Summers County, West Virginia Genealogy

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


Summers County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Summers 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 February 27, 1871
County Seat Hinton
Summers County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Summers County Courthouse
P O Box 97
Hinton, WV 25951
Phone: 304-466-7104
Summers County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and land records from 1871
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]

County Information

Summers County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1871 1880 1871 1871


History of Summers County from the Earliest Settlement to Present Tim (Google ebook)

Early History of Summers County
Summers County, West Virginia Government
Summers County, West Virginia
Hinton, Summers County, West Virginia New River Gorge
Welcome to Hinton, West Virginia
Summers County Cyclopedia
Welcome to Summers County, West Virginia

Parent County

1871-Summers County was created 27 February 1871 from Monroe, Mercer, Greenbrier and Fayette Counties.
County seat: Hinton [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 website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Summers County

Populated Places

Green Sulphur, West Virginia

The Town of Hinton 

The Town of Lockbridge

Meadow Creek, West Virginia

Sandstone, West Virginia

Neighboring Counties



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


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


Land and Property

Local Histories

Cottle, George. History of Forest Hill Community, Summers County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, n. d. (On-line version).  Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: C6.

Graham C. History of Clayton Community, Summers County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1923.(On-line version). Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: G7.

Lively, Lester. History of Summers County''. s. l., n. p., n. d.   975.476 L784 Pam.

Long, Fred. Historic Pence Springs Resort. s. l., n. p., 1983.  917.5476 L848.

Maddy, W. T. History of Marie Community, Summers and Monroe Counties, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1925.(On-line version).  Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: M3.

Miller, James Henry. History of Summers County From the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Hinton, West Virginia, n. p., 1908.  975.476 M648.

Nyden, Paul J. Thirty Oral History Transcripts About the New River Region in Fayette, Raleigh and Summers Counties, West Virginia. Beckley, West Virginia, Paul Nyden, 1980.

Summers County World War Veterans. s. l., n. p., n. d.  940.546775 S955 Pam.

Woods, Clee. West Virginia Was Good. Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain State Press, 1984.
975.476 Wood.


Summers County, West Virginia 1895

Map of Summers County West Virginia and Vicinity


Civil War

Naturalization Records


The Register


Online Probate Records

Summers County, West Virginia Will Books 1854 - 1969

Funeral Homes in Summers County, West Virginia


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;Assessor and Property Tax

Vital Records

. Includes marriages 1871-1969 - free.

Summers County, Death Records, USGENWEB
Summers County West Virginia Marriage Record Archives
Summers County, West Virginia Deaths 1906-1920 $$
Summers County, West Virginia Obituaries

Societies and Libraries

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

Summers County Public Library

Summers County Public Library

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.


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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Summers County, West Virginia. Page 746 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).

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