West Virginia Genealogy

My genealogy research starts in West Virginia since both of my parents were born and raised there. In addition to my parents, a few more generations back from me also involve this area of the country. I’m accumulating a lot of detailed information about it. Libraries and other places to look only carry each of us so far in our hunt for family connections, so I share what I find here in case someone else can use it. Explore the resources on this page and throughout my website:


  • Free files to explore and download
  • A blog category devoted to West Virginia Genealogy and further sorted into cities, counties, old coal mining towns and communities.
  • A robust group of fellow researchers on Facebook in my West Virginia Genealogy Group. Over 4,000 members!

Expecting fish, but turtles show up

Turtle sunning itself out by our pond. We seem to have our own private "Turtletopia". Our pond is swarming with a variety of turtles. I love watching them and trying to discover more about them. Up to now, I've only rarely seen one outside a pet shop or someone's...

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Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son...

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John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as...

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West Virginia Genealogy Group

Join the discussion in my West Virginia Genealogy Group on Facebook. Over 4,000 members! Be sure to check out the files there too, members of the group are posting their photos, documents and information for the community to see. Just visit the group and request to join. Approval usually takes place with 24 – 36 hours.