Hardy County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Hardy County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Hardy 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 1785
County Seat Moorefield

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

County Courthouse

Hardy County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG

Hardy County
204 Washington Street
Moorefield, WV 26836

  • County Clerk has birth, marriage, death and burials from 1853
  • Probate and Land records from 1786
  • Court Records from 1860 and Divorce Records[1]


Parent County

1785--Hardy County was created 17 October 1785 from Hampshire County.
County seat: Moorefield[1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Hardy County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American



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

Join us in indexing the 1940 Census

1790 - Lost, but a subsitute is available, see Taxation.

1800 - Lost, but a subsitute is available, see Taxation.

1810 - Lost, but a subsitute is available, see Taxation.




It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

Compiled genealogies that treat multiple Hardy County families include:

  • Cartmell, T. K. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: A History of Frederick County, Virginia (Illustrated) from Its Formation in 1738 to 1908, Compiled Mainly from Original Records of Old Frederick County, Now Hampshire, Berkeley, Shenandoah, Jefferson, Hardy, Clarke, Warren, Morgan and Frederick. n.p.: n.p., c1909. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.59 H2c 1963; FHL US/CAN Film 1000634 Item 1; digital version at Ancestry ($); Family History Archives and World Vital Records ($). [3 copies at FHL.]
  • O'Dell, Cecil. Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia. Marceline, Mo.: Walsworth Pub. Co., 1995. FHL Collection. One of the most impressively researched one-place studies in the United States. In a review, Dorman stated "Comprehensive studies such as this appear only rarely. This volume should be in every Virginia genealogical collection."[2]
  • Pollock, Michael E. and Lineage Search Associates. Frederick Findings. Mechanicsville, Va.: Lineage Search Associates, 1988-1997. FHL Book 975.59 D25f.
  • [Mathias] Griffiths, George R. The Mathias Family of Hardy County, Virginia and West Virginia, A Pioneer Mountain Family. Chicago, Ill.: Adams Press, 1977. FHL Book 929.273 M426g.
  • [Newman] Boogher, William F. Gleanings of Virginia History: An Historical and Genealogical Collection, Largely from Original Sources. Washington: n.p., 1903. Available at FHL; digital version at Google Books. [Includes a chapter titled "Genealogy of the Newman Family, 1618-1900," see Table of Contents; discusses Newmans of Hardy County.]
  • [Post] Poinsett, Doris Jean Post. Valentin Pfost/Post, 1740-1800, of Hardy County (West) Virginia and Some of His Descendants. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1989. Digital version at Family History Archives; FHL Book 929.273 P845p.
  • [Rohrbough] Rohrbough, Fred Ware. The Rohrbough Family. 1962.


Grants and Patents

  • Gray, Gertrude E. Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1775-1800. Vol. III. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes Hardy County.]

Local Histories


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, Hardy County on page 134.]
Civil War

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


West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991



West Virginia Will Books


How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1786] Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. Available at FHL. [1786 personal property tax list of Hardy County.]
  • [1786-1819] Heinegg, Paul. "Hardy County Personal Property Tax List, 1786-1819," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1787] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Hardy County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • [1789] Indexed images of the 1789 Personal Property Tax List of Hardy County, Virginia  (now West Virginia) are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1799] Images of the 1799 Personal Property Tax List of Hardy County, Virginia  (now West Virginia) are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [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. Hardy 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. Hardy County is included in Vol. 6.]

Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records - Birth - Death - Marriages. See also How to order West Virginia Vital Records or order electronically online.

Societies and Libraries

Hardy County Genealogical-Historical Society
Moorefield, West Virginia 26836

Family History Centers


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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1995):236.