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  • Barbour County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 3, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Harrison, Lewis and Randolph Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1843
    County Seat:  Philippi, West Virginia

    County history - Barbour County is named in honor of Philip Pendleton Barbour (1783-1841), a U.S. Congressman from Virginia and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Barbour Courthouse
    GHLL Barbour County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Barbour County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Barbour County Historical Museum / Phillippi, WV)
    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Barbour County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - Barbour County Genealogy & History
    8. Barbour County Vital Records - Barbour County Clerk, P.O. Box 310, Philippi, WV 26416-0310.
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Taylor County (north), Tucker County (east), Randolph County (southeast),
             Upshur County (southwest), Harrison County (west), Preston County (northeast).

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    Census Information:
    1850 Federal Census
  • 1860 Federal Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Berkeley County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 3, 2014
  • Formed from:  A portion of the state of Virginia in 1772, from the northern third of Frederick County, Virginia.
    Established:  xx-Nov-1863
    County Seat:  Martinsburg, West Virginia

    County history - Berkeley County is named in honor of Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron de Botetourt (c1717 - October 15, 1770), courtier, MP, and royal governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770.

    Berkeley Courthouse
    GHLL Berkeley County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Berkeley County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Berkeley County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Berkeley County Historical Society / township, WV)
    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Berkeley County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - Berkeley County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Berkeley County (Local Records)  |  Martinsburg, WV (County Seat Records).
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Washington County, Maryland (north), Jefferson County (southeast), Frederick
                County, Virginia
    (south), Morgan County (northwest).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                 linked.


        Livingston's County Lawyer Register - Berkley County Lawyers in 1866.

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    Census Information:
  • 1810 Federal Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Boone County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 2, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Kanawha, Cabell and Logan Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1847
    County Seat:  Madison, West Virginia

    County history - Boone County is named in honor of Daniel Boone, an American pioneer and hunter whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States.

    Boone Courthouse
    1. Boone County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Boone County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Boone County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Boone County Genealogical Society / Madison, WV)
    4. Boone County - US/WVGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Boone County - US/WVGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Boone County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Boone County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Boone County Vital Records - Boone County Clerk, Boone County Courthouse, Madison, WV 25130.
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.


  • Braxton County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 1, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Kanawha, Lewis, Nicholas, Randolph Counties.
    Established:  15-Jan-1836
    County Seat:  Sutton, West Virginia

    County history - Braxton County is named in honor of Carter Braxton, a Virginia statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    Braxton Courthouse
    1. Braxton County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Braxton County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Braxton County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Braxton County - US/WVGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Braxton County - US/WVGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Braxton County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Braxton County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Braxton County Vital Records - Braxton County Clerk, 300 Main Street, P.O. Box 486, Sutton, WV 26601-0486.
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.

      Census Information:
    9. 1840 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census
    10. 1850 Census (G) - 99 pages (census images), numbered 173A through 222A.


  • Brooke County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 28, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Ohio County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1796
    County Seat:  Wellsburg, West Virginia

    County history - Brooke County is named in honor of Robert Brooke (c. 1761 - February 27, 1800) was the son of Richard Brooke, and grandson of Robert Brooke, a skilled surveyor, who had been one of Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood's "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition". About 1795, Robert Brooke, the tenth Governor of Virginia, built his home upon Federal Hill.

    Brooke Courthouse
    GHLL Brooke County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Brooke County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Brooke County Genealogy organization / Wellsburg, WV)
    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Brooke County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - Brooke County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Brooke County Clerk, 632 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV 26070.
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hancock County (north), Washington County, Pennsylvania (east), Ohio County
             (south), Jefferson County, Ohio (west).

        Genealogy Trails - Brooke County.

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  • Cabell County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Kanawha County.
    Established:  02-Jan-1809
    County Seat:  Guyandotte until 1814, when moved to Barboursville, West Virginia

    County history - Cabell County is named in honor of William H. Cabell (1772-1853), who served as Governor of Virginia from 1805 to 1808.

    Cabell Courthouse
    GHLL Cabell County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cabell County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (KYOWVA Genealogical and Historical Society / Huntington, WV)
         Cabell-wayne County Historical Society
         P.O. Box 9412
         Huntington, West Virginia 25704

    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Cabell County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - Cabell County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Cabell County Clerk, 700 5th Avenue. Huntington, WV 25701.
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.

    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Genealogy Records - Doors to the Past.

    Census Information:
        1820 Census (T) - Federal Census, Cabell County, Surnames A-Z (Text: 6 pages).


  • Clay County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 5, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Braxton, Kanawha and Nicholas Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1858
    County Seat:  Clay, West Virginia

    County history - Clay County is named in honor of Henry Clay, Sr. (April 12, 1777  June 29, 1852), was a nineteenth-century American statesman and orator who represented Kentucky in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, where he served as Speaker. He also served as Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829.

    Clay Courthouse
    1. Clay County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Clay County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Clay County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Clay County Landmarks Commission and Historical Society
          P.O. Box 670
          Clay, West Virginia 25043

    4. Clay County - US/WVGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Clay County - US/WVGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Clay County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Clay County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Clay County Vital Records - Clay County Clerk, P.O. Box 190, Clay, WV 25043.
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.

      Census Information:
    9. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Clay County (Text: 5 pages)


  • Fayette County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 24, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Kanawha, Greenbrier, Nicholas and Logan Counties.
    Established:  28-Feb-1831
    County Seat:  Fayetteville, West Virginia

    County history - Fayette County is named in honor of the Marquis de la Fayette, who played a key role assisting the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

    Fayette Courthouse
    GHLL Fayette County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Fayette County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Fayette County Historical Society Museum
          HC 66, Box 94-B
          Hico, WV 25854

    5. US/WVGenWeb site - Fayette County Archives
    6. US/WVGenWeb - Fayette County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Fayette County Clerk, Courthouse, Fayetteville, WV 25840.
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Nicholas County (north), Greenbrier County (east), Summers County (southeast),
             Raleigh County (south), Kanawha County (west).



  • Grant County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 1, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Hardy County.
    Established:  14-Feb-1866
    County Seat:  Petersburg, West Virginia

    County history - Grant County is named in honor of Civil War General Ulysses Simpson Grant, 18th president of the United States.

    Grant Courthouse
    GHLL Grant County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Grant County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Grant County Historical/Genealogy Society / Scherr, WV)
    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Grant County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - Grant County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Grant County Clerk, 5 Highland Avenue, Petersburg, WV 26847-1705.
               Note:  Most counties have records from 1853. Some counties also have marriage records from 1870. Divorce records are kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. Probate records have been kept by the county courts and are found in deed books and court order books. Naturalization proceedings were recorded in the minutes and dockets of the courts until 1906, since any court could naturalize immigrants. After 1929, only federal courts handled naturalizations.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Mineral County (northeast), Hardy County (east), Pendleton County (south),
             Randolph County (southwest), Tucker County (west), Preston County (northwest),
             Garrett County, Maryland (northwest).

    Census Information:
        1890 Veteran's Census (T) - Special Schedule (Union District)


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