Raleigh County Clerk's Office:
215 Main St.
Beckley, WV 25801
To request vital records or wills send $2.00 per certified copy. For uncertified copies the charge is $1.50 for first two pages and $1.00 per additional page. This fee was current as of 5 Feb. 1999.
When requesting a record
it is especially helpful if you have the Volume and Page Number.
The miniumum amount of information you must give for the clerks to look
is the name of the person and the year of the event. Try to give
as much information as you have - the clerks will not conduct a general
search to find your ancestor. It would also be helpful if you include
return self-addressed stamped envelope with your request.
Raleigh Co. Public Library:
221 N. Kanawha St.
Beckley, WV 25801
The Raleigh Co. Library has an excellent collection of books for Raleigh and surrounding counties. There is not a staff specifically for genealogy, however. The Reference Department can help you with general questions though. There are also records on microfilm and microfiche. Most notable includes the Smith-Riffe Collection. There is a reader in the Genealogy room and also behind the Reference desk. Copies for microfilm and microfiche are .10 per copy. Copies from books from the regular copy machine are .20 per copy. There are currently three computer terminals with Internet access.
Monday - Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
*Library is closed on Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Beckley Register-Herald Newspaper Archives:
ATT: Libby Walker - Archives
801 N. Kanawha Street
P. O. Drawer P or R
Beckley, WV 25802
Genealogy Society Of Fayette & Raleigh Counties:
Membership to the Society is $8.00 per year for an individual membership.
The Society publishes
a quarterly newsletter, "News Notes" which is
included in your membership.
To Apply For Membership:
Genealogy Society of Fayette & Raleigh Counties
PO Box 68
Oak Hill, WV 25901-0068
West Virginia State Archives:
Archives and History Library
The Cultural Center: 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, E.
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
West Virginia State Auditor's Office (Land Grants and Deeds):
State of West Virginia
Office of the State Auditor
County Collections Division
Building 1, Room W-212
Charleston, WV 25305