A Bibliography of Forgotten Statewide Collections & Indexes-West Virginia Titles

Time Frame Covered Title of Collection or Index URL or Family History Library Call #
Bible Records
1700-1970 Daughters of the American Revolution ( West Virginia). Your Ancestors and Mine, West Virginia Bible Records. FHL film 858651, item 1
1700-1970 Daughters of the American Revolution. (West Virginia). West Virginia Bible Records, 1700-00. FHL film 848621 items 1-
1580-1870 Brock, R. A. Virginians & West Virginians: Eminent Virginians, Executives of the Colony of Virginia From Sir Thomas Smyth to Lord Dunmore. Executives of the State of Virginia From Patrick Henry to Fitzhugh Lee. Sketches of Gens. Ambrose Powell Hill, Robert E. Lee, Thos. Jonathan Jackson, Commodore Maury; History of Virginia, From Settlement of Jamestown to Close of the Civil War. Has biographical and historical information; a separate index. FHL film 897042, items 2; Fiche 6048346 for vol. 1; fiche 6048347
Vol. 2 also online at Google Book. http://books.google.com/books Then search by title.
Biographies
1700-1964 Comstock, Jim. The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. The volumes are alphabetical. This set also indexes names in Hardesty’s 8 volumes below. FHL book 975.4 H26w, vols.1- fiche 6051466-0
1700-1883 Comstock, Jim, ed. The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia: Supplemental Series. This contains much historical information the book West Virginia Women is vol. 25 in this series. FHL book 975.4 H26wa, vols. 1- film 1321160 item 9 fiche 6051350
1728-1930 Hale, John Peter. Trans-Allegheny Pioneers: Historical Sketches of the First White Settlers West of the Alleghenies, 1748 and after, Wonderful Experiences of Hardships and Heroism of Those Who First Braved the Dangers of the Inhospitable Wilderness, and the Savage Tribes That Then Inhabited It. FHL book 975.4 H2h 1931 fiche 6048084
Also online at Archive.org. http://archive.org/details/transalleghenypi00hale
1730-1830 Rice, Otis K. West Virginia: The State and Its People. FHL book 975.4 H2ri
1740-1930 Leahy, Ethel Carter. Who’s Who on the Ohio River and Its Tributaries: The Ohio River from the Ice Age to the Future History, Biography, Statistics. Has biographies at end of book. FHL film 934873 item 1. online https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/221558
1740-1894 The Governors of West Virginia. FHL book 975.4 A1 #1 film 962706 item 2
Alternate Title: West Virginia’s Governors Biographies http://www.wvculture.org/HISTORY/govmenu.html
1768-1795 McWhorter, Lucullus Virgil. The Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia from 1768-95: Embracing the Life of Jesse Hughes and other Noted Scouts . . . FHL book 975.4 H2m fiche 6046617, 6 fiche. There is an index by Helen A. Bumgardner on film 1698016 item 4.
1772-1890 Atkinson, George Westley. Prominent Men of West Virginia: Biographical Sketches, Including Politics, The Law, Theology, Medicine, Education, Finance, Journalism, Trade, Commerce and Agriculture A Compendium of Returns of Every Election, National, State, and Congressional A Record of Every State Officer Executive, Legislative and Judicial. FHL film 1000648 item 3 & film 873932 online https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/47824
1790-1903 Biographical Publishing Company, Men of West Virginia. FHL book 975.4 D3, vols. 1- film 874390 items 1-2
Also online at Archive.org. http://archive.org/details/menwestvirginia00compgoog
1727-1889 History of the Great Kanawha Valley: with Family History and Biographical Sketches A Statement of Its Natural Resources, Industrial Growth and Commercial Advantages. FHL film 1000648 items 1-2
Also online at Archive.org. http://archive.org/details/historyofgreatka02madi
1700-1883 Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties. See individual county listings for the film numbers. These vols. are also indexed in The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. FHL book 975.4 H2ha, films 908974 items 1- vols. 1- 908975, vol. 8
1700-1883 See Cochran, Wes. Index to Hardesty’s Atlases of West Virginia. FHL book 975.4 H2ha index fiche 6048328 online https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/90459
Cemetery Records
1700-1900 Report, 1940, Cemetery and Family Records, 1754-00, West Virginia. This is a DAR report. FHL film 848632 item 5
Census Records
1700-1880 Dumont, William H. A Short Census of Virginia, 1779.Compiled from lists of persons who turned in bank notes some lived in what is now West Virginia. FHL book 975.5 X2p 1779, film 908198 item 6
1700-1787 Schreiner-Yantis, Netti. The 1787 Census of Virginia: an Accounting of the Names of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16& 21 Years, the Number of Slaves Over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together With a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Phyician’s Licenses Were Issued. One of the volumes is an index. FHL book 975.5 R4sn, 3 vols.
1720-1810 Schreiner-Yantis Netti A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia: Tax Lists of the Counties For Which the Census is Missing. This book was compiled from tax lists. FHL book 975.5 R4s.
1800-1890 Dilts, Bryan Lee. 1890 West Virginia Census Index of Civil War Veterans or Their Widows. Lists Union and Confederate veterans or their widows. FHL book 975.4 X22d 1890
Alternate Title: Ancestry Database, 1890 Veterans Schedules http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8667
Church Records
1700-1800s Peterkin, George W. A History and Record of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of West Virginia: And Before the Formation of the Diocese in 1878, in the Territory Now Known as the State of West Virginia. FHL book 975.4 K2p
Also online at Archive.org under same title. http://archive.org/details/historyrecordofp00pete
Court Records
1650-1800 Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scots-Irish Settlement in Virginia: Extracted from Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-00. FHL book 975.5916 F2c 1989, vols. 1- films 162043-4
1700-1814 Zinn, Melba Pender. Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, Records of the District, Superior and County Courts. Monongalia County covered several counties in the northern part of West Virginia. FHL book 975.452 P28z, vols. 1-
Family History
1700-1940 Tetrick, Willis Guy. Family Record of Harrison County, and Descendants in the United States. Alphabetical. FHL films 163723-8
1580-1960 Wardell, Patrick G. Timesaving Aid to Virginia-West Virginia Ancestors: A Quick-and-Easy Guide to Birth, Marriage, and Death Information in Publications Concerning County History, Churches, and the Families of Residents of Virginia and West Virginia. Indexes about 400 local and family history books. FHL book 975 D22w, vols. 1-5
1727-1889 History of the Great Kanawha Valley: with Family History and Biographical Sketches A Statement of Its Natural Resources, Industrial Growth and Commercial Advantages. FHL film 1000648 items 1-2
Also online at Archive.org. http://archive.org/details/historyofgreatka02madi
Genealogies and Genealogical Collections
1700-1900 Hess, James W. Guide to Manuscripts and Archives in the West Virginia Collection. Has a name index to manuscripts at the West Virginia University Library. FHL book 975.4 A5h
1700-1912 Butcher, Bernard Lee. Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley, West Virginia. Includes Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur Counties. FHL book 975.4 D2b film 1000647
Also online at Archive.org. http://archive.org/details/genealogicalpers02butc
1700-1913 Miller, Thomas Condit. West Virginia and Its People. FHL book 975.4 H2mw, vols. 1- film 1000646
Also online at Archive.org. http://archive.org/details/westvirginiaitsp02mill
1700-1940 Tetrick, Willis Guy. Family Sheets, an Uncompleted survey For a Genealogical History of Harrison County, West Virginia. Alphabetical. FHL films 163848-6
1700-1952 West Virginia University Library. Genealogies. Alphabetical handwritten manuscripts filmed in 1961. FHL films 239244-3
1700-1971 Hatcher, Charles Silas. Historical Genealogy of the Basham, Ellison, Hatcher, Lilly, Meadows, Pack, Walker, and other Families [of West Virginia]. FHL film 1017648 item 23
1700-1975 Hansrote, Hazel Groves. Genealogical Records of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, 18th Century to 1975. Alphabetical. FHL films 984210-7
1700-1957 Sons of the American Revolution. West Virginia Society. Applications: 1927-57. FHL films beginning with 163706 item 2 index is on film 163706 item 2
Alternate Title: Ancestry Database, U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2204
1700-1976 Smith, Aubrey O. Smith-Rife Collection of New River Genealogy and Local History. Alphabetical. New River area includes counties in West Virginia, Virginia and Floyd County, Kentucky. FHL films 1036968-7;
1738-1908 Cartmell, T. K. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: A History of Frederick Co., Virginia, From Its Formation in 1738 to 1908, Compiled Mainly From Original Records of Old Frederic County, Now Hampshire, Berkeley, Shenandoah, Jefferson, Hardy, Clarke, Warren, Morgan and Frederick. From original records of old Frederick Co., now Hampshire Co., Berkeley, Shenandoah, Jefferson, Hardy, Clarke, Warren, Morgan, and Frederick Counties. FHL book 975.59 H2c 1963 film 1000634 item 1
Also online at Ancestry.com under same title. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10569
History
1700-1800s Johnson, Patricia Givens. The New River Early Settlement. For the Southeastern counties. FHL book 975.47 H2jo
1700-1883 Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties. See individual county listings for the film numbers. These vols. are also indexed in The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. FHL book 975.4 H2ha, films 908974 items 1- vols. 1- 908975, vol. 8
1700-1890 Johnston, David E. A History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory. FHL book 975.47 H2j film 1000636 item 4
Also online at Google Book under same title. http://books.google.com/books/. Then search by book title.
1730-1830 Rice, Otis K. The Allegheny Frontier, West Virginia Beginnings, 1730-30. FHL book 975.4 H2r
1730-1830 Rice, Otis K. West Virginia a History. FHL book 975.4 H2ric
1740-1850 De Hass, Wills. History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia: Embracing an Account of the Various Expeditions in the West, Previous to 1795: Also Biographical Sketches of Col. Ebenezer Zane, Major Samuel M扖ollock, Lewis Wetzel, Genl. Andrew Lewis, Genl. Daniel Brodhead, . . . and Other Distinguished Actors in Our Border Wars. FHL book 975.4 H2d film 1033530, item 5 online https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/90273
1740-1850 Vicki B. Horton, Index to Wills De Hass’ History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of West Virginia FHL 975.4 H2d index.
Land Records
1700-1861 Sims, Edgar Barr. Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia. Grantees are listed alphabetically within the county that issued the grant. Has land records, 1748-61. FHL book 975.4 R22w supp. film 1036828, items 3-4, online https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/109038
1700-1791 Brookes-Smith, Joan E. Master Index, Virginia Surveys and Grants 1774-91. Gives name, acres, county watercourses, survey date and reference, grantee, grant date and reference. FHL book 976.9 R22b; film 1320833 item 6
Military Records
1700-1847 Lewis, Virgil A. The Soldiery of West Virginia: In the French and Indian War, Lord Dunmore’s War, The Revolution, The Later Indian Wars. The Whiskey Insurrection, The Second War With England, The War With Mexico, and Addenda Relating to West Virginia in the Civil War. FHL book 975.4 M2L, online https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/49215
1700-1847 Jeanne Robey Felldin’s Index to the Soldiery of West Virginia. FHL book 975.4 M2L index
1700-1850 Johnston, Ross B. West Virginians in the American Revolution. Has excerpts from West Virginia History vols. 1- 1939-47. FHL book 975.4 M2j fiche 6087736
1700-1850 Reddy, Anne Waller. West Virginia Revolutionary Ancestors. Lists persons who gave assistance such as food, wagons etc., to the revolutionary forces. FHL book 975.4 N2r film 1321057 item 6
1700-1981 Daughters of the American Revolution. West Virginia. Captain James Allen Chapter. West Virginia Daughters and Their Revolutionary Patriot Ancestors FHL book 975.4 A1 #62
Alternate Title: DAR Library website. http://dar.org/library/
1800-1865 United States Adjutant General’s Office. Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of West Virginia. Union soldiers indexes the records below. FHL films 881595-7
1800-65 United States Record and Pension Office. Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of West Virginia. See item above for index. These records are by unit, then alphabetical. On 261 FHL films beginning with 1478231, For similar record collection see Fold3.com and Ancestry.com’s Military Collection.
1800-1865 Virginia. Office of the Secretary of Virginia Military Records. Index to Confederate Service Records of Virginia; Confederate Service Records of Virginia, 1861-65. Not complete. FHL films 29777-8; For similar record collection see Fold3.com and Ancestry.com’s Military Collection.
1800-1890 Lang, Theodore F. Loyal West Virginians from 1861-65: With an Introductory Chapter on the Status of Virginia For thirty Years Prior to the War.West Virginians in the Civil War. FHL film 928294 item 4
Also available on Google Books. http://books.google.com/books/. Then search by book title.
1873-1918 United States Selective Service System. West Virginia, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.Men ages 18 to 45 are listed alphabetically by county or draft board. On 60 reels beginning with FHL film 1992327.
Alternate Title: Ancestry Database, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
Obituaries
1750-1940 Tetrick Willis Guy, Obituaries from Newspapers of Northern West Virginia: Principally From the Counties of Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, and Parts of Marion, Wetzel, and Wirt. [1931-32]. FHL book 975.4 V3t, vols. 1- film 1033974 items 2-
Periodicals
1700-1905 Genealogies of West Virginia Families: From The West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly, 1901-05. FHL book 975.4 D2
1700-Present The Journal of the Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society. Has lists of the surnames being searched and the names of the researchers. FHL book 975.43 D25j
Probate Records
1700-1840 Elisha B. Iams Collection. (Not at Family History Library.) This is at Citizens Library and has probate abstracts for Brooke, Monongalia, and Ohio Counties. Phone: 724-222-2400 Fax: 724-222-2606 Email: citlib@citlib.org 55 South College St.Washington, PA 15301
Tax Records
1700-1800 Bridges, Steven A. Virginians in 1800, Counties of West Virginia. This was compiled from personal property tax lists of 1800, and some from 1799 and 1801, and is a substitute for the missing 1800 census. FHL book 975.4 R4b
Vital Records
1720-1913 Scott, Carol A. Marriage and Death Notices of Wheeling, Western Virginia and the Tri-State Area. For years 1818-70. FHL book 975.4 V28s, vol. 1-3.
1780-1860 Jackson, Ronald Vern. Mortality Schedule, West Virginia 1860. FHL book 975.4 X22m 1860
Alternate Title: Ancestry Database, U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530
1790-1870 Jackson, Ronald Vern. Mortality Schedule, West Virginia 1870. FHL book 975.4 X22m 1870.
Alternate Title: Ancestry Database, U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3530
1850-Present West Virginia Division of Vital Statistics. West Virginia Marriage Index, 1921-63. (Not at the Family History Library.) http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx
1853-1860 Vital Statistics, 1853-60 of West Virginia. Arranged by county. FHL films 34484-
Alternate Title: Vital Research Records Search Selection page on the West Virginia Division of Culture and History website. http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/