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Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society


Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society
The Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society strives to support historical and genealogical issues, projects, and events throughout Taylor County.

The Society maintains a historical and genealogical collection housed at the Taylor County Public Library located on the corner of Beech and Walnut Streets in Grafton. The collection includes over 1,200 volumes, several rolls of microfilm, and three file drawers of pedigree charts and family group sheets of members.  The collection, combined with that of the Library's, provides Taylor County with one of the best local genealogical and historical collections in the area. You are welcome to submit copies of your pedigree chart and family group sheets for inclusion in the files. If you would like people to contact you with questions or to share information, please put your name and address, phone number or email address on your charts.

Following are a few of the highlights of the collection:

  • Bluemont Cemetery records and readings
  • Taylor County Court birth, death and marriage records, 1854 to 1980 on microfilm
  • Census records and indexes for Taylor County, West Virginia/Virginia, and some surrounding counties and states
  • Local city, county and state histories
Benefits of membership include:
  • Receipt of the Society's quarterly newsletter, "Taylor County in Profile"
  • Free genealogical and/or historical queries in newsletter
  • Publication of genealogical and/or historical articles in newsletter
  • $1.00 off tour admission at the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum with presentation of the Society's membership card.
Some of the exciting historical projects various Society members are working on, include:
  • Acquisition of the B&O Station and Willard Hotel for restoration
  • The Grafton City Council officially declaring Grafton to be the site of the West Virginia Railroad Museum
  • Continued restoration of the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum
  • The State of West Virginia has leased the Evans home on Route 50 near the intersection of Route 250 to the Tygart Valley Economic Development Agency for restoration as a Taylor County Historical Museum.
MEETINGS:  Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Taylor County Public Library.

MEMBERSHIP:  There is an annual membership fee of $12, due January 1 of each year.

QUERIES:  Queries ($5.00 for non-members) and proposed articles may be submitted to:

Newsletter Editor
Taylor County Historical Society
P. O. Box 522
Grafton, WV 26354
 Publication Cost
Taylor County Marriage Book "0" 1853-1878 $18.00 
+ $3.00 p/h 
The History of Taylor County by Charles Brinkman
3 volume set (Vol.1-$17; Vol. 2-$27; Vol. 3-$27)
Originally published in The Grafton Sentinel beginning in April 1939
Taylor County Land Book, 1844-1847
A reproduction of official County Clerk's Office record
A History of Taylor County Wars 
Previously unpublished manuscript by Charles Brinkman
Send payment for membership dues and publications to:
Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 522
Grafton, WV   26354
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