Preston County, West Virginia

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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Preston_County,_West_Virginia|Preston County]]''  
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Guide to '''Preston County West Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| county = Preston County
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| state = West Virginia
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| founded year = 1818
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| founded date = January 19
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| seat wl = Kingwood
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| building address = Preston County Courthouse<br> 101 West Main Street #101<br>Kingwood, WV 26537<br>Phone: 304-329-0070<br>[http://www.prestoncountywv.org/ '''Preston County Website''']
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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County Clerk had birth, marriage, deaths<br>Probate and land records from 1869<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), Preston County, West Virginia. Page 745 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1818'''--Preston County was&nbsp;created 19 January 1818&nbsp;from Monongalia County. &nbsp;'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Kingwood <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''1818'''--Preston County was&nbsp;created 19 January 1818&nbsp;from [[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongalia]] County. &nbsp;'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Kingwood <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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See an interactive map of Preston County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/westvirginia/wv-maps.html boundary changes].
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1869--'''The courthouse burned. <br>
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'''1869--'''The courthouse burned. <br>  
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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*[[Barbour County, West Virginia|Barbour]]
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*[[Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette County, Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Garrett County, Maryland|Garrett County, Maryland]]
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*[[Grant County, West Virginia|Grant]]
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*[[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongalia]]
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*[[Taylor County, West Virginia|Taylor]]
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*[[Tucker County, West Virginia|Tucker]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Wvpreston.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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==== Family Histories<br>  ====
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===== General  =====
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*''Genealogy of Some Early Families in Grant and Pleasants Districts, Preston County, West Virginia''. Baltimore, Md., 1977.
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===== Bibliography  =====
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*'''[Wotring] '''Bell, Raymond Martin and Mabel Ghering Granquist et al. ''The Wotring-Woodring Family of Pennsylvania''. 3rd ed. Washington, Pa., 1968. Digital version at {{FSbook|185106}}; {{FHL|163424|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 2243}}.<br>
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
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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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==== Military Records ====
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===== Revolutionary War  =====
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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, Preston County on page 136.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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===== War of 1812<br>  =====
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[http://hicksgenealogy.com/1812preston.html Preston County, Virginia (now West Virginia ) War of 1812]
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===== Civil War  =====
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Company D.
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Records and histories are available, including:
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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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Preston County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030634%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1869-1970]
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West Virginia[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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===== Online West Virginia Tax site  =====
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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.
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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.
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1866, 1869-1970 - free.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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'''Preston County Historical Society<br>'''PO Box 307<br>Rowlesburg, WV 26425
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Family History Centers<br>
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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=190109&subject_disp=West+Virginia%2C+Preston&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Preston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv]
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Revision as of 01:53, 11 April 2013

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

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Preston County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Preston 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 January 19, 1818
County Seat Kingwood
Courthouse
Address Preston County Courthouse
101 West Main Street #101
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: 304-329-0070
Preston County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk had birth, marriage, deaths
Probate and land records from 1869
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]

History

Parent County

1818--Preston County was created 19 January 1818 from Monongalia County.  County seat: Kingwood [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Preston County boundary changes.

Record Loss

1869--The courthouse burned.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Wvpreston.jpg

Cemeteries

Church Records

Court Records

Family Histories

General
  • Genealogy of Some Early Families in Grant and Pleasants Districts, Preston County, West Virginia. Baltimore, Md., 1977.
Bibliography

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Naturalization

West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


Military Records

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, Preston County on page 136.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812

Preston County, Virginia (now West Virginia ) War of 1812

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Preston County, West Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Preston County, West Virginia:

- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company D.

Records and histories are available, including:

Newspapers

Probate

Preston County, West Virginia Will Books 1869-1970


West VirginiaWill Books

Taxation

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

Societies and Libraries

Preston County Historical Society
PO Box 307
Rowlesburg, WV 26425

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), Preston County, West Virginia. Page 745 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).