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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[West Virginia|West Virginia&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Brooke_County,_West_Virginia|Brooke County]]''  
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Brooke County
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| founded year = 1796
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| seat wl = Wellsburg
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.brookewv.org/ Brooke County Courthouse]<br>632 Main Street<br>Wellsburg, WV 26070<br>Phone: 304-737-3661
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853<br>Marriage Probate and Land Records from 1797<br>Military Records from 1797<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brooke County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
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'''1796'''--Brooke County was created 30 November 1796&nbsp;from [[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio]] County.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Wellsburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1796'''--Brooke County was created 30 November 1796&nbsp;from [[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio]] County.<br>'''County seat:''' Wellsburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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See an interactive map of Brooke County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/westvirginia/wv-maps.html boundary changes].
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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== Resources  ==
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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==== Census  ====
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Join us in indexing the [https://www.familysearch.org/1940census 1940 Census]
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
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===== Baptist  =====
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Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):
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#Cross Creek (1802)<ref name="baptist">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), 438. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref>
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Brooke County fell within the bounds of the Red Stone Association.
  
 
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==== Education  ====
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*[http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Bethany%20College%22&sort=-date Bethany College yearbooks], 1907-2007 - available online at the Internet Archive; not entirely all inclusive, but many volumes available.
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==== Genealogy  ====
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*'''[Cheeks]''' Cheeks, Donald W. ''A Cheeks Family of the Upper Ohio Valley''. 1994. {{FHL|720394|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 C414c}}
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*'''[Craft]''' Craft, Kenneth Fischer. "The Craft Family in America," ''The Southwest Virginian'', Vol. 4, No. 20 (Apr. 1981):43-45; Vol. 4, No. 21 (June 1981):36-39. {{FHL|116611|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 975.57 D25s v. 4 (1981)}}.
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*'''[Dornbläser]''' Greene, David L. "John Dornbläser of Brooke County, (West) Virginia: Recovering an Identity and Uncovering a Scandal," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 78, No. 1 (Jan. 1990):5-14. Digital version at [http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/ National Genealogical Society website] ($); {{FHL|39597|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 78 (1990)}}.
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*'''[Mendel]''' Barclay, Rachel E. "Valentine Mendel of Pennsylvania and West Virginia," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul. 1969):158-161. {{FHL|973 D25aga v. 45}}
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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Cranmer, Gibson Lamb.''History of the upper Ohio Valley: with family history and biographical sketches&nbsp;; a statement of its resources, industrial growth and commercial advantages.&nbsp;&nbsp;'' Madison, Wisconsin: Brant &amp; Fuller, c1890&nbsp;&nbsp;Digital Version&nbsp;availble at&nbsp;familyhistoryarchives.&nbsp;&nbsp; FSbook|72896}} {{FSbook|557688}}
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==== Maps  ====
 
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[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
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*''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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Brooke County on page 133.]
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Brooke County men served in the 103rd Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 56. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
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West Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429 Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]
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==== Naturalization  ====
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West Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909003 Naturalization Records, 1814-1991]
  
 
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*Cutten, George Barton. ''The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850.'' Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at {{FHL|78198|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes a section on Wellsburg silversmiths.]
  
At first glance, researchers might conclude that Virginia tax lists contain very little family history data, though one soon learns that valuable genealogical conclusions can be drawn from these records, nicknamed "annual censuses," such as: relationships, approximate years of birth, socio-economic status, identification of neighbors, the ability to distinguish between persons of the same name,&nbsp;evidence of land inheritance, years of migration, and years of death.
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==== Probate  ====
  
Virginia began enumerating residents' payments of personal property and land taxes in 1782. These two types of taxation were recorded in separate registers. Personal property tax lists include more names than land tax lists, because they caught more of the population. The Family History Library has an excellent microfilm collection of personal property tax lists from 1782 (or the year the county was organized) well into the late nineteenth century for most counties, but only scattered land tax lists. Microfilm collections at [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ The Library of Virginia]&nbsp;include land tax lists for all counties and independent cities for the years 1782 through 1978, as well as personal property tax lists for the years 1782 through 1930 (and every fifth year thereafter). Taxes were not collected in 1808.&nbsp;
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Brooke County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030601%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1797-1898]<br>West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099Taxation Will Books]
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==== Taxation  ====
  
Some tax records are available online or in print, though published abstracts often omit useful details found only in the original sources. Statewide indexes can help genealogists identify specific counties where surnames occurred in the past, providing starting points for research.<ref>"Using Personal Property Tax Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia," Library of Virginia, http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/rn3_persprop.htm.</ref><ref>"Using Land Tax Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia," Library of Virginia, http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/rn1_landtax.pdf.</ref>
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[[Virginia Tax Lists|How can Virginia tax lists help me?]]
  
*Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=692063&disp=1815+Directory+of+Virginia+landowners+%2%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL]. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Brooke County is included in Vol. 6.]
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*Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Brooke County is included in Vol. 6.]
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''[[Brooke County Genealogy, Inc.|Brooke County Genealogical Society Inc]]'''<br>P&amp; O Box 144<br>Beech Bottom, WV 26030
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=189884&subject_disp=West+Virginia%2C+Brooke&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/brooke/index.htm Brooke County, WVGenWeb] - free genealogical resources; part of the USGenWeb Project
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*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Brooke|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]
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*Brooke County, West Virginia [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/brooke.htm Microfilms at the Library of Virginia]
  
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Brooke County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Brooke 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 1796
County Seat Wellsburg
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Brooke County Courthouse
632 Main Street
Wellsburg, WV 26070
Phone: 304-737-3661

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853
Marriage Probate and Land Records from 1797
Military Records from 1797
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]

History

Parent County

1796--Brooke County was created 30 November 1796 from Ohio County.
County seat: Wellsburg [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Brooke County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Wvbrooke.jpg

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Brooke 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. Cross Creek (1802)[3]

Brooke County fell within the bounds of the Red Stone Association.

Court

Education

  • Bethany College yearbooks, 1907-2007 - available online at the Internet Archive; not entirely all inclusive, but many volumes available.

Genealogy

  • [Cheeks] Cheeks, Donald W. A Cheeks Family of the Upper Ohio Valley. 1994. FHL Book 929.273 C414c
  • [Craft] Craft, Kenneth Fischer. "The Craft Family in America," The Southwest Virginian, Vol. 4, No. 20 (Apr. 1981):43-45; Vol. 4, No. 21 (June 1981):36-39. FHL Book 975.57 D25s v. 4 (1981).
  • [Dornbläser] Greene, David L. "John Dornbläser of Brooke County, (West) Virginia: Recovering an Identity and Uncovering a Scandal," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 78, No. 1 (Jan. 1990):5-14. Digital version at National Genealogical Society website ($); FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 78 (1990).
  • [Mendel] Barclay, Rachel E. "Valentine Mendel of Pennsylvania and West Virginia," The American Genealogist, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul. 1969):158-161. FHL 973 D25aga v. 45

Land

Local Histories

Cranmer, Gibson Lamb.History of the upper Ohio Valley: with family history and biographical sketches ; a statement of its resources, industrial growth and commercial advantages.   Madison, Wisconsin: Brant & Fuller, c1890  Digital Version availble at familyhistoryarchives.   FSbook|72896}} FamilySearch Books Online


   

Maps

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Military

Revolutionary War
  • 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, Brooke County on page 133.]
War of 1812

Brooke County men served in the 103rd Regiment.[4]

Civil War

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

Naturalization

West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

Newspapers

Occupations

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

Probate

Brooke County, West Virginia Will Books 1797-1898
West Virginia Will Books

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Brooke County is included in Vol. 6.]

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

Brooke County Genealogical Society Inc
P& O Box 144
Beech Bottom, WV 26030

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Family History Centers

Web Sites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brooke 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. 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), 438. Digital version at Google Books.
  4. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 56. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.