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Guide to '''West Virginia ancestry, family history, and genealogy '''birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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==West Virginia Information==
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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__
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==Getting Started ==
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=== Welcome to West Virginia, Mountain State  ===
 
 
 
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<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.
 
 
 
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'''1. [[How to Find West Virginia Birth Records|Birth Information]]<br>2. [[How to Find West Virginia Marriage Records|Marriage Information]]<br>3. [[How to Find West Virginia Death Records|Death Information]]'''
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<h3>Getting Started with West Virginia Research</h3>
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Links to articles on getting started with West Virginia research.
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*[[GuidedResearch:West Virginia|Guided Research]]
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*[[Step-by-Step West Virginia Research, 1880-Present]]
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*[[How to Find West Virginia Birth Records|How to Find Birth Records]]
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*[[How to Find West Virginia Marriage Records|How to Find Marriage Records]]
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*[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records|How to Find Death Records]]
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*[[West Virginia Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
  
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<h3>West Virginia Research Tools</h3>
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Links to articles and websites that assist in West Virginia research.
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/WestVirginia/ Boundary Changes for West Virginia Counties]
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*[[West Virginia Archives and Libraries|West Virginia Archives and Libraries]]
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/ WVGenWeb]
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*[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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== West Virginia Clickable Map==
 
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Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.
== Featured Content  ==
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*[[Index of Fatalities in West Virginia Coal Mines 1883-1925]]
 
*[[Compiled Records for Mid-South Research]]
 
 
 
== Did You Know?  ==
 
 
 
*For the missing portions of the 1810 census use Schreiner-Yantis, Netti. ''A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia: Tax Lists of the Counties for Which the Census is Missing''. Springfield, Va: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971. {{FHL|109831|disp=FHL book 975.5 R4s}} 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  ==
 
  
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==Counties==
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*[[Barbour County, West Virginia|Barbour]]  
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    <li>[[Barbour County, West Virginia Genealogy|Barbour]]</li>
*[[Berkeley County, West Virginia|Berkeley]]  
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    <li>[[Berkeley County, West Virginia Genealogy|Berkeley]]</li>
*[[Boone County, West Virginia|Boone]]  
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    <li>[[Boone County, West Virginia Genealogy|Boone]]</li>
*[[Braxton County, West Virginia|Braxton]]  
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    <li>[[Braxton County, West Virginia Genealogy|Braxton]]</li>
*[[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke]]  
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    <li>[[Brooke County, West Virginia Genealogy|Brooke]]</li>
*[[Cabell County, West Virginia|Cabell]]  
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    <li>[[Cabell County, West Virginia Genealogy|Cabell]]</li>
*[[Calhoun County, West Virginia|Calhoun]]  
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    <li>[[Calhoun County, West Virginia Genealogy|Calhoun]]</li>
*[[Clay County, West Virginia|Clay]]  
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    <li>[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy|Clay]]</li>
*[[Doddridge County, West Virginia|Doddridge]]  
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    <li>[[Doddridge County, West Virginia Genealogy|Doddridge]]</li>
*[[Fayette County, West Virginia|Fayette]]  
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    <li>[[Fayette County, West Virginia Genealogy|Fayette]]</li>
*[[Gilmer County, West Virginia|Gilmer]]  
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    <li>[[Gilmer County, West Virginia Genealogy|Gilmer]]</li>
*[[Grant County, West Virginia|Grant]]  
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    <li>[[Grant County, West Virginia Genealogy|Grant]]</li>
*[[Greenbrier County, West Virginia|Greenbrier]]  
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    <li>[[Greenbrier County, West Virginia Genealogy|Greenbrier]]</li>
*[[Hampshire County, West Virginia|Hampshire]]
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    <li>[[Hampshire County, West Virginia Genealogy|Hampshire]]</li>
 
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    <li>[[Hancock County, West Virginia Genealogy|Hancock]]</li>
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    <li>[[Hardy County, West Virginia Genealogy|Hardy]]</li>
*[[Hancock County, West Virginia|Hancock]]  
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    <li>[[Harrison County, West Virginia Genealogy|Harrison]]</li>
*[[Hardy County, West Virginia|Hardy]]  
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    <li>[[Jackson County, West Virginia Genealogy|Jackson]]</li>
*[[Harrison County, West Virginia|Harrison]]  
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    <li>[[Jefferson County, West Virginia Genealogy|Jefferson]]</li>
*[[Jackson County, West Virginia|Jackson]]  
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    <li>[[Kanawha County, West Virginia Genealogy|Kanawha]]</li>
*[[Jefferson County, West Virginia|Jefferson]]  
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    <li>[[Lewis County, West Virginia Genealogy|Lewis]]</li>
*[[Kanawha County, West Virginia|Kanawha]]  
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    <li>[[Lincoln County, West Virginia Genealogy|Lincoln]]</li>
*[[Lewis County, West Virginia|Lewis]]  
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    <li>[[Logan County, West Virginia Genealogy|Logan]]</li>
*[[Lincoln County, West Virginia|Lincoln]]  
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    <li>[[Marion County, West Virginia Genealogy|Marion]]</li>
*[[Logan County, West Virginia|Logan]]  
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    <li>[[Marshall County, West Virginia Genealogy|Marshall]]</li>
*[[Marion County, West Virginia|Marion]]  
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    <li>[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy|Mason]]</li>
*[[Marshall County, West Virginia|Marshall]]  
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    <li>[[McDowell County, West Virginia Genealogy|McDowell]]</li>
*[[Mason County, West Virginia|Mason]]  
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    <li>[[Mercer County, West Virginia Genealogy|Mercer]]</li>
*[[McDowell County, West Virginia|McDowell]]  
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    <li>[[Mineral County, West Virginia Genealogy|Mineral]]</li>
*[[Mercer County, West Virginia|Mercer]]
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    <li>[[Mingo County, West Virginia Genealogy|Mingo]]</li>
 
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    <li>[[Monongalia County, West Virginia Genealogy|Monongalia]]</li>
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    <li>[[Monroe County, West Virginia Genealogy|Monroe]]</li>
*[[Mineral County, West Virginia|Mineral]]  
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    <li>[[Morgan County, West Virginia Genealogy|Morgan]]</li>
*[[Mingo County, West Virginia|Mingo]]  
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    <li>[[Nicholas County, West Virginia Genealogy|Nicholas]]</li>
*[[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongalia]]  
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    <li>[[Ohio County, West Virginia Genealogy|Ohio]]</li>
*[[Monroe County, West Virginia|Monroe]]  
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    <li>[[Pendleton County, West Virginia Genealogy|Pendleton]]</li>
*[[Morgan County, West Virginia|Morgan]]  
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    <li>[[Pleasants County, West Virginia Genealogy|Pleasants]]</li>
*[[Nicholas County, West Virginia|Nicholas]]  
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    <li>[[Pocahontas County, West Virginia Genealogy|Pocahontas]]</li>
*[[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio]]  
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    <li>[[Preston County, West Virginia Genealogy|Preston]]</li>
*[[Pendleton County, West Virginia|Pendleton]]  
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    <li>[[Putnam County, West Virginia Genealogy|Putnam]]</li>
*[[Pleasants County, West Virginia|Pleasants]]  
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    <li>[[Raleigh County, West Virginia Genealogy|Raleigh]]</li>
*[[Pocahontas County, West Virginia|Pocahontas]]  
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    <li>[[Randolph County, West Virginia Genealogy|Randolph]]</li>
*[[Preston County, West Virginia|Preston]]  
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    <li>[[Ritchie County, West Virginia Genealogy|Ritchie]]</li>
*[[Putnam County, West Virginia|Putnam]]  
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    <li>[[Roane County, West Virginia Genealogy|Roane]]</li>
*[[Raleigh County, West Virginia|Raleigh]]  
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    <li>[[Summers County, West Virginia Genealogy|Summers]]</li>
*[[Randolph County, West Virginia|Randolph]]
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    <li>[[Taylor County, West Virginia Genealogy|Taylor]]</li>
 
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    <li>[[Tucker County, West Virginia Genealogy|Tucker]]</li>
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    <li>[[Tyler County, West Virginia Genealogy|Tyler]]</li>
*[[Ritchie County, West Virginia|Ritchie]]  
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    <li>[[Upshur County, West Virginia Genealogy|Upshur]]</li>
*[[Roane County, West Virginia|Roane]]  
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    <li>[[Wayne County, West Virginia Genealogy|Wayne]]</li>
*[[Summers County, West Virginia|Summers]]  
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    <li>[[Webster County, West Virginia Genealogy|Webster]]</li>
*[[Taylor County, West Virginia|Taylor]]  
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    <li>[[Wetzel County, West Virginia Genealogy|Wetzel]]</li>
*[[Tucker County, West Virginia|Tucker]]  
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    <li>[[Wirt County, West Virginia Genealogy|Wirt]]</li>
*[[Tyler County, West Virginia|Tyler]]  
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    <li>[[Wood County, West Virginia Genealogy|Wood]]</li>
*[[Upshur County, West Virginia|Upshur]]  
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    <li>[[Wyoming County, West Virginia Genealogy|Wyoming]]</li>
*[[Wayne County, West Virginia|Wayne]]  
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*[[Webster County, West Virginia|Webster]]  
 
*[[Wetzel County, West Virginia|Wetzel]]  
 
*[[Wirt County, West Virginia|Wirt]]  
 
*[[Wood County, West Virginia|Wood]]  
 
*[[Wyoming County, West Virginia|Wyoming]]
 
  
 
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== Research Tools  ==
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== West Virginia Migration Routes ==
 
 
*[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 ===
 
  
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)]]
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==FamilySearch Resources==
*[[West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.<br>
*[[West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
*[[West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/ask/landing?search=Getting%20Started&show=lessons&message=true Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
*[[West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/location/28?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America Historical Records] - databases and record images on FamilySearch  
*[[West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=WestVirginia Family History Center locator map]
*[[West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
=== Obtain additional help  ===
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== Additional Resources ==
  
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/gethelp Call or chat with an experienced researcher]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv/ Cyndi's List] - West Virginia genealogy sites on the internet
*[https://www.facebook.com/WestVirginiaGenealogy?fref=ts Join a Facebook Group]&nbsp;
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/wva/ West Virginia Genealogy Trails] - Collection of transcribed data for the state of West Virginia
*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize In West Virginia Research|Consult a Professional Genealogist]]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/west-virginia-genealogy Access Genealogy] – Genealogy guide for West Virginia
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*[http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/west-virginia-birth-marriage-and-death-bmd-record-links The Ancestor Hunt] - Resources for West Virginia genealogy research
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*[http://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/ Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] - Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records for West Virginia
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/WestVirginia.pdf West Virginia Research Outline] – Original Family History Library research outline; contains many out of date links
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*[http://blacksheepancestors.com/usa/west_virginia.shtml Black Sheep Ancestors]- West Virginia prisons, convicts and insane asylums
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*[http://www.everynameindex.com/index.html Every Name Index]
  
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Guide to West Virginia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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West Virginia Information[edit | edit source]

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. [1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with West Virginia Research

Links to articles on getting started with West Virginia research.

West Virginia Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in West Virginia research.

Ask the
Community

West Virginia Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

Greenbrier CountyPocahontas CountyPendleton CountyHardy CountyHampshire CountyMorgan CountyBerkeley CountyJefferson CountyGrant CountyMineral CountyTucker CountyPreston CountyMonongalia CountyMarion CountyTaylor CountyBarbour CountyRandolph CountyUpshur CountyHarrison CountyDoddridge CountyTyler CountyWetzel CountyMarshall CountyOhio CountyBrooke CountyHancock CountyPleasants CountyWood CountyJackson CountyMason CountyCabell CountyWayne CountyMingo CountyLogan CountyWyoming CountyMcDowell CountyMercer CountySummers CountyRaleigh CountyFayette CountyNicholas CountyClay CountyBraxton CountyKanawha CountyBoone CountyLincoln CountyPutnam CountyRoane CountyCalhoun CountyWirt CountyRitchie CountyGilmer CountyLewis CountyMonroe CountyWebster CountyWest-virginia-county-map.gif

Counties[edit | edit source]

West Virginia Migration Routes[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 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.