Welcome!  My name is Donna Sims Conner and I am pleased to be your host for Rowan County, North Carolina.  Our goal, at Genealogy Trails, is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.  All of our hosts are volunteers who regularly make updates to their respective sites.  Unfortunately, transcribing data keeps us so busy that we are unable to do personal research for anyone.  We thank you for visiting and hope you'll come back again to view the updates we make to the site.  Happy trails to you on your quest for your ancestors. 


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If hosting isn't for you, there are other ways to help.  Check your attics and dust off your family scrapbooks.  We're looking for data for this site.  If you would like to submit data for Rowan County, please email me with your information.  You may also submit an obituary to us for any of our county sites.  We appreciate your contributions!


Established in 1753, Rowan County is located in the western-central part of North Carolina in the heart of the Piedmont.  It is an area characterized by gently rolling hills, with narrow, elongated ridges and a few low, rounded knobs.  Well-watered, the soil is very fertile, particularly in the western section of the county where valuable farmland lies along countless little rivulets and small creeks.  (Source: Kerr Mill and the Mill Bridge Community, Rowan County, Historical Research Report, by Bruce S. Cheeseman, 1979, Raleigh, North Carolina.)

The following cities and towns are part of Rowan County: Kannapolis, Salisbury (county seat), China Grove, Cleveland, East Spencer, Faith, Granite Quarry, Landis, Rockwell, and Spencer.  It also includes the unincorporated communities of Dogwood Acres, Dukeville, and Gold Hill.  Rowan is bordered by the following counties: Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, and Stanly.  


  • African American History: Newspaper Articles - Obituaries & Death Notices - Jim Harris, Heriott Valentine
  • Cemetery Interments: Oak Grove Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Military Records: Civil War - Thirty-Fourth Regiment - Company D
  • Newspaper Articles: Crime Reports - John Brady, Jacob Morgan, Thomas Payne, Robert R. Taylor, H. D. Trollinger
  • Newspaper Articles:  Obituaries & Death Notices - Lillian Brown, John C. Carriker, Louis Correll, Mrs. Sechler Correll, Charles Crawford, William Crosby, Mrs. Mary Ann Hartman, Samuel Lyerly, Fannie Imogene Murphy, William J. Plummer, B. C. Sechler, John Sides, Calvin Smith, Mrs. Laura Stiller, Mrs. Margaret Trexler
  • Newspaper Articles: Sick Lists - C. S. Carter, W. C. Coughenour, Perry Foster, Chan Fries, Martin Josey, P. N. Smith, Addie Williams

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