West Virginia Archives: 85 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from West Virginia, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online WV newspaper archives: 85 titles to help you search your family history in the “Mountain State,” providing coverage from 1791 to Today. There are millions of articles and records in our online West Virginia newspaper archives!

Photo: West Virginia Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia
Photo: West Virginia Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia. Credit: Carol M. Highsmith; Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your ancestors from West Virginia in these newspapers. Our WV newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search West Virginia Newspaper Archives (1791 – 1922)

Search West Virginia Recent Obituaries (1999 – Today)

Illustration: West Virginia state flag
Illustration: West Virginia state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is the list of West Virginia newspapers in the online archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The WV newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

CityTitleYears of CoverageIssues AvailableCollection
BeckleyRegister-Herald08/28/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Berkeley SpringsMorgan Messenger11/19/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BluefieldBluefield Daily Telegraph10/31/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BluefieldBluefield evening leader07/04/1906 – 12/31/19101137Newspaper Archives
CeredoCeredo Crescent10/24/1857 – 10/20/186012Newspaper Archives
CeredoCeredo Crescent10/24/1857 – 10/20/186014Newspaper Archives
Charles TownFarmers’ Repository04/01/1808 – 11/15/1826661Newspaper Archives
Charles TownSpirit of Jefferson01/31/1845 – 09/12/1876424Newspaper Archives
Charles TownVirginia Free Press07/08/1829 – 08/12/187691Newspaper Archives
Charles TownSpirit of Jefferson09/27/1844 – 12/25/19001892Newspaper Archives
Charles TownVirginia Free Press07/19/1832 – 09/09/18962041Newspaper Archives
CharlestonCharleston Daily Mail10/14/2003 – 07/17/2015Recent Obituaries
CharlestonCharleston Gazette01/02/2002 – 07/19/2015Recent Obituaries
CharlestonCharleston Gazette-Mail07/20/2015 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CharlestonState Journal01/03/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CharlestonAdvocate06/09/1904 – 06/09/19041Newspaper Archives
CharlestonKanawha Valley star03/02/1858 – 03/19/18612Newspaper Archives
CharlestonLabor argus05/24/1906 – 12/28/1911264Newspaper Archives
CharlestonWest Virginia journal10/26/1864 – 06/02/1869125Newspaper Archives
CharlestonAdvocate02/07/1907 – 11/14/1912280Newspaper Archives
CharlestonCharleston advocate07/01/1894 – 01/01/18952Newspaper Archives
CharlestonTemperance star11/30/1874 – 11/30/18741Newspaper Archives
CharlestonGuerilla09/29/1862 – 10/03/18622Newspaper Archives
ClarksburgClarksburg telegram01/20/1893 – 12/26/1912880Newspaper Archives
ClarksburgCooper’s Clarksburg register11/12/1851 – 11/19/1858356Newspaper Archives
ClarksburgDaily telegram12/11/1902 – 12/30/19163591Newspaper Archives
ClarksburgSunday telegram11/29/1914 – 12/31/1916110Newspaper Archives
CountyWest Virginia Record10/29/2018 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FairmontTimes West Virginian03/09/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FairmontBaptist Recorder07/20/1848 – 07/20/18481Newspaper Archives
FairmontFairmont West Virginian04/19/1904 – 12/30/19223171Newspaper Archives
FarimontWest Virginian12/09/1914 – 12/30/19222337Newspaper Archives
Gauley BridgeKnapsack10/08/1863 – 10/08/18631Newspaper Archives
GilbertGilbert Times11/12/2008 – 08/23/2016Recent Obituaries
GrantsvilleCalhoun chronicle01/15/1884 – 11/03/18962Newspaper Archives
HuntingtonHerald-Dispatch01/01/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HuntingtonSocialist and labor star05/31/1912 – 01/01/191582Newspaper Archives
KeyserMineral Daily News-Tribune04/05/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
KeystoneMcDowell times05/09/1913 – 11/01/1918239Newspaper Archives
KingwoodWest Virginia argus10/27/1877 – 12/28/19161719Newspaper Archives
LewisburgGreenbrier era01/14/1854 – 08/19/185417Newspaper Archives
LewisburgGreenbrier independent05/22/1860 – 12/29/1922387Newspaper Archives
LewisburgGreenbrier weekly era09/16/1854 – 05/25/18617Newspaper Archives
LoganLogan Banner07/08/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MadisonCoal Valley News11/17/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MartinsburgPioneer Press09/06/1890 – 01/16/18922Newspaper Archives
MartinsburgPotomak Guardian and Berkeley Advertiser09/03/1792 – 04/02/180058Newspaper Archives
MartinsburgAmerican union07/04/1861 – 07/11/18615Newspaper Archives
MartinsburgAmerican union06/30/1855 – 03/25/1859192Newspaper Archives
MartinsburgPioneer Press01/07/1911 – 09/22/1917323Newspaper Archives
MontgomeryMontgomery Herald09/07/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MorgantownMountain Messenger, and Baptist Recorder08/04/1852 – 08/04/18521Newspaper Archives
MorgantownMonongalia mirror01/03/1852 – 06/23/1855159Newspaper Archives
MorgantownMorgantown monitor02/14/1863 – 02/13/186431Newspaper Archives
MoundsvilleMoundsville Reporter08/11/1876 – 08/11/18761Newspaper Archives
Oak HillFayette Tribune08/31/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PhilippiOld flag04/07/1869 – 12/02/18692Newspaper Archives
PinevilleIndependent Herald11/12/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Point PleasantPoint Pleasant Register09/28/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Point PleasantPoint Pleasant register04/07/1909 – 12/28/191087Newspaper Archives
PrincetonPrinceton Times10/31/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PruntytownFamily visitor01/20/1860 – 05/18/18609Newspaper Archives
RavenswoodJackson Star News03/03/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RipleyJackson Herald03/05/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RomneySouth Branch intelligencer11/06/1840 – 12/07/189337Newspaper Archives
ShepherdstownPotowmac Guardian and Berkeley Advertiser12/27/1791 – 12/27/17911Newspaper Archives
ShepherdstownShepherdstown register12/04/1849 – 12/21/19223341Newspaper Archives
SistersvilleSistersville daily oil review08/06/1902 – 04/29/1905825Newspaper Archives
SistersvilleWest Virginia daily oil review07/15/1898 – 08/05/190253Newspaper Archives
SistersvilleSistersville daily review05/01/1905 – 06/30/190550Newspaper Archives
SistersvilleSistersville oil review01/12/1898 – 12/28/189845Newspaper Archives
ThomasLa sentinella del West Virginia02/18/1911 – 05/11/191253Newspaper Archives
VolcanoVolcano lubricator10/26/1871 – 03/19/187427Newspaper Archives
VolcanoWest Virginia walking beam08/13/1879 – 12/04/18804Newspaper Archives
WestonDemocrat12/01/1868 – 12/28/1874307Newspaper Archives
WestonWeston Democrat01/04/1875 – 12/25/1880304Newspaper Archives
WheelingIntelligencer01/02/1871 – 12/30/18761071Newspaper Archives
WheelingPlain Truth07/14/1828 – 07/22/18282Newspaper Archives
WheelingWheeling Register07/01/1874 – 12/31/18977831Newspaper Archives
WheelingDaily intelligencer08/24/1852 – 09/26/192217972Newspaper Archives
WheelingWeekly Register03/06/1862 – 01/27/19092027Newspaper Archives
WheelingWheeling daily register09/08/1863 – 06/29/18784492Newspaper Archives
WheelingWheeling Register11/07/1878 – 08/31/18977307Newspaper Archives
WheelingWheeling Sunday register08/13/1882 – 08/29/1897980Newspaper Archives
WilliamsonWilliamson Daily News01/10/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

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