VIRGINIA TIMELINE - Key dates to recall
Choose key years, or use the link above to access all dates.
Map of 1617 of Virginia--- ten years after the first permanent settlement at Jamestowne
They had been in and out of area for almost 50 years already.
Augusta and Frederick Counties formed, what will become West Virginia 1783.
A Nation Born - Ohio and Monongalia Co.'s formed 1776
Counties start shifting and sharing with new counties 1778.
Kentucky counties were separated in 1792. Key Map to remember 9 counties moved
Shifts in boundaries are more as the later counties are developed. Larger counties become smaller and many new counties are created.
Many West Virginia Counties are developed and boundaries are moving. Counties are shrinking as the settlements expands with people.
Boundary changes coming sooner from 1814 forward
Virginia in census year 1850 .
West Virginia formed in 1863.
Last county added to West Virginia in 1895.
Virginia Grows and West Virginia Resources
Ten years after the first settlement of Jamestowne
START THE MAPS LINK ABOVE
IT HELPS EXPLAIN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE
Saves space for you to click on the links from your home computer
STUDING THE DEVELOPMENT WILL HELP YOU BE AWARE OF WHICH COUNTY, CITY OR SHIRE (PARISH) WAS WHERE. Remember it was a mixture of all these even today.
Remembering, West Virginia's home was Virginia, prior to Virginia it was England records may be found in any of
these places depending on the time of event your looking for.
For the beginning of your West Virginia Research you need to also follow the data for Virginia research because the basic sources are the same. Those sources can be found here at this blog site. It was much to large to make into one blog post.
These cover West Virginia region. In the formation maps above it tells you which two counties were first part of what was to later become West Virginia during the Civil War. For West Virginia research you need to file those names as the beginning counties of what ever area of WV you may be searching.
SouthCentral West Virginia Genealogical Society, Inc.
Lastly remember join a Genealogical or Historical Society in the area your researching.
You may need to change counties as your research expands but the membership is key to good results becoming even great results.
Check their archives, use google, enjoy the hunt and find success.
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