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October 1, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Jesse Hughes Documentary
October 6th 7:30 and 9:00 P.M.
Premiere of "Into the Wilderness: The Jesse Hughes Story 1762-1772".   
This documentary by Ed Clevenger will be shown at the Alpine Theatre in Ripley.  Admission $5.00
August 22, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Upcoming Events
September 16th-Jesse Hughes.  Dave Begler of Roane County will be the guest speaker for the Jackson County Historical Society meeting to be held at 2:00 PM in the Ravenswood Library.  Begler is the author of "Scout of the Monongahela: The Tale of Jesse Hughes".   Public invited to attend.
September 21st-The film, "The Last Gallows", the story of the Pfost-Greene murders and the hanging of John Morgan will be shown at the Ripley Library at 11:00 AM in the large meeting room.  No admission charge.
September 21st-Betty Briggs of the WVPioneers website is hosting a gathering at the Ripley Library 1-5 PM in the large meeting room.  Come out and meet Betty who has done so much for local genealogy.
May 26, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Ripley High School Yearbooks
We are pleased to announce a link to the yearbooks of Ripley High School.  
April 2, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Over 9,100 Obits
We now have over 9,100 obituaries on this website.  Obituaries are one of our most requested resource.  Our obituaries span well over one hundred years.  Thanks to the volunteers who have typed them for the site.
February 28, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Tax Records Added
The tax records for the years 1831, 1832 and 1842 have been added to the site.  These records can be accessed  from the County History section.
February 19, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
History of County & County Seat Added
The Emergence of Jackson County and of Ripley, Its Seat of Justice has been added to our website. This 60-page booklet was published by the Society in 1982.  It can be accessed through our County History section. 
February 4, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Searching for old Ripley High Yearbooks
      The Ripley High School Alumni Association is scanning and compiling digital images of the school's yearbooks.  They are searching for copies of yearbooks for the following classes:  1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1943, 1944, 1945, and 1946.  Anyone having a copy of any of these yearbooks should contact RHS Alumni Association President Carolyn Rader at 304.532.0548.
February 3, 2018 By: Tina Faber
Genealogy Reunion
On October 3, 2017, members of the Jackson County Genealogy Group and the Historical Society hosted a meeting of individuals who have and are contributing to a vast internet of information concerning Jackson County genealogy and history. Among the honored guest were Betty Briggs (3rd from right front row) of wvpioneers.com, Danita Smith (4th from right, front row) of castoconnections.com, Les Shockey  (2nd from right front row) of WVGenWeb and JCGenWeb and author Roy Casto (fifth from left,back row) author of the latest Casto Family Book.  Although these honored guests had known one another via email, etc. for years, this was their first meeting in person.   Participants came from CA, NC, OH, VA for the event.  What a great day for genealogy!  Plans are to have a similar event next year.
February 3, 2018 By: Tina Faber
Are you a CASTO?
Roy Casto of Monroe, Virginia has recently published a book, “The Casto Story, An American Journey.”  The book explores the origins of the Castos in America, discusses the first Castos found living in New Jersey in the early 1700’s, and also tracks the William (1717) and David (1721) sides of the family from the early 1700’s until the mid-1800’s.
The book publishes in one place, the current status of Casto genealogical research… including DNA. It contains extensive Family Tree information on the Casto Family and also families closely associated with our Castos.
The author’s grandparents were Roy and Lydia Sayre Casto who lived in the Parchment area of Jackson County.  If you are interested in the history of the Casto Family, you are going to want this book.
The book is 293 pages, indexed and referenced.
For more information and to order visit the website:    http://castoconnections.com/
Jackson County librarian John Faria receives a copy of Casto's book for the library.
February 3, 2018 By: Tina Faber
Jackson County Post Offices
We are pleased to add in depth information regarding the history of the post offices in the county.  We get many requests about the long forgotten names of villages in our county.  The article on county post offices gives info about their origin and many of the early postmasters.  The map shows the location of these offices.   The  post office chart  shows the dates the offices were established and/or discontinued.
Old Sherman Post Office-Located in the Washington's Western Lands Museum at Ravenswood.