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Logan County

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


Logan County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Logan County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded January 12, 1824
County Seat Logan
Logan County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Logan County Courthouse

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

County Information

Logan County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1872 1872 1830 1824 1873

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1872, burial, probate, land and military records. Circuit Clerk, had divorce, court records and naturalization records[1]


Parent County

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 [2]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

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.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Blair, West Virginia :Chapmanville, West Virginia :Man, West Virginia :The Omar Project;
Logan County Towns


Neighboring Counties


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.[3] His database is available through FamilySearch Community Trees.


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
WVGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WVGenWeb Archives
WVTombstone Project
Billion Graves
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information.


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

  • 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. Annoted by Mr Turner


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Logan


Family Histories

West Virginia Biographies Project - Logan County


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. Morrisville, NC 27560, www.lulu.com
  • Burgess, James A. Burgess, Mullins, Browning, Brown and Allied Families. Parsons, W.Va.: McClain Printing Company, 1978. FHL Film 1035668 Item 10; digital version at Family History Archives - free.
  • 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 ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 32 (1988).


  • 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

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



Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 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

Regiments. Service men in Logan County, West Virginia Genealogy 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, West Virginia Genealogy:


- 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.[4]
- 5th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry) (Confederate). Company A.[4]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company B and Company D (1st Battalion Virginia Mounted Rifles).[5]
- 45th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Companies B, D, and E.[6]


- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[7]

Records and histories are available, including:

Korean War

Korean War Casualties from West Virginia

World War II

Logan County, West Virginia WWII Casualities Army and Air Force

Naturalization Records


The Logan Banner

Williamson Daily News


Online Probate Records

Logan County, West Virginia Will Books 1873 - 1968 West Virginia Will Books Logan


Online West Virginia Tax site

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

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Logan County Genealogical Society
P O Box 1959
Logan, West Virginia 25601

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

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Logan County, West Virginia. Page 744 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
  5. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.