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Guide to '''McDowell County West Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[McDowell_County,_West_Virginia|McDowell County]]''
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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'''McDowell County'''<br>90 Wyoming Street<br>#109 Welch, WV 24801 304-436-8344  
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[http://www.courtreference.com/McDowell-County-West-Virginia-Courts.htm McDowell County Courthouse]<br>90 Wyoming Street<br>#109 Welch, WV 24801 304-436-8344  
  
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*County Clerk has birth records from 1872  
 
*County Clerk has birth records from 1872  
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*Death records 1894  
 
*Death records 1894  
 
*Probate and land records 1897  
 
*Probate and land records 1897  
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*Circuit Court Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McDowell County, West Virginia. Page 744 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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[http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/wv/McDowell/mcdhistory.html Early History of McDowell County, West Virginia]
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[http://www.mcdowellcounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx McDowell County, West Virginia]
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[http://www.mcdowellwv.com/ Welcome to McDowell County, West Virginia]
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
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'''1858--'''McDowell County was created 20 February 1858&nbsp;from [[Tazewell County, Virginia|Tazewell]] County (Virginia).<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Welch <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1858--'''McDowell County was created 20 February 1858&nbsp;from [[Tazewell County, Virginia|Tazewell]] County (Virginia).<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Welch <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
County seat first Perryville; changed to Welch in 1892.<br>
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County seat first Perryville; changed to Welch in 1892.<br>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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[http://westvirginia.hometownlocator.com/wv/mcdowell/ Towns in McDowell County, West Virginia]
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[http://www.placenames.com/us/54047/ppl/ McDowell County place names]
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
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[[Image:Wvmcdowell.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Wvmcdowell.jpg]]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mcdowell/cemeteries/index.html McDowell County Cemeteries]
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mcdowell/cemeteries/index.html McDowell County Cemeteries]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/mcdowell.htm Tombstone Transcription Project McDowell County, West Virginia]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=3087 Find a Grave McDowell County]
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[http://usgwarchives.net/wv/mcdowell/obits.htm McDowell County Obituaries]
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[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/wv/mcdowell.html McDowell County, West Virginia Cemeteries]  
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mcdowell/census/censusindex.html McDowell Census]
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mcdowell/census/censusindex.html McDowell Census]  
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mcdowell/landnames.html Names Early Connected with the Land in McDowell County]
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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West Virginia Archives
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Evans, Norma Pontiff. ''First Families of McDowell County, West Virginia''. s.l. Author, 1981.<br>929.1 M138.<br>Friedl, Joseph. ''A History of Education in McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1976''. Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1975.<br>370.9754 F911h.<br>Goodykoontz, Wells. ''Address Delivered by Wells Goodykoontz, Tuesday, June 14, 1927, at the Unveiling of Tablet of Black Wolf, McDowell County, West Virginia'' . s.l., n.p., 1927. 929.2 H287 Pam.<br>Grisby, Louise Carter. ''Come Back With Me to Gary, West Virginia''. s.l., n.p., n.d. 975.449 G857.&nbsp;<br>Lad, Virginia. ''Sodom and Gomorrah of Today; or the History of Keystone, West Virginia''. s.l., n.p., 1912.<br>975.449 L153.<br>''McDowell County Centennial'', 1858-1958. s.l., n.p., 1958. 975.449 M138c.<br>McDowell County, West Virginia, The Nations Coal Bin. s.l., n.p., n.d. 917.5449 M138.<br>Solins, Mrs. Samuel and Jones, Mrs. Paul. ''McDowell County History; A Pictorial History of McDowell County, West Virginia''. Fort Worth, Texas, University Supply and Equipment Company, 1959. 975.449 M138.<br>Sowers, Auburn Daniel. Facts About McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., 1912. 975.449 S731 Pam.<br>''Welch West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia''. s.l., n.p., n.d.<br>917.5449 W439 Pam.
  
 
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[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WV/County/mcdowell.htm McDowell County West Virginia 1895]
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[http://www.trailsrus.com/westvirginia/McDowell-a.html TrailsRus McDowell County, West Virginia]
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[http://www.us-places.com/West-Virginia/maps/McDowell-County-map.htm &nbsp;]
  
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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Welch Daily News<br>Box 569<br>Welch, WV 24801<br>304.436.3144<br>$7.50 mth./$75.00 year subscription (only archives back a few years)
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[http://www.register-herald.com/ Beckley Register Herald]
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[http://bdtonline.com/ Bluefield Daily Telegraph]
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Welch Daily News<br>Box 569<br>Welch, WV 24801<br>304.436.3144<br>[http://mcdowell.lib.wv.us/ McDowell Public Library]&nbsp;
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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Craft Memorial Library, Bluefield, WV <br>&nbsp;
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Craft Memorial Library, Bluefield, WV <br>&nbsp;  
  
 
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv CYNDI'S List West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv CYNDI'S List West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mcdowell/articles/articlesindex.html McDowell County Articles]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mcdowell/articles/articlesindex.html McDowell County Articles]  
*[http://www.coalexchange.com/smith/mcdowella/index.htm McDowell West Virginia Families]
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*[http://www.coalexchange.com/smith/mcdowella/index.htm McDowell West Virginia Families]  
*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/WV/McDowell/state.html McDowell Count National Register of Historic Places]
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*[http://www.geocities.com/mcdowellcounty/photoindex.html McDowell County, West Virginia Photo Album]
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*[http://www.coalcampusa.com/sowv/flattop/mcdowell/mcdowell.htm Flat Top Field, McDowell County, West Virginia]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/wv/mcdowell/bios.htm McDowell County Biographies]
  
 
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Guide to McDowell County West Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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McDowell County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting McDowell 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 1858
County Seat Welch
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

McDowell County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG

McDowell County Courthouse
90 Wyoming Street
#109 Welch, WV 24801 304-436-8344


  • County Clerk has birth records from 1872
  • Marriage records from 1861
  • Death records 1894
  • Probate and land records 1897
  • Circuit Court Clerk has divorce records[1]

History

Early History of McDowell County, West Virginia

McDowell County, West Virginia

Welcome to McDowell County, West Virginia

Parent County

1858--McDowell County was created 20 February 1858 from Tazewell County (Virginia).
County seat: Welch [2]

County seat first Perryville; changed to Welch in 1892.

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of McDowell County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns in McDowell County, West Virginia

McDowell County place names

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Wvmcdowell.jpg

Cemeteries

McDowell County Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcription Project McDowell County, West Virginia

Find a Grave McDowell County

McDowell County Obituaries

McDowell County, West Virginia Cemeteries

Census

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

McDowell Census

Church

Court

Land

Names Early Connected with the Land in McDowell County

Local Histories

West Virginia Archives

Evans, Norma Pontiff. First Families of McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l. Author, 1981.
929.1 M138.
Friedl, Joseph. A History of Education in McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1976. Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1975.
370.9754 F911h.
Goodykoontz, Wells. Address Delivered by Wells Goodykoontz, Tuesday, June 14, 1927, at the Unveiling of Tablet of Black Wolf, McDowell County, West Virginia . s.l., n.p., 1927. 929.2 H287 Pam.
Grisby, Louise Carter. Come Back With Me to Gary, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., n.d. 975.449 G857. 
Lad, Virginia. Sodom and Gomorrah of Today; or the History of Keystone, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., 1912.
975.449 L153.
McDowell County Centennial, 1858-1958. s.l., n.p., 1958. 975.449 M138c.
McDowell County, West Virginia, The Nations Coal Bin. s.l., n.p., n.d. 917.5449 M138.
Solins, Mrs. Samuel and Jones, Mrs. Paul. McDowell County History; A Pictorial History of McDowell County, West Virginia. Fort Worth, Texas, University Supply and Equipment Company, 1959. 975.449 M138.
Sowers, Auburn Daniel. Facts About McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., 1912. 975.449 S731 Pam.
Welch West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., n.d.
917.5449 W439 Pam.

Maps

McDowell County, West Virginia Map

McDowell County West Virginia 1895

TrailsRus McDowell County, West Virginia

 

Military

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

Naturalization

Newspapers

Beckley Register Herald

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Welch Daily News
Box 569
Welch, WV 24801
304.436.3144
McDowell Public Library 

Probate

McDowell County, West Virignia Will Books 1893-1968


West Virginia Will Books

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

McDowell County Historical Society
HC 61 Box 37-B
Paynesville, WV 24873
President: Dr. Tom Hatcher
Secretary/Treasurer: Geneva Steele

Family History Centers

The closest family history centers are the Huntington Family History Center and Charleston Family History Center

Craft Memorial Library, Bluefield, WV
 

Web Sites

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References


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McDowell County, West Virginia. Page 744 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).