Roane County, West Virginia Genealogy Guide

Roane County, West Virginia (Map It) was created on March 11, 1856 from portions of Gilmer County, Jackson County and Kanawha County. The county was named in honor of Judge Spencer Roane (1762-1822), Virginia Supreme Court justice. Learn More About State of West Virginia History

Roane County is bordered by Wirt County (north), Calhoun County (east), Clay County (southeast), Kanawha County (south), Jackson County (west). A Map of Roane County, West Virginia contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Roane County Cities and Towns include Amma, Clio, Gandeeville, Harmony, Left Hand, Linden, Looneyville, Newton, Reedy, Spencer, Tariff, Uler, Walton

Roane County, West Virginia Courthouse Records

Roane County, West Virginia Courthouse
Roane County, WV Courthouse

The Roane County Courthouse is located in Spencer, 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 Roane 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. Both the courthouse built in 1856 and its replacement built in 1887 burned. Could not determine dates of fires. Not all records were destroyed. Many survived.

  • Roane County Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1856, Marriage Records from 1856, Land Records from 1856 and Probate Records from 1856. 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.
  • Roane County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1856. 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.

Roane County, West Virginia Census Records

Roane County, West Virginia Vital Records

Roane County, West Virginia Resources

Roane County, West Virginia External Links

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