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Wayne County, West Virginia Facts

Wayne County

When was Wayne County, WV Created?
Wayne County was established on January 18, 1842 from Cabell County. The county was named in honor of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796), Revolutionary War general and U.S. Congressman (GA).

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

What counties are adjacent to Wayne County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Lawrence County, Ohio (north), Cabell County (northeast), Lincoln County (east), Mingo County (southeast), Martin County, Kentucky (south), Lawrence County, Kentucky (west), Boyd County, Kentucky (northeast).

What cities and towns are in Wayne County, WV?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ceredo, Cove Gap, Crum, Dunlow, East Lynn, Fort Gay, Genoa, Glenhayes, Huntington, Kenova, Kiahsville, Lavalette, Prichard, Radnor, Shoals, Wayne, Wilsondale

Wayne County, WV Vital Records

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

Wayne County, WV Census Records

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

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

Wayne County, WV Courthouse and Government Records

Wayne County Courthouse

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

  • Wayne County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: PO Box 248, Wayne, WV 25570
  • Wayne 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: 304-272-6362
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853
    • Marriage Records: 1853
    • Land Records: 1842
    • Probate Records: 1843 
  • Wayne 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: 304-272-6359
    • Court Records: 1842 

Wayne County, WV Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Wayne Co. WV Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wayne Co. WV Church & Cemeteries

Wayne Co. WV Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wayne Co. WV General and History Websites

Wayne Co. WV Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wayne Co. WV Military Records

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