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==== Civil War ====
 
==== Civil War ====
 
{{KY Civil War Intro|Rowan}}
 
{{KY Civil War Intro|Rowan}}
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932371|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932371|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932398|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.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://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index
 
*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
 
*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
 
*'''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)
 
*'''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)
*'''1912-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1916017|Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] index and images
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*'''1912-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1916017|Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
  
 
==== World War I ====
 
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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] ($) — index and images  
 
*'''1774-1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9066 Kentucky Wills and Probate Records 1774-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($) — index and images  
*'''1853-1971''' {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books A to B (1853-1971)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1798-1943''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books 1 to 8 (1798-1943)|access=browse}}  at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]  - [[Kentucky Probate Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1853-1971''' {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books A to B (1853-1971)|access=browse}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch- [[Kentucky Probate Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
=== School Records ===
 
=== School Records ===
 
{{KY Schools Intro|Rowan}}
 
{{KY Schools Intro|Rowan}}
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===Social Security Records===
 
===Social Security Records===
 
*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
 
*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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{{KY Birth Intro|Rowan}}
 
{{KY Birth Intro|Rowan}}
  
*'''1839-1960''' - {{RecordSearch|1674843|Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960}} at FamilySearch
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*'''1839-1960''' - {{RecordSearch|1674843|Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1856-1861''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1856-1861. Batch {{IGI|C517931}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1856-1861''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1856-1861. Batch {{IGI|C517931}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.</ref>
*'''1874-1875''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch {{IGI|C517932}} at FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1874-1875''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch {{IGI|C517932}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
*'''1875-1876''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch {{IGI|C517933}} at FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1875-1876''' - Rowan County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch {{IGI|C517933}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
 
*'''1911-1912''' - [http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Birth Index]
 
*'''1911-1912''' - [http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Birth Index]
 
*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/birth-ov.html Rowan County Births]
 
*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/birth-ov.html Rowan County Births]
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{{KY Marriage Intro|Rowan}}
 
{{KY Marriage Intro|Rowan}}
 
*'''1609-2016''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=kentucky%2cky Kentucky, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1609-2016''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=kentucky%2cky Kentucky, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
*'''1785-1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1674849|Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979}} at FamilySearch
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*'''1785-1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1674849| Kentucky Marriages 1785-1979}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]- [[Kentucky Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1797-1954''' - {{RecordSearch|1804888|Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] index and images
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*'''1797-1954''' - {{RecordSearch|1804888|Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index and images
*'''1856-1859''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1856-1859. Batch {{IGI|M517931}} at FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1856-1859''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1856-1859. Batch {{IGI|M517931}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
*'''1875''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M517934}} at FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1875''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M517934}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
*'''1876-1878''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517935}} at FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1876-1878''' - Rowan County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
 
*'''1973-2000''' - [http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Marriage Records]
 
*'''1973-2000''' - [http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Marriage Records]
 
*'''1973-2000''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20151103090615/http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi Kentucky Marriage Records 1973-2000]
 
*'''1973-2000''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20151103090615/http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi Kentucky Marriage Records 1973-2000]
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{{KY Death Intro|Rowan}}
 
{{KY Death Intro|Rowan}}
  
*'''1843-1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1674848|Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970}} at FamilySearch - index
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*'''1843-1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1674848|Kentucky Deaths and Burials 1843-1970}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1900-1999''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10046/kentucky-deaths-1900-1999?s=275764761 Kentucky Deaths, 1900-1999] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*'''1900-1999''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10046/kentucky-deaths-1900-1999?s=275764761 Kentucky Deaths, 1900-1999] at MyHeritage ($) — index
*'''1911-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1417491|Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] index
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*'''1911-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1417491|Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index
 
*'''1911-2000''' - [http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Death Index]
 
*'''1911-2000''' - [http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Death Index]
*{{RecordSearch|1202535| The Social Security Death Index}} - Searchable
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*{{RecordSearch|1202535| The Social Security Death Index}} - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project], Transcriptions and Images of Kentucky Death Certificates
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project], Transcriptions and Images of Kentucky Death Certificates
 
*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/deathrec.html Rowan County Deaths]
 
*[http://tpettit.best.vwh.net/rowan/deathrec.html Rowan County Deaths]

Revision as of 14:38, 12 January 2021

Guide to Rowan County, Kentucky ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Morehead
Organized: March 15, 1856
Parent County(s): Fleming, Morgan [1]
Neighboring Counties
Bath  • Carter  • Elliott  • Fleming  • Lewis  • Menifee  • Morgan
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Rowan County was named for John Rowan. The county is located in the northeastern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rowan County Courthouse
627 E Main Street
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-784-5212[3]
Rowan County Website

Rowan County, Kentucky Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1856 1890 1856 1880 1890 1890 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1864,1880s--Courthouse disasters destroyed most of the records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1856--Rowan County was created 15 March 1856 from Fleming and Morgan Counties.
  • County seat: Morehead[5]

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
  • Bangor
  • Bluestone
  • Brady
  • Christy
  • Clearfield
  • Cogswell
  • Craney
  • Cranston
  • Elliottville
  • Gates
  • Haldeman
  • Hamim
  • Hays Crossing
  • Hilda
  • Lick Fork
  • Minor
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Rockcastle, Kentucky online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Kentucky Cemeteries for more information

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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%
2010 23,333 5.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

More information about African American resources in Kentucky can be found on the African American Resources for Kentucky and the United States African Americans Wiki pages.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Fleming CountyLewis CountyCarter CountyElliott CountyMorgan CountyMenifee CountyBath CountyKY ROWAN.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

Korean War[edit | edit source]

Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

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

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Rowan County Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Rowan County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Kentucky Archives and Libraries.

  • Archives of Appalachia
    East Tennessee State University
    Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Rowan County. For state-wide library facilities, see Kentucky Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Rowan County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Kentucky Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Rowan County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_County,_Kentucky."
  3. 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.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rowan County, Kentucky. Page 268-276 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 251-254.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Rowan County, Kentucky," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_County,_Kentucky, accessed 11 September 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.