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Putnam County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Putnam 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 March 11, 1848
County Seat Winfield


County Courthouse

Putnam County
3389 Winfield Road
Winfield WV 25213
Phone 304-586-0202

  • County Clerk has birth records from 1848, death records from 1853
  • Marriage and probate records from 1853
  • Land records from 1841
  • Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records[1]


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The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[2]

Parent County

1848--Putnam County was created 11 March 1848 from Kanawha, Mason and Cabell Counties.  County seat: Winfield [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Putnam County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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

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  • [Rust] Rust, Ellsworth Marshall. Rust of Virginia: Genealogical and Biographical Sketches of the Descendants of William Rust, 1654-1940. Washington, D.C.: Rust, 1940. FHL Book 929.273 R922re.


Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia


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


West Virginia,Naturalization Records, 1814-1991



Putnam County, West Virginia Will Books 1847 - 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

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers.  The closest family history centers are in the Huntingon Family History Center and in the Charleston Family History Center


Web Sites

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. "Putnam County, West Virginia," Wikipedia.


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