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Guide to '''Morgan County, West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| building address = Morgan County Courthouse<br> 202 Fairfax Street Suite 100<br>Berkeley Springs, WV 25411<br>Phone: 304-258-8547<br>[http://morgancountywv.gov/ '''Morgan County Website''']
 
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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Morgan_County,_West_Virginia|Morgan County]]''  
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=== County Information ===
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==== Morgan County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Morgan County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]  
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Morgan County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1865
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
<blockquote>[http://morgancountywv.gov/ Morgan County Courthouse]<br>202 Fairfax Street Suite 100<br>Berkeley Springs, WV 25411<br>Phone: 304-258-8547 </blockquote>  
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County Clerk has birth marriage, death from 1865<br>Land and some marriage and probate records from 1820<br>Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and County Court<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hampshire County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Clerk has birth marriage, death from 1865<br>Land and some marriage and probate records from 1820<br>Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and County Court<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hampshire County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1820'''--Morgan County was created 9 February 1820&nbsp;from [[Hampshire County, West Virginia|Hampshire]] and [[Berkeley County, West Virginia|Berkeley]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Berkeley Springs <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1820'''--Morgan County was created 9 February 1820&nbsp;from [[Hampshire County, West Virginia|Hampshire]] and [[Berkeley County, West Virginia|Berkeley]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Berkeley Springs <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Morgan County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/westvirginia/wv-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1844''' Morgan County lost records in a courthouse fire in 1844, and again during the Civil War.
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Allegany County, Maryland|Allegany County, Maryland]]  
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*[[Allegany County, Maryland Genealogy|Allegany County, Maryland]]  
*[[Berkeley County, West Virginia|Berkeley]]  
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*[[Berkeley County, West Virginia Genealogy|Berkeley]]  
*[[Frederick County, Virginia|Frederick County, Virginia]]  
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*[[Frederick County, Virginia Genealogy|Frederick County, Virginia]]  
*[[Hampshire County, West Virginia|Hampshire]]  
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*[[Hampshire County, West Virginia Genealogy|Hampshire]]  
*[[Washington County, Maryland|Washington County, Maryland]]
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*[[Washington County, Maryland Genealogy|Washington County, Maryland]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3096&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=52&CScnty=3096 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wv/morgan/cems.html WVGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Morgan+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Morgan&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/morgan.htm WVTombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23080&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=34&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/92424?availability=Family%20History%20Library Graveyard history of Morgan county (Va.) W.Va.] FamilySearch
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*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/596302?availability=Family%20History%20Library Account book, 1861-1901] this is an account book for the poor.
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
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*O'Dell, Cecil. ''Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia''. Marceline, Mo.: Walsworth Pub. Co., 1995. {{FHL|594019|item}}. 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."<ref>John Frederick Dorman, "Review of ''Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia,''" in ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1995):236.</ref><br>
 
*O'Dell, Cecil. ''Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia''. Marceline, Mo.: Walsworth Pub. Co., 1995. {{FHL|594019|item}}. 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."<ref>John Frederick Dorman, "Review of ''Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia,''" in ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1995):236.</ref><br>
  
*Cartmell, T. K. ''Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants:&nbsp;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|180682|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.59 H2c 1963}}; {{FHL|218678|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1000634 Item 1}}; digital version at {{FSbook|63612}} and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10569 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3048_shenandoah World Vital Records] ($). [3 copies at FHL.]
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*Cartmell, T. K. ''Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants:&nbsp;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|180682|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.59 H2c 1963}}; {{FHL|218678|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1000634 Item 1}}; digital version at {{FSbook|63612}} and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10569 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3048_shenandoah World Vital Records] ($). [3 copies at FHL.]
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Cartmell, T. K. ''Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants:&nbsp;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|180682|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.59 H2c 1963}}; {{FHL|218678|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1000634 Item 1}}; digital version at {{FSbook|63612}} ;[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10569 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3048_shenandoah World Vital Records] ($). [3 copies at FHL.]
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*Cartmell, T. K. ''Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants:&nbsp;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|180682|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.59 H2c 1963}}; {{FHL|218678|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1000634 Item 1}}; digital version at {{FSbook|63612}}&nbsp;;[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10569 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3048_shenandoah World Vital Records] ($). [3 copies at FHL.]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/465555?availability=Family%20History%20Library Morgan County, West Virginia and its people]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]  
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[[Image:Wvmorgan.jpg|thumb|right|200px|<center>Morgan County</center>]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
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*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Revolutionary War  =====
 
===== 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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Morgan County on page 135.]
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*''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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Western District, Morgan 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&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.
  
 
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===== Civil War  =====
  
 
{{VAciv}}  
 
{{VAciv}}  
 
 
:- [[11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry]]. Company A (The Wildcat Company).<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''11th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). {{FHL|417082|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 52}}.</ref>
 
:- [[11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry]]. Company A (The Wildcat Company).<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''11th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). {{FHL|417082|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 52}}.</ref>
  
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*West Virginia, {{RecordSearch|1932429|Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
 
*West Virginia, {{RecordSearch|1932429|Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
 
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
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*January 5-6, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/md001.htm Hancock<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/md001.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012)</ref>]&nbsp;[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/MDmap.htm Map] showing battle in Maryland
 
*January 5-6, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/md001.htm Hancock<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/md001.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012)</ref>]&nbsp;[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/MDmap.htm Map] showing battle in Maryland
  
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[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/WVmap.htm Map] showing Civil War Battles in West Virginia
 
 
[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/WVmap.htm Map] showing Civil War Battles in West Virginia  
 
  
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
  
*West Virginia, {{RecordSearch|1909003|Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}}
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*'''1814 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/992687?availability=Family%20History%20Library Morgan County, West Virginia obituaries] v. [1]. Obituaries 1936-1953 (also 1907-1909) -- v. [2]. Obituaries 1954-1967 -- v. [3]. Obituaries 1968-1979.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
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*'''1724 - 1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1756 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at [https:/familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — index and images
 
Morgan County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030628%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1820-1870]  
 
Morgan County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030628%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1820-1870]  
  
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==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
{{WVvital}}  
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*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1820-1969 - free.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/329601?availability=Family%20History%20Library Morgan County, West Virginia births, 1866-1893&nbsp;: copied from Berkeley Springs Court House records]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/329604?availability=Family%20History%20Library Morgan County, West Virginia marriages, deaths, wills and inventories (1817-1900)&nbsp;: copied from Berkeley Springs Court House records]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/468004?availability=Family%20History%20Library Morgan County, (West) Virginia marriage records, 1820-1865]
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
'''Morgan County Historical and Genealogical Society'''<br>P O Box 52<br>Berkeley Springs, WV 25411  
 
'''Morgan County Historical and Genealogical Society'''<br>P O Box 52<br>Berkeley Springs, WV 25411  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
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*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Morgan|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/morgan-county/ Morgan County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Morgan|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]
  
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Latest revision as of 19:53, 8 December 2017

United States
West Virginia
Morgan County

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


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Morgan County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 9, 1820
County Seat Berkeley Springs
Courthouse
Address Morgan County Courthouse
202 Fairfax Street Suite 100
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Phone: 304-258-8547
Morgan County Website


County Information

Morgan County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1865 1820 1820 1820 1820


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth marriage, death from 1865
Land and some marriage and probate records from 1820
Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and County Court[1]

History

Parent County

1820--Morgan County was created 9 February 1820 from Hampshire and Berkeley Counties.
County seat: Berkeley Springs [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

1844 Morgan County lost records in a courthouse fire in 1844, and again during the Civil War.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

  • Good, Rebecca H. and Rebecca A. Ebert. Finding Your People in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1998. 4th ed. FHL Book 975 D27e 1998

Cemeteries

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

Census

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


Church

Court

Genealogy

General

Compiled genealogies that treat multiple Morgan County families include:

  • 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."[3]

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Morgan County

Military

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, Morgan 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 Morgan 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 Morgan County, West Virginia Genealogy:

- 11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry. Company A (The Wildcat Company).[4]

Records and histories are available, including:

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Morgan County

Map showing Civil War Battles in West Virginia

Naturalization

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Morgan County, West Virginia Will Books 1820-1870

Taxation

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 1820-1969 - free.

Societies and Libraries

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

Morgan County Historical and Genealogical Society
P O Box 52
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

 

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.

Websites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hampshire County, West Virginia. Page 743 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. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1995):236.
  4. Richard L. Armstrong, 11th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 52.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012)

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