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Putnam County was established on March 11, 1848 from Cabell County, Kanawha County and Mason County. The county was named in honor of General Israel Putnam of Massachusetts (1718-1790), American Revolutionary War general.
The County Seat is located in ? (named in honor of General Winfield Scott, the commanding General of the American Army during the War with Mexico) and the county government website is http://www.putnamcounty.org
Cities and towns located in the county include Bancroft, Buffalo, Eleanor, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Hurricane, Lanham, Liberty, Nitro, Pliny, Poca, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays, Winfield
Putnam 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 Putnam 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.
Putnam County consists of Federal Census Schedules to aid in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Putnam Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Putnam Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Putnam 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.
A list of Putnam County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the benefits of Putnam 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 Putnam 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 Putnam County. The years pointed out below could be the first known documents for this particular county.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related to Putnam 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 Putnam County genealogy or family history related sites.