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{{West Virginia-stub}} <br> ''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[West Virginia|West Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Randolph County, West Virginia|Randolph County]]''
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Guide to '''Randolph County, West Virginia ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| founded year = 1787
 
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|parent county= [[Harrison County, West Virginia Genealogy|Harrison]]<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Barbour County, West Virginia Genealogy|Barbour]]
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|county4= [[Pocahontas County, West Virginia Genealogy|Pocahontas]]
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|county5= [[Tucker County, West Virginia Genealogy|Tucker]]
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|county6= [[Upshur County, West Virginia Genealogy|Upshur]]
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Description ===
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Randolph County was created from Harrison County in 1787, which is much earlier than the formation of West Virginia as a state. Today, Randolph county is the largest county in West Virginia, with 1040 square miles of land in modern times. The first white settlers of the county were Tygart and Files in 1753. The Shawnee Tribe had many trails through Randolph County, but there weren't many settlements in this mountainous region. It was mostly considered hunting grounds, and less of an agricultural settlement. There were many wild animals in the area, which supplied food and clothing for the early settlers. Sadly, the pioneers pushed the elk and the buffalo to extinction in Randolph County, while other animals, such as the black bear, still thrive in the area today. Tygart's Valley in Randolph County didn't attract much settlement because of the mountain barriers and the Indian threat. Despite all of this, Randolph County was formed by Virginia Assembly at the home of Benjamin Wilson in Tygart's Valley. The first session of court in Randolph County was held in a town now called Beverly, in the house of James Westfall. Overall, Randolph County was a very politically and legally active community, with many surviving court records, including probate cases and wills, including the first will ever written in Randolph County. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><ref>''Handy Book for Genealogists: United States.'' George B. Everton. Everton Publishers: Logan, Utah, 1991.</ref><ref>''The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy (3rd Edition).'' Val D. Greenwood. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: Baltimore, Maryland, 2000.</ref><ref name="history">''History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time.'' Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, West Virginia, 1975.</ref>
  
[[Image:Randolph County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px]]&nbsp;[http://www.pendletoncounty.net/AKpages/page-chouse.htm Randolph County Courthouse]<br>2 Randolph Avenue<br>Elkins, WV 26241 Phone: 304-255-9123
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/randolph/History.htm Randolph County History Taken from West Virginia Hertiage Enclyclopedia, pgs. 3951 - 3952]
  
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{WV Courthouse Intro|Randolph}}
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'''Randolph County Courthouse'''<br> 2 Randolph Avenue<br>Elkins, WV 26241<br>Phone: 304-255-9123<br>[https://randolphcountycommissionwv.org/county-clerk/ Randolph County Website]<br><br>
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County Court Clerk has birth records from 1856, marriage and probate records from 1787, death records from 1853, and land records.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
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=== Randolph County, West Virginia Record Dates  ===
County Court Clerk has birth records 1856, marriage and probate records from 1787<br>Death records from 1853 and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Randolph 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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{{WV Record Dates Intro|Randolph}}
 
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== History  ==
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Randolph County was created from Harrison County in 1876, which is much earlier than the formation of West Virginia as a state. Today, Randolph county is the largest county in West Virginia, with 1040 square miles of land in modern times. The first white settlers of the county were Tygart and Files in 1753. The Shawnee Tribe had many trails through Randolph County, but there weren't many settlements in this mountainous region. It was mostly considered hunting grounds, and less of an agricultural settlement. There were many wild animals in the area, which supplied food and clothing for the early settlers. Sadly, the pioneers pushed the elk and the buffalo to extinction in Randolph County, while other animals, such as the black bear, still thrive in the area today. Tygart's Valley in Randolph County didn't attract much settlement because of the mountain barriers and the Indian threat. Despite all of this, Randolph County was formed by Virginia Assembly at the home of Benjamin Wilson in Tygart's Valley. The first session of court in Randolph County was held in a town now called Beverly, in the house of James Westfall. Overall, Randolph County was a very politically and legally active community, with many surviving court records, including probate cases and wills, including the first will ever written in Randolph County. <ref>''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.'' Edited by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D C.G. Ancestry Incorporated: Salt Lake City, Utah, 1989.</ref><ref>''Handy Book for Genealogists: United States.'' George B. Everton. Everton Publishers: Logan, Utah, 1991.</ref><ref>''The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy (3rd Edition).'' Val D. Greenwood. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: Baltimore, Maryland, 2000.</ref><ref name="history">''History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time.'' Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, West Virginia, 1975.</ref><br>
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/randolph/History.htm Randolph County History Taken from West Virginia Hertiage Enclyclopedia, pgs. 3951 - 3952]<br>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Randolph County, West Virginia Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Randolph County, West Virginia Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
==== Parent County  ====
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Randolph County, West Virginia Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Randolph County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
'''1787--'''Randolph County was created 16&nbsp;October 1787 from [[Harrison County, West Virginia|Harrison]] County.<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Elkins <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Randolph County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Randolph County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1856
See an interactive map of Randolph County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/westvirginia/wv-maps.html boundary changes].
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1787
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1787
Many land records can be found from 1787 and onwards. For example, land records can be found as early as 1787 in Randolph County courthouses, because Southern society put an emphasis on owning land. Probate records, marriage records and court records can also be found as early as 1787. Birth and Death records weren't recorded until around 1856, but began in earnest in 1917. Most of the birth and death records from 1917-1921 were destroyed in a fire.<br>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1787
 
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== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
Beverly:&nbsp;created December 16, 1790 by the General Assembly of the State of Virginia. <ref name="history"/><br>Elkins<br>Harman<br>Huttonsville<br>Mill Creek<br>Montrose<br>Womelsdorf (Coalton)<br><br>
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Adolph<br>Aggregates<br>Alpena<br>Arnold Hill<br>Bemis<br>Bowden<br>Brady Gate<br>Bruxton<br>Canfield<br>Cassity<br>Crystal Springs<br>Czar<br>Dailey<br>Dryfork<br>East Dailey<br>Elkins Junction<br>Elkwater<br>Ellamore<br>Evenwood<br>Faulkner<br>Glady<br>Helveti
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'''1897''' Randolph County had a courthouse fire in 1897, but the birth, death, marriage, wills, deeds, etc., were in a vault and saved. Other records were lost.<br><br>
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{WV Boundary Changes Intro|Randolph}}
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Horton<br>Jimtown<br>Kerens<br>Little Italy<br>Mabie<br>Mingo<br>Monterville<br>Newlonton<br>Norton<br>Osceola<br>Pickens Pumpkintown<br>Read<br>Smith Crossing<br>Spangler<br>Sullivan<br>Tigheville<br>Upper Mingo<br>Valley Head<br>Weaver<br>Whitmer<br>Whyte
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*'''1787--'''Randolph County was created 16 October 1787 from [[Harrison County, West Virginia Genealogy|Harrison]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Elkins<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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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.
  
 
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{WV Populated Places Intro|Randolph}}
  
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* Beverly<ref name="history"></ref><ref>Created December 16, 1790 by the General Assembly of the State of Virginia. </ref>
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* Elkins
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* Harman
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* Huttonsville
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* Mill Creek
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* Montrose
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* Womelsdorf (Coalton)
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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'''''Unincorporated Towns'''''
  
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*[[Barbour County, West Virginia|Barbour]]
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* Adolph
*[[Grant County, West Virginia|Grant]]
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* Aggregates
*[[Pendleton County, West Virginia|Pendleton]]
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* Alpena
 
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* Arnold Hill
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* Bemis
*[[Pocahontas County, West Virginia|Pocahontas]]
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* Bowden
*[[Tucker County, West Virginia|Tucker]]
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* Brady Gate
 
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* Bruxton
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* Canfield
*[[Upshur County, West Virginia|Upshur]]
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* Cassity
*[[Webster County, West Virginia|Webster]]
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* Crystal Springs
 
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* Czar
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* Dailey
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* Dryfork
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* East Dailey
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* Elkins Junction
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* Elkwater
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* Ellamore
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* Evenwood
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* Faulkner
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* Glady
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* Helveti
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* Horton
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* Jimtown
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* Kerens
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* Little Italy
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* Mabie
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* Mingo
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* Monterville
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* Newlonton
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* Norton
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* Osceola
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* Pickens
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* Pumpkintown
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* Read
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* Smith Crossing
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* Spangler
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* Sullivan
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* Tigheville
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* Upper Mingo
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* Valley Head
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* Weaver
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* Whitmer
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* Whyte
 
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== Resources<br> ==
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{WV Historical Timeline Intro|Randolph}}
  
==== African American  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{WV Resources Intro|Randolph}}
  
*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/randolph.htm "Randolph County Personal Property Tax List, 1787-1829,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]<br>
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{WV Bible Intro|Randolph}}
  
==== Census<br> ====
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{WV Biographies Intro|Randolph}}
  
<br>{{WVcensus}}  
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{WV Business Records Intro|Randolph}}
  
Join us in [https://www.familysearch.org/1940census indexing the 1940 Census]
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{WV Cemeteries Intro|Randolph}}
  
<br><br>Census available at Ancestry.com ($) years [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7613&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1810], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7734&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1820], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8058&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1830], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8057&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1840], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8054&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1850], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7667&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1860], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7163&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1870], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6742&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1880], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7602&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1900], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7884&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1910], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6061&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1920], and [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6224&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1930]. They also have indexed the [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8055&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1850 Slave Schedule] and the [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7668&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1860 Slave Schedule]. Also indexed the [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8667&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1890 Veteran's Schedule].
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{{FHL|437789|item|disp=1850 census of Randolph County, WV}}. Includes index. Arranged by house number and gives house and family number, names of persons in the house, ages, birthplaces, and occupations. Randolph County was part of Virginia until 1863 when it became part of West Virginia. Available in book form at the Family History Library.<br>
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Randolph County, West Virginia''' online and in print</center>
 
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{{FHL|454725|item|disp=1860 census of Randolph County, Virginia}}. Includes index. Randolph County is now part of West Virginia. Available in book form at the Family History Library.<br>
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{{FHL|742701|item|disp=Randolph County, WV, 1870 census}}. Includes index. Available in book form at the Family History Library.<br>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3105&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
 
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* [http://www.wvgenweb.org/randolph/Cemeteries_Randolph_County.htm WVGenWeb]
==== Cemeteries  ====
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/randolph/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
 
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/randolph.htm WVTombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/randolph.htm Interment]
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* [http://westvirginiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=42 WVGravestones]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23089&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=26&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|332382|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Randolph+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=52&CScnty=3105 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Randolph&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
 
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| Arnold Hill Cemetery<br>Bell-Kelley Cemetery - Becky's Creek<br>Beverly Cemetery<br>Cowger Cemetery<br>Crouch Cemetery<br>Fort Milroy Cemetery<br>Hazelwood Cemetery<br>Helvetia Cemetery<br>Hicks Cemetery<br>Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery<br>Laurel Hill Cemetery<br>Leading Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery<br>Little Arlington Cemetery<br>Long Run Cemetery<br>Maplewood Cemetery<br>
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| McCann's Run Cemetery<br>Mount Iser Cemetery<br>Mountain State Memorial Gardens<br>Mountain View Cemetery<br>Old Brick Church Cemetery<br>Pickens Cemetery<br>Pine Grove Cemetery<br>Saint Brendens Cemetery<br>Scott Family Cemetery<br>Smith Cemetery<br>Simmons Cemetery<br>Snyder Cemetery<br>Stainaker Cemetery<br>Ware Cemetery<br>White Cemetery<ref>http://www.wvgenweb.org/randolph/</ref><br>
 
 
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*{{FHL|1353004|item|disp=Randolph County, West Virginia cemetery pictures}} can be found on microfilm in the Family History Library, or available on computer in the Library.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvahca/cems.htm Cemeteries or Burials by Surname] - Cemeteries
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*[http://pages.swcp.com/~dhickman/randcem.htm Randolph County Cemeteries] inventoried by by The Allegheny Regional Family History Society
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*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/WV/RN.html The Political Graveyard]
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*[http://www.wvcpaweb.org/cemeteryregister/Randolph/RandolphCoCemetery.html West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc]. - Randolph County Cemeteries
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*List of cemeteries currently identified by WVCPA by name, USGS quad map location, and latitude and longitude.
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*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
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=== Census Records ===
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{{WV Census Intro|Randolph}}
  
Randolph County, WVGenWeb~ [http://www.wvgenweb.org/randolph/Cemeteries_Randolph_County.htm Cemeteries]<br>
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Census available at Ancestry.com ($) years [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7613&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1810], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7734&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1820], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8058&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1830], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8057&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1840], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8054&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1850], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7667&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1860], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7163&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1870], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6742&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1880], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7602&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1900], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7884&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1910], [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6061&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1920], and [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6224&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1930]. They also have indexed the [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8055&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1850 Slave Schedule] and the [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=7668&cj=1&path=Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1860 Slave Schedule]. Also indexed the [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8667&cj=1&path=West+Virginia.Randolph&o_xid=0001029688&o_lid=0001029688 1890 Veteran's Schedule].
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/randolph/Cemeteries_Randolph_County.htm Randolph County, WV&nbsp;Cemeteries]
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*'''1850''' US Census  {{FHL|437789|item|disp=1850 census of Randolph County, WV}}. Includes index. Arranged by house number and gives house and family number, names of persons in the house, ages, birthplaces, and occupations. Randolph County was part of Virginia until 1863 when it became part of West Virginia. Available in book form at the Family History Library.
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*'''1860''' US Census  {{FHL|454725|item|disp=1860 census of Randolph County, Virginia}}. Includes index. Randolph County is now part of West Virginia. Available in book form at the Family History Library.
[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave] can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=52&CScnty=3105 Find A Grave] also gives a list of cemeteries in Randolph County and links to the information for the individuals buried there.<br>
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*'''1870''' US Census  {{FHL|742701|item|disp=Randolph County, WV, 1870 census}}. Includes index. Available in book form at the Family History Library.
  
{{FHL|1353004|item|disp=Randolph County, West Virginia cemetery pictures}} can be found on microfilm in the Family History Library, or available on computer in the Library.<br>
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=== Church Records ===
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{{WV Church Intro|Randolph}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvahca/cems.htm Cemeteries or Burials by Surname ePodunk] - Cemeteries<br>[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:2:3954534975210573::NO::P1_CLASS,P1_COUNTY,P1_STATE:Cemetery,Randolph,West%20Virginia From the USGS Geographic Names Information System] (GNIS).<br>[http://pages.swcp.com/~dhickman/randcem.htm Randolph County Cemeteries] inventoried by by The Allegheny Regional Family History Society<br>[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/WV/RN.html The Political Graveyard]<br>[http://www.wvcpaweb.org/cemeteryregister/Randolph/RandolphCoCemetery.html West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc]. - Randolph County Cemeteries<br>List of cemeteries currently identified by WVCPA by name, USGS quad map location, and latitude and longitude.<br>
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*[http://www.churchfinder.com/churches/wv/elkins Church List in Randolph County Townships]
  
==== Church  ====
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'''''Baptist'''''<br>
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Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inrandol/churches/index.htm Church List in Randolph County Townships]
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*Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia'' (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 434. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books]:
 
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::-Little Bethel (1795)
===== Baptist =====
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::-Valley (1806)
 
 
Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):
 
 
 
#Little Bethel (1795)<ref name="baptist">Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia'' (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 434. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref>
 
#Valley (1806)<ref name="baptist"/>
 
  
 
Randolph County fell within the bounds of the Union Association.
 
Randolph County fell within the bounds of the Union Association.
  
===== Presbyterian =====
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'''''Presbyterian'''''<br>
 
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*[https://www.pcusa.org/congregations/22787/ Tygart Valley Presbyterian Church]
[http://www.us-roots.org/wvrandolph/churchrecords/tvchurch.html Tygart Valley Presbyterian Church]
 
  
==== Court ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{WV Court Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|296209|item|disp=Order books, 1809-1906}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.<br>
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*{{FHL|296209|item|disp=Order books, 1809-1906}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.
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*{{FHL|296217|item|disp=Chancery order books 1831-1962}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.
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*{{FHL|82892|item|disp=Pleas books, 1797-1837}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.
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*{{FHL|98070|item|disp=Bonds, 1880-1924}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.
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*{{FHL|98189|item|disp=Minute books, 1787-1877}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.
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*{{FHL|128984|item|disp=Abstracts of County Court record books, Randolph County 1787-1817}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.
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*{{FHL|487606|item|disp=Power of attorney 1787-1808}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.
  
{{FHL|296217|item|disp=Chancery order books&nbsp;: 1831-1962}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.<br>
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=== Directories ===
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{{WV Directories Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|82892|item|disp=Pleas books, 1797-1837}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.<br>
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{WV Emigration Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|98070|item|disp=Bonds, 1880-1924}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.<br>
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{WV Ethnic Groups Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|98189|item|disp=Minute books, 1787-1877}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.<br>
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==== African Americans ====
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{{WV African Americans Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|128984|item|disp=Abstracts of County Court record books, Randolph County&nbsp;: 1787-1817}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.<br>
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*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/randolph.htm "Randolph County Personal Property Tax List, 1787-1829,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  
{{FHL|487606|item|disp=Power of attorney&nbsp;: 1787-1808}} available on microfilm in Family History Library.<br>
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{WV Funeral Homes Intro|Randolph}}
  
==== Family Histories ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{WV Genealogies Intro|Randolph}}
  
It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:  
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This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:
  
*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
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*Locate publications about direct ancestors
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family  
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*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
 
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
 
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
  
===== Bibliography  =====
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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)}}.
 
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*'''Coberly''' - Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985)}}.
*'''[Coberly]''' Arthaud, John Bradley. "Dr. James Stell Coberly 18th Century Migrant from New Jersey to Virginia and Revolutionary Patriot," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1982):112-117; Vol. 26, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1982):183-189. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 26 (1982)}}.  
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*'''Cunningham''' - Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985)}}.
*'''[Coberly]''' Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985)}}.
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*'''Cunningham''' - Newman, Betty Cunningham. ''Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800''. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. {{FHL|985527|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C917n}}.
*'''[Cunningham]''' Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. 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. 29 (1985)}}.  
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*'''Currance''' - Bosworth, Albert S. ''A History of Randolph County, West Virginia, from Its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time.'' Elkins, W. Va.: A.S. Bosworth, 1916.
*'''[Cunningham]''' Newman, Betty Cunningham. ''Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800''. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. {{FHL|985527|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C917n}}.<br>
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*'''Goff''' ''The history and genealogy of the Nathan P. Goff family of Randolph County, West Virginia, Delaware County, Indiana, and Madison County, Iowa.'' Joseph P Barnes. Baker and Taylor: St. Louis, Mo. 1972.
*'''[Currance]''' Bosworth, Albert S. ''A History of Randolph County, West Virginia, from Its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time.'' Elkins, W. Va.: A.S. Bosworth, 1916.  
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*'''Hart''' - Hammond, Cleon E. ''John Hart, The Biography of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence''. Newfane, Vt., 1977.
*'''[Goff]''' ''The history and genealogy of the Nathan P. Goff family of Randolph County, West Virginia, Delaware County, Indiana, and Madison County, Iowa.'' Joseph P Barnes. Baker and Taylor: St. Louis, Mo. 1972.<br>
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*'''Male''' - Mayhle, Bernard Victor. ''The Males of Barbour County, West Virginia.'' 1983.
*'''[Hart] '''Hammond, Cleon E. ''John Hart, The Biography of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence''. Newfane, Vt., 1977.  
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*'''Male''' - Barnett, Glenn W. ''Mayle-Male-Male Family Kinship: Four Generations of Descendants of Mary Elizabeth Male nee Cockit.''
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*'''Male''' - Heinegg, Paul. ''Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware'' (2005). Digital version [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com online]
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*'''Male''' - Finley, Alexandra. "Founding Chestnut Ridge: The Origins of Central West Virginia's Community," Senior Honor's Thesis, The Ohio State University (2010). Digital version [https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/45241/Finley_thesis.pdf;jsessionid=7E5C37329E2922BEF5508736DAB9ED0B?sequence=1 online].
 
*{{FHL|1129374|item|disp=Randolph County, West Virginia, history-families}} available at the Family History Library. Contains a brief history of the county, businesses, churches, historical buildings and monuments, etc., and a large section of family histories, which include biographies and genealogies. Includes Index.
 
*{{FHL|1129374|item|disp=Randolph County, West Virginia, history-families}} available at the Family History Library. Contains a brief history of the county, businesses, churches, historical buildings and monuments, etc., and a large section of family histories, which include biographies and genealogies. Includes Index.
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{WV Guardianship Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|60944|item|disp=Land book, 1802-1900}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the State Auditor's Office, Charleston.<br>
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{WV Land Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|63173|item|disp=Deeds, 1789-1900; indexes to deeds, 1789 (1776?)-1935}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Monongalia County Courthouse in Morgantown, West Virginia. <br>
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*{{FHL|60944|item|disp=Land book, 1802-1900}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the State Auditor's Office, Charleston.
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*{{FHL|63173|item|disp=Deeds, 1789-1900; indexes to deeds, 1789 (1776?)-1935}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Monongalia County Courthouse in Morgantown, West Virginia.
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*{{FHL|98114|item|disp=Surveyors book, 1787-1859}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County courthouse.
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*{{FHL|98170|item|disp=Entry book, 1784-1916}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Original available on microfilm at the Randolph County Courthouse.
  
{{FHL|98114|item|disp=Surveyors book, 1787-1859}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County courthouse.<br>
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=== Local Histories ===
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[[Image:WVRandolphmarker.jpg|right|200px|WVRandolphmarker.jpg]]
  
{{FHL|98170|item|disp=Entry book, 1784-1916}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Original available on microfilm at the Randolph County Courthouse.<br>
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{{WV Histories Intro|Randolph}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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''History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time''. Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, W.Va., 1975.
  
''History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time''. Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, W.Va., 1975. <br>
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''The History of Randolph County, West Virginia: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Embracing Records of All Leading Families, Reminiscences and Traditions''. Hu Maxwell. Acme Publishing Co.: Morgantown, W.Va., 1898.
  
''The History of Randolph County, West Virginia: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Embracing Records of All Leading Families, Reminiscences and Traditions''. Hu Maxwell. Acme Publishing Co.: Morgantown, W.Va., 1898.<br>
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''The Blackwater Chronicle: A Narrative of an Expedition into the Land of Canaan in Randolph County, Virginia.'' Philip Pendleton Kennedy; Timothy Sweet. West Virginia University Press: Morgantown, W.Va.. 1853.
  
''The Blackwater Chronicle: A Narrative of an Expedition into the Land of Canaan in Randolph County, Virginia.'' Philip Pendleton Kennedy; Timothy Sweet. West Virginia University Press: Morgantown, W.Va.. 1853.<br>
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''Elkins, West Virginia: Its Past, Present, and Future.'' Charles J Holmes; Justin M Kunkle. McClain Printing: Parsons, W.Va. 1975.
  
''Elkins, West Virginia: Its Past, Present, and Future.'' Charles J Holmes; Justin M Kunkle. McClain Printing: Parsons, W.Va. 1975.<br>
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''Pioneer Index of Randolph County, West Virginia''. Lauren d'Ablemont Ragland. Seneca Publishers: Bowden, W.Va. 2007.
  
''Pioneer Index of Randolph County, West Virginia''. Lauren d'Ablemont Ragland. Seneca Publishers: Bowden, W.Va. 2007.<br>
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''Historick Beverly, Official Guidebook: Containing a Brief History of the City and Descriptions of Twenty-seven Shops, Dwelling Houses, Publick and Historick Sites, Illustrated: Also a Guide-map: Randolph County, West Virginia''. Glenn H Phillips. Randolph County Historical Society: Beverly, W.Va. 1975.
  
''Historick Beverly, Official Guidebook: Containing a Brief History of the City and Descriptions of Twenty-seven Shops, Dwelling Houses, Publick and Historick Sites, Illustrated: Also a Guide-map: Randolph County, West Virginia''. Glenn H Phillips. Randolph County Historical Society: Beverly, W.Va. 1975.<br>
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{WV Maps Intro|Randolph}}
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[[Image:Wvrandolph.jpg|thumb|right|200px|<center>Randolph 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]
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/ David Rumsey Map Collection] can be searched to find maps for locality.
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*[http://historical.mytopo.com/statemap.cfm?stateabr=WV Map of Historic West Virginia:] Can search each county.
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{WV Migration Intro|Randolph}}
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]<br>[http://www.davidrumsey.com/ David Rumsey Map Collection] can be searched to find maps for locality. <br>
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=== Military Records ===
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{{WV Military Intro|Randolph}}
  
[http://historical.mytopo.com/statemap.cfm?stateabr=WV Map of Historic West Virginia: ]can search each county.<br>
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==== Revolutionary War ====
 
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{{WV Revolutionary War Intro|Randolph}}
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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]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840}}. See Virginia, Western District, Randolph County on page 136.
 
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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 "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.
==== Military ====
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*{{FHL|296213|item|disp=Record book 1844-1866}} available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Microfilm of original at the county courthouse, Elkins.
 
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*{{FHL|98095|item|disp=Discharge, 1917-1918}} available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County courthouse.
 
 
 
 
===== 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]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840}}. [See Virginia, Western District, Randolph 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|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.]
 
*{{FHL|296213|item|disp=Record book&nbsp;: 1844-1866}} available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Microfilm of original at the county courthouse, Elkins. <br>
 
*{{FHL|98095|item|disp=Discharge, 1917-1918}} available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County courthouse.<br>
 
 
*''The Soldiery of West Virginia''. Virgil A Lewis. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1978. Gives available lists of rosters from French and Indian War, Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars, Lord Dunmore's War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812.
 
*''The Soldiery of West Virginia''. Virgil A Lewis. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1978. Gives available lists of rosters from French and Indian War, Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars, Lord Dunmore's War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812.
  
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==== War of 1812 ====
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{{WV War of 1812 Intro|Randolph}}
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*Randolph County men served in the 107th Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 182. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
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*Watkins, Raymond W, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1163607 Old military burials, West Virginiacemetery](Falls Church, Virginia, 1987)
  
Randolph County men served in the 107th Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 182. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
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==== Civil War ====
 
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{{WV Civil War Intro|Randolph}}
Watkins, Raymond W, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1163607 '''Old military burials, West Virginia&nbsp; cemetery''' ](Falls Church, Virginia, 1987)
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{{WV Civil War Regiments|Randolph}}<br>
 
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:- [[5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]].
===== Civil War =====
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:- [[5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12 months, 1861-62) (Mullins') (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12 months, 1861-62) (Mullins') (Confederate)]]. Company G (Randolph Cavalry).<ref>Robert J. Driver, ''5th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). {{FHL|677483|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 127}}.</ref>
 
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:- [[19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company I.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|701272|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101}}.</ref>
{{VAciv}}  
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:- [[20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company C.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|701272|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101}}.</ref>.
 
 
:- [[5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]].  
 
:- [[5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12 months, 1861-62) (Mullins') (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12 months, 1861-62) (Mullins') (Confederate)]]. Company G (Randolph Cavalry).<ref>Robert J. Driver, ''5th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). {{FHL|677483|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 127}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company I.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|701272|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company C.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|701272|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101}}.</ref>.  
 
 
:- [[31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company F (Jacob Currence's Company).<ref>John M. Ashcraft, ''31st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|370004|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48}}.</ref>
 
:- [[31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company F (Jacob Currence's Company).<ref>John M. Ashcraft, ''31st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|370004|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48}}.</ref>
  
Records and histories are available, including:  
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''Records and histories are available, including:''
  
*West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
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*'''1861-1865''' West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|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://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://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
<br>  
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'''''Civil War Battle'''''<br>
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Randolph County.
  
====== Civil War Battle ======
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*July 11, 1861 - [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv003.htm Rich Mountain]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv003.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.
  
The following Civil War battle was fought in Randolph County.
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{WV Naturalization Intro|Randolph}}
  
<br>
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*'''1814-1991''' {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
*July 11, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv003.htm Rich Mountain<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv003.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 20 September 2012)</ref>]
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{WV Newspapers Intro|Randolph}}
  
<br>
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The Randolph Enterprise was the first newspaper published in Randolph County, with the first issue appearing in May 1874. The first editor was Geo P. Sargent.
  
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/WVmap.htm Map ]showing Civil War battles in West Virginia.
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The Randolph Review was the second newspaper published in Randolph County in 1882. The founders were J.L. and A.S. Bosworth, who after six months bought the Randolph Enterprise and sold the Review plant to the town of Huttonsville. <ref>''History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time.'' Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, W.Va., 1975.</ref>
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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*[http://theintermountain.com/ The Inter Mountain]
  
*West Virgina, {{RecordSearch|1909003|Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{WV Obituaries Intro|Randolph}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/787728#?availability=Family%20History%20Library 1905 obituaries from the Randolph Enterprise]
  
The Randolph Enterprise was the first newspaper published in Randolph County, with the first issue appearing in May 1874. The first editor was Geo P. Sargent.
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=== Other Records ===
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{{WV Other Records Intro|Randolph}}
  
The Randolph Review was the second newspaper published in Randolph County in 1882. The founders were J.L. and A.S. Bosworth, who after six months bought the Randolph Enterprise and sold the Review plant to the town of Huttonsville. <ref>''History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time.'' Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, W.Va., 1975.</ref>
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{WV Periodicals Intro|Randolph}}
  
[http://theintermountain.com/ The Inter Mountain]<br>
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{WV Probate Intro|Randolph}}
  
==== Probate ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
Randolph County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030637%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1787 - 1969]
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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] — index and images $
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*'''1756-1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1787-1872''' {{FHL|173922|item|disp=Copy of index to wills in relation to appraisements, sale bills, and settlements, Randolph County 1787-1872}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm copy of material in the W. Guy Tetrick collection, Clarksburg, West Virginia, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.
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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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=== School Records ===
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{{WV Schools Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|173922|item|disp=Copy of index to wills in relation to appraisments, sale bills, and settlements, Randolph County&nbsp;: 1787-1872}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm copy of material in the W. Guy Tetrick collection, Clarksburg, West Virginia, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.<br>
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{WV Tax Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|98021|item|disp=Wills, 1787-1969}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County courthouse.<br>
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[[Virginia Tax Lists|How can Virginia tax lists help me?]]
  
==== Taxation  ====
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*'''1787''' - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. ''The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 &amp; 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 &amp; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle &amp; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued''. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. {{FHL|622815|item|disp=FHL}}. The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Randolph County is included in Vol. 2.
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*'''1787-1829''' - Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/randolph.htm "Randolph County Personal Property Tax List, 1787-1829,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.
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*'''1787-1850''' - {{FHL|694612|item|disp=Personal property tax lists, 1787-1850}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Virginia State Library and Archives in Richmond, Virginia.
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*'''1790, 1800''' - Images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1790 and 1800 Personal Property Tax Lists of Randolph County, Virginia](now West Virginia) are available to browse online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy] - free.
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*'''1805-1813''' - {{FHL|296225|item|disp=Land records, 1805-1813}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original at the county courthouse, Elkins.
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*'''1805-1813''' - Randolph County, West Virginia Land Tax Records, 1805-1813. Images online at [https://familysearch.org/search/film/007857960?cat=296225 FamilySearch] - free.
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*'''1805-1813''' - {{FHL|296225|item|disp=Land records, 1805-1813}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original at the county courthouse, Elkins.
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*'''1815''' - Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|item|disp=FHL Book 975 E4w v. 6}}. The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Randolph County is included in Vol. 6.
  
[[Virginia Tax Lists|How can Virginia tax lists help me?]]
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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.
  
*'''[1787]''' Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. ''The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 &amp; 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 &amp; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle &amp; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's&nbsp;Licenses Were Issued''. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. {{FHL|622815|item|disp=FHL}}. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Randolph County is included in Vol. 2.]
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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.
*'''[1787-1829]''' Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/randolph.htm "Randolph County Personal Property Tax List, 1787-1829,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
 
  
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
*'''[1790, 1800]''' Images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1790 and 1800 Personal Property Tax Lists of Randolph County, Virginia]&nbsp; (now West Virginia) are available to browse online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].
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=== Vital Records ===
*'''[1815]''' Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|item|disp=FHL Book 975 E4w v. 6}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Randolph County is included in Vol. 6.]
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{{WV Vital Intro|Randolph}}
*{{FHL|296225|item|disp=Land records, 1805-1813}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original at the county courthouse, Elkins.<br>
 
*{{FHL|694612|item|disp=Personal property tax lists, 1787-1850}} available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Virginia State Library and Archives in Richmond, Virginia.<br>
 
  
Vital Records  
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia Vital Records, 1865-1969 (varies)] - Includes birth, death, and marriage.
  
==== {{WVvital}} ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{WV Birth Intro|Randolph}}
  
= Vital Records  =
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*'''1853-1859, 1861, 1865-1899'''  {{FHL|125170|item|disp=Births, Randolph County 1853-1859, 1861, 1865-1899}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of material at the West Virginia University Library, Morgantown, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.
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*'''1853-1899''' {{FHL|173867|item|disp=Births, Randolph County 1853-1899}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm copy of material in the W. Guy Tetrick collection, Clarksburg, West Virginia, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.
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*'''1853-1969''' {{FHL|97935|item|disp=Birth records, 1853-1969}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County Courthouse.
  
==== Birth<br>  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{WV Marriage Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|97935|item|disp=Birth records, 1853-1969}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County Courthouse.<br>
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*'''1787-1879'''  {{FHL|125163|item|disp=Marriage bonds, Randolph County: 1787-1879}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of material at the West Virginia University Library, Morgantown, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.<br>Randolph County, West Virginia [http://www.wvgenweb.org/barbour/randmar.htm Marriage Records]
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*'''1787-1969'''  {{FHL|97866|item|disp=Marriages, 1787-1969; index to marriages, 1787-1969}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County Courthouse.
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*'''1801-1962''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=washington%2cwa West Virginia, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
  
{{FHL|125170|item|disp=Births, Randolph County&nbsp;: 1853-1859, 1861, 1865-1899}} on&nbsp;Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of material at the West Virginia University Library, Morgantown, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.<br>
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==== Death ====
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{{WV Death Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|173867|item|disp=Births, Randolph County&nbsp;: 1853-1899}} on&nbsp;Family Search Catalog. Microfilm copy of material in the W. Guy Tetrick collection, Clarksburg, West Virginia, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.<br>
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*'''1853-1969'''  {{FHL|97998|item|disp=Death records, 1853-1969}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County Courthouse.
  
==== Marriage<br> ====
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==== Divorce ====
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{{WV Divorce Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|97866|item|disp=Marriages, 1787-1969; index to marriages, 1787-1969}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County Courthouse.<br>
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{WV Research Facilities Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|125163|item|disp=Marriage bonds, Randolph County: 1787-1879}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of material at the West Virginia University Library, Morgantown, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.<br>Randolph County, West Virginia [http://www.wvgenweb.org/barbour/randmar.htm Marriage Records]
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=== Archives ===
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{{WV Archives Intro|Randolph}}
  
==== Death<br>  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
{{FHL|97998|item|disp=Death records, 1853-1969}} on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County Courthouse.<br>  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]<br>
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*[[Elkins West Virginia Family History Center|Elkins West Virginia Family History Center]]
  
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=== Libraries ===
 
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{{WV Libraries Intro|Randolph}}
== Societies and Libraries ==
 
 
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
 
 
I[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers ntroduction to LDS Family History Centers]
 
 
 
[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Elkins_West_Virginia_Family_History_Center Elkins West Virginia Family History Center]<br>
 
 
 
==== Randolph County History Societies<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1329942916998_527" /><br>  ====
 
 
 
[http://pages.swcp.com/~dhickman/ Allegheny Regional Family History Society]
 
 
 
P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 1804
 
 
 
Elkins, West Virginia 26241
 
 
 
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| [[Allegheny Regional Family History Society|'''The Allegheny Regional Family History Society''']]<br>P. O. Box 1804<br>Elkins, WV 26241<br>President: Marvin Hill<br>c/o The Society<br>Secretary: Ella Montony<br>c/o The Society<br>
 
| '''Randolph County Historical Society'''<br>Box 1164<br>Elkins, WV 26241<br>President: Randy Allan<br>c/o The Society<br>Secretary: Donald L. Rice<br>c/o The Society<br>[mailto:dlrice@citynet.net dlrice@citynet.net]<br>
 
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| '''Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation'''<br>P.O. Box 227<br>Beverly, WV 26253<br>(304) 637-7424<br>Website: www.richmountain.org<br>E-mail: [mailto:richmt@richmountain.org richmt@richmountain.org]<br>Executive Director: Michelle Depp<br>c/o The Foundation<br>President: Richard Wolfe<br>c/o The Foundation<br>
 
| [http://www.historicbeverly.org/rchs.htm '''Historic Beverly Preservation, Inc.''']<br>P.O. Box 277<br>Beverly, WV 26253<br>(304) 637-7424<br>Website: www.historicbeverly.org<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@historicbeverly.org info@historicbeverly.org]<br>Executive Director: Michelle Depp<br>c/o The Society<br>President: Phyllis Baxter<br>c/o The Society<br>Secretary: Richard Evans<br><br>
 
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== Web Sites  ==
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=== Museums ===
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{{WV Museums Intro|Randolph}}
  
{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Randolph|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}&nbsp;
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== Societies ==
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{{WV Societies Intro|Randolph}}
  
[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv  Cyndislist]<br>[http://www.us-roots.org/wvrandolph/ Randolph County Genealogy Project] <br>[http://genforum.genealogy.com/wv/randolph/ Randolph County, WV Genealogy Forum]<br>[http://www.wvgenweb.org/randolph/ Randolph County WVGenWeb]<br>[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/randolph.htm Randolph County, West Virginia ]Microfilms at the Library of Virginia<br>[http://www.elkinswv.com/ Randolph County Modern Homepage]<br>[http://www.historicbeverly.org/index.htm Beverly, West Virginia Historical Homepage]
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*'''Allegheny Regional Family History Society'''<br>P O Box 1804<br>Elkins, WV 26241<br>[http://pages.swcp.com/~dhickman/ Website]
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*'''Randolph County Historical Society'''<br>Box 1164<br>Elkins, WV 26241<br>Email: [mailto:dlrice@citynet.net dlrice@citynet.net]
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*'''Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation'''<br>P.O. Box 227<br>Beverly, WV 26253<br>Phone: 304-637-7424<br>[http://www.richmountain.org Website]<br>Email: [mailto:richmt@richmountain.org richmt@richmountain.org]
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*'''[http://www.historicbeverly.org/rchs.htm Historic Beverly Preservation, Inc.]'''<br>P.O. Box 277<br>Beverly, WV 26253<br>Phone: 304-637-7424<br>[http://www.historicbeverly.org Website]<br>Email: [mailto:info@historicbeverly.org info@historicbeverly.org]
  
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== Websites ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/randolph-county/ Randolph 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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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndislist]
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*[http://www.wv-roots.org/index.php/counties/randolph-county Randolph County Genealogy Project]
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*[http://www.genealogy.com/forum/regional/states/topics/wv/ Randolph County, WV Genealogy Forum]
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/randolph/ Randolph County WVGenWeb]
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*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/randolph.htm Randolph County, West Virginia] Microfilms at the Library of Virginia
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*[http://www.elkinswv.com/ Randolph County Modern Homepage]
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*[http://www.historicbeverly.org/index.htm Beverly, West Virginia Historical Homepage]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|190127|West%20Virginia|Randolph}} - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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== Research Guides ==
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{{WV Research Guides Intro|Randolph}}
  
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Latest revision as of 18:52, 16 March 2018

United States
West Virginia
Randolph County

Guide to Randolph County, West Virginia ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Elkins
Organized: October 16, 1787
Parent County(s): Harrison[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barbour  • Grant  • Pendleton  • Pocahontas  • Tucker  • Upshur  • Webster
See County Maps
Courthouse
Randolph County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Location Map
Wv-randolph.png
Adoption

County Information

Description

Randolph County was created from Harrison County in 1787, which is much earlier than the formation of West Virginia as a state. Today, Randolph county is the largest county in West Virginia, with 1040 square miles of land in modern times. The first white settlers of the county were Tygart and Files in 1753. The Shawnee Tribe had many trails through Randolph County, but there weren't many settlements in this mountainous region. It was mostly considered hunting grounds, and less of an agricultural settlement. There were many wild animals in the area, which supplied food and clothing for the early settlers. Sadly, the pioneers pushed the elk and the buffalo to extinction in Randolph County, while other animals, such as the black bear, still thrive in the area today. Tygart's Valley in Randolph County didn't attract much settlement because of the mountain barriers and the Indian threat. Despite all of this, Randolph County was formed by Virginia Assembly at the home of Benjamin Wilson in Tygart's Valley. The first session of court in Randolph County was held in a town now called Beverly, in the house of James Westfall. Overall, Randolph County was a very politically and legally active community, with many surviving court records, including probate cases and wills, including the first will ever written in Randolph County. [2][3][4][5]

Randolph County History Taken from West Virginia Hertiage Enclyclopedia, pgs. 3951 - 3952

County Courthouse

Randolph County Courthouse
2 Randolph Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
Phone: 304-255-9123
Randolph County Website

County Court Clerk has birth records from 1856, marriage and probate records from 1787, death records from 1853, and land records.[6]

Randolph County, West Virginia Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1856 1787 1787 1787 1790

Record Loss

1897 Randolph County had a courthouse fire in 1897, but the birth, death, marriage, wills, deeds, etc., were in a vault and saved. Other records were lost.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1787--Randolph County was created 16 October 1787 from Harrison County.
  • County seat: Elkins[7]

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.

Populated Places

  • Huttonsville
  • Mill Creek
  • Montrose
  • Womelsdorf (Coalton)

Unincorporated Towns

  • Adolph
  • Aggregates
  • Alpena
  • Arnold Hill
  • Bemis
  • Bowden
  • Brady Gate
  • Bruxton
  • Canfield
  • Cassity
  • Crystal Springs
  • Czar
  • Dailey
  • Dryfork
  • East Dailey
  • Elkins Junction
  • Elkwater
  • Ellamore
  • Evenwood
  • Faulkner
  • Glady
  • Helveti
  • Horton
  • Jimtown
  • Kerens
  • Little Italy
  • Mabie
  • Mingo
  • Monterville
  • Newlonton
  • Norton
  • Osceola
  • Pickens
  • Pumpkintown
  • Read
  • Smith Crossing
  • Spangler
  • Sullivan
  • Tigheville
  • Upper Mingo
  • Valley Head
  • Weaver
  • Whitmer
  • Whyte

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Randolph County, West Virginia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

For tips on accessing Randolph census records online, see: West Virginia Census.

Census available at Ancestry.com ($) years 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930. They also have indexed the 1850 Slave Schedule and the 1860 Slave Schedule. Also indexed the 1890 Veteran's Schedule.

  • 1850 US Census 1850 census of Randolph County, WV. Includes index. Arranged by house number and gives house and family number, names of persons in the house, ages, birthplaces, and occupations. Randolph County was part of Virginia until 1863 when it became part of West Virginia. Available in book form at the Family History Library.
  • 1860 US Census 1860 census of Randolph County, Virginia. Includes index. Randolph County is now part of West Virginia. Available in book form at the Family History Library.
  • 1870 US Census Randolph County, WV, 1870 census. Includes index. Available in book form at the Family History Library.

Church Records

Baptist
Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  • Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 434. Digital version at Google Books:
-Little Bethel (1795)
-Valley (1806)

Randolph County fell within the bounds of the Union Association.

Presbyterian

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

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]
  • 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 ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 26 (1982).
  • Coberly - Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985).
  • Cunningham - Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985).
  • Cunningham - Newman, Betty Cunningham. Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. FHL Book 929.273 C917n.
  • Currance - Bosworth, Albert S. A History of Randolph County, West Virginia, from Its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time. Elkins, W. Va.: A.S. Bosworth, 1916.
  • Goff - The history and genealogy of the Nathan P. Goff family of Randolph County, West Virginia, Delaware County, Indiana, and Madison County, Iowa. Joseph P Barnes. Baker and Taylor: St. Louis, Mo. 1972.
  • Hart - Hammond, Cleon E. John Hart, The Biography of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Newfane, Vt., 1977.
  • Male - Mayhle, Bernard Victor. The Males of Barbour County, West Virginia. 1983.
  • Male - Barnett, Glenn W. Mayle-Male-Male Family Kinship: Four Generations of Descendants of Mary Elizabeth Male nee Cockit.
  • Male - Heinegg, Paul. Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware (2005). Digital version online
  • Male - Finley, Alexandra. "Founding Chestnut Ridge: The Origins of Central West Virginia's Community," Senior Honor's Thesis, The Ohio State University (2010). Digital version online.
  • Randolph County, West Virginia, history-families available at the Family History Library. Contains a brief history of the county, businesses, churches, historical buildings and monuments, etc., and a large section of family histories, which include biographies and genealogies. Includes Index.

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See West Virginia Land and Property for additional information about early West Virginia land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

  • Land book, 1802-1900 available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the State Auditor's Office, Charleston.
  • Deeds, 1789-1900; indexes to deeds, 1789 (1776?)-1935 available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Monongalia County Courthouse in Morgantown, West Virginia.
  • Surveyors book, 1787-1859 available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County courthouse.
  • Entry book, 1784-1916 available on microfilm at Family History Library. Original available on microfilm at the Randolph County Courthouse.

Local Histories

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Local histories are available for Randolph County, West Virginia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section West Virginia Local Histories.

History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time. Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, W.Va., 1975.

The History of Randolph County, West Virginia: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Embracing Records of All Leading Families, Reminiscences and Traditions. Hu Maxwell. Acme Publishing Co.: Morgantown, W.Va., 1898.

The Blackwater Chronicle: A Narrative of an Expedition into the Land of Canaan in Randolph County, Virginia. Philip Pendleton Kennedy; Timothy Sweet. West Virginia University Press: Morgantown, W.Va.. 1853.

Elkins, West Virginia: Its Past, Present, and Future. Charles J Holmes; Justin M Kunkle. McClain Printing: Parsons, W.Va. 1975.

Pioneer Index of Randolph County, West Virginia. Lauren d'Ablemont Ragland. Seneca Publishers: Bowden, W.Va. 2007.

Historick Beverly, Official Guidebook: Containing a Brief History of the City and Descriptions of Twenty-seven Shops, Dwelling Houses, Publick and Historick Sites, Illustrated: Also a Guide-map: Randolph County, West Virginia. Glenn H Phillips. Randolph County Historical Society: Beverly, W.Va. 1975.

Maps and Gazetteers

Randolph County

Migration

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. 1967 reprint: FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Western District, Randolph 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 Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.
  • Record book 1844-1866 available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Microfilm of original at the county courthouse, Elkins.
  • Discharge, 1917-1918 available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County courthouse.
  • The Soldiery of West Virginia. Virgil A Lewis. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1978. Gives available lists of rosters from French and Indian War, Mexican War, Civil War, Indian Wars, Lord Dunmore's War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812.

War of 1812

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Randolph 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 Randolph County:

- 5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate).
- 5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12 months, 1861-62) (Mullins') (Confederate). Company G (Randolph Cavalry).[10]
- 19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company I.[11]
- 20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company C.[12].
- 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company F (Jacob Currence's Company).[13]

Records and histories are available, including:

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battle was fought in Randolph County.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

The Randolph Enterprise was the first newspaper published in Randolph County, with the first issue appearing in May 1874. The first editor was Geo P. Sargent.

The Randolph Review was the second newspaper published in Randolph County in 1882. The founders were J.L. and A.S. Bosworth, who after six months bought the Randolph Enterprise and sold the Review plant to the town of Huttonsville. [15]

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • 1787 - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. FHL. The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Randolph County is included in Vol. 2.
  • 1787-1829 - Heinegg, Paul. "Randolph County Personal Property Tax List, 1787-1829," Free African Americans.com. Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.
  • 1787-1850 - Personal property tax lists, 1787-1850 available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original records at the Virginia State Library and Archives in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1790, 1800 - Images of the 1790 and 1800 Personal Property Tax Lists of Randolph County, Virginia(now West Virginia) are available to browse online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy - free.
  • 1805-1813 - Land records, 1805-1813 available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original at the county courthouse, Elkins.
  • 1805-1813 - Randolph County, West Virginia Land Tax Records, 1805-1813. Images online at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1805-1813 - Land records, 1805-1813 available on microfilm at Family History Library. Microfilm of original at the county courthouse, Elkins.
  • 1815 - Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL Book 975 E4w v. 6. The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Randolph County is included in Vol. 6.

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

Birth

  • 1853-1859, 1861, 1865-1899 Births, Randolph County 1853-1859, 1861, 1865-1899 on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of material at the West Virginia University Library, Morgantown, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.
  • 1853-1899 Births, Randolph County 1853-1899 on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm copy of material in the W. Guy Tetrick collection, Clarksburg, West Virginia, prepared by the Historical Records Survey.
  • 1853-1969 Birth records, 1853-1969 on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County Courthouse.

Marriage

Death

  • 1853-1969 Death records, 1853-1969 on Family Search Catalog. Microfilm of original records at the Randolph County Courthouse.

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handy Book for Genealogists: United States. George B. Everton. Everton Publishers: Logan, Utah, 1991.
  4. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy (3rd Edition). Val D. Greenwood. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: Baltimore, Maryland, 2000.
  5. 5.0 5.1 History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time. Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, West Virginia, 1975.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Created December 16, 1790 by the General Assembly of the State of Virginia.
  9. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 182. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  10. Robert J. Driver, 5th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 127.
  11. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.
  12. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.
  13. John M. Ashcraft, 31st Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48.
  14. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 20 September 2012)
  15. History of Randolph County From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time. Dr. A. S. Bosworth. McClain Printing Company: Parsons, W.Va., 1975.