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Guide to '''Wood 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 '''Wood 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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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= December 21, 1798
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|county seat= Parkersburg
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|parent county= [[Harrison County, West Virginia Genealogy|Harrison]]<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= [[Athens County, Ohio Genealogy|Athens (OH)]]
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|county2= [[Jackson County, West Virginia Genealogy|Jackson]]
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|county3= [[Meigs County, Ohio Genealogy|Meigs (OH)]]
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|county4= [[Pleasants County, West Virginia Genealogy|Pleasants]]
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|county5= [[Ritchie County, West Virginia Genealogy|Ritchie]]
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|county6= [[Washington County, Ohio Genealogy|Washington (OH)]]
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Wood County
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The County was named for James Wood. The County is located in the west central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Wood County, West Virginia" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_County,_West_Virginia."</ref>
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| state = West Virginia
 
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| founded year = 1798
 
| founded date = December 21
 
| seat = [[Parkersburg, West Virginia|Parkersburg]]
 
| building image = Wood County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
 
| building address = Wood County Courthouse<br> 1 Court Square<br>Parkersburg, WV 26101<br>Phone: 304-424-1844<br>[http://www.woodcountywv.com/ '''Wood County Website'''] }}
 
  
== County Courthouse ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{WV Courthouse Intro|Wood}}
  
County Clerk has birth, marriage and death from 1850<br>Probate record, military records from 1900<br>County Assessor has land records from1798<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and county records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wood County, West Virginia. Page 746 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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'''Wood County Courthouse'''<br> 1 Court Square<br>Parkersburg, WV 26101<br>Phone: 304-424-1844<br>[https://www.courtreference.com/Wood-County-West-Virginia-Courts.htm Wood County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1850; probate records and military records from 1900.<br>
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County Assessor has land records from 1798.<br>
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Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and county records.<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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=== Wood County, West Virginia Record Dates ===
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{{WV Record Dates Intro|Wood}}
 
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==== Wood 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), Wood 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" | '''[[Wood 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" | '''[[Wood County, West Virginia Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wood County, West Virginia Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wood County, West Virginia Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wood County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wood County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wood County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1850
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1850
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1850
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1798
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land |'''Land''']]
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1798
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1870
 
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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" | 1800
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1798
 
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== History  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/history.htm Wood County History]
 
[http://www.wchps.com/ Wood County Historical and Preservation Society]
 
 
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
 
'''1798'''--Wood County was created 21 December 1798 from [[Harrison County, West Virginia|Harrison]] County.<br>'''County seat:'''Parkersburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
  
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{WV Boundary Changes Intro|Wood}}
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*'''1798'''--Wood County was created 21 December 1798 from [[Harrison County, West Virginia Genealogy|Harrison]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Parkersburg<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.
  
[[Image:Wvwood.jpg|thumb|right|200px|<center>Wood County</center>]]  
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{WV Populated Places Intro|Wood}}For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://westvirginia.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,107,c,wood.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Wood County, West Virginia," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 29 August 2018.</ref>
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkersburg,_West_Virginia Parkersburg (county seat)]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna,_West_Virginia Vienna]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hills,_West_Virginia North Hills]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belleville,_West_Virginia Belleville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnivale,_West_Virginia Bonnivale]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Grove,_Wood_County,_West_Virginia Cedar Grove]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central,_West_Virginia Central]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli,_West_Virginia Eli]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallison,_West_Virginia Dallison]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davisville,_West_Virginia Davisville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deerwalk,_West_Virginia Deerwalk]
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* Fort Neal
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanawha,_West_Virginia Kanawha]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England,_West_Virginia New England]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogden,_West_Virginia Ogden]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pettyville,_West_Virginia Pettyville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockport,_Wood_County,_West_Virginia Rockport]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slate,_West_Virginia Slate]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano,_West_Virginia Volcano]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker,_West_Virginia Walker]
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* Wells Subdivision</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blennerhassett,_West_Virginia Blennerhassett]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boaz,_West_Virginia Boaz]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubeck,_West_Virginia Lubeck]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineralwells,_West_Virginia Mineralwells]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_West_Virginia Washington]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waverly,_West_Virginia Waverly]</div>
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==== Populated Places  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{WV Historical Timeline Intro|Wood}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/communities.htm Wood County, West Virginia Genealogy Communities]
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== Resources ==
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{{WV Resources Intro|Wood}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{WV Bible Intro|Wood}}
  
*[[Athens County, Ohio Genealogy|Athens County, Ohio]]
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/index.htm Wood County, West Virginia Bible Records]
*[[Jackson County, West Virginia|Jackson]]
 
*[[Meigs County, Ohio Genealogy|Meigs County, Ohio]]
 
*[[Pleasants County, West Virginia|Pleasants]]
 
*[[Ritchie County, West Virginia|Ritchie]]
 
*[[Washington County, Ohio Genealogy|Washington County, Ohio]]
 
*[[Wirt County, West Virginia|Wirt]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{WV Biographies Intro|Wood}}
  
==== Research Guides  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{WV Business Records Intro|Wood}}
  
*"A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wood County," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 24, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1976):297-300. {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx American Ancestors] ($).
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{WV Cemeteries Intro|Wood}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Wood County, West Virginia''' online and in print</center>
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3117&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|424963|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=3117 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.wvgenweb.org/wood/cemeteries/index.htm WVGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/wood/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/wood.htm WVTombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/wood.htm Interment]
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* [http://westvirginiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=54 WVGravestones]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Wood%20County%20West%20Virginia%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/cemeteries/index.htm WVGenWeb]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Wood+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Wood&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|424963|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Wood+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/wood/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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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/Wood-County?id=county_3117 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393695&reqParentsLabel=Wood%2C%20West%20Virginia%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/wood.htm WVTombstone Project]
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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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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/wood.htm Interment]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://westvirginiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=54 WVGravestones]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23101&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=98&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[West Virginia Cemeteries| West Virginia Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/funeral.htm Wood County, West Virginia Funeral Homes]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/obits.htm Wood County WV Genealogy Obituaries]
 
*[http://www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch/obits/wv/wv-wood2.htm Wood County, West Virginia Obituaries]
 
 
*[http://wvcpaweb.org/cemeteryregister/Wood/WoodCoCemetery.html West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association Wood County]
 
*[http://wvcpaweb.org/cemeteryregister/Wood/WoodCoCemetery.html West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association Wood County]
*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
 
  
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=== Census Records ===
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_County%2C_West_Virginia "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1800|1217
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|1810|3036
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|1820|5860
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|1830|6429
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|1840|7923
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|1850|9450
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|1860|11046
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|1870|19000
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|1880|25006
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|1890|28612
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|1900|34452
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|1910|38001
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|1920|42306
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|1930|56521
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|1940|62399
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|1950|66540
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|1960|78331
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|1970|86818
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|1980|93648
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|1990|86915
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|2000|87986
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|2010|86956
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{{WVcensus}}  
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{{WV Census Intro|Wood}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/census.htm Wood County, West Virginia Census]<br>
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=== Church Records ===
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{{WV Church Intro|Wood}}
  
==== Church  ====
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393695&reqParentsLabel=Wood%2C%20West%20Virginia%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/index.htm Wood County, West Virginia Bible Records]
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=== Court Records ===
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{{WV Court Intro|Wood}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{WV Directories Intro|Wood}}
  
==== Genealogy ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{WV Emigration Intro|Wood}}
  
*'''Agnew''' - Roberts, Gary Boyd. ''The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History.'' Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008. {{FHL|1462474|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D2rrd 2008}}; [http://www.genealogical.com/products/The%20Royal%20Descents%20of%20600%20Immigrants/4963.html online bookstore]; 2004 digital edition at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=49324 Ancestry] ($).
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
*'''Blennerhasset''' - Roberts, Gary Boyd. ''The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History.'' Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008. {{FHL|1462474|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D2rrd 2008}}; [http://www.genealogical.com/products/The%20Royal%20Descents%20of%20600%20Immigrants/4963.html online bookstore]; 2004 digital edition at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=49324 Ancestry] ($).
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{{WV Ethnic Groups Intro|Wood}}
*'''Cooke''' - Welles, Albert. ''American Family Antiquity.'' New York: Society Library, 1880. Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/americanfamilyan00well#page/n121/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free.
 
*'''Cunningham''' - Newman, Betty Cunningham. ''Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800''. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. {{FHL|985527|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C917n}}.<br>
 
*'''Kiger''' - Pappas, Carolyn H. "Christopher Beeler, 1705-1775," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 43, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1999):243-255; Vol. 44, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2000):18-30; Vol. 44, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2000):115-125. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg}}.
 
*'''Page''' - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. ''Page Family Records in Virginia Counties''. 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 1982-2006. {{FHL|308367|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 P141rdc v. 2}} Wood County appears in Vol. 2 Part 4
 
*'''Page''' - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. ''The Page Family in Virginia Personal Property Taxes (1782-1850)''. 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 2002. {{FHL|1060643|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 P141rd v. 1-2}} Wood County appears in Vol. 2
 
  
==== Land ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{WV Funeral Homes Intro|Wood}}
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/funeral.htm Wood County, West Virginia Funeral Homes]
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{WV Genealogies Intro|Wood}}
  
[http://www.wvculture.org/history/counties/wood.html West Virginia Archives History Wood County]
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*'''Agnew''' - Roberts, Gary Boyd. ''The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History.'' Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008. {{FHL|1462474|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D2rrd 2008}}; [http://www.genealogical.com/products/The%20Royal%20Descents%20of%20600%20Immigrants/4963.html online bookstore]; 2004 digital edition at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=49324 Ancestry] ($).
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*'''Blennerhasset''' - Roberts, Gary Boyd. ''The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History.'' Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008. {{FHL|1462474|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D2rrd 2008}}; [http://www.genealogical.com/products/The%20Royal%20Descents%20of%20600%20Immigrants/4963.html online bookstore]; 2004 digital edition at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=49324 Ancestry] ($).
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*'''Cooke''' - Welles, Albert. ''American Family Antiquity.'' New York: Society Library, 1880. Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/americanfamilyan00well#page/n121/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free.
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*'''Cunningham''' - Newman, Betty Cunningham. ''Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800''. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. {{FHL|985527|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C917n}}.
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*'''Kiger''' - Pappas, Carolyn H. "Christopher Beeler, 1705-1775," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 43, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1999):243-255; Vol. 44, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2000):18-30; Vol. 44, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2000):115-125. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg}}.
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*'''Page''' - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. ''Page Family Records in Virginia Counties''. 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 1982-2006. {{FHL|308367|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 P141rdc v. 2}} Wood County appears in Vol. 2 Part 4
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*'''Page''' - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. ''The Page Family in Virginia Personal Property Taxes (1782-1850)''. 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 2002. {{FHL|1060643|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 P141rd v. 1-2}} Wood County appears in Vol. 2
  
“Area Families Have Interest in Saga of John Jones  His Sister Polly”<br>by Helen E White of the Parkersburg (Wood County, WV) News Staff, December 1964
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{WV Guardianship Intro|Wood}}
  
The Thornes, the McCutcheons, Bumgarners, Cheuvronts, Roberts, McClungs, the Ashleys, Browns, and many other old families in Wood, Wirt and adjoining counties all have a common ancestor and interest in the little known saga of John Jones and his sister Polly.
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{WV Land Intro|Wood}}
  
The story begins on a June evening on Dunkard Creek in Monongalia County in the year 1777 when Polly was 13 and John 11.
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{WV Histories Intro|Wood}}
  
On this fresh, rain-washed evening there was excitement in the cabin of Jacob Jones as he, accompanied by his two children, John and Polly, were preparing to go and spend the night at the cabin of Jacob Farmer, about two miles up the creek.  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/history.htm Wood County History]
  
By staying the night with the Farmers, they would be up early the next morning to help their neighbor with his corn hoeing, which helpful customs being common among pioneer families.  
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*“Area Families Have Interest in Saga of John Jones  His Sister Polly” - [http://www.oocities.org/wvgenealogy/aqwg122.htm complete story]
  
At dusk, the trio started out, Jones carrying his flintlock, Polly skipping along in her nut-brown linsey-woolsey and John bringing up the rear clad in homespun jeans. The children carried three hoes against the morrow’s task.  
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{WV Maps Intro|Wood}}
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{{WV Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{WV Wood County}}}}
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393695&reqParentsLabel=Wood%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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*[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Wood+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8849b4c79a96219b:0x8b1b894f1027cb6f,Wood,+WV&gl=us&ei=4qaZT6irNMGM2gX0y438Bg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CEoQ8gEwAw Wood County, West Virginia Map]
  
About a mile up the creek, so the story has been handed down in the families, they were joined by Alexander Clegg, Nathan Worley and John Marsh who were also on their way to the Farmer’s cabin.
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=== Migration ===
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{{WV Migration Intro|Wood}}
  
Sometime in the small, silent hours between midnight and dawn, the whinnying of a horse awoke the sleeping occupants of the cabin who discovered they were surrounded by a large band of hostile Inidans. The loopholes of the cabin were quickly manned and the long wait began for morning and the inevitable attack. At the first light of dawn, the Indians opened fire on the isolated dwelling eventually killing Worley and Farmer and leaving the defense to Marsh, Jones, Clegg, Mrs. Farmer and the children.
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=== Military Records ===
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{{WV Military Intro|Wood}}
  
Against such odds, the outcome was certain. When the Indians finally streamed shrieking into the cabin, Jones and Marsh managed to make their escape. From their concealment they watched the victorious Indians with John and Polly Jones, and Susie Farmer as captives, start out on the long trek back to the Wyandotte settlement near what is now Sandusky, Ohio. Jones and Marsh set out to follow the savages and free the captive children, but about the second day, the Indians’ trail seemed made of air and the men were finally forced to abandon the pursuit and turn back.  
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{WV Revolutionary War Intro|Wood}}
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*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census''. 1841. Digital versions at [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840}}. See Virginia, Western District, Wood County on page 136.
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M24ur}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.
  
Polly, so the old story goes, was quick, unafraid and keen enough to obey the Indians orders while John, although he patterned his behavior much after his sisters, fretted constantly and spent much time in making plans to escape. But Susie Farmer, two years older than Polly, spent her entire time crying. So, when the Ohio River was reached, Susie was tomahawked and scalped before the eyes of the Jones children. A great celebration was held when the two young white children were led captive into the Indian village. They were made to run the gauntlet several times, and their courage must have impressed the braves, as the two children were adopted into Wyandotte families.  
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==== War of 1812 ====
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{{WV War of 1812 Intro|Wood}}
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*Wood County men served in the 113th Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 215. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
  
Five years later, John managed to escape and reach Detroit where he was adopted by a Dr. Harvey who educated him to be a physician. Six years after his escape, on his way to England to finish his education, he returned to his old home for a visit. Eventually Dr. John Jones married and settled west of Grafton. His daughter Mary, married Thomas Thorne from near Fairmont, and the young couple came to Palestine in Wirt County to establish their home.  
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==== Civil War ====
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{{WV Civil War Intro|Wood}}
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{{WV Civil War Regiments|Wood}}<br>
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:- [[14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company N (Night Hawk Rangers).<ref>Robert J. Driver, ''14th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). {{FHL|370000|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47}}.</ref>
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:- [[20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company G.<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>
  
Mary and Thomas Thorne were the parents of 12 children and their descendants are numerous in and around this area; one of whom, a great grandson, Benjamin Franklin Thorne, who died in 1930 was said to be the last Confederate soldier in Wood County.
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''Records and histories are available, including:''
  
Polly Jones adjusted to her life among the Indians and lived with them until her rescue in 1787. She was taken to Detroit and adopted by the family of General McCoombs, an English army officer. In 1790, she married Peter Melott, a Frenchman, and they made their home in Kingsville, Ontario.  
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*'''1861-1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932429|Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} - [[West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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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)
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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)
  
Polly made but one trip back to her childhood home in 1817. Appearing at the cabin of her parents one spring evening like a ghost from the past, she stayed several months and then returned to Kingsville.
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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]]
  
However, the combined descendants of John and Polly Jones hold a large annual family reunion for many years. When Tilden Thorne, the last “president” of the family passed away, the yearly reunions were discontinued, but there are still many of the older ones who remember hearing the story of brown-eyed Polly and her younger brother, John. <br>
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{WV Naturalization Intro|Wood}}
  
==== Maps ====
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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]]
 
 
*[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://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Wood+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8849b4c79a96219b:0x8b1b894f1027cb6f,Wood,+WV&gl=us&ei=4qaZT6irNMGM2gX0y438Bg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CEoQ8gEwAw Wood County, West Virginia Map]
 
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{WV Newspapers Intro|Wood}}
  
===== Revolutionary War  =====
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/obits.htm Wood County, WV Genealogy News Clippings]
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/newspapers.htm Wood County, West Virginia Newspapers]
  
*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841. Digital versions at [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840}}. [See Virginia, Western District, Wood County on page 136.]  
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=== Obituaries ===
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M24ur}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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{{WV Obituaries Intro|Wood}}
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/obits.htm Wood County WV Genealogy Obituaries]
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*[http://www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch/obits/wv/wv-wood2.htm Wood County, West Virginia Obituaries]
  
===== War of 1812  =====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{WV Other Records Intro|Wood}}
  
*Wood County men served in the 113th Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 215. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{WV Periodicals Intro|Wood}}
  
===== Civil War  =====
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=== Probate Records ===
{{VAciv}}
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{{WV Probate Intro|Wood}}
:- [[14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company N (Night Hawk Rangers).<ref>Robert J. Driver, ''14th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). {{FHL|370000|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47}}.</ref>
 
:- [[20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company G.<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>
 
  
''Records and histories are available, including:''  
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''Online Probate Indexes and Records''
  
*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932429|Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
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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 $
*'''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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*'''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]]
*'''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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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/wills.htm Wood County, West Virginia Wills]
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{WV Schools Intro|Wood}}
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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]].
  
*'''1814 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{WV Tax Intro|Wood}}
  
====  Newspapers ====
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[[Virginia Taxation|How can West Virginia tax lists help me?]]
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/newsclips.htm Wood County, WV&nbsp;Genealogy News Clippings]  
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*'''1802-1822''' - [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/taxlists.htm Wood County, West Virginia Tax Lists 1802-1822] - free.
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*'''1815''' - Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|item|disp=FHL Book 975 E4w v. 6}}. The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Wood County is included in Vol. 6.
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/newspapers.htm Wood County, West Virginia Newspapers]
 
  
==== Probate  ====
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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.
'''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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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.
*'''1756 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at [https:/familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — index and images
 
  
Wood County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030649%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1833 - 1969]  
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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 {{RecordSearch|1909099|Will Books}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{WV Vital Intro|Wood}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/wills.htm Wood County, West Virginia Wills]
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia Vital Records, 1865-1969 (varies)] - Includes birth, death, and marriage.
  
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{WV Birth Intro|Wood}}
  
[[Virginia Taxation|How can West Virginia tax lists help me?]]
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==== Marriage ====
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{{WV Marriage Intro|Wood}}
  
*Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|item|disp=FHL Book 975 E4w v. 6}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Wood County is included in Vol. 6.]  
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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]]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/taxlists.htm Wood County, West Virginia Tax List]
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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 $
  
===== Online West Virginia Tax site  =====
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==== Death ====
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{{WV Death Intro|Wood}}
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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]]
  
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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==== Divorce ====
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{{WV Divorce Intro|Wood}}
  
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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== Research Facilities ==
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{{WV Research Facilities Intro|Wood}}
  
The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
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=== Archives ===
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{{WV Archives Intro|Wood}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1804-1969 - free.
 
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[[Parkersburg West Virginia Family History Center]]
 
 
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]  
 
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwood/societies.htm Wood County West Virginia Genealogical and Historical Societies]
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=== Libraries ===
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{{WV Libraries Intro|Wood}}
  
[http://park.lib.wv.us/ Wood Wood County Public Library]  
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*[http://park.lib.wv.us/ Wood County Public Library]
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Museums ===
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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{{WV Museums Intro|Wood}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Societies ==
*[[Parkersburg West Virginia Family History Center]]
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{{WV Societies Intro|Wood}}
  
==== <br>  ====
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~wvwood/societies.htm Wood County West Virginia Genealogical and Historical Societies]
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*[http://www.wchps.com/ Wood County Historical and Preservation Society]
  
== Websites ==
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== Websites ==
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{{WV Websites Intro|Wood}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wood-county/ Wood County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wood-county/ Wood County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
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Revision as of 18:53, 14 April 2021

Guide to Wood 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: Parkersburg
Organized: December 21, 1798
Parent County(s): Harrison[1]
Neighboring Counties
Athens (OH)  • Jackson  • Meigs (OH)  • Pleasants  • Ritchie  • Washington (OH)  • Wirt
See County Maps
Courthouse
Wood County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG
Location Map
Wv-wood.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Wood. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wood County Courthouse
1 Court Square
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone: 304-424-1844
Wood County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1850; probate records and military records from 1900.
County Assessor has land records from 1798.
Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and county records.[3]

Wood 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
1850 1850 1850 1798 1798 1800 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]

  • 1798--Wood County was created 21 December 1798 from Harrison County.
  • County seat: Parkersburg[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]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


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 Wood 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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 1,217
1810 3,036 149.5%
1820 5,860 93.0%
1830 6,429 9.7%
1840 7,923 23.2%
1850 9,450 19.3%
1860 11,046 16.9%
1870 19,000 72.0%
1880 25,006 31.6%
1890 28,612 14.4%
1900 34,452 20.4%
1910 38,001 10.3%
1920 42,306 11.3%
1930 56,521 33.6%
1940 62,399 10.4%
1950 66,540 6.6%
1960 78,331 17.7%
1970 86,818 10.8%
1980 93,648 7.9%
1990 86,915 −7.2%
2000 87,986 1.2%
2010 86,956 −1.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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]

  • Agnew - Roberts, Gary Boyd. The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008. FHL Book 973 D2rrd 2008; online bookstore; 2004 digital edition at Ancestry ($).
  • Blennerhasset - Roberts, Gary Boyd. The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008. FHL Book 973 D2rrd 2008; online bookstore; 2004 digital edition at Ancestry ($).
  • Cooke - Welles, Albert. American Family Antiquity. New York: Society Library, 1880. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • Cunningham - Newman, Betty Cunningham. Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. FHL Book 929.273 C917n.
  • Kiger - Pappas, Carolyn H. "Christopher Beeler, 1705-1775," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 43, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1999):243-255; Vol. 44, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2000):18-30; Vol. 44, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2000):115-125. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg.
  • Page - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. Page Family Records in Virginia Counties. 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 1982-2006. FHL Book 929.273 P141rdc v. 2 Wood County appears in Vol. 2 Part 4
  • Page - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. The Page Family in Virginia Personal Property Taxes (1782-1850). 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 P141rd v. 1-2 Wood County appears in Vol. 2

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 Wood 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.

  • “Area Families Have Interest in Saga of John Jones His Sister Polly” - complete story

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Pleasants CountyRitchie CountyWirt CountyJackson CountyAthens CountyMeigs CountyWashington CountyWV WOOD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Western District, Wood County on page 136.
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

  • Wood County men served in the 113th Regiment.[7]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Wood 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 Wood County:

- 14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company N (Night Hawk Rangers).[8]
- 20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company G.[9]

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 Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

How can West Virginia tax lists help me?


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 Wood County. For state-wide archival repositories, see West Virginia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Affiliate Libraries


Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wood County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1976):297-300. FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

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, "Wood County, West Virginia" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_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), Wood 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, "Wood County, West Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_County,_West_Virginia, accessed 29 August 2018.
  7. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 215. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  8. Robert J. Driver, 14th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47.
  9. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.