Research in West Virginia, 2nd Edition

Family historians and genealogists who wish to research West Virginian ancestors will discover that the records are remarkably intact. Research in West Virginia provides the guidance you need to find those records in repositories throughout the state, in bordering states, and online. Source records covered include atlases, maps, gazetteers, cemetery records, county formation and records, directories, and newspapers.

The author explains the state’s court system and its records and provides information about colonial, state, and local land records. The section on military records is extensive covering wars from the colonial period through the wars and conflicts of the twentieth century. Sources for probate, tax, and vital records are also included in this guidebook.

Published by NGS, Research in West Virginia, 2nd edition, is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.


Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS, is a professional genealogist who specializes in Virginia and West Virginia research. She is a member of the Library of Virginia board, is former president and board member of both the National Genealogical Society and the Virginia Genealogical Society. A lecturer and author, her articles have appeared in the NGSQ, BCG’s OnBoard, and the APG Quarterly.