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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 bi-annual newsletter, "Taylor County in Profile"
  • Free genealogical and/or historical queries in newsletter
  • Publication of genealogical and/or historical articles in newsletter

The TCH&GS Inc., purchased the M&M Bank building at 105 West Main Street and the attached adjacent Joliffe building at 107 West Main Street in Grafton’s downtown historic district. The Society is continuing restoration work on both structures which are large 3-story red brick structures. The Society’s goal is to open a Taylor County Museum in these two historic buildings. The Merchants and Mechanics Bank building was built in 1894 and operated as a bank until the Depression of the 1930s. After that it house the Loar’s Jewelry Store for many years. The street level floor features an ornate plaster ceiling and two walk-in bank vaults. The Joliffe building street level has a beautiful tin ceiling and the back section is open to the second floor. Cash donations toward the restoration efforts can be mailed to the Society at 107 West Main Street, Grafton, WV 26354.  We also welcome skilled volunteers with construction, electrical, plumbing and related skills to volunteer and assist in preserving these historic buildings.

MEETINGS:  Meetings are held twice a year on the 3rd Saturday of April and the 3rd Saturday of September or October.

MEMBERSHIP:  There is an annual membership fee of $15, 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
107 West Main Street
Grafton, WV 26354-1314
Taylor County Marriage Book "0" 1853-1878 $35.00 +s/h
The History of Taylor County by Charles Brinkman
3 volume set (Vol.1 - $30.00; Vol. 2 - $40.00; Vol. 3 - $40.00). Originally published in The Grafton Sentinel beginning in April 1939.
$100.00 +s/h
Taylor County Land Book, 1844-1847
A reproduction of official County Clerk's Office record
$30.00 +s/h
A History of Taylor County Wars 
Previously unpublished manuscript by Charles Brinkman
$35.00 +s/h
Taylor County Historical Anecdotes $22.95 +s/h
Images of America photo book $21.00 +s/h
+s/h = for all orders please add $2.95 per book
for shipping and handling

PAYMENT:  Send payment for membership dues and publications to:

Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society
107 West Main Street
Grafton, WV   26354

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