Hardy County, West Virginia
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Hardy County

Hardy County was established on December 10, 1785 from Hampshire County (organized in February 1786). The county was named in honor of Samuel Hardy (1758-1785), a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress.

The County Seat is located in Moorefield. It was originally chartered in 1777 and named for Conrad Moore, who owned the land upon which the town was laid out. The county government website is http://www.hardycounty.com/

Areas adjacent to Hardy County are Hampshire County (north), Frederick County, Virginia (east), Shenandoah County, Virginia (southeast), Rockingham County, Virginia (south), Pendleton County (southwest), Grant County (west).

Cities and towns located in the county include Baker, Fisher, Lost City, Lost River, Mathias, Milam, Moorefield, Old Fields, Rig, Wardensville

Hardy 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 Hardy 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.

Hardy 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.

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

Hardy County Society and Family History Resources

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

Hardy County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often overlook the benefits of Hardy 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 Hardy 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 below information denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and legal records can be found in Hardy County. The years pointed out below could be the first known documents for this particular county.

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.
  • Hardy County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 204 Washington Street, Moorefield, WV 26836-1155
    • Phone: ?
  • Hardy 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: 304-530-0250
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853
    • Marriage Records: 1795
    • Land Records: 1786
    • Probate Records: 1786 
  • Hardy 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) 530-0230
    • Court Records: 1786 

Hardy County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related to Hardy 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 Hardy 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.

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