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Putnam County, West Virginia
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Putnam County, West Virginia Facts

When was Putnam County, WV Created?
Putnam County was established on March 11, 1848 from Cabell CountyKanawha County and Mason County.

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 CountyJackson CountyKanawha CountyLincoln CountyCabell County.

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 CertificateMarriage CertificateDeath 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 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

What genealogical records can I find in the Putnam County Courthouse?
The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also West Virginia Courthouse 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
    • Phone: (304)586-0202
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853
    • Marriage Records: 1848
    • Land Records: 1848
    • Probate Records: 1848
  • Putnam County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • 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

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Putnam Co. WV Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Putnam Co. WV Military Records