This is a list of online West Virginia Genealogy Collections at FamilySearch.

Included are West Virginia birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, former slave records, freedmen records, pension records, military records and more. We’ll continue to add more West Virginia collections available online at FamilySearch. If you’re looking for onsite collections, visit their website & catalog.


Some of these records have a searchable name index, others have browsable images, a few have both an index and images, and some link to individuals in the FamilySearch family tree.


This list prioritizes indexed collections, but if you can’t find your West Virginia ancestor there, the list includes online image collections which take longer to search, but have a treasure trove of information.


These collections are all free to search. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search some of these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.




How to View the Collections

  1. Some links take you straight to the collection.

  2. Other links take you to a catalog description page where you will have to select the link.

    • Look for a camera icon and select that icon

    • or look for red print and select “here”

  3. In a few cases, the collection may be in queue to be digitized and you’ll need to check back at a later date.





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West Virginia Birth, Marriage, & Death Records


Birth records

Birth indexes


Image only birth records


Marriage Records

Marriage indexes


Image only marriage records


Death Records

Death indexes


Image only death records






Wills & Probate





West Virginia Residence Records



Emigration, Immigration, Other Migration


Land & Property


Maps, Almanacs & Gazetteers


Naturalization & Citizenship

Indexed records




Passenger Lists











Military Records


Revolutionary War, 1775-1783


Mexican War, 1846-1848


Civil War, 1861-1865


World War I, 1914-1918

Indexed WWI records


Image only WWI records


World War II, 1939-1945


Korean War







Daily Life Records


Alumni, Schools, & Yearbooks


Bible Records


Bibliography Biography




Centennial Celebrations



Church Records


Church inventories


Church History


Court & Legal & Laws & Legislation


Description & Travel


Ethnic & Minorities


African American


German Americans


Japanese American




Native American


Employees & Officials




Historical Geography




Libraries, Museums, & Archives


Magazines & Periodicals




Public Records


Slavery & Bondage




West Virginia Modern Helps

Family Search Articles

Research Tips


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