Wyoming County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Wyoming County

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

County Facts
County seat: Pineville
Organized: January 26, 1850
Parent County(s): Logan[1]
Neighboring Counties
Boone  • Logan  • McDowell  • Mercer  • Mingo  • Raleigh
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Location Map

County Information


The County was named for the Delaware Indian word meaning "large plains". The County has Pineville as its seat and the County was created January 26, 1850. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Wyoming County Courthouse
Bank Street
Pineville, WV 24874
Phone: 304 732-8000
Wyoming County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death records from 1853; probate and land records from 1853; bond books and court order books from 1850.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[3]

Wyoming 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1850 1850 1850 1850 1850 1850 1870
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1917. General compliance by 1925.

Record Loss

Death records are missing for the years 1860-64, (partial) 1865-67, 1868-74.

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1850--Wyoming County was created 26 January 1850 from Logan County.
  • County seat: Pineville[5]

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

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Wyoming 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.  %±
1850 1,645
1860 2,861 73.9%
1870 3,171 10.8%
1880 4,322 36.3%
1890 6,247 44.5%
1900 8,380 34.1%
1910 10,392 24.0%
1920 15,180 46.1%
1930 20,926 37.9%
1940 29,774 42.3%
1950 37,540 26.1%
1960 34,836 −7.2%
1970 30,095 −13.6%
1980 35,993 19.6%
1990 28,990 −19.5%
2000 25,708 −11.3%
2010 23,796 −7.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes


  • Cooke - "John Cooke First Settler of Wyoming County," Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Jul. 1964):44-45. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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 Wyoming 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

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Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Wyoming 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 Wyoming County:

- 1st Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry) (Confederate). Company H.
- 2nd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry) (Confederate). Company G.
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment). Company H (Wyoming Riflemen).[7]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company K.[8]
- 45th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Companies B, C, and D.[9]


- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[10]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


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





Research Facilities


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.




  • Wyoming County Genealogical Society
    P O Box 1456
    Pineville, WV 24874


Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wyoming County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1976):300-301. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).


  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, "Wyoming County, West Virginia" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_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), Wyoming County, West Virginia. Page 743-746 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 742-743.
  5. 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.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Wyoming County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 29 August 2018.
  7. Terry D. Lowry, 22nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 44.
  8. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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