Ohio County (West Virginia) Index, Volume 15 [3 volumes]


Card Index to all Ohio County Courts' Case Files & Loose Papers Part 8A: 1873-1931, Etc., and the 1901 Wheeling Blue Book

Volume 15 completes the series by continuing to publish an exciting group of Ohio County, Virginia/West Virginia, Records—the “Card Index to Ohio Co. Courts’ original case files & loose papers” housed at the West Virginia & Regional History Collection at WVU. During the 1930s another massive project was undertaken to collect and [partially] index all the surviving Ohio County, Virginia/West Virginia, court case files & loose papers [about 500,000 items] from every court: County, Circuit, Superior, Circuit Superior, etc. from 1776–1930! An index card was made for each document showing the plaintiff & defendant (or personal entry), the offense (or subject), the envelope number [at WVU] containing the original papers and a brief description of what documents are included in the envelope. These cards have been entered into a database and are being published for the first time ever in this series! Volume 15 covers the period 1873–1931 plus random entries where the year is unknown. Also included is a copy of the 1901 Wheeling Blue Book [social register] which includes many maiden names of the wives and some great lists of clubs and societies. What’s in these records? Just about anything—whatever survived! By covering all the courts, we find an index to criminal cases; Chancery court cases & files dealing with disputes over estates; more names involved in ‘Road Orders,’ Grand Juries, Witnesses, wolf scalp payments, militia officers and war service; a few land Grants and Naturalizations, etc. What document did your ancestor leave behind? Volume 15 has a unique ‘Personal Time Line’ Index whereby every name, place or stream is sorted by year—with reference to the original card information. There are over 34,000 names in the index!

Kenneth F. Craft, Jr.

2012, 8½x11, paper, index, 3 vols., 908 pp.

ISBN: 9780788454325