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Wetzel County, West Virginia Genealogy

Guide to Wetzel 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: New Martinsville
Organized: January 10, 1846
Parent County(s): Tyler[1]
Neighboring Counties
Doddridge  • Greene (PA)  • Harrison  • Marion  • Marshall  • Monongalia  • Monroe (OH)  • Tyler
See County Maps
Wetzel County Courthouse in New Martinsville, West Virginia.jpg
Location Map

County InformationEdit


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

County CourthouseEdit

Wetzel County Courthouse
PO Box 156
New Martinsville, WV 26155-0156
Phone: 304-455-8224
Wetzel County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, land and military records from 1846.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and naturalization records. [3]

Wetzel 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
1846 1846 1846 1846 1846 1846 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

  • 1846--Wetzel County was created 10 January 1846 from Tyler County.
  • County seat: Martinsville[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
Census-designated places

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Wetzel 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.
1850 4,284
1860 6,703 56.5%
1870 8,595 28.2%
1880 13,896 61.7%
1890 16,841 21.2%
1900 22,880 35.9%
1910 23,855 4.3%
1920 23,069 −3.3%
1930 22,334 −3.2%
1940 22,342 0.0%
1950 20,154 −9.8%
1960 19,347 −4.0%
1970 20,314 5.0%
1980 21,874 7.7%
1990 19,258 −12.0%
2000 17,693 −8.1%
2010 16,583 −6.3%
Source: "".

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

Church RecordsEdit

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Hundred
  • New Martinsville

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 Wetzel 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

Greene CountyMonongalia CountyMarion CountyHarrison CountyDoddridge CountyTyler CountyMonroe CountyMarshall CountyWV WETZEL.PNG
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for more resources


Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Wetzel 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 Wetzel 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, "Wetzel 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), Wetzel 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, "Wetzel County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_West_Virginia, accessed 29 August 2018.