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Owen County, Kentucky
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Owen County, Kentucky Facts

When was Owen County, KY Created?
Owen County was created on February 6, 1819 from Scott County, Franklin County, Gallatin County and Pendleton County. Currently the county was named in honor of Abraham Owen (1769–1811), killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

What is the County Seat of Owen County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Owenton additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Owen County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Carroll County (northwest), Gallatin County (northeast), Grant County (east), Scott County (southeast), Franklin County (southwest), Henry County (west).

What cities and towns are in Owen County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Gratz, Monterey, Owenton.

Owen County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Owen County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Owen County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Owen County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.

Owen County, KY Census Records

What Owen County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Owen County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Owen Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Owen Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Owen Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Owen Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Owen County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Owen County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Owen County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Owen County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Owen County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 135 West Bryan Street, Owenton, KY, 40359
    • Phone: (502) 484-2213
    • Marriage Records: 1819 
    • Land Records: 1819
    • Probate Records: 1819
  • Owen County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Owen County Courthouse, 100 N. Thomas St., P.O. Box 473, Owenton, KY 40359-0473
    • Phone: (502) 484-2232
    • Court Records: 1819
  • Owen County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  •  Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
  • Owen County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Owen County USGenWeb Archives Project

Owen County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Owen County, KY?
A list of Owen County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Kentucky Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Owen County, KY Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Owen County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Owen County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Owen Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Owen Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Owen Co. KY General and History Websites

Owen Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Owen Co. KY Military Records

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