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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
 
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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>
The County was named for Thomas Walker Gilmer. The County has Glenville as its seat and the County was created February 3, 1845. 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>
 
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/West-Virginia/Gilmer-County?id=county_3074 Findagrave.com]
 
* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/West-Virginia/Gilmer-County?id=county_3074 Findagrave.com]
 
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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=== Church Records ===
 
=== Church Records ===
 
{{WV Church Intro|Gilmer}}
 
{{WV Church Intro|Gilmer}}
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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 Records ===
 
=== Court Records ===
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{{WV Maps Intro|Gilmer}}
 
{{WV Maps Intro|Gilmer}}
 
{{WV Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{WV Gilmer County}}}}
 
{{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]]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
 
*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
 
*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
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Records and histories are available, including:
 
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)
 
*'''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)
 
*'''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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==== 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]]
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
{{WV Naturalization Intro|Gilmer}}
 
{{WV Naturalization Intro|Gilmer}}
  
*'''1814-1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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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]]
  
 
=== Newspapers ===
 
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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 $
 
*'''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 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]
 
  
 
=== School Records ===
 
=== School Records ===
 
{{WV Schools Intro|Gilmer}}
 
{{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]].
  
 
=== Tax Records ===
 
=== Tax Records ===
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{{WV Marriage Intro|Gilmer}}
 
{{WV Marriage Intro|Gilmer}}
  
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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]]
 
*'''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 $
 
*'''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 $
  
 
==== Death ====
 
==== Death ====
 
{{WV Death Intro|Gilmer}}
 
{{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]]
  
 
==== Divorce ====
 
==== Divorce ====
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/gilmer-county/ Gilmer County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/gilmer-county/ Gilmer County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
 
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[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.
 
*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]
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]
 
*{{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
 
*{{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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== Research Guides ==
 
== Research Guides ==
 
{{WV Research Guides Intro|Gilmer}}
 
{{WV Research Guides Intro|Gilmer}}

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.