to Wayne County, West Virginia

Welcome to the Wayne County, West Virginia, site for the WVGenWeb Project, part of the USGenWeb Project,
a massive undertaking to provide free resources for genealogists. All of the USGenWeb pages are maintained by volunteers.

Wayne County was created in 1842 from Cabell County when West Virginia was actually Virginia. Because of the threat of Indian attack,
there were no settlers in Wayne County until after 1794 when General "Mad" Anthony Wayne defeated the the Native Americans at the
Battle of Fallen Timbers in northwestern Ohio, making the area safe. To honor General Wayne, the county was named for him.
Most of the original pioneer settlers of the area were nearly self-sufficient farmers,
raising their own food and sheep for wool clothing, and building their homes, stores, furnishings and tools from the wood harvested in the surrounding forest.
There were a few trading posts and general stores providing manufactured goods. Later, grist mills at Wayne,
Dickson, and Lavalette ground corn into meal and wheat into flour.

During the Civil War, the majority of the county inhabitants were loyal to the Confederacy, since they had come from present-day Virginia.
They were Virginians and their loyalty was to that state. Many went south to enlist and some units were formed locally. A Confederate
cavalry regiment was organized in Wayne by Milton J. Ferguson, who had been the county's Prosecuting Attorney when the War broke out.
However, a number of residents remained loyal to the North — Camp Pierpont was a Union garrison at Ceredo. In addition to Ceredo, many
families in the Crum area, Cove Gap and elsewhere in the county supported the Union cause. At least two battles were fought in Wayne County —
a battle on Bloss Hill at Lavalette and on Lick Creek, above East Lynn. After June 20, 1863, Wayne County was part of the new state of West Virginia.

Wayne County West Virginia Queries

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    January-June 1997 queries
    July-December 1997 queries
    January-June 1998 queries
    July-December 1998 queries


Wayne County Resources

    Cemeteries — a work in progress!
    Census (Selected records transcribed)
    Civil War Website
    Communities, past and present
    Deeds (Selected records transcribed)
    Family Bibles (Selected records transcribed)
    Legal Stuff
    Letters (Selected records transcribed)
    Lookup Volunteers
    Marriage Records (Selected records transcribed)
    Military Records (Selected records transcribed)
    Miscellaneous Transcribed Documents
    Newspaper Articles (Selected records transcribed)
    Photos and Other Scanned Documents
    Regional Books Available
    Search — COMING SOON
    Surnames & Family Websites
    Vital Records (Selected records transcribed)
    Vital Records Information, West Virginia Counties
        Birth and Death records since 1917; Marriage records since 1921; and Divorce Records since 1968.
Send to individual counties for records earlier than those years maintained by the state offices.

    Vital Records (County Clerk)
        Wayne County
        County Clerk Office
        700 Hendricks St.
        Wayne, West Virginia 25570
        Phone: (304)272-6365 or 272-6369

    Vital Records Research Records Project
        The Vital Research Records Project of the West Virginia State Archives is placing Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates on-line.
Users can search the records and view scanned images of the original records. Not all of Wayne County
records are scanned, but do check back with theis site frequently since this is an ongoing project.

    Wills (Selected records transcribed)

Repositories, Libraries, and Societies

    Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society
        Wayne County Genealogical And Historical Society
        P.O. Box 787
        Wayne, West Virginia 25570-0787
            This website hosts a number of webpages, including obituaries beginning in 1997, phone numbers
for county offices, local books available, an index of cemeteries, society history and more.

    Wayne County Libraries
        Ceredo-Kenova Memorial Public Library
        1200 Oak Street
        Kenova, West Virginia 25530
        Phone: 304-453-2462
            This is the main library of the Wayne County Public Library and services southwest West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
The library and its branches (listed here) are part of the Western Counties Regional Library System & patrons can
benefit from the collections of all libraries in Wayne, Cabell, Putnam, Mingo and Lincoln counties.

        Wayne County Public Library branch
        325 Keyser Street
        Wayne, West Virginia 25570
        Phone: 304-272-3756

        Fort Gay Public Library
        8608 Rear Broadway
        Fort Gay, West Virginia 25514
        Phone: 304-648-5338

    West Virginia State Archives
        1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
        Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0300
        Phone: (304) 558-0230
             This site lists the county records available on microfilm at the Archives.
            Many other records are available at the State Archives, though few are online. In addition to the ongoing Research Records Project,
which lists some birth, death, and marriage records, and the county records available of microfilm, other collections include newspapers
on microfilm (Ceredo Advance for these dates: March 31, 1887-September 30, 1891; November 1, 1893-December 28, 1921;
January 1, 1936-August 11, 1939; the Kenova Reporter for these dates: June 9 1916-December 25, 1919; January 3, 1936-December 25, 1936;
and the Wayne County News for these dates: January 1911-December 1983; January 1986-December 1989),
naturalization records, special collections, and more.

    Cabell County Public Library
        455 9th Street Plaza
        Huntington, West Virginia 25701
        Phone: (304) 528-5700
            The Local History & Genealogy Room is located on the second floor of the Cabell County Public Library. The Reference Department
staff is available to answer questions, locate materials and assist with equipment. Cabell and Wayne
counties border each other and many families have ancestors in both counties.

Wayne's Neighboring Counties

    Boyd County, Kentucky (Northwest)
    Cabell County, West Virginia (Northeast)
    Lawrence County, Kentucky (Southwest)
    Lawrence County, Ohio (North)
    Lincoln County, West Virginia (East)
    Martin County, Kentucky (South)
    Mingo County, West Virginia (Southeast)

West Virginia Links

    Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau — Find places to stay, go, visit and eat in Hungtinton.
Most are in Cabell County, which borders Wayne County. In fact, both counties share the city of Huntington.
    Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce — Serving Wayne and Cabell counties.
     State of West Virginia —The official state page.
     West Virginia Chronology — Visit a page maintained by Jeff Miller and browse around his other interesting pages,
including "Some Interesting" Facts about West Virginia, including historical events.
    West Virginia Facts —More facts and links about West Virginia.
    West Virginia tourism — Places and things to see and do throughout the state.

Genealogy Links — In addition to some free databases, this website has an extensive library of how-to's, free forms, and more.
    Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet — Cyndi's has more than 250,000 links.
    Everton's Publishers — free downloads of charts and forms.
    Family Search — LDS Family History Center.
    GenForum, Message Boards, part of
    Migrations, working together with members of The Veteran Ancestor Registry, USGenWeb.
    My Trees — a Kindred Konnections website — some free searches.
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Last Updated 30 March 2023