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Wetzel County, West Virginia
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Wetzel County, West Virginia Facts

Wetzel County

When was Wetzel County, WV Created?
Wetzel County was established on January 10, 1846 from Tyler County. The county was named in honor of Lewis Wetzel (1764-1808), noted frontiersman.

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

What counties are adjacent to Wetzel County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Marshall County (north), Greene County, Pennsylvania (northeast), Monongalia County and Marion County (east), Harrison County (southeast), Doddridge County (south), Tyler County (southwest), Monroe County, Ohio (west).

What cities and towns are in Wetzel County, WV?
Cities and towns located in the County include Alvy, Big Run, Burton, Coburn, Folsom, Hastings, Hundred, Jacksonburg, Knob Fork, Lima, Littleton, New Martinsville, Paden City, Pine Grove, Porters Falls, Reader, Smithfield, Wileyville

Wetzel County, WV Vital Records

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

Wetzel County, WV Census Records

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

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

Wetzel County, WV Courthouse and Government Records

Wetzel County Courthouse

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

  • Wetzel County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: PO Box 156, New Martinsville, WV 26155
  • Wetzel 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: 304-455-8224
    • Birth / Death Records: 1854 (Births: 1863-64, 1871-72, 1876; Deaths: 1862, 1864, 1872-73, 1876)
    • Marriage Records: 1845
    • Land Records: 1846
    • Probate Records: 1847 
  • Wetzel 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: 304-455-8219
    • Court Records: 1846 

Wetzel County, WV Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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