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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 it's 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>
  
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=== Welcome to West Virginia, Mountain State  ===
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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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*[[Step-by-Step West Virginia Research, 1880-Present]]
 
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*[[How to Find West Virginia Birth Records|How to Find Birth Records]]
<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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*[[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]]
 
 
== Featured Content  ==
 
 
 
*[[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>
 
  
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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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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.
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== Research Tools  ==
 
 
*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.
 
*[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://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/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)]]
 
*[[West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
=== Obtain additional help  ===
 
 
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/gethelp Call or chat with an experienced researcher]&nbsp;
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/WestVirginiaGenealogy?fref=ts Join a Facebook Group]&nbsp;
 
*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize In West Virginia Research|Consult a Professional Genealogist]]
 
 
== Things You Can Do  ==
 
 
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>
 
 
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To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Help_wanted_on_the_West_Virginia_pages click here]: <br>
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== West Virginia Migration Routes  ==
 
 
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*[[West Virginia Vital Records|Vital Records]]
 
*[[West Virginia Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
*[[West Virginia Census|Census]]
 
*[[West Virginia Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[West Virginia Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
  
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.<br>
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
*[[African-American Resources for West Virginia|African-Americans]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/33?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America Historical Records] - databases and record images on FamilySearch
*[[Indians of West Virginia|American Indians]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=WestVirginia Family History Center locator map]
*[[West Virginia Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
 
*[[West Virginia Bible Records|Bible Records]]
 
*[[West Virginia Biography|Biographies]]
 
*[[West Virginia Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[West Virginia Court Records|Court Records]]
 
*[[West Virginia Directories|Directories]]
 
*[[West Virginia Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[West Virginia Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[West Virginia Genealogy|Genealogy]]  
 
*[[West Virginia History|History]]  
 
*[[Insane Asylums-United States|Insane Asylums]]
 
*[[West Virginia Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[West Virginia Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[West Virginia Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
*[[West Virginia Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
*[[West Virginia Online Genealogy Records|Online Records]]
 
*[[West Virginia Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[West Virginia Societies|Societies]]
 
*[[West Virginia Taxation|Taxation]]
 
*[[West Virginia Voting Registers|Voting Registers]]
 
*[[West Virginia For Further Reading|For Further Reading]]
 
  
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*'''2001-2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2311973|Currentobituary.com index, 2001-2014}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv/ Cyndi's List] - West Virginia genealogy sites on the internet
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/wva/ West Virginia Genealogy Trails] - collection of transcribed data for the state of West Virginia
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/west-virginia-genealogy Access Genealogy] – Genealogy guide for West Virginia
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/west-virginia-genealogy.htm Ancestorhunt.com] - resources for Wyoming 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 Wyoming
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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.

West Virginia Information

West Virginia is a state in the eastern part of the United States. It is divided into 55 counties and it's 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

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.

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West Virginia Clickable Map

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


West Virginia Migration Routes

FamilySearch Resources

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

Additional Resources

References

  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.