West Virginia Census Records
West Virginia Census Notes
Census records prior to 1863 (the time of the split of eastern and western Virginia) will be listed in Virginia so be sure to check Virginia Census Finder for earlier census records.
Federal West Virginia Census Records are available to the public for census years: 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
The 1890 Veterans and Widows Census for West Virginia did survive and is a valuable resource which is often used as a census substitute. See 1890 Veterans Schedules at Ancestry.
West Virginia State Census Records: There are not any known census records enumerated by the state of WV, however there were early censuses taken by the state of Virginia in 1782, 1783, 1784, 1785 & 1786. These early censuses would have included what is today known as West Virginia. See Heads of Families Index created from 1782-1785 Virginia state census records at Ancestry.
For help with county formations before and after the split of Virginia See: Virginia and W. Virginia Counties History.
West Virginia Records
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West Virginia Vital Records
Division of Health
Birth & death records from 1917 to the present are available at the above address.
Earlier birth & death records may be obtained from County Clerks in the individual counties.
Marriage records 1921 to the present are available at the above address.
Earlier marriage records can be obtained from County Clerks at the county level.
WV Vital Record Databases
Newspapers & Obituaries
WV Genealogy Links
Online History Book
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US Census Records
(Part of Virginia State 1788-1863. Statehood 1863.)
Originally part of Virginia, Civil War disputes caused a split in the state when Virginia joined ranks with the Confederacy. Named Kanawha in 1861, the name became West Virginia before statehood in 1863. It must be remembered when searching W. Virginia census records... any census shown in the following indexes that were enumerated before 1863 are actually found in Virginia records.
Statewide West Virginia Census Records Online
Other WV Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes
WV Census Records Online by County
Barbour County Census Records (formed 1843 from Harrison, Lewis & Randolph)
Berkeley County Census Records (formed 1772 from Frederick)
Boone County Census Records (formed 1847 from Cabell, Kanawha & Logan)
Braxton County Census Records (formed 1836 from Kanawha, Lewis & Nicholas)
Brooke County Census Records (formed 1796 from Ohio)
Cabell County Census Records (formed 1809 from Kanawha)
Calhoun County Census Records (formed 1856 from Gilmer)
Clay County Census Records (formed 1858 from Braxton & Nicholas)
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