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== Societies and Libraries  ==
== Societies and Libraries  ==
Preston County
'''Preston County Historical Society<br>'''PO Box 307<br>Rowlesburg, WV 26425  
'''Preston County Historical Society<br>'''PO Box 307<br>Rowlesburg, WV 26425
Family History Centers<br>
Family History Centers<br>

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Preston County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Preston 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 January 19, 1818
County Seat Kingwood

County Courthouse

Preston County
101 West Main Street #101
Kingwood, WV 26537

  • County Clerk had birth, marriage, deaths
  • Probate and land records from 1869
  • Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]


Parent County

1818--Preston County was created 19 January 1818 from Monongalia County.  County seat: Kingwood [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Preston County boundary changes.

Record Loss

1869--The courthouse burned.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Family Histories

  • Genealogy of Some Early Families in Grant and Pleasants Districts, Preston County, West Virginia. Baltimore, Md., 1977.


Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia


West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

Military Records

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, Preston County on page 136.]

  • 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.]

War of 1812

Preston County, Virginia (now West Virginia ) War of 1812

Civil War

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



Preston County, West Virginia Will Books 1869-1970

West VirginiaWill Books


Vital Records

Preston County Clerk
101 West Main
Kingwood, WV 26537-1121
(304) 329-0070

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Preston County Historical Society
PO Box 307
Rowlesburg, WV 26425

Family History Centers

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).
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