Welcome to Hampshire County!

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IMPORTANT:

West Virginia's birth, death, and marriage records go back ONLY to 1853 at the county level. At the State level, they begin ca 1918 because a fire in 1918 destroyed the building in which they were housed. Counties were asked to hold their submissions until a new home was found; some counties later remembered to send in the 1918-20 records, others did not. Your best source for births, marriages and deaths prior to 1918 is the COUNTY.

HOWEVER!

Hampshire county's records from the pre 1866 period are unusable. In each book, approximately one quarter (1/4, 0.25) of each page is MISSING; in many instances what is missing is the NAME of the person who is the subject of the record. Additionally, much of the remaining page is often faded, or stained, and is illegible. While it is technically correct to say these records exist, they are unusable from microfilm and restricted in person at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

To view a fairly typical page, (140K .jpg), you may click here

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You are invited to visit the primer on Saturation Research for ways and means of finding people in that time period.

Message Boards

A complete overhaul of the query base was done 21 June 2001. Please follow the instructions on the new page. Post a Query, Will, Obit, Deed, Bio, marriage, pension, et alii. Please see the USER RULES on the page.
PLEASE NOTE that all these resources are open to all researchers. While there are some special links on the Black genealogy page, people searching for blacks in the county are encouraged to ALSO post here.

Other Pages here you might want to check out

NEW!

A photo of some Confederate Veterans, ca 1920, submitted by a county researcher.

NEW!

Some sample documents from the 1780s concerning Prunty, Ruddell, and Viney. Submitted by a county researcher.

Family sketches from the 1897 Maxwell & Swisher

Census



There are some text files for Old Hampshire County available for viewing on the WVGenWeb Archives page. If you have a file you'd like to contribute to this, directions are on the page, and I would appreciate a quick e-mail.


Rootsweb also maintains a Resource Center for Hampshire County.


There is a mailing- list for questions and discussions as well.


Also, a query board for asking questions.


The Legal Chorale

The Disclaimers



© 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Cheryl Singhal; All Rights Reserved

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This FREE page is part of the WVGenWeb under the USGenWeb Project. For other West Virginia Counties, check out the West Virginia Master Index .

The County Coordinator may be reached at: csinghal@capaccess.org using the SUBJ: WVHampshire. Some e-mail programs mishandle the hard-coded subject line and it never arrives in my mailbox.

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If you e-mail the CC Please put Hampshire County in the subject line! If you do not, your message could easily be mistaken as spam or a virus.


Content © 1996-2006 by Cheryl Singhal; all rights reserved.