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                 The Jefferson County Clerk

Jacqueline Shadle
The Jefferson County Clerk, Jacqueline C. Shadle, serves as the chief election authority for the County. Along with administering elections, the Clerk's Office maintains birth, marriage and death records, records documents, and keeps the minutes of the Jefferson County Commissioners.

Our Vision

To anticipate, meet, and exceed the expectations of our customers and colleagues.

Our Strategy

  • Deliver Outstanding Customer Service
  • Be Effective and Efficient
  • Gain Public Confidence and Trust
  • Foster a Positive Workplace

Our Mission

To protect, preserve and maintain the public records, as well as the election process, with integrity and accountability; to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of West Virginia while providing the utmost accurate and professional service to our customers and colleagues.

Our Values

  • Respect everyone.
  • Act with Integrity.
  • Embrace Diversity.
  • Build Relationships.
  • Be Accountable.
  • Learn through Innovation.


Office Hours

The Jefferson County Clerk's office is open Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In response to the high number of COVID-19 cases across the state including the Eastern Panhandle, the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office will be open by appointment only starting November 30, 2020. For the safety of the public and our staff, we strongly encourage you to use our online services or alternative forms of communication as outlined below.  A face covering is required to be worn at all times while in our offices.

Recording/Document Inquiry

We are urging everyone to take advantage of our online recording option with Simplifile or CSC. The documents are submitted online and issues can be resolved the same day when using this service. You can also mail your document to PO Box 208, Charles Town or use the drop box located at the front door of the courthouse (100 E Washington St, Charles Town) for hard copy documents. Email inquiries can be made at or you can call our office at 304-728-3215.

Documents can be viewed on our website at We will be limiting our record room to one person at a time and an appointment will be required.

Vital Statistics: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage License

Please email or call our office at 304-728-3215 to see if your request can be handled by email or online or if an in-person appointment will be necessary.  

Voter Registration & Elections

You can register to vote and change your address or party affiliation online at  The Voter & Elections Office can be contacted by email at or by phone at 304-728-3386.


Please contact our probate clerks at 304-728-3210 to see if your request can be handled by email or if an in-person appointment will be necessary.


Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Jacki Shadle, Jefferson County Clerk



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*A service fee of 2.5% ($2.00 minimum) of the total charge will apply for all credit card transactions.


Useful Links

Document Inquiry

Trustee Sales

Plat Search

County Commission Agendas & Minutes

Jefferson County Budget and Annual Documents


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Courthouse Historical 

Welcome to the famous and historic Jefferson County Courthouse, home of the John Brown Treason Trial. For a brief history of the Jefferson County Courthouse, please visit our informative page.  


A Brief Synopsis of the General Indexes to Deeds and Deed Books

John Brown's Trial

John Brown's Will (from 1859, recorded in Will Book 16 at Page 143)

Trustee's Sale of Slaves (from February 24, 1838, recorded in Deed Book 22 at Page 367)

Northern New York Tombstone Transcription Project (John Brown Farm Cemetery in New York)

Kennedy Farm House (Information on John Brown)

West Virginia Archives and History

WV GeoExplorer Project

Video posted by Rob Aitcheson, Historic Landmarks Commission.



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