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Guide to '''Hancock County, West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Hancock 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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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= January 15, 1848
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|county seat= New Cumberland
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|parent county= [[Brooke County, West Virginia Genealogy|Brooke]]<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Beaver County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Beaver (PA)]]
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|county2= [[Brooke County, West Virginia Genealogy|Brooke]]
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|county3= [[Columbiana County, Ohio Genealogy|Columbiana (OH)]]
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|county4= [[Jefferson County, Ohio Genealogy|Jefferson (OH)]]
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|county5= [[Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Washington (PA)]]</br><center>[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Hancock County
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The County was named for John Hancock. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, West Virginia" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_West_Virginia."</ref>
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| state = West Virginia
 
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| founded year = 1848
 
| founded date = January 15
 
| seat = [[New Cumberland, West Virginia|New Cumberland]] 
 
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| building address = Hancock County Courthouse<br>P O Box 367<br>New Cumberland, WV 26047<br>Phone: 304-564-3311<br>[http://hancockcountywv.org/ '''Hancock County Website''']
 
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== County Courthouse ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{WV Courthouse Intro|Hancock}}
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'''Hancock County Courthouse'''<br>P O Box 367<br>New Cumberland, WV 26047<br>Phone: 304-564-3311<br>[http://hancockcountywv.org/ Hancock County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and land records from 1848.<br>
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Clerk Circuit Clerk has divorce records.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
*County Clerk has birth, marriage, death probate and land records from 1848
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=== Hancock County, West Virginia Record Dates  ===
*Clerk Circuit Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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{{WV Record Dates Intro|Hancock}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, West Virginia. Page 743-746 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1848
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1917. General compliance by 1925. </center>
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== History  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{WV Boundary Changes Intro|Hancock}}
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*'''1848--'''Hancock County was created 15 January 1848&nbsp;from [[Brooke County, West Virginia Genealogy|Brooke]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' New Cumberland<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
'''1848--'''Hancock County was&nbsp;created 15 January 1848&nbsp;from [[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke]] County.<br>'''County seat:''' New Cumberland <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{WV Populated Places Intro|Hancock}}
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://westvirginia.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,029,c,hancock.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, West Virginia," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 04 July 2018.</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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{{populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester,_West_Virginia Chester]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Cumberland,_West_Virginia New Cumberland (county seat)]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weirton,_West_Virginia Weirton (part)]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo,_West_Virginia Congo]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairhaven,_West_Virginia Fairhaven]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_Creek,_West_Virginia Kings Creek]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrenceville,_West_Virginia Lawrenceville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lennyville,_West_Virginia Lennyville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow,_West_Virginia Moscow]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Manchester,_West_Virginia New Manchester]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Valley,_West_Virginia Sun Valley]
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*Vermont Terrace</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newell,_West_Virginia Newell]</div>
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{WV Historical Timeline Intro|Hancock}}
  
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== Resources ==
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{{WV Resources Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{WV Bible Intro|Hancock}}
  
For a list of record loss in West Virginia counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-counties/#courthouse West Virginia Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{WV Biographies Intro|Hancock}}
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{WV Business Records Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{WV Cemeteries Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Hancock County, West Virginia''' online and in print</center>
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.wvgenweb.org/hancock/cemeteries.html WVGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/hancock/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/hancock.htm WVTombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/hancock.htm Interment]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Hancock%20County%20West%20Virginia%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|511667|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Hancock+West+Virginia&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/West-Virginia/Hancock-County?id=county_3078 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23062&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=7&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[West Virginia Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*[[Beaver County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Beaver County, Pennsylvania]]
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=== Census Records ===
*[[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke]]
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{{WV Census Intro|Hancock}}
*[[Columbiana County, Ohio|Columbiana County, Ohio]]
 
*[[Jefferson County, Ohio|Jefferson County, Ohio]]
 
*[[Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Washington County, Pennsylvania]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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{{Historical populations
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[[Image:Wvhancock.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_West_Virginia "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1850 |4050 
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|1860 |4445
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|1870 |4363
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|1880 |4882
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|1890 |6414
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|1900 |6693
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|1910 |10465
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|1920 |19975
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|1930 |28511
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|1940 |31572
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|1950 |34388
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|1960 |39615
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|1970 |39749
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|1980 |40418
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|1990 |35233
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|2000 |32667
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|2010 |30676
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{WV Church Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{WV Court Intro|Hancock}}
  
{{WVcensus}}&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772415?availability=Family%20History%20Library County Court record, 1857-1927] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772400?availability=Family%20History%20Library Chancery order book, 1875-1880]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/770392?availability=Family%20History%20Library Chancery order books, 1848-1930] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772409?availability=Family%20History%20Library Fiduciary records, 1897-1904]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772461?availability=Family%20History%20Library Index to discharges, 1866-1992]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772410?availability=Family%20History%20Library Inventory books, 1864-1931]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/770384?availability=Family%20History%20Library Law order book, 1848-1871]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772429?availability=Family%20History%20Library County clerk's order books, 1897-1930] Original records at the Hancock County Courthouse in New Cumberland, West Virginia.
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{WV Directories Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{WV Emigration Intro|Hancock}}
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772415?availability=Family%20History%20Library County Court record, 1857-1927] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772400?availability=Family%20History%20Library Chancery order book, 1875-1880]
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{{WV Ethnic Groups Intro|Hancock}}
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/770392?availability=Family%20History%20Library Chancery order books, 1848-1930] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772409?availability=Family%20History%20Library Fiduciary records, 1897-1904]
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772461?availability=Family%20History%20Library Index to discharges, 1866-1992]
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{{WV Funeral Homes Intro|Hancock}}
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772410?availability=Family%20History%20Library Inventory books, 1864-1931]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/770384?availability=Family%20History%20Library Law order book, 1848-1871]
 
  
==== County Clerk ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{WV Genealogies Intro|Hancock}}
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772429?availability=Family%20History%20Library County clerk's order books, 1897-1930] Original records at the Hancock County Courthouse in New Cumberland, West Virginia.
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{WV Guardianship Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{WV Land Intro|Hancock}}
  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772458?availability=Family%20History%20Library Deed books, 1848-1863] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772458?availability=Family%20History%20Library Deed books, 1848-1863] Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{WV Histories Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{WV Maps Intro|Hancock}}
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{{WV Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{WV Hancock County}}}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
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=== Migration ===
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{{WV Migration Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Military ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{WV Military Intro|Hancock}}
  
Go here for general [[West Virginia Military Records|Military Records of West Virginia]]  
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Go here for general [[West Virginia Military Records|Military Records of West Virginia]]
  
===== Civil War =====
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==== Civil War ====
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{{WV Civil War Intro|Hancock}}
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*'''1861-1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932429|West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
'''Union'''  
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'''Union'''
  
 
:- [[1st Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]]. Company I.
 
:- [[1st Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]]. Company I.
  
===== WW1  =====
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==== World War I ====
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{{WV World War I Intro|Hancock}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772462?availability=Family%20History%20Library Officers and enlisted men, 1917-1918]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772468?availability=Family%20History%20Library Soldiers record, 1918]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{WV Naturalization Intro|Hancock}}
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*'''1814-1991''' {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{WV Newspapers Intro|Hancock}}
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772462?availability=Family%20History%20Library Officers and enlisted men, 1917-1918]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=52226 Weirton Daily Times (Weirton, West Virginia)] at Ancestry ($)
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772468?availability=Family%20History%20Library Soldiers record, 1918]
 
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{WV Obituaries Intro|Hancock}}
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/770348?availability=Family%20History%20Library Naturalization records, 1904-1956] You can view these records on line.
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=== Other Records ===
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{{WV Other Records Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{WV Periodicals Intro|Hancock}}
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=52226 Weirton Daily Times (Weirton, West Virginia)] at Ancestry.com ($)
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{WV Probate Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Probate ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
Hancock County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030611%3Fcc%3D1909099 Wills 1853-1917&nbsp;]  
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*'''1724-1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index and images $
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*'''1756-1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at FamilySearch — index and images
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*Hancock County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030611%3Fcc%3D1909099 Wills 1853-1917&nbsp;]
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{WV Schools Intro|Hancock}}
  
===== Online West Virginia Tax site  =====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{WV Tax Intro|Hancock}}
  
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.  
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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.  
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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 [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]  
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{WV Vital Intro|Hancock}}
  
*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1854-1873, 1880-1971 - free.  
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia Vital Records, 1865-1969 (varies)] - Includes birth, death, and marriage.
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/325201?availability=Family%20History%20Library Hancock County, West Virginia deaths, deeds, wills, inventories, church and cemetery records] Contains deaths 1853-1899; wills, inventories, etc. 1848-1899; cemetery records ca. 1799-1936; New Cumberland Methodist Protestant Church records of births 1878-1896, baptisms 1890-1895, membership 1889-1899; Cove Christian Church (organized as the Congregation of Jesus Christ) membership rolls 1830-1892; Cove Presbyterian Church baptisms 1859-1897, membership [1859?]-1898; Nessly Chapel (M.P.) membership roll [1878?]-1898; Point Pleasant M.P. Church membership roll 1885-1896; and miscellaneous deeds 1785-1814.  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/325201?availability=Family%20History%20Library Hancock County, West Virginia deaths, deeds, wills, inventories, church and cemetery records] Contains deaths 1853-1899; wills, inventories, etc. 1848-1899; cemetery records ca. 1799-1936; New Cumberland Methodist Protestant Church records of births 1878-1896, baptisms 1890-1895, membership 1889-1899; Cove Christian Church (organized as the Congregation of Jesus Christ) membership rolls 1830-1892; Cove Presbyterian Church baptisms 1859-1897, membership [1859?]-1898; Nessly Chapel (M.P.) membership roll [1878?]-1898; Point Pleasant M.P. Church membership roll 1885-1896; and miscellaneous deeds 1785-1814.
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772448?availability=Family%20History%20Library Will book, 1918-1932]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/772448?availability=Family%20History%20Library Will book, 1918-1932]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Birth ====
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{{WV Birth Intro|Hancock}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{WV Marriage Intro|Hancock}}
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*'''1780-1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1408729|West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1801-1962''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=washington%2cwa West Virginia, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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==== Death ====
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{{WV Death Intro|Hancock}}
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*'''1804-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|1417434|West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Divorce ====
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{{WV Divorce Intro|Hancock}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{WV Research Facilities Intro|Hancock}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{WV Archives Intro|Hancock}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
  
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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=== Libraries ===
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{{WV Libraries Intro|Hancock}}
  
'''[[Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society|Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society]]'''
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=== Museums ===
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{{WV Museums Intro|Hancock}}
  
'''[[Tri-State Genealogical and Historical Society]]'''<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 454<br>Newell, West Virginia 26050-0454
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== Societies ==
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{{WV Societies Intro|Hancock}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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*'''[[Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society|Hancock County Genealogical-Historical Society]]'''<br>
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*'''[[Tri-State Genealogical and Historical Society]]'''<br>P O Box 454<br>Newell, West Virginia 26050-0454
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Websites ==
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{{WV Websites Intro|Hancock}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/hancock-county/ Hancock County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|189944|West%20Virginia|Hancock}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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== Research Guides ==
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{{WV Research Guides Intro|Hancock}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/hancock-county/ Hancock County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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== References ==
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
 
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Hancock|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
  
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Latest revision as of 17:32, 12 July 2019

Guide to Hancock 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: New Cumberland
Organized: January 15, 1848
Parent County(s): Brooke[1]
Neighboring Counties
Beaver (PA)  • Brooke  • Columbiana (OH)  • Jefferson (OH)  • Washington (PA)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Dr George Rigas House.jpg
Location Map
Wv-hancock.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Hancock. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hancock County Courthouse
P O Box 367
New Cumberland, WV 26047
Phone: 304-564-3311
Hancock County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and land records from 1848.
Clerk Circuit Clerk has divorce records.[3]

Hancock County, West Virginia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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
1848 1848 1848 1848 1848 1848 1870
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1917. General compliance by 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1848--Hancock County was created 15 January 1848 from Brooke County.
  • County seat: New Cumberland[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[edit | edit source]

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]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hancock 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[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 4,050
1860 4,445 9.8%
1870 4,363 −1.8%
1880 4,882 11.9%
1890 6,414 31.4%
1900 6,693 4.3%
1910 10,465 56.4%
1920 19,975 90.9%
1930 28,511 42.7%
1940 31,572 10.7%
1950 34,388 8.9%
1960 39,615 15.2%
1970 39,749 0.3%
1980 40,418 1.7%
1990 35,233 −12.8%
2000 32,667 −7.3%
2010 30,676 −6.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

  • Deed books, 1848-1863 Hancock County was part of Virginia until 1864, when it became part of West Virginia.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Hancock 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[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Go here for general Military Records of West Virginia

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Union

- 1st Regiment, West Virginia Infantry. Company I.

World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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, "Hancock County, West Virginia" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_West_Virginia."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, West Virginia. Page 743 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock 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, "Hancock County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 04 July 2018.