Researchers wishing to find information on West Virginia residents who lived in the area before 1870 should consult the National Archives census records for the state.
The FHL, West Virginia University in Morgantown, and Charleston’s Archives and History Library each have collections of census records available as well. There are also many published census record abstracts for West Virginia, which can be found in various repositories around the state. An index to West Virginia’s federal census records is available from a number of sources, including databases on the Internet.
Until 1863 West Virginia was part of Virginia, See Virginia Census Records to locate West Virginians prior to the 1870 federal census.
Searchable West Virginia Census Databases and other Helpful Links