Tucker County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Tucker County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Parsons
Organized: March 7, 1856
Parent County(s): Randolph[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barbour  • Garrett (MD)  • Grant  • Pendleton  • Preston  • Randolph
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Henry St. George Tucker, Sr.. The County has Parsons as its seat and the County was created March 7, 1856. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Tucker County Courthouse
215 1st Street
Parsons, WV 26287
Phone: 304-478-2414
Tucker County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records since 1856.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce, court, and naturalization records.[3]

Tucker County, West Virginia Record Dates

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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1856 1856 1856 1856 1860

Record Loss

Death records from the years 1862-63, 1867, 1875-76, 1879, 1883 are missing.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1856--Tucker County was created 7 March 1856 from Randolph County.
  • County seat: Parsons[4]

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

The following are locations in the county:[5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Tucker 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 1,428
1870 1,907 33.5%
1880 3,151 65.2%
1890 6,459 105.0%
1900 13,433 108.0%
1910 18,675 39.0%
1920 16,791 −10.1%
1930 13,374 −20.4%
1940 13,173 −1.5%
1950 10,600 −19.5%
1960 7,750 −26.9%
1970 7,447 −3.9%
1980 8,675 16.5%
1990 7,728 −10.9%
2000 7,231 −6.4%
2010 7,141 −1.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Tucker 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Tucker County

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Tucker 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 Tucker County:

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

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

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  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, "Tucker County, West Virginia" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tucker_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), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Tucker County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tucker_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 29 August 2018.