African American Resources for West Virginia

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Introduction

Tips and resources for researching African American ancestors who lived in West Virginia.

Online Resources

Research Strategy

Keys to success in African American Research

You will find the most success researching African American ancestors if you begin with yourself, and follow oral history as well as historical records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates to document the previous generations.

Use the US Census to research your family groups. Many times, you may have difficulty in documenting an ancestor. If you research the collateral lines (aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins), you will discover more about your common ancestor and have a wealth of resources to explore.See United States Basic Search Strategies.

See the wiki pages Virginia African Americans and United States African American Research.
See alsoQuick Guide to African American Records
See also Finding Records of Your Ancestors 1870-Present in the FamilySearch Learning Center.

History

Posey, Thomas Edward. The Negro Citizen of West Virginia Institute. W.Va. : Press of West Virginia State College, [1934].- [5]-11p. E185.933.W5 P6

Resources

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census Records

Church Records

Emancipation Records

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Land and Property

Plantation

Oral Histories

Other Records

Military Records

Newspapers

Probate Records

Reconstruction Records

Freedman’s Bank

Freedmen's Bureau

School Records

Slavery Records

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Voting Registers

Archives and Libraries

Societies

References