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Guide to Hancock County West Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Hancock County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Hancock 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 January 15, 1848
County Seat New Cumberland
Address Hancock County Courthouse
P O Box 367
New Cumberland, WV 26047
Phone: 304-564-3311
Hancock County Website


County Courthouse

  • County Clerk has birth, marriage, death probate and land records from 1848
  • Clerk Circuit Clerk has divorce records[1]


Parent County

1848--Hancock County was created 15 January 1848 from Brooke County.
County seat: New Cumberland [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Hancock County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





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





Local Histories



Go here for general Military Records of West Virginia

Civil War


- 1st Regiment, West Virginia Infantry. Company I.



Hancock County, West Virginia Wills 1853-1917 


Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records

. Includes marriages 1854-1873, 1880-1971 - free.

Societies and Libraries

Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society

Tri-State Genealogical and Historical Society
P O Box 454
Newell, West Virginia 26050-0454

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock 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).


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