Mercer County, West Virginia Genealogy

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County Courthouse

  • Mercer County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
     Mercer County Court House

P O Box 1716, Princeton, WV


  •  304-487-8311
  • County Clerk has birth, marriage & death records from 1853 probate and land recrods from 1837; Clk Cir Court has div and court records from 1837


Parent County

1837--Mercer County was created 17 March 1837 from Giles and Tazewell Counties (Virginia).   County seat: Princeton [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Mercer County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bluefield



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

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Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia


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


West Virgina,Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

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, Mercer 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.]



West Virginia Will Books


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

Mercer Family History Hall of Fame
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Mercer County Historical Historical Society, Athens, West Virginia 24712

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. The closest family history centers are in the Huntington Family History Center and the Charleston Family History Center to LDS Family History Centers

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