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{{West Virginia-stub}}''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Raleigh County, West Virginia|Raleigh County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Raleigh_County,_West_Virginia|Raleigh County]]''  
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Guide to '''Raleigh County West Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| founded year = 1850
 
| founded year = 1850
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| founded date = January 23
 
| seat wl = Beckley
 
| seat wl = Beckley
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| building image = Raliegh County, west Virginia Courthouse.JPG
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| building address = Raleigh County Courthouse<br> 215 Main Street<br>Beckley, WV 25801<br>Phone: 304-255-9123<br>[http://www.raleighcounty.com/ '''Raleigh County Website''']
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
*[[Image:Raliegh County, west Virginia Courthouse.JPG|right|200px|Raleigh County, West Virginia Courthouse]]&nbsp;Raleigh County, Courthouse
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County Clerk has birth, marriage, death records form 1850<br>Clerk Circuit&nbsp;Court has divorce and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Raleigh County, West Virginia. Page 745 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
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&nbsp;215 Main Street
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Beckley, WV 25801
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== History  ==
  
304-255-9123
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[http://jeff560.tripod.com/beckley1.html History of Beckley and Raleigh County]<br>[http://jeff560.tripod.com/raleigh.html Early Settlers of Raleigh County, West Virginia by Judge W&nbsp;A&nbsp;Riffe]<br>[http://books.google.com/books/about/History_of_Fayette_County_West_Virginia.html?id=YjUTAAAAYAAJ History of Fayette County, West Virginia] Google Books
 
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*County Clerk has birth, marriage, death records form 1850
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*Clk Cir Ct has div and ct records
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== History ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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Raleigh county[http://westvirginia.hometownlocator.com/wv/raleigh/ Cities and Towns]
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Raleigh County, West Virginia [http://www.raleighcountylandmarks.org/ Landmarks]
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Wvraleigh.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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&nbsp; Raleigh County, West &nbsp;Virginia [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/cem.htm Cemetery Records ](USGENWEB)
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/raleigh.htm Raleigh County Tombstone Transcription Project]
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Individual Cemeteries:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148616 Tolleytown Cemetery, Surveyor] BillionGraves. Is south of Surveyor, west of Route 305.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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*'''''1850'''''  
 
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*Turner, David Anderson. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/Raleigh1850Census.pdf Families of Raleigh County, (West) Virginia: The 1850 Census Annotated].'' Madison, W.Va.: D.A. Turner, 1982. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website.
 
*Turner, David Anderson. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/Raleigh1850Census.pdf Families of Raleigh County, (West) Virginia: The 1850 Census Annotated].'' Madison, W.Va.: D.A. Turner, 1982. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website.
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1880 Raleigh County, West Virginia [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/Census/1880MarshFork.htm Census]
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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&nbsp; Raleigh County, West Virginia [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/bible.htm Bible Records ](USGENWEB)
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&nbsp; Raleigh County, West Virginia [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/church/index.htm Churches] (USGENWEB)
  
 
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<br>[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]  
 
<br>[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]  
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Raleigh County, West Virginia [http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=raleigh+county+west+virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884ef16582c449a9:0x2b2a47123e61084e,Raleigh,+WV&gl=us&ei=i72NT4uICoLY2AWl_s2cDA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q8gEwAA Maps] <br>Raleigh County, West Virginia
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[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WV/County/raleigh.htm 1895 Map] [http://bridgehunter.com/wv/fayette/big-map/ Fayette County, West Virginia]
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Big Maps [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/maps/map-of-Fayette-County-West-Virginia.htm Fayette County, West Virginia Map]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
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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===== Civil War =====
  
'''''Civil War'''''
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'''Union'''
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:- [[8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry|8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]].<ref>Ronald R. Turner, ''7th West Virginia Cavalry'' (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb]; {{FHL|433287|item|disp=FHL Book 975.4 M2t}}.</ref>
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'''Confederate'''
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:- [[30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate)|30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate)]]. Company A.<ref>Michael West, ''30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). {{FHL|746071|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108}}.</ref>
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:- [[34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate)|34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate)]]. Company K.<ref>Scott C. Cole, ''34th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). {{FHL|676842|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94}}.</ref>
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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]
 
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/7th/index.htm 7th West Virginia Cavalry]''. Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989. Available online, courtesy:&nbsp;[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb]. [Includes biographical sketches of soldiers from Raleigh County.]
 
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/7th/index.htm 7th West Virginia Cavalry]''. Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989. Available online, courtesy:&nbsp;[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb]. [Includes biographical sketches of soldiers from Raleigh County.]
  
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==== [http://www.register-herald.com/archivesearch/ Beckley Register-Herald Newspaper Archives:]  ====
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ATT: Libby Walker - Archives <br>801 N. Kanawha Street <br>P. O. Drawer P or R <br>Beckley, WV 25802 <br>(304)255-4400 or <br>(800)950-0250
  
 
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Raleigh County, West Virginia[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/mem/wills/ralcowills1.htm Wills ]Courtesy The Riffe-Smith Collection
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Raleigh County, West Virginia [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/obits.htm Obituaries]
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==== 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 1890-1969 - free.
  
'''''Marriage'''''
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===== Marriage =====
  
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/tmarry/RaleighCountyMarriagePage.htm Raleigh County, West Virginia Marriages 1850-1911]''. 1984. Available online, courtesy:&nbsp;[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb].  
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*'''1850-1911''' - Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/tmarry/RaleighCountyMarriagePage.htm Raleigh County, West Virginia Marriages 1850-1911]''. 1984. Available online, courtesy:&nbsp;[http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb].
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*'''1851-1861''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4498 Virginia Marriages 1851-1861] (Ancestry) ($).  
 
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/MarriagesRaleighNew.pdf Raleigh County West Virginia Marriages From Other Counties]''. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website.
 
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/MarriagesRaleighNew.pdf Raleigh County West Virginia Marriages From Other Counties]''. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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*'''&nbsp;'''[http://rcpl.lib.wv.us/ Raleigh County Public Library]:
 
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*Main Branch <br>221 N. Kanawha St. <br>Beckley, WV 25801 <br>(304)255-0511 <br>http://raleigh.lib.wv.us/rcpl/
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*Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. The closest family history centers are in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Huntington_West_Virginia_Family_History_Center Huntington Family History Cente]r and the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Charleston_West_Virginia_Family_History_Center Charleston Family History Center]  
 
*Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. The closest family history centers are in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Huntington_West_Virginia_Family_History_Center Huntington Family History Cente]r and the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Charleston_West_Virginia_Family_History_Center Charleston Family History Center]  
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  West Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Raleigh County

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

link=http://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/West Virginia_Online_Genealogy_Records West Virginia
Online Records


Raleigh County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Raleigh 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 23, 1850
County Seat Beckley
Courthouse
Raliegh County, west Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Raleigh County Courthouse
215 Main Street
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: 304-255-9123
Raleigh County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death records form 1850
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]

History

History of Beckley and Raleigh County
Early Settlers of Raleigh County, West Virginia by Judge W A Riffe
History of Fayette County, West Virginia Google Books

Parent County

1850--Raleigh County was created 23 January 1850 from Fayette County.  County seat: Beckley [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Raleigh County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Raleigh countyCities and Towns

Raleigh County, West Virginia Landmarks

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Wvraleigh.jpg

Cemeteries

  Raleigh County, West  Virginia Cemetery Records (USGENWEB)

Raleigh County Tombstone Transcription Project

Individual Cemeteries:

Census

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


1880 Raleigh County, West Virginia Census

Church

  Raleigh County, West Virginia Bible Records (USGENWEB)

  Raleigh County, West Virginia Churches (USGENWEB)

Court

Family Histories

Land

Local Histories

Maps


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Raleigh County, West Virginia Maps
Raleigh County, West Virginia

1895 Map Fayette County, West Virginia

Big Maps Fayette County, West Virginia Map

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Raleigh 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 Raleigh County, West Virginia:

Union

- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[3]

Confederate

- 30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate). Company A.[4]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company K.[5]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

West Virgina, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


Newspapers
 

Beckley Register-Herald Newspaper Archives:

ATT: Libby Walker - Archives
801 N. Kanawha Street
P. O. Drawer P or R
Beckley, WV 25802
(304)255-4400 or
(800)950-0250

Probate

Raleigh County, West Virginia Will Books 1850 - 1969

West Virginia Will Books

Raleigh County, West VirginiaWills Courtesy The Riffe-Smith Collection

Raleigh County, West Virginia Obituaries

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

West Virginia Vital Records - Birth - Death - Marriages. See also How to order West Virginia Vital Records or order electronically online.. Includes marriages 1890-1969 - free.

Marriage

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Raleigh 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).
  3. Ronald R. Turner, 7th West Virginia Cavalry (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb; FHL Book 975.4 M2t.
  4. Michael West, 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108.
  5. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.