Pleasants County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Pleasants County

Guide to Pleasants County, West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Pleasants County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Pleasants 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 March 29, 1851
County Seat Saint Mary's
Courthouse
Pleasants County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Pleasants County Courthouse
01 Court Lane #101
Saint Mary's, WV 26170
Phone: 304-684-3542
Pleasants County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, and probate from 1853 Land records from 1851 Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records <ref name="HBG">Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pleasants County, West Virginia. Page 745 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002

County Information

Pleasants County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1853 1860 1851 1852

History

Parent County

1851--Pleasants County was created 29 March 1851 from Wood, Tyler and Ritchie Counties.  County seat: St. Marys [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Pleasants County

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Pleasants County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1976):209-210. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
WVGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WVGenWeb Archives
WVTombstone Project
Interment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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


Join us in indexing the 1940 Census

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Pleasants County, West Virginia Genealogy 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 Pleasants County, West Virginia Genealogy:


- 20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company G.[2]
- 26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company A.[3]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Probate

Online Probate Records

West Virginia Will 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

. Includes marriages 1853-1970 - free.

  • Pleasants County WV Gen Web: The Pleasants County West Virginia website for US GenWeb is host to may excellent transcriptions of county records, including of Pleasants Co Birth Records from 1853-1891 from the LDS Family History Film #0163911, with only a couple of years missing
  • There are also marriage records available, from 1853 to 1931, transcribed from both LDS film #0163911 and from courthouse record.
  • Complying with the law enacted in 1853, Pleasants County deaths were recorded and transcriptions are available at this site also.

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

 

Websites


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References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.
  3. Richard L. Armstrong, 26th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110.