Ritchie County, West Virginia Genealogy Guide

Ritchie County, West Virginia (Map It) was created on February 18, 1843 from portions of Harrison County, Lewis County, Wood County. The county was named in honor of Thomas Ritchie (1778-1854), nationally influential Virginia newspaper publisher. Learn More About State of West Virginia History

Ritchie County is bordered by Pleasants County (north), Tyler County (northeast), Doddridge County (east), Gilmer County (southeast), Calhoun County (south), Wirt County (west), Wood County (northwest). A Map of Ritchie County, West Virginia contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Ritchie County Cities and Towns include Auburn, Berea, Burnt House, Cairo, Ellenboro, Greenwood, Harrisville, Hazelgreen, Highland, Macfarlan, Mahone, Mountain, Newberne, Pennsboro, Petroleum, Pullman, Smithville, Toll Gate

Ritchie County, West Virginia Courthouse Records

Ritchie County, West Virginia Courthouse
Ritchie County, WV Courthouse

The Ritchie County Courthouse is located in Harrisville, West Virginia. Learn More About State of West Virginia Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

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 Ritchie 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.

  • Ritchie County Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1853, Marriage Records from 1843, Land Records from 1843 and Probate Records from 1843. 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.
  • Ritchie County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1843. 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.

Ritchie County, West Virginia Census Records

Ritchie County, West Virginia Vital Records

Ritchie County, West Virginia Resources

Ritchie County, West Virginia External Links

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