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Rowan County, Kentucky
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Rowan County, Kentucky Facts

When was Rowan County, KY Created?
Rowan County was created on May 1, 1856 from Fleming County and Morgan County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Rowan County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Lewis CountyCarter CountyElliott CountyMorgan CountyMenifee CountyBath CountyFleming County.

Rowan County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Rowan County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Rowan County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & death 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 Rowan 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.

Rowan County, KY Census Records

What Rowan County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Rowan County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Rowan Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1860. Rowan Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rowan Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rowan 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

Rowan County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Rowan County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Rowan County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Rowan County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Kentucky courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Kentucky residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Rowan County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Rowan County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Rowan County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Rowan 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.

Rowan Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Rowan Co. KY General and History Websites

Rowan Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rowan Co. KY Military Records