McDowell County, West Virginia
Genealogy, History & Facts
McDowell County, West Virginia Facts
When was McDowell County, WV Created?
McDowell County was established on February 28, 1858 from Tazewell County (Virginia).
What is the County Seat of McDowell County, WV?
The County Seat is located in Welch and the county government website is http://www.mcdowellcounty.wv.gov
McDowell County, WV Vital Records
Where can find McDowell County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
McDowell County vital records can be found at the West Virginia Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records from January 1917 to present; marriage records from 1921 to present and divorce records from 1968 to present. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in West Virginia for current fees and application process.
You can search online for McDowell County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for West Virginia Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives West Virginia Marriage Project
- Vital Research Records Search Selection
- West Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1928
- West Virginia, Births, 1853-1930
- West Virginia, Marriages, 1853-1970
- West Virginia, Marriages, 1854-1932
- West Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1932
- West Virginia, Deaths, 1853-1970
McDowell County, WV Census Records
What McDowell County, WV census records are available?
There are many types of census records for McDowell County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
McDowell Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1860, 1870 and 1880. McDowell Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. McDowell Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also West Virginia Census Records Research Guide
McDowell County, WV Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the McDowell County Courthouse?
The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also West Virginia Courthouse Records Research Guide.
- McDowell County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 90 Wyoming Street STE , Welch, WV 24801
- McDowell County Clerk
- Phone: 304-436-8544
- Birth / Death Records: 1872 / 1894
- Marriage Records: 1859
- Land Records: 1868
- Probate Records: 1893
- McDowell County Clerk of Circuit Court
- Phone: 304-436-8560
- Court Records: 1859
McDowell County, WV Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for McDowell County, WV?
A list of McDowell County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide West Virginia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- McDowell County Historical Society, c/o Geneva Steele, HC 61 Box 37-B, Paynesville, WV 24873
- West Virginia Archives and History, The Cultural Center; 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, E.; Charleston, WV 25305-0300
- West Virginia and Regional History Collection, West Virginia University, Colson Hall, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506; (304) 293-3536
- West Virginia Genealogical Society, Post Office Box 249, Elkview, West Virginia 25071
- West Virginia Historical Society, PO Box 5220, Charleston, WV 25361
Where can I connect with other McDowell County, WV Researchers through message boards and forums?
- West Virginia State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- McDowell County, West Virginia Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in McDowell County
- McDowell County, West Virginia Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
What other genealogical resources are available in McDowell County, WV?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to McDowell County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a list which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.