Paths to the past
Divide and conquer
Rounding up records
• Censuses: Federal censuses count West Virginians from 1870 through 1930 (except for the 1890 census, which was ruined in a fire). Remember, ancestors born before 1863 likely named Virginia as their birthplace in these censuses.
Schedules are missing for Virginia’s first two US censuses in 1790 and 1800, and incomplete for 1810. Use tax rolls as substitutes. Look for census records on microfilm at large libraries, the FHL and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facilities; and online through Ancestry.com ($155.40 per year) and HeritageQuest Online (free through subscribing libraries).