Maps of West Virginia are an invaluable element of genealogy and family history research, particularly if you live faraway from where your ancestor lived. Because West Virginia political borders oftentimes changed, historic maps are essential in assisting you uncover the exact location of your ancestor’s hometown, exactly what land they owned, just who his or her neighbors were, and a lot more.
Maps of West Virginia generally tend to be an outstanding reference for starting out with your research, because they provide substantially valuable information and facts right away. West Virginia Maps is usually a major resource of significant amounts of details on family history.
West Virginia borders Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. West Virginia’s 10 largest cities are Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Morgantown, Weirton, Fairmont, Beckley, Clarksburg and Martinsburg. Learn more about Historical Facts of West Virginia Counties.
It’s important to remember that West Virginia was once part of Virginia. So, viewing early Virginia maps is the best way to track the movements of early West Virginia pioneers and frontier families. Luckily, many such maps exist, and they often show useful information, such as cemetery locations. The FHL and the West Virginia and Regional History Collection each have many landownership maps from the 1800s, as well as other West Virginia maps on file.
Contact us if you have a map of West Virginia or link to a West Virginia Map you would like to see listed.
Interactive Map of West Virginia County Formation History
Old Antique Atlases & Maps of West Virginia
These are scanned from the original copies so you can see West Virginia and West Virginia counties as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Some West Virginia maps years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the avid genealogist in West Virginia. West Virginia was at one time part of Virginia.
- 1795 Map of Virginia
- 1804 Map of Virginia
- 1814 Atlas Map of Virginia
- 1822 Geographical, Historical, And Statistical Map Of District of Columbia
- 1822 Geographical, Historical, And Statistical Map Of Virginia
- 1827 Map of Virginia and Maryland (inset) Plan of Washington City & Georgetown
- 1836 A New Atlas Map Of Virginia With Its Canals, Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes
- 1845 Atlas Map of Virginia
- 1856 Atlas Map of Virginia with two inset maps: Richmond Henrico County, Manchester and Springhill Chesterfield Co.; Norfolk, Portsmouth And Gosport
- 1880 County Map of West Virginia and Virginia
D.O.T. County Road and Highway Maps of West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Transportation is pleased to provide highly detailed county maps online. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps. In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Our county map images have been cropped to better fit your screen. To view a map, click the desired county section below. To save a copy on your computer, while viewing the PDF image, click the
diskette icon on your toolbar, then save to the desired location on your computer. (note: some counties have up to five (5) sections)
To View the Map: Just click the Image to view the map online. In order to make the Image size as small as possible they were save on the lowest resolution.
West Virginia Map Links
- West Virginia Digital Map Library (usgwarchives.net)
- West Virginia Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers (ancestry.com)
- West Virginia Maps – The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (lib.utexas.edu)
- U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (ancestry.com)
- Historical Maps of West Virginia (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- American Memory Map Collection: 1500-2004 (memory.loc.gov)
- West Virginia Map Books (amazon.com)
- A Gazetteer of Virginia and West Virginia, (1904, reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002)
- Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer, 2d ed., Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme Publishing, 2002; and West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer, 2d ed., Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme Publishing, 2001.
- Making a State: Formation of West Virginia…(Charleston, W.Va.: E. B. Sims, 1956)