West Virginia Bible Records
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Online Resources and Websites[edit | edit source]
Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to West Virginia. To find more resources, go to the United States Bible Records page.
Databases[edit | edit source]
- The Family Bible Index - West Virginia at Yancey Family Genealogy
Transcriptions, Indexes, and Images[edit | edit source]
- Bible and Family Records at FamilySearch Catalog — images
- Bible Record of Members of Three West Virginia Chapters at FamilySearch Catalog — images
- Bible Records, Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia at FamilySearch Catalog — images
- Cabell County Bible Records at WV USGenWeb Archives — transcriptions
- Greenbrier County Bible Records at WVGenWeb Project
- Kanawha County Bible Records at WVGenWeb Project
- West Virginia Bible Records, 1700-1900 at FamilySearch Catalog — images
- West Virginia Bible, Eastern Panhandle Bible Records at FamilySearch Catalog — images
- West Virginia Bibles at Find A Family Bible — transcription and images
- Your Ancestors and Mine, West Virginia Bible Records at FamilySearch Catalog — images
Digital Books[edit | edit source]
Other places to look for Bible Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.
- Family records: Check home sources by reaching out to older members of the family asking if they know of any Family Bibles and who might have it in their possession.
- FamilySearch Catalog: Using the keyword search, type in the surname you are looking for and the word "Bible."
- Card Catalog at Ancestry. ($)
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI): Many periodicals publish family data from Bible records. Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is an index to many of these periodicals. Learn how to use Periodical Source Index (PERSI).
Why Search for Family Bibles[edit | edit source]
Many families have traditionally recorded births, marriages, and deaths in a family bible, family record book, or book of remembrance. A bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Family bibles that are no longer in the possession of the family may be at a historical or genealogical society. They are sometimes transcribed and published in genealogical periodicals or other databases
Bible records can be used as a substitute in providing birth, marriage, and date information when vital record information was not recorded.