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Guide to '''Hancock 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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| building address = Hancock County Courthouse<br>P O Box 367<br>New Cumberland, WV 26047<br>Phone: 304-564-3311<br>[http://hancockcountywv.org/ '''Hancock County Website''']
 
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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Hancock_County,_West_Virginia|Hancock County]]''
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=== County Information ===
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== County Courthouse  ==
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==== Hancock County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
  
[http://hancockcountywv.org/ Hancock County Courthouse]<br>P O Box 367<br>New Cumberland, WV 26047<br>Phone: 304-564-3311 <br>
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land |'''Land''']]  
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1853
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
*County Clerk has birth, marriage, death probate and land records from 1848  
 
*County Clerk has birth, marriage, death probate and land records from 1848  
 
*Clerk Circuit Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
*Clerk Circuit Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Hancock County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/westvirginia/wv-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Beaver County, Pennsylvania|Beaver County, Pennsylvania]]  
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*[[Beaver County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Beaver County, Pennsylvania]]  
 
*[[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke]]  
 
*[[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke]]  
*[[Columbiana County, Ohio|Columbiana County, Ohio]]  
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*[[Columbiana County, Ohio Genealogy|Columbiana County, Ohio]]  
*[[Jefferson County, Ohio|Jefferson County, Ohio]]  
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*[[Jefferson County, Ohio Genealogy|Jefferson County, Ohio]]  
*[[Washington County, Pennsylvania|Washington County, Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Washington County, Pennsylvania]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3078&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|511667|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=52&CScnty=3078 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.wvgenweb.org/hancock/cemeteries.html WVGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Hancock+West+Virginia&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Hancock&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/hancock/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/hancock.htm WVTombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/hancock.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23062&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=7&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
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{{WVcensus}}&nbsp;&nbsp;  
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772415?availability=Family%20History%20Library County Court record, 1857-1927] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772400?availability=Family%20History%20Library Chancery order book, 1875-1880]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/770392?availability=Family%20History%20Library Chancery order books, 1848-1930] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772409?availability=Family%20History%20Library Fiduciary records, 1897-1904]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772461?availability=Family%20History%20Library Index to discharges, 1866-1992]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772410?availability=Family%20History%20Library Inventory books, 1864-1931]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/770384?availability=Family%20History%20Library Law order book, 1848-1871]
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==== County Clerk  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772429?availability=Family%20History%20Library County clerk's order books, 1897-1930] Original records at the Hancock County Courthouse in New Cumberland, West Virginia.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772458?availability=Family%20History%20Library Deed books, 1848-1863] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Wvhancock.jpg|right|200px|Hancock County]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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Go here for general [[West Virginia Military Records|Military Records of West Virginia]]
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===== Civil War  =====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932429|West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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'''Union'''
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:- [[1st Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]]. Company I.
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===== WW1  =====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772462?availability=Family%20History%20Library Officers and enlisted men, 1917-1918]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772468?availability=Family%20History%20Library Soldiers record, 1918]
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==== Naturalization  ====
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*'''1814 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=52226 Weirton Daily Times (Weirton, West Virginia)] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
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*'''1724 - 1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1756 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at [https:/familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — index and images
 
Hancock County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030611%3Fcc%3D1909099 Wills 1853-1917&nbsp;]
 
Hancock County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030611%3Fcc%3D1909099 Wills 1853-1917&nbsp;]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== 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  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1854-1873, 1880-1971 - free.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/325201?availability=Family%20History%20Library Hancock County, West Virginia deaths, deeds, wills, inventories, church and cemetery records] Contains deaths 1853-1899; wills, inventories, etc. 1848-1899; cemetery records ca. 1799-1936; New Cumberland Methodist Protestant Church records of births 1878-1896, baptisms 1890-1895, membership 1889-1899; Cove Christian Church (organized as the Congregation of Jesus Christ) membership rolls 1830-1892; Cove Presbyterian Church baptisms 1859-1897, membership [1859?]-1898; Nessly Chapel (M.P.) membership roll [1878?]-1898; Point Pleasant M.P. Church membership roll 1885-1896; and miscellaneous deeds 1785-1814.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772448?availability=Family%20History%20Library Will book, 1918-1932]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
'''[[Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society|Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society]]'''  
 
'''[[Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society|Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society]]'''  
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/hancock-county/ Hancock County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Hancock|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Hancock|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
 
<references /> {{West Virginia|West Virginia}}  
 
<references /> {{West Virginia|West Virginia}}  
 
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United States
West Virginia
Hancock County


Guide to Hancock 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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Hancock County, West Virginia
Map
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.
Facts
Founded January 15, 1848
County Seat New Cumberland
Courthouse
Address Hancock County Courthouse
P O Box 367
New Cumberland, WV 26047
Phone: 304-564-3311
Hancock County Website


County Information

Hancock County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1854 1850 1848 1848

County Courthouse

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

History

Parent County

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

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

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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 Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: West Virginia Census.

  

Church

Court

County Clerk

Land

  • Deed books, 1848-1863 Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.

Local Histories

Maps

Hancock County

Military

Go here for general Military Records of West Virginia

Civil War

Union

- 1st Regiment, West Virginia Infantry. Company I.
WW1

Naturalization

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Hancock County, West Virginia Wills 1853-1917 

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 1854-1873, 1880-1971 - free.

  • Hancock County, West Virginia deaths, deeds, wills, inventories, church and cemetery records Contains deaths 1853-1899; wills, inventories, etc. 1848-1899; cemetery records ca. 1799-1936; New Cumberland Methodist Protestant Church records of births 1878-1896, baptisms 1890-1895, membership 1889-1899; Cove Christian Church (organized as the Congregation of Jesus Christ) membership rolls 1830-1892; Cove Presbyterian Church baptisms 1859-1897, membership [1859?]-1898; Nessly Chapel (M.P.) membership roll [1878?]-1898; Point Pleasant M.P. Church membership roll 1885-1896; and miscellaneous deeds 1785-1814.
  • Will book, 1918-1932

Societies and Libraries

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

Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society

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

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.

Web Sites

References

  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).