West Virginia Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—West Virginia

Explore research in West Virginia.


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Goal 1: Learn about West Virginia research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your West Virginia ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic West Virginia research strategies.
    FS—Basic West Virginia Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for West Virginia research on Ancestry.
    AC—West Virginia Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for West Virginia research.
    AC—West Virginia State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the West Virginia Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—West Virginia Record Record Finder





Goal 2: Learn about West Virginia archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about West Virginia archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about West Virginia archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: West Virginia Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the West Virginia state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for West Virginia.
  4. Explore West Virginia Dept. of Archives collection.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for West Virginia genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  6. Search for free online books on West Virginia research on the FamilySearch site.
  7. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about West Virginia city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about West Virginia city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Directories
  2. Explore West Virginia city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore West Virginia city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore West Virginia historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about West Virginia vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about West Virginia vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about West Virginia vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: West_Virginia Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the West Virginia Public Health site.
  3. Search for online West Virginia vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore West Virginia birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore West Virginia birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for West Virginia vital records on the Linkpendium site.

B. Explore West Virginia marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for West Virginia marriage records.
  2. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for West Virginia death records.
  3. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for West Virginia obituaries.
  4. Find additional resources for West Virginia obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore West Virginia death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore West Virginia census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of West Virginia censuses in this article.
    FS—West Virginia Census
  2. Learn about West Virginia census records.
    Census Records for West Virginia
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for West Virginia state and county census records.
  4. Explore West Virginia census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Learn about West Virginia voting registers in this article.
    FS—West Virginia Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about West Virginia church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about West Virginia church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of West Virginia church records in this article.
    FS—West Virginia Church Records
  2. Learn about West Virginia church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—West Virginia Church Records

B. Explore West Virginia cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore West Virginia cemetery records in this article.
    FS—West Virginia Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for West Virginia cemetery records.
  3. Search for West Virginia cemetery records online.
  4. Explore West Virginia cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  8. See additional cemetery resources on the West Virginia Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about West Virginia emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about West Virginia emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about West Virginia emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about West Virginia migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Migration


Goal 6: Learn about West Virginia military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about West Virginia military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to West Virginia military records.
    West Virginia Military Records
  2. Learn about West Virginia military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Military Records
  3. Explore West Virginia military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore West Virginia military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore West Virginia military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about West Virginia probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about West Virginia probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about West Virginia probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: West Virginia Probate Records
  2. Learn about West Virginia land and property records. FS—West Virginia Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about West Virginia land records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—West Virginia Land Records

B. Learn about West Virginia court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about West Virginia court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Court Records
  2. Learn about West Virginia court records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Wiki: West Virginia Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about West Virginia maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about West Virginia maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about West Virginia maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Maps
  2. Learn about West Virginia maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: West Virginia Maps
  3. Learn about West Virginia gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Gazetteers

B. Explore West Virginia maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of West Virginia maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of West Virginia.
  3. Explore historical West Virginia maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for West Virginia maps.


Goal 9: Learn about West Virginia newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about West Virginia newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about West Virginia newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Newspapers
  2. Learn about West Virginia newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: West Virginia Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore West Virginia newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for West Virginia historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search West Virginia newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search West Virginia newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search West Virginia newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore West Virginia newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional West Virginia newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for West Virginia research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from West Virginia.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or West Virginia County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for West Virginia.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the West Virginia Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your West Virginia research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the West Virginia Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the West Virginia Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the West Virginia Genealogy page on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for West Virginia.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for West Virginia research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about West Virginia research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for West Virginia research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the West Virginia research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about West Virginia research.

C. Learn about West Virginia genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in West Virginia in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: West Virginia Societies
  2. Explore the West Virginia Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the West Virginia Historical Society site.
  4. Explore West Virginia genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




West Virginia Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Barbour    A    L Berkeley    A    L Boone    A    L Braxton    A    L Brooke    A    L Cabell    A    L
Calhoun    L Clay    A    L Doddridge    L Fayette    A    L Gilmer    L Grant    L
Greenbrier    A    L Hampshire    A    L Hancock    A    L Hardy    L Harrison    A    L Jackson    L
Jefferson    A    L Kanawha    A    L Lewis    A    L Lincoln    A    L Logan    A    L Marion    A    L
Marshall    A    L Mason    A    L McDowell    A    L Mercer    A    L Mineral    L Mingo    A    L
Monongalia    A    L Monroe    A    L Morgan    L Nicholas    L Ohio    A    L Pendleton    L
Pleasants    L Pocahontas    L Preston    A    L Putnam    A    L Raleigh    A    L Randolph    L
Ritchie    L Roane    L Summers    A    L Taylor    A    L Tucker    L Tyler    L
Upshur    L Wayne    A    L Webster    L Wetzel    L Wirt    A    L Wood    A    L
Wyoming    A    L