Fayette County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Fayette County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Fayette 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 1831
County Seat Fayetteville

United States  Gotoarrow.png West Virginia  Gotoarrow.png Fayette County

County Courthouse

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Fayette County Courthouse
100 Church Street
Fayette, WV 25840

County Clerk has birth and death from 1866 Marriage, Probate and Land 1831 Clk Cir Court has divorce and county records[1]


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The county is named after Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834).[2]

Fayette County History

Fayette County West Virginia Historic Fayetteville

History of Fayette County, West Virginia

Parent County

1831--Fayette County was created 28 February 1831 from Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Logan Counties.
County seat: Fayetteville [3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Fayette County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcription Project Fayette County West Virginia

Fayette County Cemetery Records West Virginia

Find A Grave Fayette County, West Virginia

Interment.ent Cemetery Records on line


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





Local Histories

Donnelly, Shirley.  History of Oak Hill, West Virginia: a series of historical notes on the Fayette County metropolis from the time of its early settlement up to the year 1953..   Digital Library of BYU


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Fayette County, West Virginia Map

Fayette County West Virginia 1895


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, Fayette County on page 134.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
Civil War

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

Naturalization Records

West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


Fayette Tribune


West Virginia Will Books


Vital Records

Death Records of Fayette County

Marriage Records of Fayette County Brides List

Marriage Records of Fayette County Grooms List

Fayette County, West Virginia Will Books 1832-1969
West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Genealogical Society of Fayette and Raleigh Counties, Inc.
P O Box 68
Oak Hill, WV 25901-0068

Fayette County Public Libraries

Family History Centers

The closest family history centers is in Charleston Family History Center

Web Sites

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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fayette County, West Virginia. Page 743 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Fayette County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 14 February 2012.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).