Ritchie County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Ritchie County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Ritchie County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1843
County Seat Harrisville

County Courthouse

Ritchie County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG

Ritchie County
115 East Main Street
Room 201
Harrisville, WV 26362


History of Ritchie County, with biographical sketches of its pioneers and their ancestors, and with interesting reminiscences of revolutionary and Indian times ([c1911)]

Parent County

1843--Ritchie County was created 18 February 1843 from Wood, Harrison and Lewis Counties.
County seat: Harrisville [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Ritchie County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Ritchie County Tombstone Transcription Project

Find A Grave Richie County, West Virginia

Interment.net Cemetery Records Online

West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association Inc.  Ritchie County

Raiguel Funeral Home
1200 E. Main Street
Harrisville, WV 26362-1207
Phone: (304) 643-2913

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home
447 W. Myles Avenue
Pennsboro, WV 26415-1347
Phone: (304) 659-2251


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




Local Histories

History of Ritchie County EBook google free


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Ritchie County West Virginia 1895

Ritchie County West Virginia Map

Map Showing Ritchie County West Virginia


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


West Virgina, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991


The Ritchie Gazette
116 E. Main Street
Harrisville, WV 26362
Phone: (304) 643-2221


Ritchie County, West Virginia Will Books 1843 - 11966
West Virginia Will Books


Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages  

Ritchie County, West Virginia USGENWEB Marriage Archives

Ritchie County, West Virginia marriages

Societies and Libraries

Ritchie County Historical Society
200 S Church Street
Harrisville, WV 26362

Ritchie County Public Library

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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