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

Tyler County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Tyler 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 December 6, 1814
County Seat Middlebourne
Tyler County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Address Tyler County Courthouse
Main Street
P O Box 66
Middlebourne, WV 26149-0066
Phone: 304-758-2102
Tyler County Website

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1853
Incomplete marriage records from 1815
Probate and Land Records from 1815
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and county records[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1814--Tyler County was created 6 December 1814 from Ohio County.
County seat: Middlebourne [2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

For a list of record loss in West Virginia counties see: West Virginia Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]


Cemeteries[edit | edit source]


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


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Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages


Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Tyler County on page 136.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812[edit | edit source]

Tyler County men served in the 123rd Regiment.[3]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

West Virgina, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

Probate[edit | edit source]

Tyler County, West Virginia Will Books 1815 - 1971

Taxation[edit | edit source]

At first glance, researchers might conclude that Virginia tax lists contain very little family history data, though one soon learns that valuable genealogical conclusions can be drawn from these records, nicknamed "annual censuses," such as: relationships, approximate years of birth, socio-economic status, identification of neighbors, the ability to distinguish between persons of the same name, evidence of land inheritance, years of migration, and years of death.

Virginia began enumerating residents' payments of personal property and land taxes in 1782. These two types of taxation were recorded in separate registers. Personal property tax lists include more names than land tax lists, because they caught more of the population. The Family History Library has an excellent microfilm collection of personal property tax lists from 1782 (or the year the county was organized) well into the late nineteenth century for most counties, but only scattered land tax lists. Microfilm collections at The Library of Virginia include land tax lists for all counties and independent cities for the years 1782 through 1978, as well as personal property tax lists for the years 1782 through 1930 (and every fifth year thereafter). Taxes were not collected in 1808. 

Some tax records are available online or in print, though published abstracts often omit useful details found only in the original sources. Statewide indexes can help genealogists identify specific counties where surnames occurred in the past, providing starting points for research.[4][5]

  • Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Tyler County is included in Vol. 6.]
Online West Virginia Tax site[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

. Includes marriages 1815-1970 - free.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Tyler County Historical Society

P O Box  317

Middleboume, West Virginia 26149

Family History Centers
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Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tyler County, West Virginia. Page 746 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 207. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  4. "Using Personal Property Tax Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia," Library of Virginia,
  5. "Using Land Tax Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia," Library of Virginia,