Cabell County, West Virginia Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Cabell County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
8th St and 4th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701
  • Count Clerk has birth and death from 1853
  • Marriage Records from 1809
  • Land Record from 1808 and Probate Records from 1809
  • Clerk Circuit Court records from 1809[1]


Parent County

1809--Cabell County was created 2 January 1809 from Kanawha County.
County seat: Huntington, as of 1887.[1] Previous seats include Guyandotte and Barboursville.

Boundary Changes

  • Wayne County was carved from Cabell in 1842, while still part of Virginia.
  • Boone County was created in 1847 from parts of Cabell, Kanawha and Logan.
  • In 1867, parts of Cabell, Boone, Kanawha and Putnam were used to create Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

The largest city is the county seat, Huntington (originally Cabell City). Other communities include Barboursville, Guyandotte, Ona, Salt Rock and Milton.

Neighboring Counties



  • The Heck Funeral Home, located in Milton, Cabell County, West Virginia, has served many individuals in Cabell County and surrounding counties. Thousands of alphabetically arranged abstracts of records are available online and may include age, birth, death, and burial dates and locations. Some records also include parents' names.

The Cabell County WVGenWeb site includes Cabell County cemeteries


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




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Huntington



Local Histories

A very rare and valuable resource, little known to those not from this area, are the papers of Fred Lambert, housed at the Special Collections of Morrow Library, Marshall University in Huntington.
Lambert wrote down oral family histories of hundreds of local families and the collection includes several boxes of his notebooks. Some, but not all, are indexed.


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia


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, Braxton County on page 134.]
Civil War

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


West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


Huntington's daily newspapers included the Herald Advertiser (historical) and Herald-Dispatch


West Virginia Will Books


How can West Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1810] Schreiner-Yates, Netti. A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia: Tax Lists of the Counties for which the Census is Missing. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1810 personal property tax list. Cabell County is included because the 1810 Census for that county has been destroyed.]
  • [1815] 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. Cabell 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.

  Cabell County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853 marriage records from 1809 (see West Virginia Archives)
land records from 1808 and Probate Records Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and circuit Records Since 1809

Societies and Libraries

KYOVA Genealogical and Historical Society, Box 1254, Huntington, WV 25714-1254
Library located at the second floor of the Second Presbyterian Church Building, 901 Jefferson Ave, Huntington, West Virginia

Cabell County Family History Hall of Fame
"May we preserve their memories & Contributions!"
Please write about deceased historians & Genealogist!

Cabell County Public Library, 455 9th Street Plaza, Huntington, WV, 25701

  • Cabell - Wayne County Historical Society P O Box 9412 Huntinton, WV  25704
Marshall Library Stacks - Marshall University - 3rd Avenue Huntington, WV 25755 1-304-696-3121

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. The closest family history centers are in the and the Huntingon Family History Center


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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).