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Upshur County, West Virginia Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Buckhannon
Organized: March 26, 1851
Parent County(s): Randolph, Barbour, Lewis[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barbour  • Harrison  • Lewis  • Randolph  • Webster
See County Maps
Upshur County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Location Map

County InformationEdit


The County was named for Abel Parker Upshur.The County is located in the north central area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Upshur County Courthouse
40 West Main Street, #101
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Phone: 304-472-1068
Upshur County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1853.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce, probate, and county records.[3]

Upshur County, West Virginia Record DatesEdit

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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1853 1853 1853 1851 1853 1852 1870
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1917. General compliance by 1925.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1851--Upshur County was created 26 March 1851 from Randolph, Barbour and Lewis Counties.
  • County seat: Buckhannon[5]

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.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Upshur 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 RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 7,292
1870 8,023 10.0%
1880 10,249 27.7%
1890 12,714 24.1%
1900 14,696 15.6%
1910 16,629 13.2%
1920 17,851 7.3%
1930 17,944 0.5%
1940 18,360 2.3%
1950 19,242 4.8%
1960 18,292 −4.9%
1970 19,092 4.4%
1980 23,427 22.7%
1990 22,867 −2.4%
2000 23,404 2.3%
2010 24,254 3.6%
Source: "".

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

Church RecordsEdit

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

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.

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Upshur 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.

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Upshur 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 Upshur County:

- 1st Regiment, West Virginia Light Artillery, Battery E Light Artillery.


- 25th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Heck's). Company A (Upshur Grays).[7]

Records and histories are available, including:

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit



Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital RecordsEdit





Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.


  • Upshur County Public Library
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
    Annie M Pfeiffer Library
    College Avenue
    Buckhannon, WV 26201
    Phone: 304-473-8059



  • Upshur County Historical Society
    Box 753
    Buckhannon, WV 26201
  • Methodist Historical Society


Research GuidesEdit


  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Upshur County, West Virginia" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_West_Virginia."
  3. 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.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Upshur County, West Virginia. Page 743-746 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 742-743.
  5. 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.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Upshur County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_West_Virginia, accessed 29 August 2018.
  7. Richard L. Armstrong, 25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 71.