Mingo County, West Virginia
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Mingo County

Mingo County was established on January 30, 1895 from Logan County. The county was named in honor of the Mingo Indian tribe that had been the earliest known settlers of the region.

The County Seat is located in Williamson and the county government website is http://www.mingocountywv.com

Areas adjacent to Mingo County are Lincoln County (north), Logan County (northeast), Wyoming County (east), McDowell County (southeast), Pike County, Kentucky (west), Martin County, Kentucky (west), Wayne County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in the county include Baisden, Blackberry City, Borderland, Breeden, Edgarton, Emmett, Gilbert, Hampden, Justice, Kermit, Lenore, Lobata, Matewan, Meador, Myrtle, Naugatuck, Newtown, Nolan, North Matewan, Ragland, Rawl, Red Jacket, Sprigg, Thacker, Varney, Verner, Vulcan, Wharncliffe, Williamson

Mingo 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 Mingo 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.

Mingo County consists of Federal Census Schedules to aid in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. One can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to assist with your research.

Mingo County Society and Family History Resources

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

Mingo County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often overlook the benefits of Mingo 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 Mingo 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 Mingo County. The years pointed out below could be the first known documents for this particular county. Courthouse flooded in 1977, heavily damaging records. Mingo was not created until 1895, so Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) was not interested in filming Mingo's records during the 1960's-70's when they filmed other counties because LDS was concentrating on pre-1900 records at the time. By the time Mingo records were scheduled for filming, privacy laws had been enacted which prevented copying many records. Births for 1900-24, Deaths for 1894-1925, Marriages for 1895-1926 and Wills for 1895-1926 were filmed.

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.
  • Mingo County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 75 E 2nd Ave, Williamson, WV 25661
  • Mingo 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: 304-235-0330
    • Birth / Death Records: 1895
    • Marriage Records: 1895
    • Land Records: 1895
    • Probate Records: 1895 
  • Mingo 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) 235 0320
    • Court Records: 1895 

Mingo County Links

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

Mingo Co. WV Books, Newspapers & Publications

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Mingo Co. WV Census Records

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Mingo Co. WV Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Mingo Co. WV General and History Websites

Mingo Co. WV Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Mingo Co. WV Military Records

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