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=== Contact Information  ===
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==== Virginia ====
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/ Virginia Historical Society home page]  
*[http://www.vahistorical.org/ Virginia Historical Society home page]  
*[http://www.vahistorical.org/publications/past_issues.htm Virginia Magazine of History and Biography], tables of contents, indexes, online access tips
*[http://www.vahistorical.org/publications/past_issues.htm Virginia Magazine of History and Biography], tables of contents, indexes, online access tips
==== West Virginia ====
'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvgs/ West Virginia Genealogical Society]'''<br>P.O. Box 249<br>Elkview, WV 25071 <br>Telephone: 304-965-1179
'''[http://www.swcp.com/~dhickman/arfhs.html The Allegheny Regional Family History Society]'''<br>Post Office Box 1804<br>Elkins, West Virginia 26241<br>Email: arhfs@yahoo.com
=== Collection Description  ===
=== Collection Description  ===

Revision as of 02:00, 28 January 2014

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West Virginia Archives and History

Contact Information




Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Telephone: 804-358-4901

Hours: Mon. to Sat. 10 a.m. to  5 p.m., closed federal holidays[1]

Public transportation, maps, and directions:

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Virginia Historical Society

Internet sites and databases:

West Virginia

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

Collection Description

Good place to start researching West Virginia ancestors. Original manuscripts, biographies, county histories, and tax records,[2] family folders, birth, marriages, deaths, maps, naturalizations, newspapers, periodicals, photos, directories, and county court records.[3]


Admission to the research library and museum is free.[1]


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the West Virginia Archives and History, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
  • Allen County Public Library (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.

Neighboring Collections

  • Library of Virginia, digital sources, databases, vital, military, newspapers, periodicals, tax, history, land records.
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington DC, Revolutionary War and colonial period, including family and local histories, cemetery transcriptions, Bible records, 15,000 genealogical membership applications.
  • Maryland State Archives, census, court, church, vital, military, probate, land, tax, immigration, naturalizations.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Visit the VHS," Virginia Historical Society, http://www.vahistorical.org/visit/location.htm, accessed 10 February 2012.
  2. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 117. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. West Virginia Archives and History in West Virginia Division of Culture and History (accessed 21 December 2013).