Your Guide to Finding West Virginia Ancestors
Wikipedia's West Virginia entry gives facts and information about the state and you can click on any of the links at the bottom of the page for information about a county, city or other local informtion.
West Virgnia State Facts and Information (MyWest Virginia Genealogy site) Move your cursor over the map to locate a county; Click on a county on the map to get facts and informaton for that county. Notice also the listing of West Virginia destroyed courthouses.
All of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state.
Books you might purchase or list in a library are listed below
Bookmark or print out these FHL documents:
Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state of West Virgina ; Then Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.
Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers
Don't even think aboout starting research without a map at hand !
West Virginia Cemetery Records For general information, see my guide to cemetery records... it will open in a new window so you can leave it open.
Find online West Virginia cemetery transcriptions through one of these sites
West Virgnia Church Records
West Virginia City Directories
West Virgnia County and Local histories
Access Genealogy lists a few West Virginia county histories available online.
West Virgnia Land & Property Records
Maryland Institution Records, including slavery, criminal and court records
West Virginia Military Rceords
West Virginia Naturalizations (For genearal information about Naturalizations, see my "Guide to Finding and Using Naturalization Records"-- it will open in a new window so you can leave it open)
West Virginia Newspapers and obituaries
West Virginia Probate Records
FamilySearchWiki: about West Virginia Probate Records
West Virginia Vital Records
Queries... Placing or answering queries at these sites might result in a mutually beneficial contact with other researchers
LookUps... You may find help at one of these sites and you may want to volunteer to help others...
This page last updated
September 28, 2008
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