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The West Virginia Archives

The West Virginia Archives is where folks can look for their family and where the staff can provide assistance and guidance to all researchers. The Archives' homepage, with various valuable research links is at this address:

The West Virginia Archives in Charleston is the depository for much of the State of West Virginia’s state government records, individual county records and various individual and business collections. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Guides to genealogical resources and historical research are at this link:

Databases available online for birth, death and marriage records are at this link:

County records for all 55 counties are available on microfilm. The guide to these records are at this link:

A county by county collection of newspapers on microfilm, and bound paper editions, that are detailed at these links:

Contacts and links to many of the historical societies throughout West Virginia are at this link:

The West Virginia Archives is the depository of records for the MSR&LHA. This collection contains several boxes of photographs and slide that have been inventoried. In addition, the West Virginia Archives contains other collections documenting the logging history of West Virginia. Some of the photograph collections are searchable online through our database at this link:

We invite everyone that has an interest to visit the West Virginia Archives in person or check out our website. Whether you’re researching your family members, a lumber company, or searching for comprehensive area maps, you may find the piece of the research puzzle at your West Virginia Archives.

(Information for this page was provided by Randolph Marcum)

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This page last updated or validated on October 9, 2016