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=== West Virginia Online Records  ===
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'''General Information'''  
'''General Information'''  

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to West Virginia genealogical researchers.


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National Archives at Philadelphia
900 Market Street (entrance on Chesnut Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292
Telephone: 215-606-0100
Fax: 215-606-0111
E-mail: Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/

Has federal agency and court records for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. All U.S. federal censuses 1790-1940, and indexes. Also have passenger arrivals in Philadelphia 1800-1945 and Baltimore, pension and bounty land warrant applications, naturalizations 1790-1990, early federal history, diplomacy, military history, Chinese-Americans, World War II homefront, National Park Service, merchant marine, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, federal tax evasion and smuggling cases.[1]


West Virginia Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 249
Elkview, WV 25071
Telephone: 304-965-1179

The Allegheny Regional Family History Society
Post Office Box 1804
Elkins, West Virginia 26241
Email: arhfs@yahoo.com


Archives and History Library - Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Telephone: 304-558-0220
Fax: 304-558-2779

Library of Virginia (State Library)
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-8000
Telephone: 804-692-3888
Fax: 804-692-3556

The Library of Virginia is an important resource for pre-1863 West Virginia research.

West Virginia Collection
West Virginia University Library
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown, WV 26506-6069
Telephone: 304-293-3536
Fax: 304-293-3981

A useful guide to this collection is James W. Hess, Guide to Manuscripts and Archives in the West Virginia Collection. Morgantown, West Virginia. West Virginia University Library, 1974. FHL book 975.4 A5h The 1959 edition by Charles Shetler, is on film 940918 item 4

Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: 831-427-7707 ext. 5794
E-mail: E-mail reference service form
Internet: http://www.santacruzpl.org/branches/14/

Holds the Genealogial Society of Santa Cruz County's library, including the Tina Brayton Collection which is equivalent to the Draper Collection but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia  families.[2] [3]

West Virginia Online Records

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Online Records
Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

General Information

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of West Virginia counties, use the 13 inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has copies of all of these inventories. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under WEST VIRGINIA - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES.

The Historical Records Survey also compiled unpublished (manuscript) inventories for the records of most West Virginia counties. These are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. These are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under WEST VIRGINIA, [COUNTY] - COURT RECORDS - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS.

  • An online listing of many West Virginia Archives and societies is at the West Virginia State Archives
  • A resource for locating archives in Appalachia is:
Ellen Garrison, Archives in Appalachia: A Directory (Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 975 A3a. Includes Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia arranged alphabetically by state, then by the name of the repository. Each entry lists the archive, its address, phone number, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, what subjects are covered by the collection, and the size of the collection. There are two indexes: Record type, and Subject, with reference numbers corresponding to the repository.


  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 126-27. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 113. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).