Resources & Links

Resources & Links

West Virginia History and Genealogy

  • West Virginia GenWeb Project
    A good place to find contributed genealogical information, surname lists, queries, and message boards for all of the counties in West Virginia.

  • West Virginia Archives and History Vital Records Research
    This page provides statewide birth, marriage, and death records for West Virginia.  Currently, birth and marriage records are available for all 55 counties from the date of formation of the county.  Birth records are restricted to those 100 years old and older.  Marriage records are available up until 1969-70.  Death records are available from the date of formation of the county up until 50 years ago. 

Monongalia County History and Genealogy

  • Monongalia County GenWeb Site
    A good site on which to find histories of the county, as well as submitted text files including census records, cemetery records, and military records.  Also includes maps of the area, message boards, and mailing lists. 

  • Monongalia Historical Society
    P.O. Box 127
    Morgantown, WV  26505
    The Society has a Genealogy Committee that will answer local queries.

  • Harrison-Monongalia VA Mailing List (scroll down page to find)
    Discussions of the families of the Harrison and Monongalia counties area of Virginia (now West Virginia).  This includes the areas around Harrison and Monongalia counties and the trails bringing the families into the area, and covers the time period surrounding the Revolutionary War, as Monongalia County was formed in 1776 and Harrison County was formed in 1784.

  • Monongalia County, WV Rootsweb Message Board
    Use for browsing/searching genealogical queries related to Monongalia County.  Contains queries dating back to January, 1998.  Messages that appear on this board also appear in the "[email protected]" Mailing List.



  • West Virginia State Archives
    Here one can find a guide to the Archives' collections, as well as a list of their accessions for every year since 1991.  There are also links to a staff research guide, "Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor," and to their Genealogy Surname Exchange.   Hours, fees, and other information are also available.

  • Library of Virginia
    A wealth of genealogy information is on this website, but most useful for the Revolutionary period in Monongalia County is their database of Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants from both the Crown and the Commonwealth starting in 1623.  Individuals can be located either by their original land grant or as neighbors (adjoiners) on their neighbor's grants.  The actual original images are online, as well as a nice abstract of each document.

  • West Virginia and Regional History Collection
    West Virginia University Libraries
    Located on the 6th floor of the WVU Downtown Campus Library, the West Virginia and Regional History Collection is the premier place to conduct West Virginia genealogical research.  This collection contains all of the census records for what is now West Virginia (including Virginia 1790-1860), published genealogies, and various published records (such as marriages, cemeteries, etc.) for most counties in the state.  They also have the largest extant collection of historical WV newspapers, as well as a large manuscript collection.   Check out their online "Guide to Genealogical Research" and their searchable "Guide to Archives and Manuscripts."   The West Virginia Collection also has many resources for surrounding areas such as Fayette County, PA and Garrett County, MD.   The computers in the West Virginia Collection
    have access to the Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online databases. 

  • West Virginia University Libraries
    The books in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection do not circulate, but the WVU Libraries have many duplicates of books that are in the Collection.  These books circulate to residents with borrowers cards and to anyone connected with WVU.  All books are available for browsing in the library by the general public. 

  • Morgantown Public Library
    The public library has a local history and genealogy collection located next door to the library in the historic Garlow House.  Some books are duplicates of the University Library's collection, but there are also some unique published and unpublished genealogies and transcriptions of records by local DAR chapters and others that are not available elsewhere.

         Web hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, 
the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.

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Page last updated October 17, 2009