Welcome to Raleigh County, WV

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Raleigh County Data

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Raleigh County History

Raleigh County was formed on January 23, 1850 from portions of Fayette County.
Alfred Beckley (1802-1888) said he gave Raleigh County its name in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), the “enterprising and far-seeing patron of the earliest attempts to colonize our old Mother State of Virginia”
The County seat is Beckley.

Incorporated Cities & Towns

* City of Beckley
* Lester * Mabscott * Rhodell * Sophia

Unincorporated Communities

* Abney * Affinity * Ameagle * Battleship * Beaver * Besoco * Big Stick
* Blue Jay * Blue Jay * Bowyer * Bradley * Coal City * Cool Ridge
* Crab Orchard * Daniels * East Gulf * Eccles * Egeria * Fireco
* Flat Top * Ghent * Helen * Hollywood * Hot Coal * Jonben * Killarney
* Lego * Lillybrook * MacArthur * McVey * New * Odd
* Pemberton * Pickshin * Pinepoca * Piney View * Price Hill * Prosperity
* Ralco * Shady Spring * Shiloh * Slab Fork * Stanaford * Stotesbury
* Sullivan * Sylvia * Tams * Ury * Whitby * White Oak
* West Whitby * Willibet * Woodpeck



Raleigh County Data Online

             Births            Marriages            Deaths            Cemeteries           

              Census Data            Military Records             Obituaries            Biographies            

    History           Newspapers              Wills             1940 Census



Raleigh County Web Site - Updates




- Year to Come --                                                      
February 2017   Death Records for Family Surnames Starting with the Letter C - Pages 11-19
Year in Review  
                 Year 2016
    Death Records for Family Surnames starting with the Letter B - Completed
    Death Records for Family Surnames Starting with the Letter C - Pages 1-10
Year In Review                      Year 2015
    Death Records for Family surnames starting with the Letter B - 5 Pages
Year In Review                       Year 2014
    Death Records for Family surnames starting with the Letter B - 10 pages
Year In Review                         Year 2013
    Death Records for Family surnames starting with the Letter A,E, I, J, K, N, O, Q, U, V, X, & Z Completed
    Death Records for Family surnames starting with the Letter B - Started
    Early settlers to Raleigh County from  1810 - 1860  170+ Names and Families
    Restructured Death Records by Years
    Added 2 Misc News Articles and 1 Obit from Dena Whitesell ---  Thanks Dena!!
Year In Review                         Year 2012
    Start Raleigh County with New Formatting Started - Site updated
    1940 US Census Enumeration Districts for Raleigh County, West Virginia
    Death Records from 1853 - 1968 by Years Added in 6+ Months
    Added Items from Transcription Team !!!


Surrounding Counties

Kanawha    Fayette    Summers    Mercer    Wyoming   Boone 

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