West Virginia Map & Atlas Guide

Any Historical West Virginia Map can indicate who owned specific property in the state and which towns held the county seat at the time.  This information is a valuable starting point for your research pointing you to the right location of records.

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Solving Research Problems with a West Virginia Maps – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify West Virginia city borders and names that have changed over the course of time. This can make it difficult to understand where your ancestors’ information is kept.

Because West Virginia historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a West Virginia map from the time period you are researching can help tremendously in solving these problems by leading you to the correct town records. It can also give you other leads, such as the location of city directories or old post offices in West Virginia.

West Virginia Map of Counties

West Virginia Map of Counties

Choosing the Best West Virginia Map – If you have a large source of maps to choose from, try starting with the area where your ancestors resided and looking for the maps with the most detail.  You can determine a lot by seeing if the area was still rural or more developed, and how far it was to the nearest city.  This can shed light on your family’s lifestyle and occupation. Were they farmers who lived in the country, or merchants who traveled often to a nearby city?  A map can give you an idea of what occupations were possible.

Maps of early Virginia are crucial when tracing colonial families on the frontier that would later become West Virginia. Present-day county road maps can be obtained from West Virginia Department of Highways. These maps show the location of many cemeteries. The West Virginia and Regional History Collection and The Family History Library (FHL) have sizable collections of West Virginia maps, including nineteenth-century landownership maps.

West Virginia Map of County Formations For The Years 1617-1995

These West Virginia maps shows the historical changes to Kansas counties from 1617 to 1995. This Interactive West Virginia map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

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West Virginia Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
Aco - Accomack
Alb - Albemarle
All - Alleghany
Ame - Amelia
Amh - Amherst
Ap - Appomattox
Ar - Arlington
Au - Augusta
Bar - Barbour (WV)
Bat - Bath
Bcn - Buchanan
Bed - Bedford
Ber - Berkeley (WV)
Bkm - Buckingham
Bl - Bland
Boo - Boone (WV)
Bot - Botetourt
Bra - Braxton (WV)
Brn - Brunswick
Bro - Brooke (WV)
Cab - Cabell (WV)
Cal - Calhoun (WV)
Cam - Campbell
CC - Charles City
Che - Chesterfield
Clk - Clarke
Clt - Charlotte
Cly - Clay (WV)
Cr - Craig
Crl - Carroll
Crn - Caroline
Cul - Culpeper
Cum - Cumberland
Dic - Dickenson
Din - Dinwiddie
Do - Doddridge (WV)
EC - Elizabeth City
Es - Essex
Fai - Fairfax
Fau - Fauquier
Fay - Fayette (WV)
Flo - Floyd
Flu - Fluvanna
Fra - Franklin
Fre - Frederick
Gl - Gloucester
Gls - Giles
Gmr - Gilmer (WV)
Go - Goochland
Gra - Grant (WV)
Gra - Grayson
Grb - Greenbrier (WV)
Grn - Greene
Gvl - Greensville
Hal - Halifax
Ham - Hampshire (WV)
Hck - Hancock (WV)
Hco - Henrico
Hdy - Hardy (WV)
Hi - Highland
Hry - Henry
Hsn - Harrison (WV)
Hvr - Hanover
IW - Isle of Wight
Jac - Jackson (WV)
JC - James City
Je - Jefferson (WV)
Ka - Kanawha (WV)
KG - King George
KQ - King and Queen
KW - King William
La - Lancaster
Ldn - Loudon
Lee - Lee
Lew - Lewis (WV)
Li - Lincoln (WV)
Log - Logan (WV)
Lsa - Louisa
Lu - Lunenburg
Mad - Madison
Mas - Mason (WV)
Mat - Mathews
Mc - McDowell (WV)
Mec - Mecklenburg
Mer - Mercer (WV)
Mgl - Monongalia (WV)
Mid - Middlesex
Mnl - Mineral (WV)
Mno - Mingo (WV)
Mon - Montgomery
Mor - Morgan (WV)
Mrn - Marion (WV)
Mro - Monroe (WV)
Msl - Marshall (WV)
Na - Nansemond
Nel - Nelson
Nfk - Norfolk
Nhn - Northampton
Ni - Nicholas (WV)
NK - New Kent
Not - Nottoway
Nud - Northumberland
Oh - Ohio (WV)
Or - Orange
PA - Princess Anne
Pag - Page
Pat - Patrick
Pe - Pendleton (WV)
PE - Prince Edward
PG - Prince George
Pi - Pittsylvania
Pl - Pleasants (WV)
Poc - Pocahontas (WV)
Pow - Powhatan
Pr - Preston (WV)
Pul - Pulaski
Put - Putnam (WV)
PW - Prince William
Ral - Raleigh (WV)
Ran - Randolph (WV)
Rap - Rappahannock
Rbr - Rockbridge
Rhm - Rockingham
Ric - Richmond
Rit - Ritchie (WV)
Rne - Roane (WV)
Rnk - Roanoke
Ru - Russell
Sc - Scott
Sh - Shenandoah
Sm - Smyth
So - Southampton
Sp - Spotsylvania
St - Stafford
Su - Summers (WV)
Sur - Surry
Sus - Sussex
Tay - Taylor (WV)
Taz - Tazewell
Tu - Tucker (WV)
Ty - Tyler (WV)
Up - Upshur (WV)
Was - Washington
Way - Wayne (WV)
Web - Webster (WV)
Wes - Westmoreland
Wet - Wetzel (WV)
Wir - Wirt (WV)
Wis - Wise
Wod - Wood (WV)
Wrn - Warren
Wwk - Warwick
Wy - Wythe
Wyo - Wyoming (WV)
Yor - York
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West Virginia Maps & Atlases

1880 West Virginia MapThe David Rumsey Historical West Virginia Map Collection is scanned from original copies so you can see West Virginia as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Some West Virginia map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Kansas researcher.

It’s important to remember that West Virginia was once part of Virginia.  So, viewing early Virginia maps is the best way to track the movements of early West Virginia pioneers and frontier families.  Luckily, many such maps exist, and they often show useful information, such as cemetery locations.  The FHL and the West Virginia and Regional History Collection each have many landownership maps from the 1800s, as well as other West Virginia maps on file.

See Virginia Maps Guide For Maps earlier than 1863.

West Virginia Map of D.O.T. County Road and Highway’s

West Virginia County DOT MapThe West Virginia Department of Transportation is pleased to provide highly detailed county maps online. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps. In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Our county map images have been cropped to better fit your screen. To view a map, click the desired county section below. To save a copy on your computer, while viewing the PDF image, click the
diskette icon on your toolbar, then save to the desired location on your computer. (note: some counties have up to five (5) sections)

These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download

External West Virginia Map Links

  • American Memory Map Collection: 1500-2004
  • West Virginia Map Books
  • 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.
  • Making a State: Formation of West Virginia…(Charleston, W.Va.: E. B. Sims, 1956)

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