Lincoln Co. WVGenWeb

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to Lincoln County, West Virginia


Welcome to the Lincoln 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 GenWeb pages are maintained by volunteers.

       Lincoln County was first formed in 1867 from Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, and Cabell counties. Lincoln was required to return land to Putnam County, but added parts of Wayne and Logan counties. Lincoln was 53rd of our 55 West Virginia counties and was named for Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, who had been assassinated two years earlier, in April 1865. Read more about the origin of Lincoln County.

        My name is Marilyn Gouge and I am the volunteer coordinator for this county site. It is "always under construction" and if you have any suggestions for improving this site, please feel free to contact me. I'm *not* an expert on Lincoln County and cannot respond personally to queries (I will include information as soon as I learn it and I cannot, at this time, tell you anything more than what is on these pages), but there are other resources that can provide additional information (scroll down the page for options), including the Rootsweb Lincoln County WV mailing list and message boards, the historical society, libraries, and other links. If you have a family webpage that you want included here or if you want to list the surnames you are researching, e-mail me with that information and I will include it as I update. In addition, if you have any books or other resources that include Lincoln County and you would be willing to do lookups, please let me know. One more thing — since I am the coordinator of other West Virginia GenWeb county pages, please make sure you leave the name of the county on the subject line so I know your information is about Lincoln County.

This site is getting a facelift!
There are many outdated links and there is new information available. So please bear with us as we perform badly needed updates.
Thank you.

Rootsweb Mailing Lists and Message Boards

  • The Lincoln County WV Mailing List, hosted by RootsWeb, is for anyone with a genealogical interest in Lincoln County. To subscribe, send a plain-text email to: [email protected] with only the word subscribe in the body of the email. If you would prefer the digest mode (where messages are grouped together and sent out once or twice a day), send your email to [email protected] with only the word subscribe in the body. To post to either list, send a query to: [email protected]. Browse or search the archives of the mailing lists.

  • Read queries from others or post a message on the Lincoln County WV Message Board Message Board. This board will allow you to post queries and search for obituaries, bible entries, wills, and other information regarding Lincoln County folks and connect with others researching in the same area. Messages on the current board are those posted since mid-1998 and are fully searchable. Older queries are separate from the board and can be browsed through the following links. To respond to an individual query on the older boards, contact the poster of the message. WVGenWeb is not responsible for e-mail addresses that have been inactivated by the owners.

    1996 queries
    1997 queries
    1998 queries


  • Biographies and information about a number of Lincoln County's citizens
  • Births — Various births of former Lincoln County residents.
  • Cemeteries — Names of cemeteries in Lincoln County and some transcripts of cemetry headstones — Under Construction
  • Census — 1870, 1880 and 1900 Census, by index and enumeration districts.
  • Communities Past and Present — Lincoln County towns and cities — Under Construction
  • Deaths — Various deaths of former Lincoln County residents.
  • Documents — Deeds, Land Grants, Military Pensions, Wills and other files submitted by descendants of Lincoln County residents. — Online, but still under construction
  • Family Pages — Web pages of others researching ancestors in Lincoln County.
  • Lookup Volunteers — Volunteers willing to do lookups in resources they own, Lincoln County, West Virginia — currently offline since so many mailing addresses were invalid. If you have resources on Lincoln County or if you live in the area and would be willing to visit the local courthouse, library, or other locations to assist out-of-area researchers on a Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), please contact me with that information.
  • Miscellaneous — First Presbyterian and Methodist Episcopal Church information from Hardesty's, the First Circuit Court, and some early history of Lincoln County.
  • Newspaper Extracts — Some newspaper extracts from 1917 and 1918.
  • Obituaries — Miscellaneous obituaries of former Lincoln County residents.
  • Surnames — Find others researching the same surnames in Lincoln County.
  • Schools/Education — A little bit of history on education and a list of Honor Roll Students in 1911-12, Lincoln County.
  • Vital Records Information, West Virginia Counties — Find vital records in Lincoln County.
            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 [Birth & Death Records from 1909 -Present]
            Birth & Death records are located in the Office of the County Clerk (see information below).
            Birth & Death Records from 1917-Present are available from West Virginia Department of Health

  • Online Vital Records [Birth, Death, Marriage] — West Virginia Division of Culture and History is placing birth, death, and marriage records online. Check back frequently as this is an ongoing project.
  • Lincoln County Courthouse
    PO Box 497, Hamlin, WV 25523
    304-824-3336 ext. 233, Fax: 304-824-2012.
            Has Land Records from 1909, Marriage Records from 1909 and Probate Records from 1909.
    See some photos about the county courthouse.

  • Clerk of the Lincoln County Circuit Court
    P.O. Box 338, Hamlin, WV 25523
    304-824-7887, Fax: 304-824-2012.
            Has Court Records from 1909

    Repositories, Libraries, and Societies

  • The Lincoln County Genealogical Society is an organization founded for the purpose of gathering and preserving the history of Lincoln County and the family records of its people. The society is registered in the state of West Virginia as a nonprofit organization.

    Lincoln County People:

  • Researchers (surnames) and family pages

  • A Lincoln County Family Reunion — While this reunion was in 2004, the page has a lot of good information about the people of Lincoln County.

  • Adkins/Hager/Walls/Yeager Family Stories and Pictures

  • Harts Creek Families

    Special Lincoln County Projects:

  • Harts High Project 2000

  • Harts High Project 2000-2001

    Other Lincoln County links

  • Lincoln County Veterans who died in war

  • The 7th West Virginia Infantry Homepage

  • The Lincoln Journal, the local newspaper.

    Neighboring Counties:

  • Boone County, West Virginia

  • Cabell County, West Virginia

  • Kanawha County, West Virginia

  • Logan County, West Virginia

  • Mingo County, West Virginia

  • Putnam County, West Virginia

  • Wayne County, West Virginia

    West Virginia Links

    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 Scenic Trails Get outside and enjoy the beauty.

    West Virginia Tourism Places and things to see and do throughout the state.

    West Virginia Travel Gateway to the Eastern Panhandle.

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    This page last updated: 31 March 2012
    Copyright 2004-2012 Marilyn Gouge