Logan County, West Virginia Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Guide to Logan County, West Virginia ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Logan
Organized: January 12, 1824
Parent County(s): Cabell, Kanawha, Giles (VA), Tazewell (VA)[1]
Neighboring Counties
Boone  • Lincoln  • Mingo  • Wyoming
See County Maps
Logan County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Chief Logan. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Logan County Courthouse
300 Stratton Street
Logan, WV 25601
Phone: 304-792-8550
Fax: 304-792-8600
Logan County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1872, burial, probate, land and military records.
Circuit Clerk has divorce, court, and naturalization records.[3]

Logan County, West Virginia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1872 1872 1872 1824 1824 1873 1870
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1917. General compliance by 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Fire sometime during the Civil War destroyed most, but not all, records. Many Logan County records were destroyed during the Civil War, and records were not kept for several years following the war. The Library of Virginia records on microfilm help fill in the years 1853-60.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1824--Logan County was created 12 January 1824 from Cabell (now West Virginia), Kanawha (now West Virginia), Giles and Tazewell Counties (Virginia).
  • County seat: Logan[5]

For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

The best place to get started tracing your Logan County ancestors is Logan County Recreated.The compiler created a database of ALL the families that lived in the area between the 1850s and the 1870s.[7] His database is available through FamilySearch Community Trees.

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Logan County, West Virginia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Logan census records online, see: West Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 3,680
1840 4,309 17.1%
1850 3,620 −16.0%
1860 4,938 36.4%
1870 5,124 3.8%
1880 7,329 43.0%
1890 11,101 51.5%
1900 6,955 −37.3%
1910 14,476 108.1%
1920 41,006 183.3%
1930 58,534 42.7%
1940 67,768 15.8%
1950 77,391 14.2%
1960 61,570 −20.4%
1970 46,269 −24.9%
1980 50,679 9.5%
1990 43,032 −15.1%
2000 37,710 −12.4%
2010 36,743 −2.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
  • Turner, David Anderson "1860 Census of Logan County, Virginia", annotated by Mr Turner. 1981.
  • Logan County, WV 1880 Federal Census Index
  • Turner, David Anderson "1880 Census of Logan County, West Virginia", annotated 1981. Annotated by Mr Turner.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Logan

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

The following compiled genealogies treat multiple Logan County families:

  • Anglin, Walter F. The Anglin Families of Colonial Virginia, In search of Descendants Approximately 300 pages
  • Ball, Nina, Ferrell, Lenore Kinger. The Ball Family of Boone County, West Virginia. 1980. 1998 2nd printing. Boone County Educational Workshop page 336.
  • Cook, Bonnie Turner. The Family of John Cooke McClain Printing, Parsons, West Virginia. 2001
  • Browning, Stanley C. Tracking the Pioneers: A History of Browning Families of Southern West Virginia.Lulu Press, Inc., 2006.
  • Burgess, James A. Burgess, Mullins, Browning, Brown and Allied Families. Parsons, W.Va.: McClain Printing Company, 1978. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Dickerson, Florence S. The James Stewart Family of Early Augusta County, Virginia 1740-1760. 1966 McClain Printing Company, McClain Printing, 319 pages.
  • Lane, Mrs Julian C. "Key and Allied Families" Statesboro, Georgia. The Press 1931
  • Maynard, Roland B. The Maynards of East Kentucky: From Pioneers to the Tenth Generation." 1 May 1978 Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland 506 pages.
  • Phillips, Shelby Phillips. David Branham and his Descendants. 1995.
  • Riggins Sharol. Teage Riggen and his Riggen, Riggin Riggins, descendants. Gateway Press.
  • Thomas, Joseph. Logan County West Virginia and Beyond. 2007. 777 pages.
  • Thompson, Fred C. Ferrell, Vance and Allied Families 1991. 500 pages.
  • Turner, David Anderson. The Family of Floyd Cook.
  • Price - Price, Jay Berry and Harry Hollingsworth. The Price, Blakemore, Hamblen, Skipwith and Allied Lines, Descendants of English, French, Spanish and Italian Kings and Sureties of the Magna Charta, A.D. 534-1992. Knoxville, Tenn., 1992. FHL Book 929.273 P931pjb.
  • Spratt - Buchanan, Paul C. "The Spratt Family of Southwest Virginia Prior to 1800," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1988):297-305. Digital version at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 32 (1988).

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See West Virginia Land and Property for additional information about early West Virginia land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

  • Logan County Land book, 1824-1902 A register of land owners and the details of their properties year by year. Only available on microfilm. See FHL catalog.
  • Logan County Deed books, 1835-1968 A collection of volumes containing the deeds of Logan County. Partially digitized. See FHL catalog.
    • Digitized Items:
      1. Volume B 1832-1879
      2. Volumes C-D 1846-1893
      3. Grantor Index A-B, K-Z
      4. Grantee Index A-C, K-N, T-Z
  • See "Taxation" section for Personal Property Tax Books.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Logan County, West Virginia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section West Virginia Local Histories.

The West Virginia Encyclopedia Articles addressing various topics dealing with West Virginia. Some articles of interest relating to Logan County are:

History and Genealogy Logan County

West Virginia Archives & History Logan County Contains a list of books and newspaper articles dealing with Logan County history.

  • Johnston, David E. History of the Middle New River Settlements & Contiguous Territory Standard Printing & Publishing, Huntington, WV 1906 General History, family sketches,military rosters, including areas of Giles and Tazewell County which are now in Logan County.
  • Booton, Orland H. Account of Mine Wars 1960
  • Brumfield, Darrell, Ellis, Smith, Flossie Hatfield. Stories About Gilbert, West Virginia and Surround Communities. 1993. Gateway Press, Baltimore, Md.
  • Brumfield, Darrell, Ellis, Smith, Flossie Hatfield. Stories About Gilbert, West Virginia and Surround Communities. 1995. Gateway Press, Baltimore, Md.
  • Davis, Dolores Riggs. Dehue History Book - Depicts the rise and decline between 1916-1994 of the mining town or Dehue 1916-1994. 152 pages.
  • Jackson, Margaret A History of Logan West Virginia" 1950
  • Pearlman, Agnes B."Virginia, Later West Virginia."1976
  • Ragland, Henry Clay History of Logan County, Virginia 1896.
  • Smith, Nancy Sue. History of Logan and Mingo Counties, Beginning in 1617. Williamson West Virginia . 1966.
  • Spence, Robert Y. Land of the Guyandot: A History of Logan County, West Virginia. 1976
  • Swain, George T.:History of Logan County, Virginia rewritten by in 1927
  • Waller, Altine L. Feud: Hatfields McCoys & Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900 University of North Carolina Press, 1988. War of Economics, Genealogical Tables for both families.
  • Wardell, Patrick."Virginia & West Virginians 1670-1870".Heritage Books 1986
  • Thurmon, Walter R The Logan Coal Field of West Virgina; West Virginia University Library 1964.
  • Centennial Program: City of Logan, West Virginia 1852-1952. 1952

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Boone CountyWyoming CountyMingo CountyLincoln CountyWV LOGAN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshals of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. 1841. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive, Ancestry ($). 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Western District, Logan County on page 135.
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Logan served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Logan County:


- 1st Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry) (Confederate). Companies A, E, H, I, K.
- 2nd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry) (Confederate). Company H.
- 2nd Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles (Confederate). Company D.
- 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company A.[8]
- 5th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry) (Confederate). Company A.[8]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company B and Company D (1st Battalion Virginia Mounted Rifles).[9]
- 45th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Companies B, D, and E.[10]


- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[11]

Records and histories are available, including:

World War II[edit | edit source]

Korean War[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Logan County. For state-wide archival repositories, see West Virginia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Logan County. For state-wide library facilities, see West Virginia Archives and Libraries.

  • Logan Area Public Library
    16 Wildcat Way
    Logan, WV 25601
  • Family History Books that were found at the South West Virginia Community College were taken to Logan High School in April May of 2004. Patron should call during inclement weather before traveling to confirm library hours. College Library has a wealth of information on Logan County History and Family History

Logan High School, Logan, West Virginia 304-752-6606
West Virginia State Archives

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Logan County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see West Virginia Societies.

Logan County Genealogical Society
P O Box 1959
Logan, WV 25601
Logan County Genealogical Society

Logan County Genealogical Society Southern West Virginia Community College Library
P O Box 1959
Logan, WV 25601
Logan County WV Genealogical Society

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Logan County, West Virginia" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan_County,_West_Virginia."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Logan County, West Virginia. Page 743-746 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 742-743.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Logan County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 08 July 2018.
  7. The following sources were used to create this database: (1) The History of Logan County by Henry Clay Ragland, (2)1850 Logan County Virginia Census, (3) 1860 Logan County Virginia Census, (4) 1870 Logan County WV Tridelphia Township, (5) 1850 Wyoming County, Virginia Census, (6) 1853-1860 Logan County, Virginia Birth Marriage and Death Records, and (7) 1850 - 1860 - 1870 Logan County, Virginia Mortality Schedules.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
  9. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.
  10. Jeffrey C. Weaver, 45th Battalion Virginia Infantry, Smith and Count's Battalions of Partisan Rangers (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 102.
  11. Ronald R. Turner, 7th West Virginia Cavalry (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb; FHL Book 975.4 M2t.