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Doddridge County, West Virginia Facts

Doddridge County

When was Doddridge County, WV Created?
Doddridge County was established on February 4, 1845 from parts of Harrison County, Lewis County, Ritchie County and Tyler County . The county was named in honor of Philip Doddridge (1772-1832), U.S. Congressman (VA) and famous statesman who traveled widely throughout the current site of West Virginia.

What is the County Seat of Doddridge County, WV?
The County Seat is located in West Union and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Doddridge County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Wetzel County (north), Harrison County (east), Lewis County (southeast), Gilmer County (south), Ritchie County (west), Tyler County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Doddridge County, WV?
Cities and towns located in the County include Blandville, Center Point, New Milton, Smithburg, West Union

Doddridge County, WV Vital Records

Where can find Doddridge County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Doddridge 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 Doddridge 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.

Doddridge County, WV Census Records

What Doddridge County, WV census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Doddridge County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Doddridge Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Doddridge Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Doddridge 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

Doddridge County, WV Courthouse and Government Records

Doddridge County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Doddridge County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Doddridge 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.

  • Doddridge County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 118 E Court St, West Union, WV 26456
  • Doddridge 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, serve 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: 304-873-2631
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853 / 1862
    • Marriage Records: 1845
    • Land Records: 1845
    • Probate Records: 1849 
  • Doddridge 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: 304-873-2331
    • Court Records: 1845 

Doddridge County, WV Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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