Raleigh County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Raleigh County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Raleigh 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 1850
County Seat Beckley

County Courthouse

  • Raleigh County, West Virginia Courthouse
     Raleigh County, Courthouse

 215 Main Street

Beckley, WV 25801


  • County Clerk has birth, marriage, death records form 1850
  • Clk Cir Ct has div and ct records


History of Beckley and Raleigh County

Early Settlers of Raleigh County, West Virginia by Judge W A Riffe

History of Fayette County, West Virginia Google Books

Parent County

1850--Raleigh County was created 23 January 1850 from Fayette County.  County seat: Beckley [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Raleigh County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Raleigh countyCities and Towns

Raleigh County, West Virginia Landmarks

Neighboring Counties



  Raleigh County, West  Virginia Cemetery Records (USGENWEB)

Raleigh County Tombstone Transcription Project

Individual Cemeteries:


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

Join us in indexing the 1940 Census

1880 Raleigh County, West Virginia Census


  Raleigh County, West Virginia Bible Records (USGENWEB)

  Raleigh County, West Virginia Churches (USGENWEB)


Family Histories


Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Raleigh County, West Virginia Maps
Raleigh County, West Virginia

1895 Map Fayette County, West Virginia

Big Maps Fayette County, West Virginia Map


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

Civil War


West Virgina, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


Beckley Register-Herald Newspaper Archives:

ATT: Libby Walker - Archives
801 N. Kanawha Street
P. O. Drawer P or R
Beckley, WV 25802
(304)255-4400 or


Raleigh County, West Virginia Will Books 1850 - 1969

West Virginia Will Books

Raleigh County, West VirginiaWills Courtesy The Riffe-Smith Collection

Raleigh County, West Virginia Obituaries

Vital Records

 Raleigh County, West Virginia [[Life’s true treasures are those we can share with others without ever reducing our own supply. Traits like kindness, courage, and happiness have no expiration dates. They can be transferred from life to life and shared from generation to generation, with each new reflection further brightening the world.|Marriages 1850-1911 ]]by Ronald R Turner

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages



Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

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