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Gilmer County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Gilmer 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 1845
County Seat Glenville

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


County Courthouse

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Gilmer County
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Phone: 304-462-7641

County Clerk has birth, death and court records from 1853
Marriage, probate and land from 1845[1]


Parent County

1845--Gilmer County was created 3 February 1845 from Lewis and Kanawha Counties.
County seat: Glenville[2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Gilmer County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





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Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia


Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Gilmer County, West Virginia Genealogy 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 Gilmer County, West Virginia Genealogy:

- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Companies B and E.
- 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Gilmer Rifles).[3]

Records and histories are available, including:


West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991



West Virginia Will Books


Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records - Birth - Death - Marriages. See also How to order West Virginia Vital Records or order electronically online.

Societies and Libraries

Gilmer County Historical Society
706 Mineral Road
Glenville, WV 26351


Family History Centers

Web Sites

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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gilmer 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. John M. Ashcraft, 31st Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48.


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