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Guide to '''Preston 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 = Preston County Courthouse<br> 101 West Main Street #101<br>Kingwood, WV 26537<br>Phone: 304-329-0070<br>[http://www.prestoncountywv.org/ '''Preston County Website''']
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Information ===
  
[http://www.prestoncountywv.org/ Preston County Courthouse]<br>101 West Main Street #101<br>Kingwood, WV 26537<br>Phone: 304-329-0070
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==== Preston County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
County Clerk had birth, marriage, deaths<br>Probate and land records from 1869<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), Preston County, West Virginia. Page 745 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.</ref>  
 
County Clerk had birth, marriage, deaths<br>Probate and land records from 1869<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), Preston County, West Virginia. Page 745 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30054 A History of Preston County, West Virginia] at Ancestry.com ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30031 History of Preston County, West Virginia] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1818'''--Preston County was&nbsp;created 19 January 1818&nbsp;from [[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongalia]] County. &nbsp;'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Kingwood <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1818'''--Preston County was&nbsp;created 19 January 1818&nbsp;from [[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongalia]] County. &nbsp;'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Kingwood <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 Preston 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  ====
  
'''1869--'''The courthouse burned. <br>  
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'''1869--'''The courthouse burned and many records were destroyed. <br>
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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[[Image:Wvpreston.jpg|thumb|right|180px|<center>Preston County</center>]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[[Barbour County, West Virginia|Barbour]]  
 
*[[Barbour County, West Virginia|Barbour]]  
*[[Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette County, Pennsylvania]]  
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*[[Fayette County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Fayette County, Pennsylvania]]  
*[[Garrett County, Maryland|Garrett County, Maryland]]  
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*[[Garrett County, Maryland Genealogy|Garrett County, Maryland]]  
 
*[[Grant County, West Virginia|Grant]]  
 
*[[Grant County, West Virginia|Grant]]  
 
*[[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongalia]]  
 
*[[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongalia]]  
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*[[Tucker County, West Virginia|Tucker]]
 
*[[Tucker County, West Virginia|Tucker]]
  
== Resources ==
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=== Resources ===
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[[Image:Wvpreston.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
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==== Cemeteries ====
==== Cemeteries ====
 
  
==== Church Records ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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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=3102&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|424514|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=52&CScnty=3102 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wv/preston/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Preston+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=Preston&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/preston.htm WVTombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/preston.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://westvirginiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=39 WVGravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23086&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=52&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
  
==== Court Records ====
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==== Census ====
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==== Church Records  ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
==== Family Histories<br>  ====
 
==== Family Histories<br>  ====
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===== Bibliography  =====
 
===== Bibliography  =====
  
*'''[Wotring] '''Bell, Raymond Martin and Mabel Ghering Granquist et al. ''The Wotring-Woodring Family of Pennsylvania''. 3rd ed. Washington, Pa., 1968. Digital version at {{FSbook|185106}}; {{FHL|163424|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 2243}}.<br>
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*'''Wotring''' - Bell, Raymond Martin and Mabel Ghering Granquist et al. ''The Wotring-Woodring Family of Pennsylvania''. 3rd ed. Washington, Pa., 1968. Digital version at {{FSbook|185106}}; {{FHL|163424|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 2243}}.<br>
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]  
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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]
  
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
  
West Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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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==== Military Records  ====
 
==== Military Records  ====
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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, Preston County on page 136.]
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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, 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&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.
  
 
===== War of 1812<br>  =====
 
===== War of 1812<br>  =====
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===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
 
{{VAciv}}  
 
{{VAciv}}  
 
 
:- [[3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Company D.
 
:- [[3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Company D.
  
 
Records and histories are available, including:  
 
Records and histories are available, including:  
  
*West Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429 Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - West Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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)
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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'''''Online Probate Records'--''
  
Preston County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030634%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1869-1970]  
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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
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*'''1869 - 1970''' - Preston County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030634%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1869-1970]  
  
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*West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]
  
West Virginia[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]
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==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Taxation ====
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===== Online West Virginia Tax site =====
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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.
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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.
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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}}<br>
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*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1866, 1869-1970 - free.
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
== 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]
  
 
'''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>
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=== Family History Centers ===
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Websites ===
  
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Preston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/preston-county/ Preston County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv]  
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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+Preston|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cindi'sList]  
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Latest revision as of 21:11, 23 August 2017

United States
West Virginia
Preston County

Guide to Preston 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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Preston County, West Virginia
Map
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.
Facts
Founded January 19, 1818
County Seat Kingwood
Courthouse
Address Preston County Courthouse
101 West Main Street #101
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: 304-329-0070
Preston County Website


County Information

Preston County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1868 1869 1820 1818 1869

County Courthouse

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

History

Parent County

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

1869--The courthouse burned and many records were destroyed.

Places / Localities

Preston County

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 Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
WVTombstone Project
Interment
WVGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Church Records

Court Records

Family Histories

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

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Naturalization

Military Records

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, 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 http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 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

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

- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company D.

Records and histories are available, including:

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records'--

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 1866, 1869-1970 - free.

Societies and Libraries

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

Preston County Historical Society
PO Box 307
Rowlesburg, WV 26425

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), Preston 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).

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