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McDowell County, West Virginia
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.
Founded 1858
County Seat Welch

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


County Courthouse

McDowell County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG

McDowell County
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]


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 [1]

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

Neighboring Counties



McDowell County Cemeteries McDowell County, West Virginia


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


McDowell Census




Names Early Connected with the Land in McDowell County

Local Histories


McDowell County, West Virginia Map


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



Beckley Register Herald

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Welch Daily News
Box 569
Welch, WV 24801
$7.50 mth./$75.00 year subscription (only archives back a few years)


McDowell County, West Virignia Will Books 1893-1968

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

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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