Logan County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Logan County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Logan 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 1824
County Seat Logan

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

County Courthouse

Logan County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Logan County Courthouse
300 Stratton Street
Logan, WV 25601
Phone: 304-792-8550
Fax 304-792-8600

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1872, burial, probate, land and military records. Circuit Clerk, had divorce, court records and naturalization records[1]


Parent County

1824--Logan County was created 12 January 1824 from Cabell (now West Virginia), Kanawha (now West Virginia), Giles and Tazewell Counties (Virginia).  County seat: Logan [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Logan County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Blair, West Virginia :Chapmanville, West Virginia :Man, West Virginia :The Omar Project;
Logan County Towns


Neighboring Counties


The best place to get started tracing your Logan County ancestors is Logan County Recreated.  ALL the families that lived in the area between the 1850s and the 1870s.[3] His database is available through FamilySearch Community Trees.



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


  • Turner, David Anderson "1860 Census of Logan County, Virginia" annotated by Mr Turner. 1981.
  • Logan county, WV 1880 Federal Census Index
  • Turner, David Anderson "1880 Census of Logan County, West Virginia" annotated 1981. Annoted by Mr Turner


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Logan


Family Histories

West Virginia Biographies Project - Logan County


The following compiled genealogies treat multiple Logan County families:

  • Anglin, Walter F. The Anglin Families of Colonial Virginia, In search of Descendants Approximately 300 pages
  • Ball, Nina, Ferrell,  Lenore Kinger. The Ball Family of Boone County, West Virginia. 1980. 1998 2nd printing. Boone County Educational Workshop page 336.
  • Cook, Bonnie Turner. The Family of John Cooke McClain Printing, Parsons, West Virginia. 2001
  • Browning, Stanley C. Tracking the Pioneers: A History of Browning Families of Southern West Virginia.Lulu Press, Inc., 2006. Morrisville, NC 27560, www.lulu.com
  • Burgess, James A. Burgess, Mullins, Browning, Brown and Allied Families. Parsons, W.Va.: McClain Printing Company, 1978. FHL Film 1035668 Item 10; digital version at Family History Archives - free.
  • Dickerson, Florence S. The James Stewart Family of Early Augusta County, Virginia 1740-1760. 1966 McClain Printing Company, McClain Printing, 319 pages.
  • Lane, Mrs Julian C. "Key and Allied Families" Statesboro, Georgia. The Press 1931
  • Maynard, Roland B. The Maynards of East Kentucky: From Pioneers to the Tenth Generation."  1 May 1978 Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland 506 pages.
  • Phillips, Shelby Phillips. David Branham and his Descendants. 1995.
  • Riggins Sharol. "Teage Riggen and his Riggen, Riggin Riggins, descendants.Gateway Press
  • Thomas, Joseph. Logan County West Virginia and Beyond. 2007. 777 pages.
  • Thompson, Fred C. Ferrell, Vance and Allied Families 1991. 500 pages.
    * *Turner, David Anderson. The Family of Floyd Cook.
  • [Price] Price, Jay Berry and Harry Hollingsworth. The Price, Blakemore, Hamblen, Skipwith and Allied Lines, Descendants of English, French, Spanish and Italian Kings and Sureties of the Magna Charta, A.D. 534-1992. Knoxville, Tenn., 1992. FHL Book 929.273 P931pjb.
  • [Spratt] Buchanan, Paul C. "The Spratt Family of Southwest Virginia Prior to 1800," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1988):297-305. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 32 (1988).


Local Histories

West Virginia Archives & History Logan County

History and Genealogy Logan County

  • Johnston, David E. History of the Middle New River Settlements & Contiguous Territory Standard Printing & Publishing, Huntington, WV 1906 General History, family sketches,military rosters, including areas of Giles and Tazewell County which are now in Logan County.
  • Booton, Orland H. Account of Mine Wars 1960
  • Brumfield, Darrell, Ellis, Smith, Flossie Hatfield. Stories About Gilbert, West Virginia and Surround Communities. 1993. Gateway Press, Baltimore, Md.
  • Brumfield, Darrell, Ellis, Smith, Flossie Hatfield. Stories About Gilbert, West Virginia and Surround Communities. 1995. Gateway Press, Baltimore, Md.
  • Davis, Dolores Riggs. Dehue History Book - Depicts the rise and decline between 1916-1994 of the mining town or Dehue 1916-1994. 152 pages.
  • Jackson, Margaret A History of Logan West Virginia" 1950
  • Pearlman, Agnes B.  "Virginia, Later West Virginia."  1976
  • Ragland, Henry Clay History of Logan County, Virginia 1896.
  • Smith, Nancy Sue. History of Logan and Mingo Counties, Beginning in 1617. Williamson West Virginia . 1966.
  • Spence, Robert Y. Land of the Guyandot: A History of Logan County, West Virginia. 1976
  • Swain, George T.:History of Logan County, Virginia rewritten by in 1927
  • Waller, Altine L. Feud: Hatfields McCoys & Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900University of North Carolina Press, 1988. War of Economics, Genealogical Tables for both families.
  • Wardell, Patrick.  "Virginia & West Virginians 1670-1870".  Heritage Books 1986
  • Thurmon, Walter R The Logan Coal Field of West Virgina; West Virginia University Library 1964.
  • Centennial Program: City of Logan, West Virginia 1852-1952. 1952



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, Logan County on page 135.]
  • 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

Mine Wars

Korean War

Korean War Casualties from West Virginia

World War II

Logan County, West Virginia WWII Casualities Army and Air Force

Naturalization Records

West Virgina, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


The Logan Banner

Williamson Daily News


Logan County, West Virginia Will Books 1873 - 1968 West Virginia Will Books Logan


Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Logan County Genealogical Society
P O Box 1959
Logan, West Virginia 25601

Buffalo Creek Memorial Library

Logan Area Public Library
16 Wildcat Way
Logan, WV 25601

South West Virginia Community College 2900 Dempsey Branch Road
Mt-Gay - Shamrock,
WV 25637
Telephone 304-896-7378

Family History Books that were found at the South West Virginia Community College were taken to Logan High School in April May of 2004. Patron should call during inclement weather before traveling to confirm library hours. College Library has a wealth of information on Logan County History and Family History

Logan High School, Logan, West Virginia 304-752-6606

West Virginia State Archives

West Virginia & Regional History Collections and Special Collections (WVU)

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Hatfield McCoy Stories

CYNDI'S List West Virginia

Mining in Logan County, West Virginia

West Virginia Archives and History Mine Wars Mountain Top Coal Mining, Logan County, West Virginia Logan Coal Field Surface Mining Fatal Mining Accidents Railroads, Coal in West Virginia  Manslaughter on Buffalo Creek: The Pittston Mentality The Friends of Blair Mountain Logan County Phraseology

WV Mine Disasters 1884 to Present


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Logan County, West Virginia. Page 744 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. The following sources were used to create this database: (1) The History of Logan County by Henry Clay Ragland, (2)1850 Logan County Virginia Census, (3) 1860 Logan County Virginia Census, (4) 1870 Logan County WV Tridelphia Township, (5) 1850 Wyoming County, Virginia Census, (6) 1853-1860 Logan County, Virginia Birth Marriage and Death Records, and (7) 1850 - 1860 - 1870 Logan County, Virginia Mortality Schedules.