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Rowan County, North Carolina (Map It) 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. Learn More About State of North Carolina History.
Rowan County Cities and Towns include ChinaGrove, Cleveland, EastSpencer, Enochville, Faith, GraniteQuarry, Kannapolis, Landis, Rockwell, Salisbury, Spencer. A Map of Rowan County, North Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Rowan County Townships include Atwell, China Grove, Cleveland, East Spencer, Franklin, Gold Hill, Kannapolis, Litaker, Locke, Morgan, Mount Ulla, Providence, Rockwell, Salisbury, Scotch Irish, Spencer, Steele, and Unity. View a Map of Rowan County Townships.
Rowan County, North Carolina Courthouse Records
Rowan County, NC Courthouse
Old Rowan County Courthouse
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Rowan county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Also see the Rowan County Records in the North Carolina State Archives. The County Courthouse records were destroyed due to Civil War Action in 1865.
- Rowan County Register of Deeds has Birth Records from 1913, Marriage Records from 1753, Death Records from 1913 and Land Records from 1753. The Register of Deeds holds land and vital records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Land records may include deeds, grants, plats, and other miscellaneous items. houses most birth and death records and marriage licenses.
- Rowan County Clerk of Court has Probate Records from 1743, Court Records from 1753 and Divorce Records from call court clerk for details. The County Clerk of Court holds probate records and court records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Probate records include not only wills, but also loose estates records. Court records may include apprentice bonds, bastardy bonds, and officials' or constables' bonds in addition to dockets, fee and account books, and court minutes and orders. They also have Divorce Records.
- Rowan County Tax Assessor / Collector
- Rowan Co. North Carolina County Health Department
Rowan County, North Carolina Census Records
- Learn More: State of North Carolina Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820, Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1784-1787
- Native American Population Schedules: 1894-1913
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Rowan County, North Carolina Vital Records
- Learn More: State of North Carolina Vital Records
- Birth Records: from October 1913 to present
- Marriage Records: from January 1962 to present
- Death Records: from January 1, 1930 to present
- Divorce Records: from January 1958 to present
- Locations: North Carolina Vital Records
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Applications.
- In Person: North Carolina Vital Records (Cooper Memorial Health Building), 225 N. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27603-1382; 919-733-3000
Rowan County, North Carolina Resources
- Genealogical Society of Rowan County
- Rowan Public Library
- Rowan County, North Carolina Message Boards
- Rowan County, North Carolina Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Rowan County
Rowan County, North Carolina External Links
- Historical Newspapers from North Carolina (1719 - 1977)
- Daily Independent (Kannapolis, North Carolina)
- Rowan County, North Carolina Books - Amazon
- Marriages of Rowan County, North Carolina 1753-1868
- List of taxable property in the county of Rowan, North Carolina, anno 1778
- Salisbury, North Carolina, Salisbury National Cemetery, 1863-2010
- Rowan Co., North Carolina - FindaGrave
- History of Rowan County, North Carolina