To be successful in your West Virginia research, you must first begin with the state of Virginia. West Virginia may be known as the northernmost southern state, or the southernmost northern state. With the land originally belonging to Virginia, heightened feelings during the American Civil War, along with the decision to not secede from the Union separated fifty counties from Virginia. The state of West Virginia was created 20 Jun 1863, and is known as “The Mountain State”, for good reason.
Looking to find those elusive Mountain State ancestors? The West Virginia Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a timeline of West Virginia history events, tips on West Virginia research strategy, outline of major migration routes, and more. Also included are links to websites and resources covering vital records, church records, census records, as well as general West Virginia resources. This handy 8-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.
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