West Virginia Maps

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This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny, in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the West Virginia Family History Research series.
History of West Virginia
West Virginia Vital Records
Census Records for West Virginia
Background Sources for West Virginia
West Virginia Maps
West Virginia Land Records
West Virginia Probate Records
West Virginia Court Records
West Virginia Tax Records
West Virginia Cemetery Records
West Virginia Church Records
West Virginia Military Records
West Virginia Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
West Virginia Archives, Libraries, and Societies
African Americans of West Virginia
West Virginia Coal Mining
West Virginia County Resources
Map of West Virginia

Maps of early Virginia are crucial when tracing colonial families on the frontier that would later become West Virginia. (See Virginia Maps for a selected bibliography.) See also Henry Gannett, A Gazetteer of Virginia and West Virginia, (1904, reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002); Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer, 2d ed., Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme Publishing, 2002; and West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer, 2d ed., Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme Publishing, 2001.

Present-day county road maps can be obtained from West Virginia Department of Highways, Map Sales, 1900 Washington St. East, Charleston, WV 25305. These maps show the location of many cemeteries.

The West Virginia Archives and History Library has a large collection of maps. These range from Sanborn maps, coal mines, timber, plat, highways and tax maps. There is a searchable database, which is continually being updated, at this link: http://www.wvculture.org/history/archives/maps.html

The West Virginia and Regional History Collection (see {{West Virginia Archives, Libraries, and Societies]]) and The Family History Library (FHL) have sizable collections of West Virginia maps, including nineteenth-century landownership maps. See Edgar Barr Sims, Making a State: Formation of West Virginia'¦(Charleston, W.Va.: E. B. Sims, 1956).