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'''{{breadcrumb| link1=[[United States United_States Genealogy|United States]] | link2=| link3=| link4=| link5=[[Image:Gotoarrow.pngWest Virginia, United States Genealogy|West Virginia]] }} Guide to '''West Virginiaancestry, family history, and genealogy ''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. {{WV-sidebar}}==West Virginia Information==West Virginia is a state in the eastern part of the United States. It is divided into 55 counties and its capital is Charleston. West Virginia was admitted to the union as the 35th state on 20 June 1863. It was created from the state of Virginia. <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union, accessed 31 Oct 2016.</ref>
Guide to '''West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. __NOTOC__ {{West Virginia-sidebar}}<div style="width: 75%; float: right">=== Welcome to West Virginia, Mountain State =Getting Started == [[Image:West-virginia.png|150px|West-virginia.png]] [[Image:West Virginia flag.png|150px|West Virginia flag.png]]  <br>The settlement of present-day West Virginia began in the mid-1700s when Scotch-Irish and German settlers from Pennsylvania came to the area that is now Berkeley and Greenbriar counties. Heavy settlement began in the 1760s after Indian claims had been settled. These pioneers were generally from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and other northern states and not from Virginia or other areas east of the mountains.  {| width="50%" border="1" align="left" style="fontvertical-sizealign: 13.600000381469727pxtop;"|-! valign="middle" bgcolor="003c70" align="center" scope="col" colspan="2" | &nbsp; &nbsp;<font color="#fcfaff">How to Find Information about West Virginia Ancestors</font>
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| bgcolorstyle="cdfcffvertical-align: top; width: 20%; padding-right: 15px;" | &nbsp; '''1<h3>Getting Started with West Virginia Research</h3>Links to articles on getting started with West Virginia research. *[[GuidedResearch:West Virginia|Guided Research]]*[[Step-by-Step West Virginia Research, 1880-Present]]*[[How to Find West Virginia Birth Records|How to Find Birth InformationRecords]]<br>2. *[[How to Find West Virginia Marriage Records|How to Find Marriage InformationRecords]]<br>3. *[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records|How to Find Death InformationRecords]]*[[West Virginia Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]'''
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<h3>West Virginia Research Tools</h3>
Links to articles and websites that assist in West Virginia research.
*[http://www.mapofus.org/WestVirginia/ Boundary Changes for West Virginia Counties]
*[[West Virginia Archives and Libraries|West Virginia Archives and Libraries]]
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/ WVGenWeb]
*[https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=gnispq Geographical Names Information System] - U.S. gazetteer of places, cemeteries and post offices in West Virginia.
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<br> {{Click|Image:WV_ORP.png|West Virginia Online Genealogy Records|right}}  == Featured Content == *[[Index of Fatalities in West Virginia Coal Mines 1883-1925]] *[[Compiled Records for Mid-South Research]] == Did You Know? Clickable Map== *For Many genealogy records are kept on the missing portions of county level in the 1810 census use Schreiner-Yantis, NettiUnited States. ''A Supplement Click on a county below to go to the 1810 Census of Virginia: Tax Lists of the Counties for Which the Census is Missing''. Springfield, Va: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971county Wiki article listing more information. {{FHL|109831|disp=FHL book 975.5 R4sWVimagemap}} This includes information from Cabell, Greenbrier, Hardy, and Tazewell counties, and 15 Virginia counties that are missing from the 1810 census.&nbsp;&nbsp; Did you know you can find your infamous West Virginia ancestors at [http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/usa/west_virginia.shtml West Virginia Blacksheep Ancestors]?<br> == Counties ==
{{WVimagemap}} <div style="clear:both"></div>==Counties=={| width="150100%" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"
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| valign<ul class="column-spacing-fullscreen" style="toppadding-right:5px;" | >* <li>[[Barbour County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Barbour]] </li> * <li>[[Berkeley County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Berkeley]] </li> * <li>[[Boone County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Boone]] </li> * <li>[[Braxton County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Braxton]] </li> * <li>[[Brooke County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Brooke]] </li> * <li>[[Cabell County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Cabell]] </li> * <li>[[Calhoun County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Calhoun]] </li> * <li>[[Clay County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Clay]] </li> * <li>[[Doddridge County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Doddridge]] </li> * <li>[[Fayette County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Fayette]] </li> * <li>[[Gilmer County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Gilmer]] </li> * <li>[[Grant County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Grant]] </li> * <li>[[Greenbrier County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Greenbrier]] </li> * <li>[[Hampshire County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Hampshire]]</li> | valign="top" | * <li>[[Hancock County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Hancock]] </li> * <li>[[Hardy County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Hardy]] </li> * <li>[[Harrison County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Harrison]] </li> * <li>[[Jackson County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Jackson]] </li> * <li>[[Jefferson County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Jefferson]] </li> * <li>[[Kanawha County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Kanawha]] </li> * <li>[[Lewis County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Lewis]] </li> * <li>[[Lincoln County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Lincoln]] </li> * <li>[[Logan County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Logan]] </li> * <li>[[Marion County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Marion]] </li> * <li>[[Marshall County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Marshall]] </li> * <li>[[Mason County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Mason]] </li> * <li>[[McDowell County, West VirginiaGenealogy|McDowell]] </li> * <li>[[Mercer County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Mercer]]</li> | valign="top" | * <li>[[Mineral County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Mineral]] </li> * <li>[[Mingo County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Mingo]] </li> * <li>[[Monongalia County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Monongalia]] </li> * <li>[[Monroe County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Monroe]] </li> * <li>[[Morgan County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Morgan]] </li> * <li>[[Nicholas County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Nicholas]] </li> * <li>[[Ohio County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Ohio]] </li> * <li>[[Pendleton County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Pendleton]] </li> * <li>[[Pleasants County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Pleasants]] </li> * <li>[[Pocahontas County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Pocahontas]] </li> * <li>[[Preston County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Preston]] </li> * <li>[[Putnam County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Putnam]] </li> * <li>[[Raleigh County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Raleigh]] </li> * <li>[[Randolph County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Randolph]]</li> | valign="top" | * <li>[[Ritchie County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Ritchie]] </li> * <li>[[Roane County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Roane]] </li> * <li>[[Summers County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Summers]] </li> * <li>[[Taylor County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Taylor]] </li> * <li>[[Tucker County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Tucker]] </li> * <li>[[Tyler County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Tyler]] </li> * <li>[[Upshur County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Upshur]] </li> * <li>[[Wayne County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Wayne]] </li> * <li>[[Webster County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Webster]] </li> * <li>[[Wetzel County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Wetzel]] </li> * <li>[[Wirt County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Wirt]] </li> * <li>[[Wood County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Wood]] </li> * <li>[[Wyoming County, West VirginiaGenealogy|Wyoming]]</li></ul>
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== Research Tools == *[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+] *[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-vital-records/ How to order West Virginia Vital Records] *[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-government-records/ State of West Virginia County &amp; City Government Court links] *[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps and Atlases] *Find which county a town is in, what town a cemetery is in, even where a postoffice or building is by using the United States Geographical Survey's [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System]. *[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/West_Virginia/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures. *[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook] *[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies] *[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-counties/ History &amp; Facts of West Virginia Counties] *[http://www.wvgenweb.org// The West Virginia GenWeb Project] has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger [[USGenWeb|USGenWeb Project]]. [http://www.usgenweb.org/ The USGenWeb Project] provides internet information on every county in every state in the United States. *[http://www.genealogyinc.com/encyclopedia/ Family Tree Encyclopedia] - Terminology &amp; Meanings of Genealogical Terms *[http://www.genealogyinc.com/forms.html Printable Genealogy Forms used in Research] *[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/WestVirginia.pdf BYU Research Outline for for West Virginia] *Join a Community of Ohio researchers! Ask questions, help others, and share your research successes on [http://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Virginia-Genealogy-Research-Community/230624450282663#!/pages/West-Virginia-Genealogy-Research-Community/230624450282663?sk=wall Facebook] and/or [[Join a Skype Research Community#Europe|Skype]]. === FamilySearch Historical Record Collections Migration Routes ===
Online collections containing these records are located in &nbsp;[[West Virginia|FamilySearch.org]]
Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:
*[[West Virginia Births and Christenings (==FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Resources==*[[West Virginia County Birth Records (Below are FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] resources that can assist you in researching your family.<br>*[[West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)Genealogy Help on Facebook|West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research*[[West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]https://www.familysearch.org/ask/landing?search=Getting%20Started&show=lessons&message=true Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses*[[West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/location/28?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America Historical Records)|West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br> *[[West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Marriages (- databases and record images on FamilySearch Historical Records)]] *[[West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=WestVirginia Family History Center locator map]
=== Obtain additional help =Additional Resources ==
*[httpshttp://familysearchwww.cyndislist.com/us/wv/ Cyndi's List] - West Virginia genealogy sites on the internet*[http://genealogytrails.orgcom/askwva/gethelp Call or chat with an experienced researcherWest Virginia Genealogy Trails]&nbsp; - Collection of transcribed data for the state of West Virginia*[httpshttp://www.facebookaccessgenealogy.com/WestVirginiaGenealogy?fref=ts Join a Facebook Groupwest-virginia-genealogy Access Genealogy]&nbsp; – Genealogy guide for West Virginia*[http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/west-virginia-birth-marriage-and-death-bmd-record-links The Ancestor Hunt] - Resources for West Virginia genealogy research*[Professional Genealogists who specialize In http://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/ Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] - Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records for West Virginia*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/WestVirginia.pdf West Virginia Research|Consult a Professional GenealogistOutline] – Original Family History Library research outline; contains many out of date links*[http://blacksheepancestors.com/usa/west_virginia.shtml Black Sheep Ancestors]- West Virginia prisons, convicts and insane asylums*[http://www.everynameindex.com/index.html Every Name Index]
== Things You Can Do = References ===
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<brreferences />  <br> {{Click|Image:Volunteers wanted sm.png|FamilySearch Wiki:Help wanted on the West Virginia pages|Wiki Volunteers Wanted}}  To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Help wanted on the West Virginia pages|click here]]: <br>  {| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"|-| | *[[Edit a page|Expand an article]] or [[Special:Shortpages|short page]] *[[How to author an article in the Wiki|Create a new article]]<br> *[[How to categorize an article|Categorize articles]]<br> | *[[Create an external link|Add external links to articles]] *[[Create an internal link|Add internal links to articles]] *Other... |}
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