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Putnam County, West Virginia
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Putnam County, West Virginia Facts

Putnam County

When was Putnam County, WV Created?
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.

What is the County Seat of Putnam County, WV?
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

What counties are adjacent to Putnam County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Mason County (north), Jackson County (northeast), Kanawha County (east), Lincoln County (south), Cabell County (west).

What cities and towns are in Putnam County, WV?
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, WV Vital Records

Where can find Putnam County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Putnam 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 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, WV Census Records

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

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 help you with your research. See Also West Virginia Census Records Research Guide

Putnam County, WV Courthouse and Government Records

Putnam County Courthouse

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

  • Putnam County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 3389 Winfield Rd, Winfield, WV 25213
  • Putnam 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)586-0202
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853
    • Marriage Records: 1848
    • Land Records: 1848
    • Probate Records: 1848 
  • Putnam 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) 586-0203
    • Court Records: 1848 

Putnam County, WV Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Putnam Co. WV Church & Cemeteries

Putnam Co. WV Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Putnam Co. WV General and History Websites

Putnam Co. WV Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Putnam Co. WV Military Records

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