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Pendleton County, West Virginia
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Pendleton County, West Virginia Facts

When was Pendleton County, WV Created?
Pendleton County was established on December 4, 1787 from Augusta CountyHardy County and Rockingham County (effective as of May 1, 1788).

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 CountyHardy CountyRockingham County, Virginia, Augusta County, Virginia and Highland County, Virginia, Pocahontas CountyRandolph County.

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 CertificateMarriage CertificateDeath 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 1790180018101820183018401850186018701880189019001910192019301940.

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

What genealogical records can I find in the Pendleton County Courthouse?
The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also West Virginia Courthouse 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
    • Phone: 304-358-2505
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853
    • Marriage Records: 1800
    • Land Records: 1789
    • Probate Records: 1789
  • Pendleton County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • 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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Pendleton Co. WV Church & Cemeteries

Pendleton Co. WV Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Pendleton Co. WV Military Records