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Guide to Wetzel County, West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Wetzel County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Wetzel County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded January 10, 1846
County Seat Martinsville
Address Wetzel County Courthouse
P O Box 156
New Martinsville, WV 26155-0156
Phone: 304-455-8224
Wetzel County Website


County Courthouse

  • County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, and burial
  • Probate, land and military records from 1846
  • Clerk of Circuit Court has divorce and naturalization[1]


Parent County

1846--Wetzel County was created 10 January 1846 from Tyler County.
County seat: Martinsville [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in West Virginia counties see: West Virginia Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





For tips on accessing Wetzel County, West Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: West Virginia Census.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Hundred
  • New Martinsville



Local Histories



West Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865

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Online Probate Records

West Virginia Will Books


Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records

. Includes marriages 1854-1970 - free.


Societies and Libraries

See also a List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wetzel County, West Virginia. Page 746 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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