Pocahontas County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Pocahontas County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Pocahontas 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 December 21, 1821
County Seat Marlinton

County Courthouse

Pocohontas County
900 10th Ave
Marlinton, WV 24954

  • County Clerk has birth records from 1853
  • Death records from 1854
  • Marriage probate and land from 1822
  • Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and county records[1]


Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, West Virginia  

Pocahontas County Today

Pocahontas County Yesterday

Historical Background Research

Parent County

1821--Pocahontas County was created 21 December 1821 from Pendleton, Greenbrier and Randolph Counties (now West Virginia) and Bath County (now Virginia). 
County seat: Marlinton [1]

Pocahontas County Timeline Formations

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Pocahontas County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


Pocahontas County, West Virginia Obituary Index

Pocahontas County, West Virginia Cemetery Identification

Pocahontas County Tombstone Transcription Project

Find a Grave - Pocahontas County, West Virginia


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


Join us in  indexing the 1940 Census


Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]



Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Pocahonta County West Virginia Map
Pocahontas County, West Virginia Maps

Pocahontas County Map Pocahontas County, West Virginia Maps


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

Pocahontas 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, Pocahontas 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 Virgina, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


The Pocahontas Times


Pocohantas County, West Virginia Will Books 1822-1971

West Virginia Will Books

West Virginia Guides Will Books

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Pocahontas County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1976):210-212. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).


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Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages

Societies and Libraries

 Allegheny Regional Family History Society

Pocahontas McClintic Library

Pocahontas County Free Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Cyndi's  List
Pocahontas County, West Virginia various records on Microfilm at the Library of Virginia Pocahontas County Families Pocahontas Research Links

Pocahontas Photo's Contruted for use by Pocahontas County WV GEN WEB

McClung Family Association

Pocahontas County Nature's Mountain Playground National Register of Historic Places

Pocahontas County, West Virginia Wikipedia

Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce Visit the Home Place of Pearl S Buck 

Pocahontas County Bridges

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Family History Library Catalog


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