Taylor County, West Virginia Genealogy

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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




● 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






Vital Records

● West Virginia Division of Culture and History search Birth Records: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx
● West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969, available on Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2537)
● West Virginia Division of Culture and History search Marriage Records: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx
● West Virginia Marriage Records, 1863-1900, available on Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4484)
● West Virginia Marriages Index, 1785-1971, available on Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2538)
● West Virginia Division of Culture and History search Death Records: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx
● West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973, available on Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2568)\
● West Virginia Cemetery Readings, 1941, available on Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4266)

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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