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Local History

The Owen County Public Library invites you to explore your family history using our resources. Our Kentucky collection gathers together titles of regional interest that may be checked out with a valid library card. Microfilm and items on loan from the Owen County Historical Society, may only be used in the library. We have a microfilm reader, which has the ability to print 11”x 17” copies and can magnify up to 50 times.

The staff of the OCPL is willing to help in your quest for knowledge. We answer requests for information by mail, email or phone. Our staff will gladly fill your request for a specific item such as a marriage record or obituary. We are however, unable to take on extensive projects such as compiling a family lineage, locating missing persons, or voluminous copying projects from books or microfilm. Should you need further assistance other than what we can provide, we will gladly direct you to local genealogy services.

A self serve copier is available at the library to use; black and white copies, as well as prints from the microfilm, are $0.10 per page. Color copies are $0.50 per page. We accept cash, checks or debit/credit cards as payment.

We also have online resources available for more of your Genealogy Research under our Research It tab on our homepage.  Check it out!


Owen County Census:
Years available: 1820-1880, 1900-1930.

Several Other counties are included, contact us for others.


Owen County Court Orders:
Years Available: 1819-1977, 1986-2002


Owen County Deed Books:
Years Available: 1819-2002


Owen County Fiscal Court:
Years Available: 1890-2003


Owen County Marriage Books:
Years Available: 1863-2000

We have other Marriage records, please contact us for the other records.


Owen County Mortgage Books:
Years Available: 1927-2003


Owen County News Herald:
Years Available: 1905, 1907-1930,

1932-1989, 1991-2006 (Jan.– Jun.)


Owen County Settlement Books:
Years Available: 1869-1977 (Books 1-17)


Owen County Tax Assessments:
Years Available: 1887-1888, 1890-1892, 1896-1901, 1904-1906, 1908-1939, 1942, 1945, 1952-1954, 1959, 1963


Owen County Will Books:
Years Available: 1820-2002 (No Will Book ‘M’)


Grant County News:
Years Available: 1906-1913, 1924-1934


Henry County General Index to Wills:
Years Available: 1800-1820


Oldham County Tax Books:
Years Available: 1857-1876


Scott County Deed Books:
Years Available: 1817-1821


Scott County Will Books:
Years available: 1792-1839


Williamstown Courier:
Years available: 1880-1924


Local Titles Available for Purchase

Several publications written by the Owen County Historical Society are available for purchase at the Library.

Echoes from Lusby’s Mill and Vicinity,
By Beatrice Jones & Mary Catherine Cobb,  $12.00

Eternal Rest Cemetery Book, $18.00


Gone But Not Forgotten Cemetery Book,
By Shirley Hardin Goodrich, $54.00


Mountain Island, Owen County Settlers,
By James C. Bryant, $64.00

Owen County Family History Book, $60.00


Saga of John Hammond, Rev. War Hero,

By Stratton Owen Hammond, $11.00

History of Owen County, 

By John Forsee, $20.00

Sweet Owen,

By Mariam Sidebottom Houchens, $38.00

That’s Just the Way it Was,

By Charlotte Ann, $12.00

Welcome Aboard– Meet the Captain,

By Bonnie Poore, $27.00

These titles can be shipped. Please inquire about current shipping prices, as well as additional titles available. Checks should be made payable to the:
Owen County Historical  Society

The Owen County Historical Society Museum
206 North Main Street,
Owenton, KY 40359

Hours: Please Call for an Appointment!

Phone Number: 502-484-2529
President: Larry Dale Perry, 502-514-3599 



Discover your Family Tree with the help from Owen County Resources!

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