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Kanawha County, West Virginia (Map It) was created on November 14, 1788 from portions of Greenbrier County and Montgomery County, Virginia. The county was named after the Kanawha River that runs through the county. Learn More About State of West Virginia History
Kanawha County is bordered by Roane County (north), Clay County (northeast), Nicholas County (east), Fayette County (east), Raleigh County (southeast), Boone County (south), Lincoln County (southwest), Putnam County (west), Jackson County (northwest). A Map of Kanawha County, West Virginia contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Kanawha County Cities and Towns include Alum Creek, Belle, Big Chimney, Blount, Blue Creek, Burnwell, Cabin Creek, Carbon, Cedar Grove, Charleston, Chesapeake, Clendenin, Corton, Crown Hill, Dawes, Decota, Diamond, Drybranch, Dunbar, East Bank, Elkview, Eskdale, Falling Rock, Frame, Gallagher, Glasgow, Handley, Hansford, Hernshaw, Hugheston, Institute, Jefferson, Kayford, Leewood, London, Mahan, Malden, Mammoth, Marmet, Miami, Montgomery, Nitro, Ohley, Pinch, Pond Gap, Pratt, Quick, Quincy, Saint Albans, Sharon, Shrewsbury, Sissonville, Smithers, South Charleston, Spring Hill, Tad, Tornado, Whittaker, Winifrede
Kanawha County, West Virginia Courthouse Records
Kanawha County, WV Courthouse
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Kanawha county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Until 1863 West Virginia was part of Virginia, See Virginia State Records for Info and links for years prior to 1863.
- Kanawha County Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1853, Marriage Records from 1792, Land Records from 1790 and Probate Records from 1789. The County Clerk has many duties which include some of the following: the issuance of marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, record births, marriages and deaths in the county, serve as the recorder of all documents, prepare and send to all heirs a Notice to Redeem and take care of publications, redemptions or recording deeds with regard to delinquent property, issue military service discharge records and probate wills and assist in administration of estates.
- Kanawha County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1773. TheCounty Clerk of Circuit Court has many responsibilities which include some of the following: Serve as the Clerk to the Circuit and Family Court, Issue mesne (during the progress of a case) process, Issue final process to enforce and execute judgements, Appoint guardian ad litem where required, Responsible for all papers filed in the office; serve as registrar, recorder and custodian for all pleadings, documents and funds pertaining to cases filed in circuit court and family court, Responsible for the administration and management of the petit and grand jury systems in the county.
Kanawha County, West Virginia Census Records
- Learn More: State of West Virginia Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810 (fragmented), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820, Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Kanawha County, West Virginia Vital Records
- Learn More: State of West Virginia Vital Records
- Birth & Death Records: from January 1917 to present
- Marriage Records: from 1921 to present.
- Divorce Records: from 1968 to present
- Locations: West Virginia Office of Vital Statistics
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Vital Registration, Division of Health, 350 Capitol St, Rm 165, Charleston, WV 25301-3701; (304) 558-2931; Info: (304) 558-2931
Kanawha County, West Virginia Resources
- Kanawha Valley Civil War Round Table
- Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society
- Kanawha Valley Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.
- Kanawha County Public Library
- Saint Albans Historical Society
- Kanawha County, West Virginia Message Boards
- Kanawha County, West Virginia Genealogy Forum
Kanawha County, West Virginia External Links
- Historical Newspapers from West Virginia (1808 - 1904)
- Sunday Gazette-Mail (Charleston, West Virginia)
- The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, West Virginia)
- Charleston Mail (Charleston, West Virginia)
- Charleston Daily Mail (Charlestown, West Virginia)
- Kanawha County, West Virginia Books - Amazon
- Kanawha Co., West Virginia - FindaGrave
- Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800
- Kanawha County Encyclopedia