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West Virginia Research: Research & Data

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State Data

WV Records

If you are researching an individual or a family name you might search for the records associated with that person's life, marriage certificates, land purchases, etc. Here are four suggestions:


I. Censuses: In using the census to research WV citizens remember, ancestors born before 1863 listed Virginia as their birthplace.  Schedules are missing for Virginia’s first two US censuses in 1790 and 1800, and are incomplete for 1810. If you need a historical census that is not available online, contact a large library such as ...

Virginia State Archives and Libraries
West Virginia Archives & History

II. Land: Before and after West Virginia statehood, land transactions are generally recorded in county courthouses.

III. Military Records

Civil War Soldiers - WV (courtesy West Virginia State Archives)
Contact the
WV Archives with other questions or requests for information on military records.




For locating scholarship on West Virginia or research about the issues impacting WV use the Library databases.