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Rowan County, North Carolina History

When was Rowan County, NC Created?
Rowan County was created on 1753 from Anson County. This county was named for Matthew Rowan (d. 1769), was the acting Governor of colonial North Carolina following the death of Governor Nathaniel Rice.

What is the County Seat of Rowan County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Salisbury also, the county government website is www.rowancountync.gov.

What counties are adjacent to Rowan County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Davie County (north), Davidson County (northeast), Stanly County (southeast), Cabarrus County (south), Iredell County (west).

What cities and towns are in Rowan County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include ChinaGrove, Cleveland, EastSpencer, Enochville, Faith, GraniteQuarry, Kannapolis, Landis, Rockwell, Salisbury, Spencer.


Rowan County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Rowan County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Rowan County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Rowan County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Rowan County clerk of court.

You can search online for Rowan County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for North Carolina Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Application to mail.

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties


Rowan County, NC Census Records

What Rowan County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Rowan Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rowan Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rowan Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.


Rowan County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Rowan County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Rowan County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Rowan County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse records were destroyed due to Civil War Action in 1865.


Old Rowan County Courthouse

Rowan County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Rowan County, NC?
A list of Rowan County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other Rowan County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Rowan County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Rowan County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Rowan Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rowan Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Rowan Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rowan Co. NC General and History Websites

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Rowan Co. NC Military Records

Rowan Co. NC Schools & Directories

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