West Virginia Biography

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You can usually find biographical information in state, regional, and county histories. An excellent source of biographical information on past and present West Virginians is:

Comstock, Jim F. West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia and the supplemental series. FHL fiche 6051350 FHL book 975.4 H26w, volumes 1-25

An index to biographical sketches in several hundred local histories and genealogies is:

Wardell, Patrick G. Timesaving Aid to Virginia-West Virginia Ancestors: A Genealogical Index of Surnames from Published Sources. Four Volumes. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company, 1990. FHL book 975 D22w

Representative biographical sources at the Family History Library are:

Atkinson, George Wesley. Prominent Men of West Virginia. Wheeling, West Virginia: W. L. Callin, 1890. FHL film 1000648 item 3

Callahan, James Morton. History of West Virginia, Old and New. Three Volumes. Chicago, Illinois: American Historical Society, 1923.FHL book 975.4 H2c; Volume 1 on FHL film 1425634 item 4 Volumes 2-3 on FHL film 1698201 items 1-2 Volumes two and three are biographical.

Men of West Virginia. Two Volumes. Chicago, Illinois: Biographical Publishing Company, 1903. FHL book 975.4 D3; film 874390 items 1-2

Miller, Thomas Condit, and Hu Maxwell. West Virginia and Its People. Three Volumes. New York, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913. FHL film 1000646; book 975.4 H2mw Volumes two and three include family and personal histories.

Web Sites

West Virginia Biographies Project:  http://www.wileygenealogy.com/~usbios/wv.html

A History of The Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory
http://www.kinyon.com/westvirginia/midnewriver/contents.htm