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Subject Guides

Staff members have created subject guides to help get patrons started with their research on the topics below. Be sure to check out our research guides as well.


The WVRHC has an extensive and varied collection of materials available for genealogical research, including published and unpublished genealogies, public records, military records, photographs, newspapers, and manuscript materials.

Military Records

The WVRHC has a wide variety of military history records and resources pertaining to Virginia and West Virginia, for conflicts ranging from the French and Indian War through the Vietnam War.

WV State and Local History

Visitors to the WVRHC can use our collection of multi-volume state histories, which provide extensive coverage of Virginia and West Virginia history as well as genealogy of selected West Virginia families. Those who cannot visit can access chapters scanned from West Virginia History: A Bibliography and Guide to Research, by Harold Forbes, a comprehensive listing of published West Virginia local histories, state histories, and biographies (through 1980).