to B (1853-1971)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''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.net/marriages/kentucky/rowan.htm Kentucky Marriage Project-Rowan County]  
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{{KY Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/ky-vital-records/ How to order Kentucky Vital Records]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/vitals.htm KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Vital Records]  
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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/birth-ov.html Rowan County Births]  
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[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/vitals.htm KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Vital Records]
*[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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===== Birth  =====
*[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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*'''1839-1960''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674843?collectionNameFilter=false KY Births and Christenings] ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search
*[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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*'''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>
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths &amp; Marriages  
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*'''1874-1875''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch {{IGI|C517932}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
*[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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*'''1875-1876''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch {{IGI|C517933}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
*[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://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/birth-ov.html Rowan County Births]
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1783-1979''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674849?collectionNameFilter=false KY Marriage Records] ~ KY Marriages 1783 - 1979 ~ Family Search  
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*'''1797-1954''' - {{RecordSearch|1804888|Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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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" />
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*'''1973-2000''' - [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://www.usgwarchives.net/marriages/kentucky/rowan.htm Kentucky Marriage Project-Rowan County]
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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/rowan-mg.html Rowan County Marriages]
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
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===== Death =====
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*'''1843-1970''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674848?collectionNameFilter=false KY Deaths and Burials] ~ KY Deaths and Burials 1843 - 1970
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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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*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/deathrec.html Rowan County Deaths]
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1973-1993''' - [http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ KY Divorces 1973 - 1993] ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases
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== Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Rowan County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 60<br>Morehead, KY 40351<br>[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/rowanref.html#rchs Website]<br><br>
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
  
*Rowan County Historical Society<br>P. O. Box 60<br>Morehead, KY 40351
 
 
*[http://www.youseemore.com/rowan/default.asp Rowan County Public Library]<br>185 East First Street<br>Morehead, KY 40351 <br>(606) 784-7137
 
*[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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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Websites ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/rowan-county/ Rowan County, KY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyrowan Rowan County KYGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyrowan Rowan County KYGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/rowan.html KYGenWeb Archives-Rowan County]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/rowan/rowan.html KYGenWeb Archives-Rowan County]  
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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.  
 
*[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.  
 
*[http://usgenweb.org The USGenWeb project] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://usgenweb.org The USGenWeb project] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Rowan|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Rowan|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyrowan/ KYGenWeb-Rowan County]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyrowan/ KYGenWeb-Rowan County]  
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/ky/rowan/ Rowan County KY Genealogy Forum]  
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*[http://www.genealogy.com/forum/regional/states/topics/ky/ Rowan County KY Genealogy Forum]  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/ Rowan County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Rowan/ Rowan County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/KY/Rowan-County.htm Rowan County KY Genealogy] (Kentucky Genealogy)
  
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Guide to Rowan County, Kentucky ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Rowan County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Rowan County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 15, 1856
County Seat Morehead
Courthouse
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Beginning Dates for Rowan County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Land
Probate
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

1864,1880s--Courthouse disasters 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.


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
KYGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
KYGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Kentucky Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Kentucky Cemeteries for more information.

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 Genealogy. 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

Revolutionary War
Civil War
World War I
Korean War
Vietnam War

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate Records

Online 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 Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Rowan County, Kentucky Genealogy 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

KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Divorce
  • 1973-1993 - KY Divorces 1973 - 1993 ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases

Rowan County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Rowan County Historical Society
PO Box 60
Morehead, KY 40351
Website


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


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.