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Ritchie County, WVGenWeb is currently up for adoption. If you have genealogy research ties or a knowledge of the county and are interested in becoming the County Coordinator, CLICK HERE to see the "Guidelines for Volunteers and Coordinators of the WVGenWeb Project".

(Contact the temporary County Coordinator, until we find a volunteer).

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Last updated on --  February 10, 2023

Railroad Depot in Ritchie County

View of Pennsboro B & O Railroad Depot 1895.
Note the gable roof and smaller size of depot.
Photo courtesy of Ritchie County Historical Society

Greetings!   Thanks for stopping by to check out the Ritchie County, WVGenWeb Page.

As we research, and find new sources of information, we plan to update accordingly. Please stop by often and feel free to send your comments and suggestions. Should you have anything that you would like to contribute, it would be greatly appreciated. These things are what will make the WVGenWeb Project and this page a success.

Ritchie County Message Board

Ritchie County History on WIKIPEDIA


Ritchie County Vital Statistics


The Ritchie County Photo Album
Thanks to Paula Turner for providing the pictures to start this page.
If you have pictures of family or places in Ritchie County that you would
like to share with us. When submitting pictures please send them in JPG
format and please identify as many people as you can in the picture. 
Contact Me
Visit Ritchie County: Lost in Time
 a page where people can submit stories and accounts pertaining to historical
places, i.e.; ghost towns or places that have been lost in the passage of time. 

History of Ritchie County by Minnie Kendall Lowther
All 55  chapters are now online.  There is some dress up work to be done yet.

The Good-Will Community
The History of Holbrook W.Va. 1814-1945

Ritchie County Cemeteries
Ritchie County Cemetery Index

Ritchie County Civil War
To the men of Ritchie County who served in this great struggle.

Can you name anyone in this picture ?
Old Soldiers Reunion at Grandpa Cowans House
Oil Ridge, Ritchie Co. WV 1912 - 1913
(front from left) #3-Morgan B. Watson, #4 - Marmaduke Cowan
(middle from left)  #4 - Harrison Wass, #8 - Cyrus Washburn
(porch from left)  #6 - John Debrular 
Photo Courtesy of Earl Cowan
Unit Rosters
6th Regiment WV Infantry Volunteers
Company D
Company E
6th Regiment WV Calvary Volunteers
August 1864
Company K
10th Regiment WV Infantry Volunteers
December 1864
Company K
14th Regiment WV Infantry Volunteers
Company D
History and Muster Roll
G.A.R. Joe Hooker -Post 45
Auburn, W.V.


Census, Biographies, Bible, Birth, Deaths, Marriage, Church, Wills, Land, Cemetery, History, Military Records can be downloaded. 

If you have any information such as census, birth, marriage, death, wills, cemetery, records on any surnames that you are researching, you can submit it to the Ritchie County archives and the files will be searchable on a national level by the USGenWeb search engine.

NOTE: Please read the guidelines for submitting information to the Ritchie County Archives before submitting any files to be added to the Archives.

Ritchie County, WV Census

Census Transcriptions

Browse the 1940 Census (Ritchie County Districts) on the FamilySearch website



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