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<h3> Welcome to West Virginia, Mountain State  </h3>
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=== Welcome to West Virginia, Mountain State  ===
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</p><p><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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<h2> Featured Content  </h2>
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<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Index of Fatalities in West Virginia Coal Mines 1883-1925">Index of Fatalities in West Virginia Coal Mines 1883-1925</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Compiled Records for Mid-South Research">Compiled Records for Mid-South Research</a>
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<h2> Did You Know?  </h2>
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<ul><li>For the missing portions of the 1810 census use Schreiner-Yantis, Netti. <i>A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia: Tax Lists of the Counties for Which the Census is Missing</i>. Springfield, Va: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971. (Family History Library <span class="fck_mw_template">{{FHL|975.5 R4s|disp=book 975.5 R4s}}</span>.) 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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/usa/west_virginia.shtml">West Virginia Blacksheep Ancestors</a>?<br>
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<h2> Counties  </h2>
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<ul><li><a href="Barbour County, West Virginia">Barbour</a>
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</li><li><a href="Berkeley County, West Virginia">Berkeley</a>
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</li><li><a href="Boone County, West Virginia">Boone</a>
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</li><li><a href="Braxton County, West Virginia">Braxton</a>
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</li><li><a href="Brooke County, West Virginia">Brooke</a>
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</li><li><a href="Cabell County, West Virginia">Cabell</a>
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</li><li><a href="Calhoun County, West Virginia">Calhoun</a>
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</li><li><a href="Clay County, West Virginia">Clay</a>
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</li><li><a href="Doddridge County, West Virginia">Doddridge</a>
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</li><li><a href="Fayette County, West Virginia">Fayette</a>
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</li><li><a href="Gilmer County, West Virginia">Gilmer</a>
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</li><li><a href="Grant County, West Virginia">Grant</a>
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</li><li><a href="Greenbrier County, West Virginia">Greenbrier</a>
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</li><li><a href="Hampshire County, West Virginia">Hampshire</a>
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<ul><li><a href="Hancock County, West Virginia">Hancock</a>
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</li><li><a href="Hardy County, West Virginia">Hardy</a>
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</li><li><a href="Harrison County, West Virginia">Harrison</a>
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</li><li><a href="Jackson County, West Virginia">Jackson</a>
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</li><li><a href="Jefferson County, West Virginia">Jefferson</a>
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</li><li><a href="Kanawha County, West Virginia">Kanawha</a>
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</li><li><a href="Lewis County, West Virginia">Lewis</a>
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</li><li><a href="Lincoln County, West Virginia">Lincoln</a>
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</li><li><a href="Logan County, West Virginia">Logan</a>
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</li><li><a href="Marion County, West Virginia">Marion</a>
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</li><li><a href="Marshall County, West Virginia">Marshall</a>
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</li><li><a href="Mason County, West Virginia">Mason</a>
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</li><li><a href="McDowell County, West Virginia">McDowell</a>
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</li><li><a href="Mercer County, West Virginia">Mercer</a>
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<ul><li><a href="Mineral County, West Virginia">Mineral</a>
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</li><li><a href="Mingo County, West Virginia">Mingo</a>
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</li><li><a href="Monongalia County, West Virginia">Monongalia</a>
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</li><li><a href="Monroe County, West Virginia">Monroe</a>
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</li><li><a href="Morgan County, West Virginia">Morgan</a>
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</li><li><a href="Nicholas County, West Virginia">Nicholas</a>
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</li><li><a href="Ohio County, West Virginia">Ohio</a>
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</li><li><a href="Pendleton County, West Virginia">Pendleton</a>
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</li><li><a href="Pleasants County, West Virginia">Pleasants</a>
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</li><li><a href="Pocahontas County, West Virginia">Pocahontas</a>
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</li><li><a href="Preston County, West Virginia">Preston</a>
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</li><li><a href="Putnam County, West Virginia">Putnam</a>
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</li><li><a href="Raleigh County, West Virginia">Raleigh</a>
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</li><li><a href="Randolph County, West Virginia">Randolph</a>
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<ul><li><a href="Ritchie County, West Virginia">Ritchie</a>
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</li><li><a href="Roane County, West Virginia">Roane</a>
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</li><li><a href="Summers County, West Virginia">Summers</a>
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</li><li><a href="Taylor County, West Virginia">Taylor</a>
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</li><li><a href="Tucker County, West Virginia">Tucker</a>
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</li><li><a href="Tyler County, West Virginia">Tyler</a>
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</li><li><a href="Upshur County, West Virginia">Upshur</a>
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</li><li><a href="Wayne County, West Virginia">Wayne</a>
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</li><li><a href="Webster County, West Virginia">Webster</a>
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</li><li><a href="Wetzel County, West Virginia">Wetzel</a>
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</li><li><a href="Wirt County, West Virginia">Wirt</a>
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</li><li><a href="Wood County, West Virginia">Wood</a>
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</li><li><a href="Wyoming County, West Virginia">Wyoming</a>
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<h2> Research Tools  </h2>
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<ul><li>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 <a href="http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic">Geographical Names Information System</a>.
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</li><li><a href="http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/West_Virginia/">David Rumsey Map Collection</a> is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
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</li><li><a href="http://www.wvgenweb.org//">The West Virginia GenWeb Project</a> has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger <a href="USGenWeb">USGenWeb Project</a>. <a href="http://www.usgenweb.org/">The USGenWeb Project</a> provides internet information on every county in every state in the United States.
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</li><li><a href="http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/WestVirginia.pdf">BYU Research Outline for for West Virginia</a>
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</li><li>Join a Community of Ohio researchers! Ask questions, help others, and share your research successes on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Virginia-Genealogy-Research-Community/230624450282663#!/pages/West-Virginia-Genealogy-Research-Community/230624450282663?sk=wall">Facebook</a> and/or <a href="Join a Skype Research Community#Europe">Skype</a>.
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<h3> FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  </h3>
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<p>Online collections containing these records are located in &nbsp;<a href="https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/West_Virginia">FamilySearch.org</a>
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</p><p>Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:
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<ul><li><a href="West Virginia Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)">West Virginia Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)">West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)">West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)">West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)">West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a><br>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)">West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)">West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a>
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</li></ul>
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<h2> Things You Can Do  </h2>
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<p>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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<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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<ul><li><a href="African-American Resources for West Virginia">African-Americans</a>
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</li><li><a href="Indians of West Virginia">American Indians</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Archives and Libraries">Archives and Libraries</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Bible Records">Bible Records</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Biography">Biographies</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Cemeteries">Cemeteries</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Census">Census</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Church Records">Church Records</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Court Records">Court Records</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Directories">Directories</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Emigration and Immigration">Emigration and Immigration</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Gazetteers">Gazetteers</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Genealogy">Genealogy</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia History">History</a>
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</li><li><a href="Insane Asylums-United States">Insane Asylums</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Land and Property">Land and Property</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Maps">Maps</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Military Records">Military Records</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Naturalization and Citizenship">Naturalization and Citizenship</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Newspapers">Newspapers</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Periodicals">Periodicals</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Probate Records">Probate Records</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Societies">Societies</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Taxation">Taxation</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Vital Records">Vital Records</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia Voting Registers">Voting Registers</a>
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</li><li><a href="West Virginia For Further Reading">For Further Reading</a>
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*[[Index of Fatalities in West Virginia Coal Mines 1883-1925]]
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*[[Compiled Records for Mid-South Research]]
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== Did You Know?  ==
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*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. (Family History Library {{FHL|975.5 R4s|disp=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&nbsp;[http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/usa/west_virginia.shtml West Virginia Blacksheep Ancestors]?<br>
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== Counties  ==
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{{WVimagemap}}
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*[[Barbour County, West Virginia|Barbour]]
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*[[Berkeley County, West Virginia|Berkeley]]
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*[[Boone County, West Virginia|Boone]]
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*[[Braxton County, West Virginia|Braxton]]
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*[[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke]]
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*[[Cabell County, West Virginia|Cabell]]
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*[[Calhoun County, West Virginia|Calhoun]]
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*[[Clay County, West Virginia|Clay]]
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*[[Doddridge County, West Virginia|Doddridge]]
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*[[Fayette County, West Virginia|Fayette]]
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*[[Gilmer County, West Virginia|Gilmer]]
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*[[Grant County, West Virginia|Grant]]
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*[[Greenbrier County, West Virginia|Greenbrier]]
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*[[Hampshire County, West Virginia|Hampshire]]
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*[[Hancock County, West Virginia|Hancock]]
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*[[Hardy County, West Virginia|Hardy]]
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*[[Harrison County, West Virginia|Harrison]]
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*[[Jackson County, West Virginia|Jackson]]
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*[[Jefferson County, West Virginia|Jefferson]]
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*[[Kanawha County, West Virginia|Kanawha]]
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*[[Lewis County, West Virginia|Lewis]]
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*[[Lincoln County, West Virginia|Lincoln]]
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*[[Logan County, West Virginia|Logan]]
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*[[Marion County, West Virginia|Marion]]
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*[[Marshall County, West Virginia|Marshall]]
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*[[Mason County, West Virginia|Mason]]
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*[[McDowell County, West Virginia|McDowell]]
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*[[Mercer County, West Virginia|Mercer]]
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*[[Mineral County, West Virginia|Mineral]]
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*[[Mingo County, West Virginia|Mingo]]
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*[[Monongalia County, West Virginia|Monongalia]]
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*[[Monroe County, West Virginia|Monroe]]
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*[[Morgan County, West Virginia|Morgan]]
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*[[Nicholas County, West Virginia|Nicholas]]
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*[[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio]]
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*[[Pendleton County, West Virginia|Pendleton]]
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*[[Pleasants County, West Virginia|Pleasants]]
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*[[Pocahontas County, West Virginia|Pocahontas]]
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*[[Preston County, West Virginia|Preston]]
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*[[Putnam County, West Virginia|Putnam]]
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*[[Raleigh County, West Virginia|Raleigh]]
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*[[Randolph County, West Virginia|Randolph]]
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*[[Ritchie County, West Virginia|Ritchie]]
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*[[Roane County, West Virginia|Roane]]
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*[[Summers County, West Virginia|Summers]]
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*[[Taylor County, West Virginia|Taylor]]
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*[[Tucker County, West Virginia|Tucker]]
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*[[Tyler County, West Virginia|Tyler]]
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*[[Upshur County, West Virginia|Upshur]]
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*[[Wayne County, West Virginia|Wayne]]
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*[[Webster County, West Virginia|Webster]]
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*[[Wetzel County, West Virginia|Wetzel]]
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*[[Wirt County, West Virginia|Wirt]]
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*[[Wood County, West Virginia|Wood]]
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*[[Wyoming County, West Virginia|Wyoming]]
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== Research Tools  ==
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*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].
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*[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.
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*[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.
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*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/WestVirginia.pdf BYU Research Outline for for West Virginia]
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*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]].
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=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  ===
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Online collections containing these records are located in &nbsp;[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/West_Virginia FamilySearch.org]
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Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:
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*[[West Virginia Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)|West Virginia Will Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[African-American Resources for West Virginia|African-Americans]]
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*[[Indians of West Virginia|American Indians]]
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*[[West Virginia Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[West Virginia Bible Records|Bible Records]]
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*[[West Virginia Biography|Biographies]]
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*[[West Virginia Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[West Virginia Census|Census]]
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*[[West Virginia Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[West Virginia Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[West Virginia Directories|Directories]]
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*[[West Virginia Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[West Virginia Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
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*[[West Virginia Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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*[[West Virginia History|History]]
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*[[Insane Asylums-United States|Insane Asylums]]
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*[[West Virginia Land and Property|Land and Property]]
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*[[West Virginia Maps|Maps]]
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*[[West Virginia Military Records|Military Records]]
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Welcome to West Virginia, Mountain State

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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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  • 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. (Family History Library 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.   Did you know you can find your infamous West Virginia ancestors at West Virginia Blacksheep Ancestors?


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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


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