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genealogy resources in Upshur County – My Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON – Whether they now live near or far, many people call Buckhannon or Upshur County home.

Given the fast-paced and ever-changing world we now live in, some of us have a renewed interest in looking back in time to learn more about the good old days. However, what many people don’t know is that some visitors to Upshur County are looking for knowledge that will deepen their connection to their family line, also known as genealogy.

Would you like to learn more about your family genealogy and your ancestors’ connection to the hills of Upshur County? Check out this list of resources to start your research journey.

Upshur County Historical Society Records Depot at 29 West Main Street in Buckhannon / Photo by Beckie Boyd

Upshur County Historical Society Records Repository

The Upshur County Historical Society is home to everything related to Upshur County. With countless pieces of history at your fingertips, step back in time to discover what makes Upshur County so special and home to so many people. UCHS volunteers look forward to helping you on your family genealogy journey.

Resources available in the repository include, but are not limited to:

  • Death certificates
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Census records
  • Local/surrounding county genealogy information
  • Local publications
  • Legal records
  • Artifacts/memorabilia including glassware, clothing, books, decoration, newspaper clippings, etc.

Make an appointment to visit the Upshur County Historical Society Records Repository by emailing [email protected] Visit the repository at 29 West Main Street across from the Upshur County Courthouse in Buckhannon. Visit the UCHS Summer Exhibit titled “From the Ice Age to the Modern Age: A Chronological Timeline of Upshur County History” at the History Center Museum at 81 West Main Street in Buckhannon on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Upshur County Public Library located at 1150 Route 20 South Road in Buckhannon / Photo by Beckie Boyd

Upshur County Public Library

The Upshur County Public Library houses a historic collection of local newspapers. These newspaper publications are available in microfilm and print form, along with a collection of local history and family genealogy books.

The library also provides resources for patrons to conduct obituary research, but an exact date of death is required to conduct the research. Additionally, a $10 money order donation payable to the Upshur County Public Library is required to complete each obituary search. Sponsors: please note that the donation is non-refundable.

The following publications are available for research at UCPL:

  • The Record Delta from 1985 to the present day is available in paper version. The 1984 issues of Record Delta are available on microfilm.
  • The Republican Delta is available on microfilm from September 8, 1961 to March 12, 1977.
  • The Buckhannon Record is available on microfilm from September 1, 1939 to December 31, 1968.

Plan a visit to the Upshur County Public Library at 1150 Route 20 South Road in Buckhannon. Questions about the resources available to you at UCPL? Call the front desk at 304-473-4219. Follow UCPL on Facebook for more information on family events, the summer reading program and much more!

Buckhannon Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center at 179 S. Kanawha Street in Buckhannon / Photo by Beckie Boyd

Buckhannon Parish Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Buckhannon Parish of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers a variety of family genealogy resources to the public within its Family History Department. Customers have free access to Ancestory.com, military records, and similar materials. A limited library of various books providing information on important West Virginia figures, cemetery records, and personal family histories is also available. Clients are encouraged to bring their own computers or tablets to save their search results while the Center waits for new computers.

Schedule a visit to the Family History Center at 179 S. Kanawha Street in Buckhannon every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. However, other times can be arranged by appointment by contacting Ilene Bennett, the Center’s family history consultant, at 304-613-0649.

Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library located at 45 Abbotts Run Road in Horner, WV / Photo submitted by HCPD

Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library

The Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library is located in a former elementary school in Horner, West Virginia. This library is operated by Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants, Inc., a non-profit organization founded by descendants of Hacker’s Creek settlers. This organization houses historical information and artifacts while serving Lewis County and beyond.

Artifact categories available at HCPD include, but are not limited to:

  • Antiques
  • Masterpieces
  • Price
  • Clothes
  • Collectibles
  • Portraits

Opportunities to study family genealogy are available to clients through biographies, cemetery records, life summaries, surname searches, and other research methods. With over 9,000 items in their collection, HCPD is home to vast amounts of local knowledge and history.

Customers can visit HCPD Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 45 Abbotts Run Road in Horner, West Virginia. However, other times can be arranged by appointment by phone at 304-269-7091. Follow Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants on Facebook to learn more about this organization and its offerings for customers of all ages. See the HCPD online museum on their website.

Begin your journey back in time to rediscover your family’s roots and history today with the help of these entities. Learn more about the history of Upshur County at the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 14 East Main Street in Buckhannon. Follow the Upshur County Visitor Center on Facebook for regular updates on events, newsletters, local businesses and more.