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Doddridge County, West Virginia Genealogy

Guide to Doddridge 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: West Union
Organized: February 4, 1845
Parent County(s): Harrison, Tyler, Ritchie, Lewis[1]
Neighboring Counties
Gilmer  • Harrison  • Lewis  • Ritchie  • Tyler  • Wetzel
See County Maps
Doddridge County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Location Map

County InformationEdit


The County was named for Philip Doddridge. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Doddridge County Courthouse
118 East Court Street
West Union, WV 26456
Phone: 304-873-2631
Doddridge County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853; marriage, probate, and land records from 1845.[3]

Doddridge 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 1845 1853 1845 1845 1849 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

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 Doddridge 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

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 2,750
1860 5,203 89.2%
1870 7,076 36.0%
1880 10,552 49.1%
1890 12,183 15.5%
1900 13,689 12.4%
1910 12,672 −7.4%
1920 11,976 −5.5%
1930 10,488 −12.4%
1940 10,923 4.1%
1950 9,026 −17.4%
1960 6,970 −22.8%
1970 6,389 −8.3%
1980 7,433 16.3%
1990 6,994 −5.9%
2000 7,403 5.8%
2010 8,202 10.8%
Source: "".

Church RecordsEdit

List of Churches and Church Parishes

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 Doddridge 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

Tyler CountyWetzel CountyHarrison CountyLewis CountyGilmer CountyRitchie CountyWV DODDRIDGE.PNG
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Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Doddridge 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 Doddridge County:

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit



Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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.





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, "Doddridge 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), Doddridge 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, "Doddridge County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_West_Virginia, accessed 30 June 2018.