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Berkeley County, West Virginia Facts

Berkeley County

When was Berkeley County, WV Created?
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.

What is the County Seat of Berkeley County, WV?
The County Seat is located in Martinsburg and the county government website is http://www.berkeleycountycomm.org/

What counties are adjacent to Berkeley County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Washington County, Maryland (north), Jefferson County (east), Frederick County, Virginia (south), Morgan County (west).

What cities and towns are in Berkeley County, WV?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bunker Hill, Cherry Run, Falling Waters, Gerrardstown, Glengary, Hedgesville, Inwood, Jones Springs, Martinsburg, Ridgeway


Berkeley County, WV Vital Records

Where can find Berkeley County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Berkeley County vital records can be found at the West Virginia Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records from January 1917 to present; marriage records from 1921 to present and divorce records from 1968 to present. 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, WV Census Records

What Berkeley County, WV census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Berkeley County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 help you with your research. See Also West Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Berkeley County, WV Courthouse and Government Records


Berkeley County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Berkeley County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Berkeley County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. Until 1863 West Virginia was part of Virginia, See Virginia for Info and links for years prior to 1863. See Also West Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • 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, WV Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Berkeley County, WV?
A list of Berkeley County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide West Virginia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Berkeley County, WV Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Berkeley County, WV?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

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Berkeley Co. WV Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Berkeley Co. WV Military Records

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