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*[[Bland County, Virginia|Bland County, Virginia]]  
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*[[Giles County, Virginia|Giles County, Virginia]]  
*[[Giles County, Virginia Genealogy|Giles County, Virginia]]  
*[[McDowell County, West Virginia|McDowell]]  
*[[McDowell County, West Virginia Genealogy|McDowell]]  
*[[Raleigh County, West Virginia|Raleigh]]  
*[[Raleigh County, West Virginia Genealogy|Raleigh]]  
*[[Summers County, West Virginia|Summers]]  
*[[Summers County, West Virginia Genealogy|Summers]]  
*[[Tazewell County, Virginia|Tazewell County, Virginia]]  
*[[Tazewell County, Virginia Genealogy|Tazewell County, Virginia]]  
*[[Wyoming County, West Virginia|Wyoming]]
*[[Wyoming County, West Virginia Genealogy|Wyoming]]
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United States
West Virginia
Mercer County

Guide to Mercer County, West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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 March 17, 1837
County Seat Princeton
Mercer County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Mercer County Courthouse

P O Box 1716,
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: 304-487-8311
Mercer County Website

County Information

Mercer County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1853 1840 1837 1837

County Courthouse

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
Mercer County history : sesquicentennial year, 1987
Mercer County history, 1984

Parent County

1837--Mercer County was created 17 March 1837 from Giles and Tazewell Counties (Virginia).
County seat: Princeton [2]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Athens West Virginia
Glenwood, West Virginia
Pisgah Community, West Virginia
Spanishburg Community, West Virginia

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
Angelfire WorldCat Billion Graves
WVGenWeb Archives
WVTombstone Project
Billion Graves
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information.


1870 Mercer Co. Census

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

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bluefield



  • Harman - Harman, John Newton. Harman Genealogy (Southern Branch): With Biographical Sketches, 1700-1924. Richmond, Va.: W.C. Hill Print. Co., 1925. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


Local Histories

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


Mercer County


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.
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Mercer County, West Virginia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Mercer County, West Virginia Genealogy:

- 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company D (1st) (French's Company), Company E (Border Rangers) and Company H (Tazewell Troop).[3]
- 23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry Reserves (Confederate). Company B (The Blue Stone Greys).[4]
- 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company G.[5]
- 26th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Edgar's) (Confederate). Company C.[6]
- 30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate). Company A.[7]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company K.[8]
- 59th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company I2 (Princeton Guard).[9]
- 60th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (3rd Regiment, Wise Legion) (Confederate). Companies 2H (Richmond Light Guard) and I.[10]

Records and histories are available, including:

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Mercer County.

Map showing Civil War battles in West Virginia.


West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991



Online Probate Records

Mercer County, West Virginia Will Books 1838 - 1969
West Virginia Will Books


Online West Virginia Tax site

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

. Includes marriages 1854-1967 - free.

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

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

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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


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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer 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. Jack L. Dickinson, 8th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 25.
  4. J.L. Scott, 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 79.
  5. Ralph White Gunn, 24th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34.
  6. Terry Lowry, 26th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 81.
  7. Michael West, 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108.
  8. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.
  9. G.L. Sherwood and Jeffrey C. Weaver, 59th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 107.
  10. J.L. Scott, 60th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 130.
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State