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Guide to '''Nicholas 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 = Nicholas County Courthouse<br> 700 Main Street<br>Summersville, WV 26651<br>Phone: 304-872-7820 <br>[http://www.nicholascountywv.org/county-offices/circuitclerk.aspx '''Nicholas County Website''']
 
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[West Virginia|West Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Nicholas County, West Virginia|Nicholas County]]''
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[[Image:Nicholas County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Nicholas County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG]]
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County Clerk has birth records from 1855<br>Marriage and land Records from 1812<br>Death records from 1890<br>Probate from 1880<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nicholas County, West Virginia. Page 745 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
[http://www.nicholascountywv.org/county-offices/circuitclerk.aspx Nicholas County Courthouse]<br>700 Main Street<br>Summersville, WV 26651<br>Phone: 304-872-7820
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=== County Information ===
  
County Clerk has birth records from 1855<br>Marriage and land Records from 1812<br>Death records from 1890<br>Probate from 1880<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nicholas County, West Virginia. Page 745 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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==== Nicholas County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
  
== History  ==
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Nicholas County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land and Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Nicholas County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate |Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1853
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1817
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[http://www.nicholascountywv.org/ Nicholas County, West Virginia, USA]
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=== History  ===
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[http://www.nicholascountywv.org/ Nicholas County, West Virginia, USA]<br> [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/835172?availability=Family%20History%20Library Nicholas County, WV, heritage, 2000] Summersville, West Virginia&nbsp;: Nicholas County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society, 1998
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1818--'''Nicholas County was created 30 January 1818&nbsp;from [[Kanawha County, West Virginia|Kanawha]], [[Greenbrier County, West Virginia|Greenbrier and]] [[Randolph County, West Virginia|Randolph]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Summersville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1818--'''Nicholas County was created 30 January 1818&nbsp;from [[Kanawha County, West Virginia|Kanawha]], [[Greenbrier County, West Virginia|Greenbrier and]] [[Randolph County, West Virginia|Randolph]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Summersville <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 Nicholas 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.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[[Webster County, West Virginia|Webster]]
 
*[[Webster County, West Virginia|Webster]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://nicholaswv.org/modules/tng/cemlist.php Nicholas County, West Virginia Cemeteries (USGENWEB)]<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=3097 Find A Grave - Nicholas County, West Virginia]<br>[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/nicholas.htm Tombstone Transcriptions Nicholas County]<br>[http://www.interment.net/us/wv/nicholas.htm Interment.net Cemetery Records Online Nicholas County, West Virginia]<br>[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/WV/NI.html The Nicholas County West Virginia Political Graveyard.com]<br>[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=125405 Mount Lookout Cemetery, Mount Lookout] BillionGraves
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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=3097&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=3097 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://nicholaswv.org/modules/tng/cemlist.php WVGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Nicholas+West+Virginia&qt=advanced&dblist=638 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=Nicholas&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/nicholas/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/nicholas.htm WVTombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/nicholas.htm Interment.net Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23081&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/WV/NI.html The Nicholas County West Virginia Political Graveyard.com]
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*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
{{WVcensus}}&nbsp;<br>[http://usgwarchives.net/wv/nicholas/census.htm Nicholas County, West Virginia Census Records USGenweb Archives]
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{{WVcensus}}&nbsp;<br>[http://usgwarchives.net/wv/nicholas/census.htm Nicholas County, West Virginia Census Records USGenweb Archives]  
  
==== Church ====
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==== Court ====
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==== Genealogy ====
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==== Genealogy ====
  
*'''[Coberly]''' Arthaud, John Bradley. "Dr. James Stell Coberly 18th Century Migrant from New Jersey to Virginia and Revolutionary Patriot," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1982):112-117; Vol. 26, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1982):183-189. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 26 (1982)}}.
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*'''Coberly''' - Arthaud, John Bradley. "Dr. James Stell Coberly 18th Century Migrant from New Jersey to Virginia and Revolutionary Patriot," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1982):112-117; Vol. 26, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1982):183-189. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 26 (1982)}}.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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Van Bibber, Mathias. M''athias Van Bibber Papers'', 1799-1844. s. l., n. p.<br>MS 80-152.  
 
Van Bibber, Mathias. M''athias Van Bibber Papers'', 1799-1844. s. l., n. p.<br>MS 80-152.  
  
''Webster County Historical Society. Nicholas County, (West) Virginia Records of the Pioneers, 1818-1860.'' Upper Glade, West Virginia, Webster County Historical Society, Inc., 1985.<br>929.3 N597w.
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''Webster County Historical Society. Nicholas County, (West) Virginia Records of the Pioneers, 1818-1860.'' Upper Glade, West Virginia, Webster County Historical Society, Inc., 1985.<br>929.3 N597w.  
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====Land and Property====
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]<br>[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WV/County/nicholas.htm Nicholas County&nbsp;West Virginia 1895]<br>[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Nicholas+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884956341672135f:0x99ff0d7ead16655a,Nicholas,+WV&gl=us&ei=7kuYT8DdKeLq2AXgzLyTBw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAQ Nicholas County, West Virginia Map]
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[[Image:Wvnicholas.jpg|thumb|right|200px|<center>Nicholas 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]<br>[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WV/County/nicholas.htm Nicholas County&nbsp;West Virginia 1895]<br>[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Nicholas+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884956341672135f:0x99ff0d7ead16655a,Nicholas,+WV&gl=us&ei=7kuYT8DdKeLq2AXgzLyTBw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAQ Nicholas County, West Virginia Map]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Revolutionary War  =====
 
===== Revolutionary War  =====
  
*''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|disp=FHL Book 973 M24ur}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M24ur}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
 
{{VAciv}}  
 
{{VAciv}}  
 
 
:- [[14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company L.<ref>Robert J. Driver, ''14th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). {{FHL|370000|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company L.<ref>Robert J. Driver, ''14th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). {{FHL|370000|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment) (Confederate)|22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment)]]. Company D (Nicholas Blues).<ref>Terry D. Lowry, ''22nd Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|361573|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 44}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment) (Confederate)|22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment)]]. Company D (Nicholas Blues).<ref>Terry D. Lowry, ''22nd Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|361573|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 44}}.</ref>  
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*West Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932429|Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
 
*West Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932429|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  ======
  
 
The following Civil War battles were fought in Nicholas County.  
 
The following Civil War battles were fought in Nicholas County.  
 
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*August 26, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv004.htm Kessler's Cross Lanes, also known as Cross Lanes<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv004.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 20 September 2012)</ref>]  
 
*August 26, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv004.htm Kessler's Cross Lanes, also known as Cross Lanes<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv004.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 20 September 2012)</ref>]  
 
*September 10, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv006.htm Carnifex Ferry<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv006.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 20 September 2012)</ref>]
 
*September 10, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv006.htm Carnifex Ferry<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv006.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 20 September 2012)</ref>]
 
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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 ====
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*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
  
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==== 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
 
Nicholas County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030629%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Book 1820 - 1969]  
 
Nicholas County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030629%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Book 1820 - 1969]  
  
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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  ====
  
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*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1817-1833, 1837-1843, 1847, 1849, 1853-1861, 1864-1869, 1873-1969 - free.
  
[http://nicholaswv.org/tng/reports.php Nicholas County, West Virginia marriages by Bride and Groom]
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*[http://nicholaswv.org/tng/reports.php Nicholas County, West Virginia marriages by Bride and Groom]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
[http://librarycommission.lib.wv.us/html/libdirectory/county/nicholas.html Nicholas County 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]  
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/569765 Newsletter (Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society&nbsp;: West Virginia)]1992-1998
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[http://librarycommission.lib.wv.us/html/libdirectory/county/nicholas.html Nicholas County Libraries]
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Websites ===
  
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Nicholas|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/nicholas-county/ Nicholas 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+Nicholas|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]  
 
*[http://nicholaswv.org/tng/surnames.php Nicholas County, West Virginia Families]  
 
*[http://nicholaswv.org/tng/surnames.php Nicholas County, West Virginia Families]  
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1335382682840_65" />[http://www.sekls.lib.ks.us/genser/wv.html Southeast Kansas Genealogy Bibliography Nicholas County, West Virginia]  
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*[http://www.us-data.org/wv/nicholas/bios.html Southeast Kansas Genealogy Bibliography Nicholas County, West Virginia]  
*Learning How to [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Help:Contributor_Help Edit our Wiki Sites]<br>
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Latest revision as of 20:40, 23 August 2017

United States
West Virginia
Nicholas County

Guide to Nicholas 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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Nicholas County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Nicholas 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 January 30, 1818
County Seat Summersville
Courthouse
Nicholas County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Nicholas County Courthouse
700 Main Street
Summersville, WV 26651
Phone: 304-872-7820
Nicholas County Website



County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records from 1855
Marriage and land Records from 1812
Death records from 1890
Probate from 1880
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]

County Information

Nicholas County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1817 1820 1818 1820

History

Nicholas County, West Virginia, USA
Nicholas County, WV, heritage, 2000 Summersville, West Virginia : Nicholas County Historical & Genealogical Society, 1998

Parent County

1818--Nicholas County was created 30 January 1818 from Kanawha, Greenbrier and Randolph Counties.
County seat: Summersville [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

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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

Census

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

 
Nicholas County, West Virginia Census Records USGenweb Archives

Church

Court

Genealogy

  • Coberly - Arthaud, John Bradley. "Dr. James Stell Coberly 18th Century Migrant from New Jersey to Virginia and Revolutionary Patriot," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1982):112-117; Vol. 26, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1982):183-189. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 26 (1982).

Local Histories

Bell C. W. The Double Grave: A Chapter in the Early History of Nicholas County. Summersville, West Virginia, Press of the Nicholas Chronicle, 1929. 975.469 B433 Pam.

Bell, Carol Hughes and Hilda Grose. Summersville Pictorial History, 1820-1991. Marceline, Missouri, Heritage House Publishing, 1991. 975.469 B433.

Brown, William Griffee. History of Nicholas County, West Virginia. Richmond, Virginia, Dietz Press, 1954.
975.469 B881.

__________________. History of Nicholas County, West Virginia. Richwood, West Virginia, The News Leader, 1981. 975.469 B881 1981.

Campbell, Edward. "Nicholas County's First Settlers," West Virginia History, Charleston, West Virginia, Department of Archives and History, 1954-55.
Arc 1. 4:16.

Deitz, J. Dennis. Mountain Memories II. Charleston, West Virginia, Jalamap Publications, 1983.
818.54 D325 2.

_____________. Mountains Memories III. Charleston, West Virginia, Jalamap Publications, 1984.
818.54 D325 3.

_____________. Mountains Memories IV. Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain Memories Books, 1985.
818.54 D 325 4.

Groves, James Huling. Life at the Bend. s. l., William Groves Long, 1995.
975.469 G884.

Just For Old Time Sake: A Book From The Past. s. l., Jim Comstock and Bronson McClung, 1949.
Q975.469 C739.

Legg, A. J. A History of Panther Mountain Community (Nicholas County, West Virginia). Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1930 (On-line version).
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: L45.

Leivasy Centennial Committee. Leivasy, West Virginia, Centennial, 1979. s. l., n. p., 1979.
975.469 L533 Pam.

Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society. Nicholas County West Virginia Heritage 2000. Summersville, West Virginia, Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2000.
975.469 N597 2000.

__________________________________________. Nicholas County West Virginia History, 1985. Summersville, West Virginia, Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society Inc., 1985.
975.469 N597.

Nicholas County State Troops, Enrolled and Enlisted Men. s. l., n. p., n. d.
MS 79-229.

Stults, Erma. Only In Memories: Crupperneck: West Virginia: Recollections of Rural America. Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Southern Heritage Press, 1998.
B S934.

Van Bibber, Mathias. Mathias Van Bibber Papers, 1799-1844. s. l., n. p.
MS 80-152.

Webster County Historical Society. Nicholas County, (West) Virginia Records of the Pioneers, 1818-1860. Upper Glade, West Virginia, Webster County Historical Society, Inc., 1985.
929.3 N597w.

Land and Property

Maps

Nicholas County

Military

Revolutionary War
  • 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 Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Nicholas 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 Nicholas County, West Virginia Genealogy:

- 14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company L.[3]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment). Company D (Nicholas Blues).[4]
- 36th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (2nd Kanawha Infantry) (Confederate). Company F (Mountain Riflemen).[5]

Records and histories are available, including:

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Nicholas County.

Map showing Civil War battles in West Virginia.

Naturalization

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Nicholas County, West Virginia Will Book 1820 - 1969

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 1817-1833, 1837-1843, 1847, 1849, 1853-1861, 1864-1869, 1873-1969 - free.

Societies and Libraries

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

Newsletter (Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society : West Virginia)1992-1998

Nicholas County Libraries

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), Nicholas County, West Virginia. Page 745 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. Robert J. Driver, 14th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47.
  4. Terry D. Lowry, 22nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 44.
  5. J.L. Scott, 36th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 36.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 20 September 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 20 September 2012)

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