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Rowan County North Carolina Genealogy and History USGenWeb Page  

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This page was last updated Monday, 10-Sep-2018 14:03:15 MDT

Map of NC with Rowan highlightedHi, I am Maggie Stewart, the coordinator for the Rowan County NCGenWeb page. This page is part of a nationwide effort to get genealogical information online. For more information about the national project, go to the USGenWeb Project. For information about the North Carolina state project, go to the NCGenWeb.

Postcard dated around 1918 of the Rowan County CourthouseRowan County was formed in 1753 from Anson County, and was named for Matthew Rowan (d. 1760), acting governor at the time the county was formed. The county seat is Salisbury. Initially Rowan included the entire northwestern sector of North Carolina, with no clear western boundary, but its size was reduced as a number of counties were split off. The first big excision was to create Surry County in 1771. Burke and Wilkes Counties were formed from the western parts of Rowan and Surry in 1777 and 1778, respectively, leaving a smaller Rowan County that comprised present-day Rowan, Iredell (formed 1788), Davidson (1822), and Davie (1836). Surry, Burke and Wilkes subsequently fragmented further as well. Depending on where your ancestors lived, you may want to look at records for some of these later counties also. Records of very early land grants in the Rowan County area will be found with Anson County

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"Join" the Mail List "Post" or "View" Queries
Contacting the NC State Archives “How To” Write & Post A Good Query
History and Information Maps (Old and Current)
Consolidated List of North Carolina Resources
Links to Rowan County Family Pages Rowan County Reference Books Lookup Volunteers
Links to source data
Bible Records Marriage Records
Biographies Military Records
- - The Political Graveyard
- - List of Cemeteries from GNIS (Thyatira is not listed!)
- - Salisbury National Cemetery, Photos at
Newspaper Articles
Census Records
1850 Census On Site (Partial)
Church Records
- - Organ Lutheran Church
- - List of Churches from GNIS
Court Records Post Cards
Deeds & Land Records Tax Lists
History Vital Records (Births & Deaths)
Letters Wills & Estates
City and County Sites for Rowan County
Rowan County Government web site Salisbury Post (Newspaper)
City of Salisbury List of Towns from GNIS:
Part 1 | Part 2
Rowan Public Library Genealogical Society of Rowan County
Salisbury, NC Train Wreck, Aug 1884 Edith M. Clark History / Genealogy Room-Rowan Public Library
Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina Archives County Records
Miscellaneous Information Links
Counties Formed from Old Rowan North Carolina Genealogy [Kindred Trails]
Some Boone Family links  
Rowan County Archives The Scotch-Irish in Rowan County NC
North Carolina State Archives State Library of North Carolina
Rowan Reunions and Events! Streams in Rowan, from GNIS
Rowan County Information page S-K Publications Commercial Site - Census Books
North Carolina Links USGS Geography Search
Cyndi's List North Carolina Archives and State Library
Surname Mailing Lists (hosted by Rootsweb) Search the Social Security Death Index
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