Berkeley County, West Virginia
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Berkeley County

Berkeley County was established on February 10, 1772 from Frederick County (Virginia). The county was named in honor of Norborne Berkeley, Royal Governor of Virginia.

The County Seat is located in Martinsburg and the county government website is http://www.berkeleycountycomm.org/

Areas adjacent to Berkeley County are Washington County, Maryland (north), Jefferson County (east), Frederick County, Virginia (south), Morgan County (west).

Cities and towns located in the county include Bunker Hill, Cherry Run, Falling Waters, Gerrardstown, Glengary, Hedgesville, Inwood, Jones Springs, Martinsburg, Ridgeway

Berkeley County vital records can be found at the West Virginia Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in West Virginia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Berkeley County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for West Virginia Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Berkeley County consists of Federal Census Schedules to aid in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Berkeley Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Berkeley Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Berkeley Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to assist with your research.

Berkeley County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Berkeley County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Berkeley County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often overlook the benefits of Berkeley County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Buried away in West Virginia courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the dreams and worries of many West Virginia residents.

The chances are excellent that your potential ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a few factors of their lives in the Berkeley County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which often can have lead to him or her to appear in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Berkeley county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, voter registration, court records, and so forth.

You need to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars just before visiting or seeking information because of from time to time changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many employees will aid men and women in locating the resources, but it is up to the man or women to carry out the researching.
  • Berkeley County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 West King Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
  • Berkeley County Clerk has many duties which include some of the following: the issuance of marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, record births, marriages and deaths in the county, servhttp://www.berkeleycountycomm.org/e as the recorder of all documents, prepare and send to all heirs a Notice to Redeem and take care of publications, redemptions or recording deeds with regard to delinquent property, issue military service discharge records and probate wills and assist in administration of estates.
    • Phone: (304) 264-1927
    • Birth / Death Records: 1865
    • Marriage Records: 1781   (Records Missing for Marriages: 1852-64)
    • Land Records: 1772 (Records Missing for Deeds: 1797-98, 1809-11, 1816-17, 1827- 30, 1837-38, 1853-55, 1861-64)
    • Probate Records: 1772  (Records Missing for Wills: 1832-36, 1849-52, 1854-60)
  • Berkeley County Clerk of Circuit Court has many responsibilities which include some of the following: Serve as the Clerk to the Circuit and Family Court, Issue mesne (during the progress of a case) process, Issue final process to enforce and execute judgements, Appoint guardian ad litem where required, Responsible for all papers filed in the office; serve as registrar, recorder and custodian for all pleadings, documents and funds pertaining to cases filed in circuit court and family court, Responsible for the administration and management of the petit and grand jury systems in the county.
    • Phone: (304) 264 - 1918
    • Court Records: 1772 

Berkeley County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related to Berkeley County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a list which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Berkeley County genealogy or family history related sites.

Until 1863 West Virginia was part of Virginia, See Virginia State Records for Info and links for years prior to 1863.

Berkeley Co. WV Books, Newspapers & Publications

Berkeley Co. WV Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Berkeley Co. WV Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Berkeley Co. WV Census Records

Berkeley Co. WV Church & Cemeteries

Berkeley Co. WV Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Berkeley Co. WV General and History Websites

Berkeley Co. WV Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Berkeley Co. WV Military Records

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