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Re: West Virginia Vital Records

What a marvelous resource. I want to echo the comment of another who contributed to this thread that people with VA ancestry should pay attention to the vital records of WV; especially now that they (at least the death records) are free and easily searchable. A massive number of blacks "transitioned" through the Mountain state in the late 1800s and early 1900s from VA, AL, NC, and other southern states engaging in coal mining and railroad track building. It was in WV that many of them married and started families before moving on further north and west, and where unfortunately some met their tragic end. And don't forget those (a substantial number) who maintained a "dual" residence status in VA & WV, going back for extended periods of time to numerous counties in VA as far away as Campbell and Henry counties to tend to property, elderly parents, etc.

An excerpt from the locals section of the McDowell Times Aug 7, 1914: "Sherman Finney returned Saturday from his Henry county farm where he has been looking after his crops and cattle since July 2nd. He reports cropin in splendid condition in Henry and Franklin counties."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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