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Rowan County, North Carolina History
When was Rowan County, NC Created?
Rowan County was created on 1753 from Anson County.
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, Davidson County, Stanly County, Cabarrus County, Iredell County.
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 See Also North Carolina Vital Records Research Guide
- Marriages of Rowan County, North Carolina 1753-1868 (search.ancestry.com)
- North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Marriage Records
- Rowan County, North Carolina Marriage Project
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Births & Deaths Records
- Social Security Death Index
- North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
- North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
- North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
- North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1800-2000
- North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975
- North Carolina, Death Collection, 1908-2004
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 1790-1890, 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. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide
Rowan County, NC Courthouse and Government Records
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 North Carolina courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless North Carolina 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 North Carolina Corthouse Records Research Guide.
- Rowan County Register of Deeds
- Address: 402 North Main Street Salisbury, NC 28144
- Phone: 704-216-8626
- Birth Records: 1913
- Marriage Records: 1753
- Death Records: 1913
- Land Records: 1753
- Rowan County Clerk of Court
- Address:210 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144-4374
- Phone: 704-797-3001
- Probate Records: 1743
- Court Records: 1753
- Divorce Records: call court clerk for details
- North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998
- Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: Rowan County Records
- List of taxable property in the county of Rowan, North Carolina, anno 1778 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Court Records
- County Records in the North Carolina State Archives
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Wills & Estate Records
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Deed Records
- North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970
- BLM Land Records
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. See also a list of Statewide North Carolina Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Genealogical Society of Rowan County, P.O. Box 4305, Salisbury, NC 28145-4305
- Rowan Public Library, 201 West Fisher Street, P.O. Box 4039, Salisbury NC 28145
- North Carolina State Archives, Office of Archives and History—State Library Building; Public Services Branch, Mail Service Center 4614, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4614 ; Phone: (919) 807-7310
- State Library of North Carolina, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601-2807; (919) 733-7222, (919) 733-3270
- North Carolina Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 22, Greenville, NC 27835
Where can I connect with other Rowan County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?
- North Carolina Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
- State of North Carolina Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Rowan County, North Carolina Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Rowan County
- Rowan County, North Carolina Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
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
- North Carolina Newspapers Books & Publications Research Guide
- North Carolina historical newspaper archives online (newspapers.com)
- Historical Newspapers from North Carolina (1719 – 1977) (genealogybank.com)
- Daily Independent (Kannapolis, North Carolina) (search.ancestry.com)
- Rowan County, North Carolina Books (amazon.com)
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Obituary Records (usgwarchives.net)
- Search North Carolina Obituaries (1985 to current) (genealogybank.com)
Rowan Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards
- Salisbury, North Carolina, Salisbury National Cemetery, 1863-2010 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rowan Co., North Carolina Graves (findagrave.com)
- Rowan County Tombstone Transcription Project (usgwtombstones.org)
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Cemeteries & Photos (usgwarchives.net)
- Rowan Co., North Carolina Cemeteries (Internment.net)
- Rowan Co., North Carolina Cemetery Books (amazon.com)
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Church Records (usgwarchives.net)
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Bible Records (usgwarchives.net)
- Rowan County, North Carolina Church Books (amazon.com)
Rowan Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
- Create a Free Family Tree (ancestry.com)
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Biographies & Collections (usgwarchives.net)
- Nichols and Related Families (nicholsgenealogy.com)
Rowan Co. NC General and History Websites
- Rowan County, North Carolina Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
- History of Rowan County, North Carolina (search.ancestry.com)
- A History of Rowan County, North Carolina (carolana.com)
- Rowan County, North Carolina Wiki (familysearch.org)
- Rowan Co. NC Genealogy (kindredtrails.com)
- Family History Library (familysearch.org)
- North Carolina Digital Collections (digital.ncdcr.gov)
- Rowan County, North Carolina (linkpendium.com)
- Cyndi’s List – United States – North Carolina – Counties – Rowan (cyndislist.com)
- Rowan County North Carolina (genealogytrails.com)
- Rowan Co. NCGenweb (ncgenweb.us)
- Rowan County Genealogy Queries (cousinconnect.com)
- Rowan County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
- Rowan Co. Data Collections (search.ancestry.com)
Rowan Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
- See Also Map of North Carolina Links and Information
- Rowan Co. D.O.T. Maps [Map 1] – [Map 2] – [Map 3] – [Map 4] – [Map 5] – [Thumbnail of Sheet Key]
- Map of Rowan County, NC Municipalities and Townships
- 1895 Rowan County Map (livgenmi.com)
Rowan Co. NC Military Records
- North Carolina Military Records Research Guide
- Rowan Co., NC GenWeb Archives Military Records (usgwarchives.net)
- North Carolina Military Records (Fold3.com) provides access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents of the North Carolina women and men who served. Perfect for Rowan County genealogists, researchers, historians plus much more.
Rowan Co. NC Schools & Directories
- North Carolina City Directories (search.ancestry.com)
- Directory of Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830 (search.ancestry.com)