West Virginia Research Tips and Strategies
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West Virginia Research Strategies[edit | edit source]
Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in West Virginia
- West Virginia Online Genealogy Records
- How to find West Virginia Birth Records
- How to find West Virginia Marriage Records
- How to find West Virginia Death Records
West Virginia Research Tips[edit | edit source]
These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in West Virginia.
- Birth information: Statewide registration of births began in 1917 in West Virginia and was generally complied with by 1925. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
- Finding Parents: Statewide registration of deaths began in 1917 in West Virginia and was generally complied with by 1925. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search West Virginia death records
- Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.
West Virginia Record Finder[edit | edit source]
This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see West Virginia Record Finder.
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Further West Virginia Research[edit | edit source]
- Remember, for a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see West Virginia Record Finder.
- For online record collections, go to West Virginia Online Genealogy Records.
- For more research on West Virginia, including research at the county level, visit the West Virginia page on the Research Wiki.
- Search all of the West Virginia record collections at FamilySearch.