Cabell County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Cabell County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Cabell 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 1809
County Seat Huntington
United States  Gotoarrow.png West Virginia  Gotoarrow.png Cabell County 

County Courthouse

Cabell County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
8th St and 4th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701
  • Count Clerk has birth and death from 1853
  • Marriage Records from 1809
  • Land Record from 1808 and Probate Records from 1809
  • Clerk Circuit Court records from 1809[1]


Parent County

1809--Cabell County was created 2 January 1809 from Kanawha County.
County seat: Huntington, as of 1887.[1] Previous seats include Guyandotte and Barboursville.

Boundary Changes

  • Wayne County was carved from Cabell in 1842, while still part of Virginia.
  • Boone County was created in 1847 from parts of Cabell, Kanawha and Logan.
  • In 1867, parts of Cabell, Boone, Kanawha and Putnam were used to create Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

The largest city is the county seat, Huntington (originally Cabell City). Other communities include Barboursville, Guyandotte, Ona, Salt Rock and Milton.

Neighboring Counties



  • The Heck Funeral Home, located in Milton, Cabell County, West Virginia, has served many individuals in Cabell County and surrounding counties. Thousands of alphabetically arranged abstracts of records are available online and may include age, birth, death, and burial dates and locations. Some records also include parents' names.

The Cabell County WVGenWeb site includes Cabell County cemeteries


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




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Huntington



Local Histories

A very rare and valuable resource, little known to those not from this area, are the papers of Fred Lambert, housed at the Special Collections of Morrow Library, Marshall University in Huntington.
Lambert wrote down oral family histories of hundreds of local families and the collection includes several boxes of his notebooks. Some, but not all, are indexed.


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia


Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Braxton County on page 134.]
Civil War

West Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865


West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


Huntington's daily newspapers included the Herald Advertiser (historical) and Herald-Dispatch


West Virginia Will Books


How can West Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1810] Schreiner-Yates, Netti. A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia: Tax Lists of the Counties for which the Census is Missing. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1810 personal property tax list. Cabell County is included because the 1810 Census for that county has been destroyed.]
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Cabell County is included in Vol. 6.]

Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages

Cabell County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853 marriage records from 1809 (see West Virginia Archives and History)[1]

Societies and Libraries


KYOVA Genealogical and Historical Society
Box 1254
Huntington, WV 25714-1254
Library located at the second floor of the Second Presbyterian Church Building, 901 Jefferson Ave, Huntington, West Virginia

Cabell - Wayne County Historical Society
P O Box 9412
Huntinton, WV  25704


Cabell County Public Library
455 9th Street Plaza
Huntington, WV, 25701

Marshall Library Stacks
Marshall University
3rd Avenue
Huntington, WV 25755

Family History Centers

The closest family history center is the Huntingon Family History Center

Cabell County Family History Hall of Fame
"May we preserve their memories & Contributions!"
Please write about deceased historians & Genealogists!


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).