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Boone County, West Virginia Genealogy

Guide to Boone 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: Madison
Organized: March 11, 1847
Parent County(s): Kanawha, Cabell, Logan[1]
Neighboring Counties
Kanawha  • Lincoln  • Logan  • Raleigh  • Wyoming
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Location Map

County InformationEdit


The County was named for Daniel Boone. The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Boone County Courthouse
200 State Street
Madison, WV 25130-1152
Phone: 304-369-7331
Boone County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death records from 1865; probate and land records from 1865.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and court records.[3]

Boone County, West Virginia Record DatesEdit

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
1865 1865 1865 1865 1865 1865 1870
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1917. General compliance by 1925.

Record LossEdit

Book C of Deed and Book A of Will records are missing.

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1847--Boone County was created 11 March 1847 from Kanawha, Cabell and Logan Counties.
  • County seat: Madison[1]

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.

Populated PlacesEdit

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Boone 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 RecordsEdit

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

Census Pop.
1850 3,237
1860 4,840 49.5%
1870 4,553 −5.9%
1880 5,824 27.9%
1890 6,885 18.2%
1900 8,194 19.0%
1910 10,331 26.1%
1920 15,319 48.3%
1930 24,586 60.5%
1940 28,556 16.1%
1950 33,173 16.2%
1960 28,764 −13.3%
1970 25,118 −12.7%
1980 30,447 21.2%
1990 25,870 −15.0%
2000 25,535 −1.3%
2010 24,629 −3.5%
Source: "".

Church RecordsEdit

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

  • Handley Funeral Home Inc.
    3rd St. & Phipps Ave
    Danville, WV
    Phone: 304-369-0718
    Fax: 304-369-1130
  • Stevens Funeral Home
    1 Official Plz
    Madison, WV
    Phone: 304-369-1350
  • Armstrong Funeral Home Inc.
    734 Boone St.
    Whitesville, WV
    Phone: 304-854-1471
    Fax: 304-854-0216
  • Valley Funeral Home Inc.
    E Boone St.
    Whitesville, WV
    Phone: 304-854-1381
    Fax: 304-854-1270



Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Boone 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 GazetteersEdit

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Military RecordsEdit

Go here for general Military Records of West Virginia

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Boone 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 Boone County:


- 1st Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry) (Confederate). Company B.
- 2nd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry) (Confederate). Company K.
- 14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company F.[6]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment). Company K (Boone Company).[7]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company B.[8]
- 45th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company A.[9]


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

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit



Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

Includes marriages 1864-1968 - free.





Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.





Research GuidesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 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, "Boone County, West Virginia" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_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), Boone 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Boone County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_West_Virginia, accessed 29 June 2018.
  6. Robert J. Driver, 14th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47.
  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.