Rowan County, Kentucky Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Rowan County Courthouse, Morehead, Ky.


Parent County

1856--Rowan County was created 15 March 1856 from Fleming and Morgan Counties.  County seat: Morehead [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1864--A disaster destroyed most of the records.


Populated Places

Bangor Cranston Hilda Ramey
Bluestone Elliottville Lakeview Heights Rodburn
Brady Farmers Lick Fork Sharkey
Christy Gates Minor Smile
Clearfield Haldeman Morehead Triplett
Cogswell Hamim Paragon Waltz
Craney Hays Crossing

Neighboring Counties


Biographies, Family Histories/Trees, GEDCOM files etc

Rowan County Family Pages
Relatives of Truby Petitt & Florence Hall of Rowan County, Kentucky
Sorted by Name, Rowan County, Kentucky


Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of
  • Marion Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 

Access Genealogy-Rowan County Kentucky Cemeteries
KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Cemetery Records
Linkpendium-Rowan Co., Cemteries
Rowan County Cemeteries


Linkpendium Census Records & Indexes- Rowan County Kentucky
Rowan County Census Records
Rowan County Genealogy Trails-1870 Census Index


Kentucky Court of Justice-Rowan County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk


Rowan County Kentucky History Records
The Alexander Stewart Family of Rowan County Kentucky
Wikipedia-Rowan County, Kentucky 


1895 U.S. Atlas- Rowan County Kentucky 1895


Rowan County Genealogy Trails Vietam War Casulaties

List of Revelutionary War Pensioners
USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Military Records


The Morehead News
Rowan County Bulletin


Lane/Stucky/Gray Funeral Home Obituraries
USGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Kentucky Newspaper Records

Vital Records

Kentucky Marriage Project-Rowan County
KYGenWeb Archives Project-Rowan County Vital Records
Rowan County Births
Rowan County Deaths
Rowan County Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Rowan County Historical Society
P. O. Box 60
Morehead, KY 40351

Rowan County Public Library
185 East First Street
Morehead, KY 40351
(606) 784-7137


Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).