West VirginiaMontani semper liberi
(Mountaineers are always free)
Welcome to the state of West Virginia.
Welcome to West Virginia, Trails To The Past. I am Charlie , your State Administrator. I am here to serve you. My goal is to add family history to this site with the goal of making our site one of the best, if not the best, West Virginia genealogy / historical sites on the internet.
I would be honored to include your family history to this project.
West Virginia was a part of the state of Virginia. However, it was geographically separated by mountains. In 1861 and 1862, during the Wheeling Conventions, the people of present-day West Virginia voted to secede from Virginia once it had seceded from the Union and President Abraham Lincoln recognized the 35th state which was formally formed on 20 Jun 1863. West Virginia was one of two states formed during the Civil War (the other being Nevada) and was the only "state" to secede from another Confederate State.
One of our projects at West Virgnia, Trails To The Past is transcribing and posting West Virginia Historical Books that are in the Public Domain (Not under Copyright protection). At this time I have several books I plan to put online. This is more of an editing / formatting / proofing documents converted from PDF (Acrabat Adobe) files. Two of the books are listed below. Please contact Charlie if you would like more information on this project.
A Reminiscent History of Northern West Virginia
by the Goodspeed Brothers
West Virginia and its People
by Thomas Condit Miller
FAMILY RESEARCH PROJECTS
This section is dedicated to preserving the Family Research of individuals who have donated their research to West Virginia - Trails To The Past. Please contact Charlie if you would like more information on this project or if you would be interested in donating you research (partial or complete) to this project.
RESOURCE TOOLS and MESSAGE BOARD
So, you would like to help, but your not sure how.
Here are some ideas.
research to the website. This could include Family Group
Biographies, Obituaries, Birth/Marriage/Death dates, Bible
Family Records (especially those from war), Military Records, and
anything else you would like to contribute. This is a great
help us grow.
We give due credit for all information donated to
the TTTP project.
3. Contributing other data like cemetery transcripting, court house records, histories, etc.
4. Assisting Others With their research.
Please do not submit
information from other genealogy websites,
Please contact Charlie if you would like to help with this project or if you would like more information.
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