Jackson County Historical Society

Document Donation Day-February 25th

The Jackson County Public Library http://jackson.park.lib.wv.us in Ripley will be hosting a Document Donation Day on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Anyone having old yearboks, maps, photographs or documents pertaining to the history of Jackson County are encouraged to bring the items to donate to the library.  If not willing to part with them, the documents can be scanned or copied for safe keeping. 
This is a great way to preserve our county's history.

Jackson County and Civil War Articles

In the summer of 1976 The Jackson Herald began a series of articles by Corinne Staats Fisher on Jackson
County history.  Mrs. Fisher (1911-1998), daughter of Enoch and Allie Carney Staats, had been researching and collecting information on the history of our area for many years.  She edited her collection for this series which ran for a two-year period in the newspaper.  Mrs. Fisher was a graduate of Ripley High School, received her AB from Marshall University and her Master's degree from West Virginia University.  The Jackson Newspapers has graciously given us permission to add this series of articles to our website.  We have added her articles on Jackson County and the series on the Civil War to our site.   She also wrote a series of articles on the history of Jackson County churches which we hope to add at a later date.  
To view these articles click on Jackson County History (Fisher) or Civil War (Fisher)  on the menu at left.

7,600 Obituaries and Counting

"It is as natural to die as to be born."-----Francis Bacon, 1597
Our  Area Deaths section now contains over 7,600 obituaries.  The obituaries came from a variety of sources.  Thousands had been glued to index cards by volunteers over the years.  Some were glued into composition books, others in notebooks, old textbooks or loose in folders and boxes.  They span well over one hundred years.  While the ones from the 1800’s are rare a few do exist.   This massive undertaking would not have been possible without the efforts of those who have passed on and left behind their collection of clippings. 
The most requested information of genealogists contacting the local libraries or the Society is for obituaries.  The libraries have microfilm of the local newspapers from 1935 to the present with some earlier years available.  However, it takes time to search the microfilm especially if you do not have the death month.  Many tombstones only have the year of death.  
Some of the older obituaries were lenghtly but gave little genealogical information sometimes saying a gentleman was survived by a wife and six children without any names of survivors. Some obituaries for women gave their name as Mrs. John Doe with not even a mention of the first name.
A special thanks to the volunteers who have spent many, many hours typing these obituaries so the public has access to them.
At present there are no plans to put current obits on the site as they are available elsewhere.