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January 8, 2019 By: Maxine Landfried
Genealogy Meeting
Our genealogy group will be meeting January 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in our meeting room in the Harrison Building at Ripley. Our room is located on the lower level of the building, the door (near the large white storage building) faces the Ripley Police Station The topic for discussion will be "Primary Sources" used in documenting family genealogy.  We assist newscomers to genealogy as well as welcome those experienced  in genealogy who are willing to share their expertise.  

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. 
February 3, 2018 By: Tina Faber
Articles by Corinne Fisher
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) 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. 
To view the Jackson County articles click here or Civil War articles click here