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Pendleton County, West Virginia
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Pendleton County, West Virginia Facts

Pendleton County

When was Pendleton County, WV Created?
Pendleton County was established on December 4, 1787 from Augusta County, Hardy County and Rockingham County (effective as of May 1, 1788). The county was named in honor of Edmund Pendleton (1721-1803), member of the First Continental Congress.

What is the County Seat of Pendleton County, WV?
The County Seat is located in Franklin and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Pendleton County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Grant County (north), Hardy County (northeast), Rockingham County, Virginia (east), Augusta County, Virginia and Highland County, Virginia (south), Pocahontas County (southwest), Randolph County (west).

What cities and towns are in Pendleton County, WV?
Cities and towns located in the County include Brandywine, Circleville, Franklin, Moyers, Onego, Riverton, Seneca Rocks, Sugar Grove, Upper Tract

Pendleton County, WV Vital Records

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

Pendleton County, WV Census Records

What Pendleton County, WV census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Pendleton 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.

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

Pendleton County, WV Courthouse and Government Records

Pendleton County Courthouse

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

  • Pendleton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 South Main Street, Franklin, WV 26807
  • Pendleton 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: 304-358-2505
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853
    • Marriage Records: 1800
    • Land Records: 1789
    • Probate Records: 1789 
  • Pendleton 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: 304-358-7067
    • Court Records: 1789 

Pendleton County, WV Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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