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

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

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Online Records

Taylor County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Taylor 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 January 19, 1844
County Seat Grafton
Address Taylor County Courthouse
214 W Main Street
Grafton, WV 26354-1387

County Courthouse

Taylor County

  • County Clerk has birth, marriage, death probate and land records from 1853
  • Land records from 1853
  • Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records[1]


Taylor County, West Virginia was created on 19 January 1844 from parts of Barbour, Marion, and Harrison Counties in Virginia. Taylor County remained part of Virginia until West Virginia was created as a state on 20 June 1863. The county seat is in Grafton, but was originally at Cross Roads. Cross Roads was renamed Williamsport 1 January 1801 and was again renamed on 23 January 1845 as Pruntytown.
West Virginia became a state during the Civil War. Most of the records that were held in Virginia before West Virginia was admitted to the Union were transferred to West Virginia upon statehood, but some of the records from before 1863 may still be found in Virginia. The Tygart Valley River moves through Taylor County, and is the main waterway that provided sustenance to the farmers and other laborers in the County. Taylor County is historically the home of miners and freed former slaves. Taylor County is proudly the home of Mother’s Day founder Anna Jarvis.

Parent County

1844--Taylor County was created 19 January 1844 from Harrison, Barbour and Marion Counties.
County seat: Grafton [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Taylor County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




○ ePodunk
○ Find-A-Grave for Taylor County
○ GNIS Search Results
○ The Political Graveyard
○ West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc.
● Cemetery inscriptions and readings on film for 19 cemeteries in Taylor County: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=360675&subject_disp=West+Virginia%2C+Taylor+-+Cemeteries


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



● Four different sets of court records on film, covering the years 1844 to 1927: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=390574&subject_disp=West+Virginia%2C+Taylor+-+Court+records
● Land records on film and book at FHL covering 1844 to 1970: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=390577&subject_disp=West+Virginia%2C+Taylor+-+Land+and+property

Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia


Civil War

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

- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company C.
- 9th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Hansbrough's) (Confederate). Company A (Letcher Guard), Captain George W. Hansbrough's Company.[2]

Records and histories are available, including:


West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


Taylor County, West Virginia Will Books 1844 - 1969
West Virginia Will Books


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.


Societies and Libraries

Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc;
P O Box 522
Grafton, WV 26354

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Richard L. Armstrong, 25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 71.

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