Berkeley County, West Virginia

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*'''[McNew]''' Hockett, Thomas Jack and Janice M. Snead. ''William Macknew (McNew), 1715-1791 and Wife, Mary____ of Prince Georges County, MD, Frederick (Berkeley) County, VA and Fincastle (Washington) County, VA: An Early Settler to the County of Fincastle (Washington), 1773''. St. Davids, Pa.: J. Hockett, 1991. {{FHL|518943|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 M218ht}}  
 
*'''[McNew]''' Hockett, Thomas Jack and Janice M. Snead. ''William Macknew (McNew), 1715-1791 and Wife, Mary____ of Prince Georges County, MD, Frederick (Berkeley) County, VA and Fincastle (Washington) County, VA: An Early Settler to the County of Fincastle (Washington), 1773''. St. Davids, Pa.: J. Hockett, 1991. {{FHL|518943|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 M218ht}}  
 
*'''[May]''' Cuddy, Jo Ann. "John May Family," ''Bulletin of the Watauga Association of Genealogists,'' Vol. 15, No. 1 (1986):60.  
 
*'''[May]''' Cuddy, Jo Ann. "John May Family," ''Bulletin of the Watauga Association of Genealogists,'' Vol. 15, No. 1 (1986):60.  
*'''[Miller]''' Whitaker, Mildred Campbell. ''Genealogy of the Campbell, Noble, Gorton, Shelton, Gilmour and Byrd Families.'' St. Louis, Mo.: Mound City Press, 1927. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=17165 Ancestry] ($) and {{FSbook|217405}} - free.
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*'''[Miller]''' Whitaker, Mildred Campbell. ''Genealogy of the Campbell, Noble, Gorton, Shelton, Gilmour and Byrd Families.'' St. Louis, Mo.: Mound City Press, 1927. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=17165 Ancestry] ($) and {{FSbook|217405}} - free.  
 
*'''[Miller]''' Miller, Lori. ''Burns--Miller--Garrett--Benson Families, ca. 1794-1932''. Typescript, Butler Area Public Library, Butler, Pa. Microfilmed 1991. Reproduction: {{FHL|583158|item|disp=FHL Film 1675268 Item 39}}  
 
*'''[Miller]''' Miller, Lori. ''Burns--Miller--Garrett--Benson Families, ca. 1794-1932''. Typescript, Butler Area Public Library, Butler, Pa. Microfilmed 1991. Reproduction: {{FHL|583158|item|disp=FHL Film 1675268 Item 39}}  
 
*'''[Morgan]''' Chancellor, Johnson Camden. ''The Chancellors''. Odessa, Texas: West Texas Office Supply, 1963. {{FHL|203550|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C36c}}.  
 
*'''[Morgan]''' Chancellor, Johnson Camden. ''The Chancellors''. Odessa, Texas: West Texas Office Supply, 1963. {{FHL|203550|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C36c}}.  
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*'''[Nourse]''' Lyle, Maria Catherine Nourse. ''James Nourse and His Descendants''. Lexington, Ky.: Transylvania Printing Company, 1897. {{FHL|18206|item}} 929.273 N855L  
 
*'''[Nourse]''' Lyle, Maria Catherine Nourse. ''James Nourse and His Descendants''. Lexington, Ky.: Transylvania Printing Company, 1897. {{FHL|18206|item}} 929.273 N855L  
 
*'''[Nourse]''' Long, Martha Ann Nourse. "Weston Hall: The Seat of the Nourse Family," ''The Kentucky Genealogist'', Vol. 27, No. 2 (Apr./June 1985):43-66. {{FHL|149488|item}} 976.9 B2kg v. 27 (1985)  
 
*'''[Nourse]''' Long, Martha Ann Nourse. "Weston Hall: The Seat of the Nourse Family," ''The Kentucky Genealogist'', Vol. 27, No. 2 (Apr./June 1985):43-66. {{FHL|149488|item}} 976.9 B2kg v. 27 (1985)  
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*'''[Pendleton]''' Meade, William. ''Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia''. 2 vols. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861. Digital versions at Internet Archive: [http://www.archive.org/details/oldchurchesminis01meaduoft Vol. I] and [http://archive.org/details/oldchurchesminis02meaduoft Vol. II] - free.
 
*'''[Pendleton]''' Kennedy, Mary Selden. ''Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families''. New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Co., c1911. Digital versions of Vol. 1 at [http://books.google.com/books?id=X6xRAAAAMAAJ Google Books]; [http://www.archive.org/details/seldensofvirgini01kenn Internet Archive] | Vol. 2 at {{FSbook|96908}};[http://www.archive.org/details/seldensofvirgini00kenn Internet Archive]; {{FHL|29009|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Se48k}}.  
 
*'''[Pendleton]''' Kennedy, Mary Selden. ''Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families''. New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Co., c1911. Digital versions of Vol. 1 at [http://books.google.com/books?id=X6xRAAAAMAAJ Google Books]; [http://www.archive.org/details/seldensofvirgini01kenn Internet Archive] | Vol. 2 at {{FSbook|96908}};[http://www.archive.org/details/seldensofvirgini00kenn Internet Archive]; {{FHL|29009|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Se48k}}.  
 
*'''[Plunket]''' Reinders, Alice K. "Patrick Plunket: A Virginia Revolutionary Soldier," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 24, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1980):9-10. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 24 (1980)}}.  
 
*'''[Plunket]''' Reinders, Alice K. "Patrick Plunket: A Virginia Revolutionary Soldier," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 24, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1980):9-10. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 24 (1980)}}.  

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United States Gotoarrow.png West Virginia Gotoarrow.png Berkeley County

Guide to Berkeley County West Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. Located in the Shenandoah Valley region.

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Online Records


Berkeley County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Berkeley County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 10, 1772
County Seat Martinsburg
Courthouse
Berkeley County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Berkeley County Courthouse
126 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401-3209
Phone - 304-264-1929
Berkeley County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death from 1865
Marriage from 1781
Probate Record from 1772
Land Record from 1880
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records[1]

Berkeley County

History

Aler's history of Martinsburg and Berkeley County, West Virginia

Berkeley County History

Parent County

1772-- Berkeley County was created 10 February 1772 from Frederick County (Virginia).
County seat: Martinsburg [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Berkeley County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Berekeley County West Virginia Communities

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Research Guides

  • Good, Rebecca H. and Rebecca A. Ebert. Finding Your People in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1998. 4th ed. FHL Book 975 D27e 1998
  • Macomber, Kenneth D. "Genealogical Research in Berkeley County, West Virginia," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 30, No. 5 (Oct. 2004):1-3. FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.

Cemeteries

Berkeley County, West Virginia Cemeteries

Find A Grave - Berkeley County, West Virginia

Interment.net Cemetery Records on line

Tombstone transcription Project - Berkeley County

  • "Cemetery Record," Rowan County Register, Vol. 16, No. 4 (Nov. 2001):3749. FHL. [Discusses a gravemarker from Salem United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, surname: McCormick, date of death: 1858, which identifies the person's 1788 birthplace as Burkley [sic] County, Virginia.]

Census

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

Join us in indexing the 1940 Census

Church

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Mill Creek (1766).[3] A historical marker places the organization at "prior to 1742."[4]
  2. Timber Ridge (1809)[3]

The 10,000 name petition (dated 16 October 1776) has been digitized at the Library of Congress website. It was signed by people from all over Virginia who wanted an end to persecution of Baptists by the Established Church. Baptists and Baptist sympathizers alike signed the petition. To find your ancestor in this record, first check Hall's transcription in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Vols. 35-38, with annotations in Vol. 39), which is available online at Ancestry ($). It is also available in book form at the Family History Library: FHL Book 975.5 B2vs v. 35-39. Then proceed to the Library of Congress website to see the original images.


Berkeley County fell within the bounds of the Ketocton Association.

Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also Norborne Parish

Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Middle Creek Monthly Meeting, Darkesville, W.Va. (1762-1828)[5]
  • Mill Creek Monthly Meeting, Arden, W.Va. (1759-1800)[5]
  • Providence Monthly Meeting, near Martinsburg, W.Va. (1736-1758) aka Beeson's replaced by Tuscarora[5]
  • Tuscarora Monthly Meeting, near Martinsburg, W.Va. (1760-1796)[5]

Court

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • Berekeley County Biographies
General

Gotoarrow.png See also Frederick County, Virginia Genealogy.

Compiled genealogies that treat multiple Berkeley County families include:

  • O'Dell, Cecil. Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia. Marceline, Mo.: Walsworth Pub. Co., 1995. FHL Collection. One of the most impressively researched one-place studies in the United States. In a review, Dorman stated "Comprehensive studies such as this appear only rarely. This volume should be in every Virginia genealogical collection."[6]
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  • [Ament] McJohn, James F. The Ament Family of York County, Pennsylvania. LaGrange, Ill.: McJohn Research, 1992.
  • [Barnes] Cole, Mary. "Stevens - Barnes - King - Mears Connection," Bulletin of the Watauga Association of Genealogists, Vol. 24, No. 2 (1995):141-142.
  • [Beeks] Adams, Katherine K. Addams—Adams and Allied Families, ca. 1715-1925. Unpublished, 1925.
  • [Beeks] Adams, Katherine K. Ancestors of Katharine Kellogg Adams. Unpublished. 1928.
  • [Beeks] Adams, Katherine K. “The Beeks Family,” The Researcher: A Magazine of History & Genealogical Exchange, ():109-113.
  • [Beeks] Adams, Katherine K. Genealogy Column of the Boston Transcript, March 15, 1922. 9589.
  • [Beeks] Adams, Katherine K. Genealogy Column of the Boston Transcript, December 10, 1924. 2498.
  • [Beeks] Adams, Katherine K. “Genealogical Queries,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 2nd Ser., Vol. 6, No. 3 (Jul. 1926):245-250. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [Beeks] Adams, Katherine K. “Query: Beakes or Beeks,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 54, No. 3 (1930):288. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [Beeks] Adams, Katherine K. “Genealogical Notes and Queries: Barnes-Bonner-Beakes,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 2nd Ser., Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jan. 1931):73. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [Beeler] Pappas, Carolyn H. "Christopher Beeler, 1705-1775," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 43, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1999):243-255; Vol. 44, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2000):18-30; Vol. 44, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2000):115-125. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg.
  • [Benson] Miller, Lori. Burns--Miller--Garrett--Benson Families, ca. 1794-1932. Typescript, Butler Area Public Library, Butler, Pa. Microfilmed 1991. Reproduction: FHL Film 1675268 Item 39
  • [Boyd] Paul, Gordon W. John Boyd of Berkeley County, West Virginia. Albuquerque, New Mexico: G.W. Paul, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 B692pg
  • [Buckles] Albert, Ethel Evans. Southwest Virginia Kin. 2 vols. Kingsport, Tenn.: 1977. FHL Book 975.57 D2a v. 1-v. 2
  • [Burns] Miller, Lori. Burns--Miller--Garrett--Benson Families, ca. 1794-1932. Typescript, Butler Area Public Library, Butler, Pa. Microfilmed 1991. Reproduction: FHL Film 1675268 Item 39
  • [Campbell] Campbell, Martha W. The Duties and Contributions of James Campbell to Berkeley County, West Virginia. Typescript. Microfilmed 1991. FHL Film 1787180 Item 17
  • [Chapman] Chapman, George E. Chapman Family Historical Workbook. Allison Park, Pa.: G.E. Chapman, 1966. FHL Film 1015849 Item 2
  • [Chapman] Chapman, George E. Chapman Family Historical Workbook. 2 vols. Mars, Pa.: G.E. Chapman, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 C366cg
  • [Clark] French, Grace Clark. Descendants of Ambrose Clark of Berkeley and Morgan Counties, Virginia, and Their History, 1765-1973. Hagerstown, Md.: G.C. French, 1974. FHL Book 929.273 C547fg
  • [Cunningham] Newman, Betty Cunningham. Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. FHL Book 929.273 C917n.
  • [Cunningham] Dunn, Victor S. "Family Record of George Cunningham of Berkeley County, [West] Virginia, and Probable Parentage of His Second Wife Ruth," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Feb. 2010):33-39. FHL Book 975.5 B2vs.
  • [Cunningham] Dunn, Victor S. "Using Lawsuits to Identify Family Origins: George Cunningham of Virginia," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 98, No. 4 (Dec. 2010), 251-261.
  • [Daniel] Woods, Dorothy J. and Michael E. Pollock. "The Daniel/Daniels Family in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties," Frederick Findings, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 1988):19-24; Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring 1988):80-87; Vol. 1, No. 3 (Summer 1988):139-145; Vol. 1, No. 4 (Fall 1988):219-222; Vol. 2, No. 1 (Winter 1989):41-49; Vol. 2, No. 3 (Summer 1989):157-167; Vol. 2, No. 4 (Fall 1989):251-258; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Winter 1990):1-10; Vol. 3, No. 2 (Spring 1990):79-88; Vol. 3, No. 3 (Summer 1990):175-188; Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 1990):207-212. FHL Book 975.59 D25f.
  • [Dawkins] Prewitt, Lela Wolfe. The Dawkins and Stewart Families of Virginia and Kentucky. [Fairfield, Iowa: Prewitt], 1968. FHL Book 929.273 D322p.
  • [Duke] Brandenberger, Evelyn Duke. The Duke Family. 2 vols. [Houston, Texas]: E.D. Brandenberger, 1979-1995. FHL Book 929.273 D885b v. 1-v. 2.
  • [Dunham] Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009. FHL Book 973 D2r 2009; online bookstore.
  • [Faris] Wilson, Mrs. George F. "Aaron Faris, Jr.," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1975):128-129.
  • [Flagg] Flagg, Charles Allcott. Descendants of Josiah Flagg of Berkeley County, W. Va. With Sketches of the Flagg, Keyes, Foss, Shively, Hughes, Slemons and Campbell Ancestries. Boston, Mass.: Press of T.R. Marvin & Son, 1920. FHL Collection; digital version at {{FSbook|FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Garrett] Miller, Lori. Burns--Miller--Garrett--Benson Families, ca. 1794-1932. Typescript, Butler Area Public Library, Butler, Pa. Microfilmed 1991. Reproduction: FHL Film 1675268 Item 39
  • [Geringer] Shaper, M. Caroline. Unpuzzling One David Geringer/Gerringer/Garinger/Garringer. [Washington C.H. [i.e. Court House], Ohio: M.C. Shaper], 1992. FHL Book 929.273 G183s; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Gerrard] Society of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, Robert Glenn Thurtle, and Lillian S. King. Pedigrees of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy. 3 vols. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Brothers, 1976-1987. FHL Books 973 D2cc v. 1-3.
  • [Gray] Gray, Clarence E. and Lynn Jones Warren. The Michael Gray Family: of Berkeley and Morgan Counties, Virginia (now West Virginia) and Fayette and Greene Counties, Ohio. Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen, 2001. FHL Book 929.273 G793gc; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Grundy] Thompson, Mrs. Arthur A. "The Family of Samuel Seay, Amelia County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1963):127-135. FHL 975.5 B2vg; digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • [Habermehl] Allemong, Kathern Ruppenthal and Sylvia H. Clark. Johann Christian Habermehl, Morgan County (VA) WV, Hovermale/Hovermill/Hawvermale Descendants, 1731-1993. Berkeley Springs, W. Va.: Morgan County Historical and Genealogical Society (West Virginia), 1993. FHL Book 929.273 H113ak
  • [Hardon] Hardon, Henry W. Some of the Ancestors and the Children of Anna Hall Field, Wife of Comfort Hardon, Esq.: Sometime Civil Justice in Berkeley Co., W. Va., She was Born December 26, 1797, at Taunton, Mass. n.p.: H.W. Hardon, 1904. FHL Film 22358 Item 1; digital version at Open Library.
  • [Harrison] Harrison, G. Eugene. Threads. Peoria, Ariz.: G.E. Harrison, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 H245hg
  • [Hedges] Eustice, Joanne, Mackey Hedges, and Hedges Family Association. Jonas Hedges (1716-1804) & Wife Agnes Powelson of Berkeley Co., VA (W VA) and Their Descendants. St. George, Utah: Hedges Family Association, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 H358ejo
  • [Hite] The Colonial Dames of America. Ancestral Records and Portraits, 2 vols. New York: The Grafton Press Publishers, 1910. Digitized by Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II - both free.
  • [Hunter] Kennedy, Mary Selden. Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families. New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Co., c1911. Digital versions of Vol. 1 at Google Books; Internet Archive | Vol. 2 at FamilySearch Books Online;Internet Archive; FHL Book 929.273 Se48k.
  • [Knox] Wood, Christine Knox. Knox Memorial: Descendants of William Knox Who Died 1778 Berkeley Co., Va., His Son George Knox, Revolutionary Soldier, Born Ireland, 1761, Died Howard County Missouri 1833 as Many as 9 Proven Generations to Date. [Lubbock, Texas: C. Wood?], 1972. FHL Book 929.273 K779w v. 1-2
  • [Lucas] Hall, Betty Porter. Governor Robert Lucas, His Ancestors and Descendants. LaVerne, Calif.: University of LaVerne Press, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 L964hb.
  • [McNew] Hockett, Thomas Jack and Janice M. Snead. The Macknew (McNew) and Marlow (Marler; Marley) Family of Prince Georges Cty, Md., Frederick (Berkeley) Cty, Va. and Fincastle (Washington) Cty., Va., and the Possibly Allied Families of Hargis and Berry. Typescript, microfilmed 1991. FHL Collection 1697545 Item 21; also FHL Collection 929.273 M218ht
  • [McNew] Hockett, Thomas Jack and Janice M. Snead. William Macknew (McNew), 1715-1791 and Wife, Mary____ of Prince Georges County, MD, Frederick (Berkeley) County, VA and Fincastle (Washington) County, VA: An Early Settler to the County of Fincastle (Washington), 1773. St. Davids, Pa.: J. Hockett, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 M218ht
  • [May] Cuddy, Jo Ann. "John May Family," Bulletin of the Watauga Association of Genealogists, Vol. 15, No. 1 (1986):60.
  • [Miller] Whitaker, Mildred Campbell. Genealogy of the Campbell, Noble, Gorton, Shelton, Gilmour and Byrd Families. St. Louis, Mo.: Mound City Press, 1927. Digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Miller] Miller, Lori. Burns--Miller--Garrett--Benson Families, ca. 1794-1932. Typescript, Butler Area Public Library, Butler, Pa. Microfilmed 1991. Reproduction: FHL Film 1675268 Item 39
  • [Morgan] Chancellor, Johnson Camden. The Chancellors. Odessa, Texas: West Texas Office Supply, 1963. FHL Book 929.273 C36c.
  • [Morgan] Society of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, Robert Glenn Thurtle, and Lillian S. King. Pedigrees of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy. 3 vols. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Brothers, 1976-1987. FHL Books 973 D2cc v. 1-3.
  • [Motter] Russell, Donna Valley. "Valentine Motter of Middletown," Western Maryland Genealogy, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Jan. 1987):3-9; Vol. 3, No. 2 (Apr. 1987):51-56.
  • [Newman] Boogher, William F. Gleanings of Virginia History: An Historical and Genealogical Collection, Largely from Original Sources. Washington: n.p., 1903. FHL Collection; digital version at Google Books. [Includes a chapter titled "Genealogy of the Newman Family, 1618-1900," see Table of Contents; discusses Newmans of Berkeley County.]
  • [Nourse] Lyle, Maria Catherine Nourse. James Nourse and His Descendants. Lexington, Ky.: Transylvania Printing Company, 1897. FHL Collection 929.273 N855L
  • [Nourse] Long, Martha Ann Nourse. "Weston Hall: The Seat of the Nourse Family," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Apr./June 1985):43-66. FHL Collection 976.9 B2kg v. 27 (1985)
  • [Pendleton] Meade, William. Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia. 2 vols. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861. Digital versions at Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II - free.
  • [Pendleton] Kennedy, Mary Selden. Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families. New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Co., c1911. Digital versions of Vol. 1 at Google Books; Internet Archive | Vol. 2 at FamilySearch Books Online;Internet Archive; FHL Book 929.273 Se48k.
  • [Plunket] Reinders, Alice K. "Patrick Plunket: A Virginia Revolutionary Soldier," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1980):9-10. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 24 (1980).
  • [Range] Range, Joan Elaine. "Noah Range Descendants," Bulletin of the Watauga Association of Genealogists, Vol. 29, No. 2 (2000):148-149.
  • [Rumsey] Beltzhoover, George M. "James Rumsey, The Inventor of the Steamboat," Paper, The West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society's Publication, ca. 1900.
  • [Seaton] Katheder, Thomas. "Seaton of Fauquier County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2000):83-102. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg.
  • [Seibert] Bell, Raymond Martin. The Seibert Family. Wolfersweiler, Saar. Tulpehocken, Pennsylvania. Clear Springs, Maryland. Martinsburg, West Virginia. Washington, Pa., 1959.
  • [Slagle] von Frank, Karl Friedrich. The Slagle Family in America, Descended from the Schlegel von Gottleben Family of Germany. Baltimore, Md.: A.R. Slagle, 1967. FHL Book 929.273 SL 12sr.
  • [Snodgrass] Snodgrass Clan Society et al. The Mace: Official Journal of the Snodgrass Clan Society. Indianapolis, Ind.: Snodgrass Clan Society, 1977-. FHL Book 929.27305 Sn52h
  • [Spiker] W.R. Spiker Family Association. W.R. Spiker Family Newsletter. Berkeley Springs, W. Va.: W.R. Spiker Family Association, 2003. FHL Book 929.27305 Sp44w
  • [Stephen] Kennedy, Mary Selden. Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families. New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical Co., c1911. Digital versions of Vol. 1 at Google Books; Internet Archive | Vol. 2 at FamilySearch Books Online;Internet Archive; FHL Book 929.273 Se48k.
  • [Stephen] "General Adam Stephen," The Appalachian Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Sep. 1996):90. FHL US/CAN Book 975.5743 D25a v. 1, no. 2 (Sep. 1996).
  • [Strode] Boss, Lula Reed. "Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Mason County, Kentucky," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1967):52-57.
  • [Strother] Owen, Thomas McAdory, "William Strother of Virginia and His Descendants," Publications of the Southern History Association, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Apr. 1898):149-173. Digitized by Internet Archive.
  • [Stuntz] Stuntz, Jeanne DeCamp Cheadle and Rick J. Ashton. Stuntz, Fuller, Kennard and Cheadle Ancestors. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University, University Libraries, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 St94sj.
  • [Swaim] Eustice, Robert L. and Joanne Eustice. A Homespun History of Matthias Swaim (1740-1825) and Wife, Abigail (Hedges) Swaim: of Frederick County, Virginia and Berkeley County, West Virginia and Their Descendants. St. George, Utah: B. & J. Eustice, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 Sw13e.
  • [Washington] Hardy, Stella Pickett. Colonial Families of the Southern States of America. New York: Tobias A. Wright, 1911. Digital version at Google Books - free.
  • [Woltz] Woltz, Flora Lee. The Woltz Family. Berryville, Va., 1975.
  • [Womeldorf] Komarek, Carole Womeldorf. Frederick Womeldorf: The Pennsylvania/Virginia Connection. n.p.: Womelsdorf Family Association, 1984 (?). FHL Book 929.273 W842kc
  • [Yadon] Fletcher, Virginia Billingsley. "Down in the Barns", The Kecks of Claiborne County, Tennessee; The Ancestors and Descendants of John "Guider" Keck and His Wife Rebecca A. Yadon. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1983. Digital version at Family History Archives; FHL Fiche 6075685 (5 fiche).

Immigration

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Berkeley County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Land

Grants and Patents

  • Gray, Gertrude E. Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775. Vol. II. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997. FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes Berkeley County.]
  • Gray, Gertrude E. Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1775-1800. Vol. III. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993. FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes Berkeley County.]
  • Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia - Berkeley

Local Histories

Archives & History Berkeley County, West Virginia Books

  • Cartmell, T. K. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: A History of Frederick County, Virginia (Illustrated) from Its Formation in 1738 to 1908, Compiled Mainly from Original Records of Old Frederick County, Now Hampshire, Berkeley, Shenandoah, Jefferson, Hardy, Clarke, Warren, Morgan and Frederick. n.p.: n.p., c1909. FHL US/CAN Book 975.59 H2c 1963; FHL US/CAN Film 1000634 Item 1; digital version at Ancestry ($); FamilySearch Books Online
  • Norris, J. E.. History of the Lower Shenandoah Valley Counties of Frederick, Berkeley, Jefferson and Clarke: Their Early Settlement and Progress to the Present Time, Geological Features, a Description of Their Historic and Interesting Localities, Cities, Towns and Villages, Portraits of Some of the Prominent Men, and Biographies of Many of the Representative Citizens. Chicago: A. Warner, 1890. Original edition available at FHL; 1972 reprint available at FHL; digital version of original edition at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).
  • Aler, F. Vernon. Aler's history of Martinsburg and Berkeley County, West Virginia: from the origin of the Indians, embracing their settlements, wars and depredations, to the first white settlement of the valley, also including the wars between the settlers and their mode digital version at FamilySearch Books Online

Maps

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Martinsville West Virginia Map

Berkeley County, West Virginia Map

Migration

West Virgina, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991
Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1975):248-254. FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Berkeley County's 1788 Delinquent List appears on pp. 250-254.]

Military

Go here for general Military Records of West Virginia


French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. FHL. [Identifies some Berkeley County veterans and 1774-1775 militia officers; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War

Regiments. Service men in Berkeley County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Berkeley County supplied soldiers for the:

- 8th Virginia Regiment
- 12th Virginia Regiment (8th Company)[7]Berkeley County, West Virginia Revolutionary War Pension List

Additional resources:

Berkeley residents recommended for military commissions during the Revolutionary War.[8]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Berkeley County on page 134.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812

Berkeley County men served in the 67th Regiment.[9]

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Berkeley County, West Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Berkeley County, West Virginia:


- 1st Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Local Defense (Confederate). Company B (Berkeley Troop)
- 1st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate).
- 1st Regiment, Virginia Light Artillery (Pendleton's) (Confederate). Company B (Wise Artillery)
- 2nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Berkeley Border Guards), Company E (Hedgesville Blues)
- 11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry. Company A (The Wildcat Company).[10]
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Berkeley County.



Map showing Civil War battles in West Virginia.

Naturalization

Newspapers

Journal Newspaper

Occupations

  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. FHL. [Includes a section on Martinsburg silversmiths.]

Probate

Berkeley West Virginia Wills 1772-1965

West Virginia Will Books

Wills of Berkely County, West Virginia 1744 -1880

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Berkeley County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Taxation

How can West Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1774] Rice, William H. The 1774 List of Tithables and Wheel Carriages in Berkeley County, Virginia. Elkins, W. Va.: W.H. Rice, 2006. FHL Book 975.497 R4r
  • [1782] Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. FHL. [1782 personal property tax list of Berkeley County.]
  • [1787, 1788] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. FHL. [Source for this publication are the 1787 personal property tax list and 1787/1788 tax delinquent lists. Berkeley County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • [1788] Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1975):248-254. FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Berkeley County's 1788 Delinquent List appears on pp. 250-254.]
  • [1798] Berkeley County Historical Society. 1798 House Tax and Slave Tax of Berkeley County, Virginia: This Included the Area in 2003 of Berkeley County, Jefferson County and 2/3 of Morgan County West Virginia. Martinsburg, W. Va.: Berkeley County Historical Society, 2003. FHL Book 975.49 R4b
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. FHL Book 975 E4w v. 6. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Berkeley County is included in Vol. 6.]
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

Marriage

Societies and Libraries

Berkelely County Genealogical-Historical Society
P O Box 1624
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401

Berkeley County Historical Society

Martinsburg Berkeley County Public Libraries

Naylor Memorial Pubic Library

Musselman - South Berkeley Branch Library

Belle Boyd House and Museum

Family History Centers

 

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Berkeley County, West Virginia. Page 743 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 386-387. Digital version at Google Books.
  4. "Mill Creek Baptist Church," The Historical Marker Database, http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=14596, accessed 20 June 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  6. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1995):236.
  7. E.M. Sanchez-Saavedra, A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations in the American Revolution, 1774-1787 (Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1978), 67-68. FHL Book 975.5 M2s.
  8. J.T. McAllister, Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: McAllister's Data (Hot Springs, Va.: McAllister Pub. Co., 1913), 24. Digitized by Internet Archive.
  9. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 53. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  10. Richard L. Armstrong, 11th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 52.
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 20 September 2012)
  12. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 25 September 2012)