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Wood County, West Virginia
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Wood County, West Virginia Facts

Wood County

When was Wood County, WV Created?
Wood County was established on December 21, 1798 from Harrison County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Wood County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Washington County, Ohio, Pleasants County, Ritchie County, Wirt County, Jackson County, Meigs County, Ohio, Athens County, Ohio.

Wood County, WV Vital Records

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

Wood County, WV Census Records

What Wood County, WV census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Wood County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Wood County, WV Courthouse and Government Records

What genealogical records can I find in the Wood County Courthouse?
The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also West Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Wood County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: One Court Square, Parkersburg, WV 26101
  • Wood County Clerk
    • Phone: Document Recording (304) 424-1899; Record Room (304) 424-1870; Finance (304) 424-1852; Marriages (304) 424-1860; Probate (304) 424-1898; Vital Statistics (304) 424-1845; Voter Registration (304) 424-1860
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853
    • Marriage Records: 1800
    • Land Records: 1798
    • Probate Records: 1800 
  • Wood County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Phone: (304) 424-1700
    • Court Records: 1798 

Wood County, WV Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Wood County, WV?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Wood 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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Wood Co. WV Church & Cemeteries

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Wood Co. WV Military Records

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