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McDowell County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting McDowell County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1858
County Seat Welch

United States  Gotoarrow.png  West Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  McDowell County

County Courthouse

McDowell County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG

McDowell County Courthouse
90 Wyoming Street
#109 Welch, WV 24801 304-436-8344

  • County Clerk has birth records from 1872
  • Marriage records from 1861
  • Death records 1894
  • Probate and land records 1897
  • Circuit Court Clerk has divorce records[1]


Early History of McDowell County, West Virginia

McDowell County, West Virginia

Welcome to McDowell County, West Virginia

Parent County

1858--McDowell County was created 20 February 1858 from Tazewell County (Virginia).
County seat: Welch [1]

County seat first Perryville; changed to Welch in 1892.

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of McDowell County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns in McDowell County, West Virginia

McDowell County place names

Neighboring Counties



McDowell County Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcription Project McDowell County, West Virginia

Find a Grave McDowell County

McDowell County Obituaries

McDowell County, West Virginia Cemeteries


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


McDowell Census




Names Early Connected with the Land in McDowell County

Local Histories

West Virginia Archives

Evans, Norma Pontiff. First Families of McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l. Author, 1981.
929.1 M138.
Friedl, Joseph. A History of Education in McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1976. Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1975.
370.9754 F911h.
Goodykoontz, Wells. Address Delivered by Wells Goodykoontz, Tuesday, June 14, 1927, at the Unveiling of Tablet of Black Wolf, McDowell County, West Virginia . s.l., n.p., 1927. 929.2 H287 Pam.
Grisby, Louise Carter. Come Back With Me to Gary, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., n.d. 975.449 G857. 
Lad, Virginia. Sodom and Gomorrah of Today; or the History of Keystone, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., 1912.
975.449 L153.
McDowell County Centennial, 1858-1958. s.l., n.p., 1958. 975.449 M138c.
McDowell County, West Virginia, The Nations Coal Bin. s.l., n.p., n.d. 917.5449 M138.
Solins, Mrs. Samuel and Jones, Mrs. Paul. McDowell County History; A Pictorial History of McDowell County, West Virginia. Fort Worth, Texas, University Supply and Equipment Company, 1959. 975.449 M138.
Sowers, Auburn Daniel. Facts About McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., 1912. 975.449 S731 Pam.
Welch West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., n.d.
917.5449 W439 Pam.


McDowell County, West Virginia Map

McDowell County West Virginia 1895

TrailsRus McDowell County, West Virginia



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



Beckley Register Herald

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Welch Daily News
Box 569
Welch, WV 24801
McDowell Public Library 


McDowell County, West Virignia Will Books 1893-1968

West Virginia Will Books


Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records - Birth - Death - Marriages. See also How to order West Virginia Vital Records or order electronically online.

Societies and Libraries

McDowell County Historical Society
HC 61 Box 37-B
Paynesville, WV 24873
President: Dr. Tom Hatcher
Secretary/Treasurer: Geneva Steele

Family History Centers

The closest family history centers are the Huntington Family History Center and Charleston Family History Center

Craft Memorial Library, Bluefield, WV

Web Sites

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Learning How to Edit our Wiki Sites


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