Raleigh County, West Virginia Genealogy

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


Raleigh County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Raleigh 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 23, 1850
County Seat Beckley
Raliegh County, west Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Raleigh County Courthouse
215 Main Street
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: 304-255-9123
Raleigh County Website

County Information

Raleigh County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1850 1850 1850 1850

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death records form 1850
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]


History of Beckley and Raleigh County
Early Settlers of Raleigh County, West Virginia by Judge W A Riffe
History of Fayette County, West Virginia Google Books

Parent County

1850--Raleigh County was created 23 January 1850 from Fayette County.  County seat: Beckley [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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Raleigh County

Populated Places

Raleigh countyCities and Towns

Raleigh County, West Virginia Landmarks

Neighboring Counties



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 Raleigh County, West Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: West Virginia Census.

  • 1850

Turner, David Anderson. Families of Raleigh County, (West) Virginia: The 1850 Census Annotated. Madison, W.Va.: D.A. Turner, 1982. Available online, courtesy: Prince William County Virginia website.

1880 Raleigh County, West Virginia Census


  Raleigh County, West Virginia Bible Records (USGENWEB)

  Raleigh County, West Virginia Churches (USGENWEB)


Family Histories


Local Histories


Raleigh County, West Virginia Maps
Raleigh County, West Virginia

1895 Map Fayette County, West Virginia

Big Maps Fayette County, West Virginia Map


Civil War

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


- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[3]


- 30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate). Company A.[4]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company K.[5]

Records and histories are available, including:



Beckley Register-Herald Newspaper Archives:

ATT: Libby Walker - Archives
801 N. Kanawha Street
P. O. Drawer P or R
Beckley, WV 25802
(304)255-4400 or


Online Probate Records

Raleigh County, West Virginia Will Books 1850 - 1969

West Virginia Will Books

Raleigh County, West VirginiaWills Courtesy The Riffe-Smith Collection

Raleigh County, West Virginia Obituaries


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


West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages . Includes marriages 1890-1969 - free.


Societies and Libraries

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

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. The closest family history centers are in the Huntington Family History Center and the Charleston Family History Center


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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Raleigh County, West Virginia. Page 745 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. 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.
  4. Michael West, 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108.
  5. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.