Lewis County, West Virginia Facts
Lewis County was established on December 18, 1816 from Harrison County. The county was named in honor of Colonel Charles Lewis (1733-1774), who was killed at the decisive Battle of Point Pleasant.
The County Seat is located in Weston and the county government website is http://lewiscountywv.org
Areas adjacent to Lewis County are Harrison County (north), Upshur County (east), Webster County (south), Braxton County (southwest), Gilmer County (west), Doddridge County (northwest).
Cities and towns located in the county include Alum Bridge, Camden, Crawford, Horner, Ireland, Jane Lew, Orlando, Roanoke, Vadis, Valley Chapel, Walkersville, Weston, Wildcat
Lewis County consists of Federal Census Schedules to aid in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. Lewis Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lewis Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lewis Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to assist with your research.
Lewis County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Lewis County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Lewis County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers often overlook the benefits of Lewis County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Buried away in West Virginia courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the dreams and worries of many West Virginia residents.
The chances are excellent that your potential ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a few factors of their lives in the Lewis County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which often can have lead to him or her to appear in court records.
You need to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars just before visiting or seeking information because of from time to time changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many employees will aid men and women in locating the resources, but it is up to the man or women to carry out the researching.
The below information denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and legal records can be found in Lewis County. The years pointed out below could be the first known documents for this particular county. Courthouse Fire in 1886 destroyed courthouse, but records were saved.
- Lewis County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 110 Center Avenue, Weston, WV 26452
- Lewis 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.
- Phone: 304-269-8215
- Birth / Death Records: 1853
- Marriage Records: 1816
- Land Records: 1817
- Probate Records: 1816
- Lewis County 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.
- Phone: 304-269-8210
- Court Records: 1817
- West Virginia Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in West Virginia for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.
Lewis County Links
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related to Lewis County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a list which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Lewis County genealogy or family history related sites.
Until 1863 West Virginia was part of Virginia, See Virginia State Records
for Info and links for years prior to 1863.
Lewis Co. WV Books, Newspapers & Publications
Lewis Co. WV Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Lewis Co. WV Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Lewis Co. WV Census Records
Lewis Co. WV Church & Cemeteries
Lewis Co. WV Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Lewis Co. WV General and History Websites
Lewis Co. WV Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Lewis Co. WV Military Records
- West Virginia Military Records (fold3.com) provides access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents belonging to the West Virginia women and men which served. Ideal for Lewis County genealogists, researchers, historians and more.