Mercer County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Mercer County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Mercer 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 1837
County Seat Princeton

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

County Courthouse

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Mercer County Court House
P O Box 1716, Princeton, WV 24740

  • County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1853; probate and land recrods from 1837; Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1837[1]


Early History of Mercer County

Official Blue Book of Mercer County, West Virginia by Charles B Hedrick

Welcome to Mercer County, West Virginia

Mercer County, West Virginia Discover America's Coal Story

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

Athens West Virginia

Glenwood, West Virginia

Pisgah Community, West Virginia

Spanishburg Community, West Virginia

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcription Project Mercer County

Cemeteries Located in Mercery County, West Virginia


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

Index to the 1870 Mercer County, West Virginia Census


Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bluefield



Local Histories

Johnston, Daniel E  A History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Kinyon Digital Library


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Mercer County West Virginia Map


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, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991



Mercer County, West Virginia Will Books 1838 - 1969


Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages  

Mercer County, West Virginia Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Mercer Co Historical Society
P.O. Box 5012
Princeton, WV 24740. 

Family History Centers

The closest family history centers are the Huntington Family History Center and the Charleston Family History Center.

Web Sites

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).