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Guide to '''Gilmer County West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Gilmer County, West Virginia ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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|organized= February 3, 1845
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|county seat= Glenville
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|parent county= [[Lewis County, West Virginia Genealogy|Lewis]], [[Kanawha County, West Virginia Genealogy|Kanawha]]<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Braxton County, West Virginia Genealogy|Braxton]]
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|county2= [[Calhoun County, West Virginia Genealogy|Calhoun]]
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|county3= [[Doddridge County, West Virginia Genealogy|Doddridge]]
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|county5= [[Ritchie County, West Virginia Genealogy|Ritchie]]</br><center>[[Gilmer County, West Virginia Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Gilmer County
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The County was named for Thomas Walker Gilmer. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Gilmer County, West Virginia" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilmer_County,_West_Virginia."</ref>
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| state = West Virginia
 
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| founded year = 1845
 
| founded date = February 3
 
| seat = [[Glenville, West Virginia|Glenville]]
 
| building image = Gilmer County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
 
| building address = Gilmer County Courthouse<br>10 Howard Street<br>Glenville, WV 26351<br>Phone:&nbsp;304-462-7641<br>[http://www.gilmercounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx '''Gilmer County Website''']
 
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{WV Courthouse Intro|Gilmer}}
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'''Gilmer County Courthouse'''<br>10 Howard Street<br>Glenville, WV 26351<br>Phone: 304-462-7641<br>[http://www.gilmercountywv.gov/cms.aspx?Name=CountyClerk Gilmer County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth, death and court records from 1853; marriage, probate and land records from 1845.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
=== County Information ===
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=== Gilmer County, West Virginia Record Dates ===
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{{WV Record Dates Intro|Gilmer}}
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==== Gilmer County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gilmer County, West Virginia. Page 743-746 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
 
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Gilmer County, West Virginia Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Gilmer County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1853
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1845
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1853
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Gilmer County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1853
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Gilmer County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1845
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1917. General compliance by 1925. </center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1845
 
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
  
County Clerk has birth, death and court records from 1853<br>Marriage, probate and land from 1845<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gilmer County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
=== History  ===
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{WV Boundary Changes Intro|Gilmer}}
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*'''1845'''--Gilmer County was created 3 February 1845 from [[Lewis County, West Virginia Genealogy|Lewis]] and [[Kanawha County, West Virginia Genealogy|Kanawha]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Glenville<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{WV Populated Places Intro|Gilmer}}
  
'''1845'''--Gilmer County was created 3 February 1845&nbsp;from [[Lewis County, West Virginia|Lewis]] and [[Kanawha County, West Virginia|Kanawha]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Glenville<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://westvirginia.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,021,c,gilmer.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Gilmer County, West Virginia," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilmer_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 02 July 2018.</ref>
  
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenville,_West_Virginia Glenville (county seat)]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_Fork,_West_Virginia Sand Fork]</div>
 
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin,_West_Virginia Baldwin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedarville,_West_Virginia Cedarville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coxs_Mills,_West_Virginia Coxs Mills]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusk,_West_Virginia Dusk]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilmer,_West_Virginia Gilmer]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_Gap,_West_Virginia Letter Gap]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linn,_West_Virginia Linn]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normantown,_West_Virginia Normantown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosedale,_West_Virginia Rosedale]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock,_West_Virginia Shock]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stouts_Mills,_West_Virginia Stouts Mills]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stumptown,_West_Virginia Stumptown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanner,_West_Virginia Tanner]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy,_West_Virginia Troy]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_Fork,_West_Virginia Sand Fork]</div>
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==== Populated Places  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{WV Historical Timeline Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{WV Resources Intro|Gilmer}}
  
*[[Braxton County, West Virginia|Braxton]]
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=== Bible Records ===
*[[Calhoun County, West Virginia|Calhoun]]
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{{WV Bible Intro|Gilmer}}
*[[Doddridge County, West Virginia|Doddridge]]
 
*[[Lewis County, West Virginia|Lewis]]
 
*[[Ritchie County, West Virginia|Ritchie]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Biographies ===
<div style="width: 100%; float: left">
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{{WV Biographies Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{WV Business Records Intro|Gilmer}}
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/197141?availability=Family%20History%20Library Otterbine or Baptist Church Cemetery inscriptions, Gilmer County, West Virginia]
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=== Cemeteries ===
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/197180?availability=Family%20History%20Library Snider Cemetery inscriptions, Gilmer County, West Virginia]
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{{WV Cemeteries Intro|Gilmer}}
*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/183953?availability=Family%20History%20Library Woodford Cemetery records, Gilmer County, West Virginia]
 
*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
 
  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.wvgenweb.org/gilmer/cemeteries/cemeteries.htm WVGenWeb]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Gilmer+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Gilmer&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/gilmer/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Gilmer County, West Virginia''' online and in print</center>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/gilmer.htm WVTombstone Project]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.wvgenweb.org/gilmer/cemeteries/cemeteries.htm WVGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/gilmer/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/gilmer.htm WVTombstone Project]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Gilmer%20County%20West%20Virginia%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23058&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Gilmer+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/West-Virginia/Gilmer-County?id=county_3074 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=396166&reqParentsLabel=Gilmer%2C%20West%20Virginia%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[West Virginia Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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==== Church  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{WV Census Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Census ====
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|1850 |3475
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|1860 |3759
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|1870 |4338 
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|1880 |7108
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|1890 |9746
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|1900 |11762
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|1910 |11379
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|1920 |10668
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|1930 |10641
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|1940 |12046  
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|1950 |9746
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|1960 |8050
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|1970 |7782
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|1980 |8334
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|1990 |7669
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|2000 |7160
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|2010 |8693
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=== Church Records ===
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{{WV Church Intro|Gilmer}}
  
Join us in [https://www.familysearch.org/1940census indexing the 1940 Census]  
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=396166&reqParentsLabel=Gilmer%2C%20West%20Virginia%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
==== Court ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{WV Court Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Land  ====
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{{WV Directories Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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{{WV Emigration Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{WV Ethnic Groups Intro|Gilmer}}
  
[[Image:Wvgilmer.jpg|right|250px|Gilmer County]]
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{WV Funeral Homes Intro|Gilmer}}
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
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=== Genealogies  ===
*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]<br>
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{{WV Genealogies Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Military  ====
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{{WV Guardianship Intro|Gilmer}}
  
===== Civil War  =====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{WV Land Intro|Gilmer}}
  
{{VAciv}}  
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{WV Histories Intro|Gilmer}}
  
:- [[3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Companies B and E.  
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
:- [[19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Companies E and H.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|701272|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101}}.</ref>  
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{{WV Maps Intro|Gilmer}}
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{{WV Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{WV Gilmer County}}}}
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=396166&reqParentsLabel=Gilmer%2C%20West%20Virginia%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
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*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
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=== Migration ===
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{{WV Migration Intro|Gilmer}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{WV Military Intro|Gilmer}}
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{{WV Civil War Intro|Gilmer}}
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{{WV Civil War Regiments|Gilmer}}<br>
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Companies B and E.
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:- [[19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Companies E and H.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|701272|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101}}.</ref>
 
:- [[31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company D (Gilmer Rifles).<ref>John M. Ashcraft, ''31st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|370004|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48}}.</ref>
 
:- [[31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company D (Gilmer Rifles).<ref>John M. Ashcraft, ''31st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|370004|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48}}.</ref>
  
Records and histories are available, including:  
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Records and histories are available, including:
  
*West Virginia, Civil War [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429 Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]
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*'''1861-1865'''  {{RecordSearch|1932429|West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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==== World War II ====
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*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2659405|West Virginia, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[West Virginia, World War II Draft Registration Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
*'''1814 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{WV Naturalization Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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*'''1814-1991'''  {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[West Virginia Naturalization Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{WV Newspapers Intro|Gilmer}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{WV Obituaries Intro|Gilmer}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{WV Other Records Intro|Gilmer}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{WV Periodicals Intro|Gilmer}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{WV Probate Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Probate  ====
 
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
  
*'''1724 - 1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1724-1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index and images $
*'''1756 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at [https:/familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1756-1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[West Virginia Will Books - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]
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=== School Records ===
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{{WV Schools Intro|Gilmer}}
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===Social Security Records===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{WV Tax Intro|Gilmer}}
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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.
  
==== Taxation  ====
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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.
  
===== Online West Virginia Tax site  =====
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
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.
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{WV Vital Intro|Gilmer}}
  
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.  
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia Vital Records, 1865-1969 (varies)] - Includes birth, death, and marriage.
  
The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
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==== Birth ====
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{{WV Birth Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{WV Marriage Intro|Gilmer}}
  
{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1845-1847, 1849-1969 - free.
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*'''1780-1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1408729|West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[West Virginia, County Marriage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1801-1962''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=washington%2cwa West Virginia, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Death ====
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{{WV Death Intro|Gilmer}}
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*'''1804-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|1417434|West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[West Virginia Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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==== Divorce ====
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{{WV Divorce Intro|Gilmer}}
  
'''Gilmer County Historical Society'''<br>706 Mineral Road<br>Glenville, WV 26351
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{WV Research Facilities Intro|Gilmer}}
  
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=== Archives ===
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{{WV Archives Intro|Gilmer}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{WV Libraries Intro|Gilmer}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/gilmer-county/ Gilmer County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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=== Museums ===
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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{{WV Museums Intro|Gilmer}}
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]
 
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Gilmer|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
  
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== Societies ==
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{{WV Societies Intro|Gilmer}}
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&nbsp;Learning How to [[Help:Contributor Help|Edit our Wiki Sites<br>&nbsp;]]
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*'''Gilmer County Historical Society'''<br>706 Mineral Road<br>Glenville, WV 26351
  
== References  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{WV Websites Intro|Gilmer}}
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/gilmer-county/ Gilmer County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|189913|West%20Virginia|Gilmer}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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Latest revision as of 14:18, 19 August 2020

Guide to Gilmer 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: Glenville
Organized: February 3, 1845
Parent County(s): Lewis, Kanawha[1]
Neighboring Counties
Braxton  • Calhoun  • Doddridge  • Lewis  • Ritchie
See County Maps
Courthouse
Gilmer County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Location Map
Wv-gilmer.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Thomas Walker Gilmer. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Gilmer County Courthouse
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Phone: 304-462-7641
Gilmer County Website

County Clerk has birth, death and court records from 1853; marriage, probate and land records from 1845.[3]

Gilmer County, West Virginia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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
1853 1845 1853 1853 1845 1845 1870
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1917. General compliance by 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1845--Gilmer County was created 3 February 1845 from Lewis and Kanawha Counties.
  • County seat: Glenville[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 MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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]

Towns
Unincorporated communities


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Gilmer 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 Records[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 3,475
1860 3,759 8.2%
1870 4,338 15.4%
1880 7,108 63.9%
1890 9,746 37.1%
1900 11,762 20.7%
1910 11,379 −3.3%
1920 10,668 −6.2%
1930 10,641 −0.3%
1940 12,046 13.2%
1950 9,746 −19.1%
1960 8,050 −17.4%
1970 7,782 −3.3%
1980 8,334 7.1%
1990 7,669 −8.0%
2000 7,160 −6.6%
2010 8,693 21.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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 Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Gilmer 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 Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Doddridge CountyLewis CountyBraxton CountyCalhoun CountyRitchie CountyWV GILMER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Gilmer 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 Gilmer County:

- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Companies B and E.
- 19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Companies E and H.[7]
- 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Gilmer Rifles).[8]

Records and histories are available, including:

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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 Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Gilmer County. For state-wide archival repositories, see West Virginia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Gilmer County. For state-wide library facilities, see West Virginia Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Gilmer County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see West Virginia Societies.

  • Gilmer County Historical Society
    706 Mineral Road
    Glenville, WV 26351

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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, "Gilmer County, West Virginia" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilmer_County,_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), Gilmer 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, "Gilmer County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilmer_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 02 July 2018.
  7. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.
  8. John M. Ashcraft, 31st Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48.