West Virginia Archives and Libraries
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers:
Archives and History Library
Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region
900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292
West Virginia Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 249
Elkview, WV 25071
West Virginia Collection
West Virginia University Library
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown, WV 26506-6069
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; 1959 edition by Charles Shetler, is on film 940918 item 4).
Library of Virginia (State Library)
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-8000
The Virginia State Library is an important resource for pre-1863 West Virginia research.
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The Historical Records Survey also compiled unpublished (manuscript) inventories for the records of most West Virginia counties.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: