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  • Pendleton County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Hardy, Augusta and Rockingham Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1788
    County Seat:  Franklin, West Virginia

    County history - Pendleton County is named in honor of Edmund Pendleton (September 9, 1721 - October 23, 1803) was a Virginia politician, lawyer and judge, active in the American Revolutionary War.

    Pendleton Courthouse
    GHLL Pendleton 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 - Pendleton County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Pendleton County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 549
          Franklin, WV 26807

    5. US/WVGenWeb site - Pendleton County Archives
    6. US/WVGenWeb - Pendleton County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Pendleton County Clerk, Courthouse, Franklin, WV 26807.
               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):
             Grant County (north), Hardy County (northeast), Rockingham County, Virginia (east),
             Augusta County, Virginia and Highland County, Virginia (south), Pocahontas County
             (southwest), Randolph County (west).

        1895 Historical Atlas - Pendelton County.

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  • Pleasants County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 18, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Tyler, Ritchie and Wood counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  Saint Marys, West Virginia

    County history - Pleasants County is named in honor of James Pleasants, Jr. (1769-1836) was an American politician who served in the U.S. Senate from 1819 to 1822 and was the 22nd Governor of Virginia from 1822 to 1825.

    Pleasants Courthouse
    1. Pleasants County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Pleasants County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Pleasants County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Pleasants County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 335
          St. Marys, WV 26170

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pleasants County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pleasants County Vital Records - Pleasants County Clerk, Courthouse, St. Marys, WV 26170.
               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.


  • Pocahontas County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 2, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Bath, Pendleton, Greenbrier and Randolph counties.
    Established:  21-Dec-1821
    County Seat:  Marlinton, West Virginia

    County history - Pocahontas County is named in honor of Pocahontas, whose formal names were Matoaka (or Matoika) and Amonute. Pocahontas was a childhood nickname referring to her frolicsome nature (in the Powhatan language it meant "little wanton"), (c.1595 - March 21, 1617).
             She was notable for having assisted colonial settlers at Jamestown in present-day Virginia. She converted to Christianity and married the English settler John Rolfe. After they traveled to London, she became famous in the last year of her life.
             She was a daughter of Wahunsunacawh, better known as Chief or Emperor Powhatan (to indicate his primacy), who headed a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tidewater region of Virginia (called Tenakomakah by the Powhatan). These tribes made up what is known as the Powhatan Chiefdom and were part of the Algonquian language family.



    Pocahontas Courthouse
    GHLL Pocahontas 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 - Pocahontas County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Pocahontas County Historical Society
          810 Second Avenue
          Marlinton, WV 24954

    5. US/WVGenWeb site - Pocahontas County Archives
    6. US/WVGenWeb - Pocahontas County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Pocahontas County Clerk, 900C Tenth Avenue, Marlinton, WV 24954-1333.
               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):
             Webster County (northwest), Randolph County (north), Pendleton County
             (northeast), Highland County, Virginia (east), Bath County, Virginia (southeast)
             Greenbrier County (southwest).

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  • Preston County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 18, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Monongalia and Randolph Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1818
    County Seat:  Kingwood, West Virginia

    County history - Preston County is named in honor of James Patton Preston (June 21, 1774 - May 4, 1843) was a U.S. political figure. He served as the 20th Governor of Virginia between 1816 and 1819.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Preston County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Preston County Vital Records - Preston County Clerk, 101 West Main, Kingwood, WV 26537-1121.
               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.


  • Putnam County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 27, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Kanawha, Mason, Cabell and Jackson Counties.
    Established:  22-May-1848
    County Seat:  Winfield, West Virginia

    County history - Putnam County is named in honor of General Israel Putnam who was a hero in the French and Indian War and a general in the American Revolutionary War.

    Putnam Courthouse
    GHLL Putnam 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 - Putnam County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Upper Vandalia Historical Society / Poca, WV)
    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Putnam County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - Putnam County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Putnam County Clerk, 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield, WV 25213.
               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):
             Mason County (north), Jackson County (northeast), Kanawha County (east),
             Lincoln County (south), Cabell County (west).

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  • Raleigh County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Fayette County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1850
    County Seat:  Beckley, West Virginia

    County history - Raleigh County is named in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh (c. 1552 - 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, and explorer who is also largely known for introducing tobacco to Europe.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Raleigh County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Raleigh County Vital Records - Raleigh County Clerk, Courthouse, Beckley, WV 25801.
               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.

    9. Raleigh County - Biographies of county residents


  • Randolph County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 11, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Harrison county.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1787
    County Seat:  Elkins, West Virginia

    County history - Randolph County is named in honor of Edmund Jenings Randolph (August 10, 1753 - September 12, 1813) was an American attorney, the seventh Governor of Virginia, the second Secretary of State, and the first United States Attorney General.

    Randolph Courthouse
    GHLL Randolph 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 - Randolph County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Allegheny Regional Family History Society / Elkins, WV)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Randolph County Historical Society / Elkins, WV)
    7. US/WVGenWeb site - Randolph County Archives
    8. US/WVGenWeb - Randolph County Genealogy & History
    9. Randolph County Vital Records - Randolph County Clerk, Courthouse, Elkins, WV 26241.
               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):
             Tucker County (northeast), Pendleton County (east), Pocahontas County (south),
             Webster County (southwest), Upshur County (west), Barbour County (northwest).

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  • Ritchie County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Harrison, Lewis, and Wood Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1843
    County Seat:  Harrisville, West Virginia

    County history - Ritchie County is named in honor of Thomas Ritchie (November 5, 1778 - July 3, 1854) of Virginia was a leading American journalist. He read law and medicine, but set up a bookstore in Richmond, Virginia in 1803 instead of practicing either. He bought out the Republican newspaper the Richmond Enquirer in 1804, and made it a financial and political success, as editor and publisher for 41 years.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Ritchie County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Ritchie County Vital Records - Ritchie County Clerk, 115 East Main Street, Harrisville, WV 26362.
               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.


  • Roane County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Kanawha, Jackson, Wirt and Gilmer Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Spencer, West Virginia

    County history - Roane County is named in honor of Spencer Roane, who was born in Essex County, Virginia, on April 4, 1762. Roane attended private schools and entered the College of William and Mary about 1777. In 1780, Roane studied law under Chancellor George Wythe. After several years of practicing law, he entered the House of Delegates. In 1789, he was made a judge of the general court where he continued until 1794 when he was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeals. He remained a judge on the high court until his death on September 4, 1822. Twice in his lifetime Judge Roane was one of the people appointed to revise the laws of the state.



    Roane Courthouse
    GHLL Roan 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 - Roan County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Roane County Historical Society / Spencer, WV)
    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Roane County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - Roane County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Roane County Clerk, P.O. Box 69, Spencer, WV 25276.
              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):
             Wirt County (north), Calhoun County (east), Clay County (southeast), Kanawha
                County
    (south), Jackson County (west).

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  • Summers County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 26, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Greenbrier, Monroe and Mercer Counties.
    Established:  27-Feb-1871
    County Seat:  Hinton, West Virginia

    County history - Summers County is named in honor of George W. Summers (1804-1868), U.S. Congressman (VA) Circuit Court judge.

    Summers Courthouse
    1. Summers County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Summers County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Summers County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
         Summers County Historical Society
         P.O. Box 1335
         Hinton, WV 25951

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Summers County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Summers County Vital Records - Summers County Clerk, P.O. Box 97, Hinton, WV 25951-0097.
               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.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Graham House Preservation Society / Lowell, WV)


  • Taylor County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Harrison, Barbour and Marion Counties.
    Established:  19-Jan-1844
    County Seat:  Grafton, West Virginia

    County history - Taylor County is named in honor of John Taylor (December 19, 1753 - August 21, 1824) of Caroline County, Virginia was a politician and writer. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1779 81, 1783 85, 1796 1800) and in the United States Senate (1792 94, 1803, 1822 24). He was the author of several books on politics and agriculture. He was a Jeffersonian Democrat and his works provided inspiration to the later states' rights and libertarian movements.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Taylor County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Taylor County Vital Records - Taylor County Clerk, Courthouse, Grafton, WV 26354.
               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.


  • Tucker County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 6, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Randolph County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Parsons, West Virginia

    County history - Tucker County is named in honor of Henry St. George Tucker, Sr. (1780-1848) was a Virginia jurist, law professor, and U.S. Congressman (1815-1819).

    Tucker Courthouse
    1. Tucker County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Tucker County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Tucker County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Tucker County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 13
          Hambleton, WV 26269-0013

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Tucker County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Tucker County Vital Records - Tucker County Clerk, 1st & Walnut Streets, Parsons, WV 26287.
               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. 1900 Census (T) - Federal Census Tucker County (ED 134 / ED 135 / ED 137).


  • Tyler County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Ohio County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1814
    County Seat:  Middlebourne, West Virginia

    County history - Tyler County is named in honor of John Tyler Sr. (February 28, 1747 - January 6, 1813) was a Virginia planter, judge, 15th Governor of Virginia (1808-1811) and the father of the 10th President of the United States, John Tyler, Jr.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Tyler County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Tyler County Vital Records - Tyler County Clerk, P.O. Box 66, Middlebourne, WV 26149-0066.
               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.


  • Upshur County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 26, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Randolph, Barbour and Lewis Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    County Seat:  Buckhannon, West Virginia

    County history - Upshur County is named in honor of Abel Parker Upshur, U.S. Secretary of the Navy and U.S. Secretary of State under President John Tyler.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Upshur County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Upshur County Vital Records - Upshur County Clerk, Courthouse, Buckhannon, WV 26201.
               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.


  • Wayne County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 3, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Cabell County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1842
    County Seat:  Wayne, West Virginia

    County history - Wayne County is named in honor of Anthony Wayne (January 1, 1745 - December 15, 1796), who was a United States Army general and statesman. Wayne adopted a military career at the outset of the American Revolutionary War, where his military exploits and fiery personality quickly earned him a promotion to the rank of brigadier general and the sobriquet of Mad Anthony.

    Wayne Courthouse
    GHLL Wayne 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 - Wayne County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society / Wayne, WV)
    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Wayne County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    8. US/WVGenWeb - Wayne County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Wayne County Clerk, Courthouse, Wayne, WV 25570.
               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):
             Lawrence County, Ohio (north), Cabell County (northeast), Lincoln County (east),
             Mingo County (southeast), Martin County, Kentucky (south), Lawrence County,
                Kentucky
    (west), Boyd County, Kentucky (northwest).
             Note:   Counties in green print are not yet linked.


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  • Webster County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Braxton, Nicholas and Randolph Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1860
    County Seat:  Webster Springs, West Virginia

    County history - Webster County is named in honor of Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 - October 24, 1852), a leading American statesman during the nation's Antebellum Period. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. His increasingly nationalistic views and the effectiveness with which he articulated them led Webster to become one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Webster County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Webster County Vital Records - Webster County Clerk, Courthouse, Webster Springs, WV 26268.
               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.


  • Wetzel County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 22, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Tyler County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1846
    County Seat:  New Martinsville , West Virginia

    County history - Wetzel County is named in honor of Lewis Wetzel, a famous frontiersman and Indian fighter.

    Wetzel Courthouse
    GHLL Wetzel County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Wetzel 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 - Wetzel County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/WVGenWeb site - Wetzel County Archives
    7. US/WVGenWeb - Wetzel County Genealogy & History
    8. Wetzel County Vital Records - Wetzel County Clerk, P.O. Box 156, New Martinsville, WV 26155-0156.
               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):
             Marshall County (north), Greene County, Pennsylvania (northeast), Monongalia
                County
    and Marion County (east), Harrison County (southeast) and Doddridge
                County (south)
    ,
    Tyler County (southwest), Monroe County, Ohio (west).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (T) - Federal Census, 1850 Slave Schedule (Text: 1 page).


  • Wirt County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 26, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Wood and Jackson Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1848
    County Seat:  Elizabeth, West Virginia

    County history - Wirt County is named in honor of William Wirt (November 8, 1772 - February 18, 1834) was an American author and statesman who is credited with turning the position of United States Attorney General into one of influence.

    Wirt Courthouse
    1. Wirt County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Wirt County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Wirt County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Wirt County Historical Society
          P. O. Box 891
          Elizabeth, WV 26143

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wirt County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wirt County Vital Records - Wirt County Clerk, P.O. Box 53, Elizabeth, WV 26143-0053.
               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. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census, Wirt County, Slave Schedule (Text: 1 page).


  • Wood County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Harrison and Kanawha Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1798
    County Seat:  Parkersburg, West Virginia

    County history - Wood County is named in honor of James Wood (1747 - 1813) was an officer of the U.S. Continental Army during the American Revolution and the 11th Governor of Virginia.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wood County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wood County Vital Records - Wood County Clerk, Courthouse, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
               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.


  • Wyoming County, West Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  May 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Logan County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1850
    County Seat:  Pineville, West Virginia

    County history - Wyoming County name is derived from the Delaware Indian word for, wide plain.

    Wyoming Courthouse
    GHLL Wyoming 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 - Wyoming County, WV Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Wyoming County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 1186
          Pineville, WV 24874

    5. US/WVGenWeb site - Wyoming County Archives
    6. US/WVGenWeb - Wyoming County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Wyoming County Clerk, P.O. Box 309, Pineville, WV 24874-0309.
               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):
             Raleigh County (northeast), Mercer County (southeast), McDowell County (south),
             Mingo County (west), Logan County (northwest).

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