Logan County, West Virginia Genealogy
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|
Location in the state of West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
|Founded||January 12, 1824|
|Address|| Logan County Courthouse|
300 Stratton Street
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Cemeteries
- 5.2 Census
- 5.3 Church
- 5.4 Court
- 5.5 Family Histories
- 5.6 Land
- 5.7 Local Histories
- 5.8 Maps
- 5.9 Military
- 5.10 Korean War
- 5.11 World War II
- 5.12 Naturalization Records
- 5.13 Newspapers
- 5.14 Probate
- 5.15 Taxation
- 5.16 Vital Records
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
Logan County, West Virginia Record Dates
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
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.
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
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. 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|
|See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information.|
- There is a list of cemeteries on FamilySearch at Logan County, West Virginia Cemeteries
- Funeral Homes in Logan, West Virginia
- Political Graveyard - Logan County, West Virginia
- Random Acts WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
- 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
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:
- Volume B 1832-1879
- Volumes C-D 1846-1893
- Grantor Index A-B, K-Z
- Grantee Index A-C, K-N, T-Z
- Digitized Items:
- See "Taxation" section for Personal Property Tax Books.
The West Virginia Encyclopedia Articles addressing various topics dealing with West Virginia. Some articles of interest relating to Logan County are:
- "Logan County" by Robert Y. Spence
- "Tug Fork" by Mack H. Gillenwater
- "Big Sandy River" by John Hartford
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 of West Virginia (1617-1995)
- 1850 Virginia Map Including West Virginia
- Map of Logan County, West Virginia
- Trails Rus-West Virginia Map
- Logan County West Virginia 1895
- West Virginia County Clerk Map
- City of Logan West Virginia Map
- 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.]
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.
- - 5th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry) (Confederate). Company A.
- - 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company B and Company D (1st Battalion Virginia Mounted Rifles).
- - 45th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Companies B, D, and E.
Records and histories are available, including:
- 1861-1865 - West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861 - 1865 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- 1861 - 1865 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- Grant, U.S. The Civil War", Battleground Publishing, Huntington, WV 1912 Civil Ware memories with list of Logan Veterans page 654.
- West Virginia in the Civil War
- Civil War 7th West Virginia Calvary
- Logan Wildcats
- Rending of Virginia, Hall, Granville Davisson, self published 1902 The Birthing of West Virginia eyewitness accounts of Seccession and Wheeling Conventions, many pictures of ancestors.
- Civil War Medals of West Virginia. Where are they?
World War II
Logan County, West Virginia WWII Casualities Army and Air Force
Online Probate Records
- 1724 - 1978 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1756 - 1971 West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971 at [https:/familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — index and images
- West Virginia Records at the Library of Virginia
- Early Logan County Personal Property Tax List
- County and City Court Records Land and Office Patents & Grants Land Taxes, 1782-1900 Personal Property Taxes Vital Statistics, 1853-1862
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 Research Records Project - online database with images
- See also How to order West Virginia Vital Records or order electronically online.
- Year Coverage for Logan County
- Birth: 1825, 1853 - 1860, 1863 - 1864, 1866 - 1916
- Marriage: 1853 - 1860, 1868, 1872 - 1969
- Death: 1853 - 1860, 1872 - 1877, 1885 - 1886, 1888 - 1966
- Guide to Vital Research Records Project for a description of the Vital Research Records Project and the efforts made by the West Virginia State Archives and the Genealogical Society of Utah to make West Virginia vital records available online.
- Turner, Ronald Ray. Logan County West Virginia Marriages from Other Counties. 2007. Available online, courtesy: Prince William County Virginia website.
- Logan County USGENWEB Archives - Vital Records
- Logan County, West Virginia Marriage Archives
- Logan County, West Virginia, births, marriages, deaths, wills and bible records (1872-1900) : copied from Logan court house records 1936.
Societies and Libraries
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
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.
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. The closest family history centers are in the Huntington Family History Center and the Charleston Family History Center
- Logan County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Logan County, West Virginia USGENWEB
- Logan County History
- Logan Field. Map of the coal field that provided employment to many residents.
- Logan county People and Places
- Logan County Veteran's Page
- Logan WV Genealogy
- Logan County West Virginia History and Genealogy
- CYNDI'S List West Virginia
- 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.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- 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.
- The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
- Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.
- 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.
- 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.