Maps of West Virginia

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Map of West Virginia county boundaries and county seats

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.

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

(West Virginia maps made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company)


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.

Disclaimer: All West Virginia maps are free to use for your own genealogical purposes and may not be reproduced for resale or distribution.Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection


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.

These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format (Images are between 500k and 1.5 meg so loading may be slow if using a dial-up connection). The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download


West Virginia Map Links

Further Reading

  • 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)

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  1. […] During this period of time James INGRAM and his family were the only family of this name in the area of Greenbrier, Kanawha, Monroe and Nicholas counties. I have not done a complete study of all Ingram, Ingrum, Inghram, Ingharam in the early censuses of Virginia. There were Inghram and Ingharam individuals in Lewis, Wood, Tyler, and Ohio counties. Lewis and Wood bordered on Kanawha County in 1829 (see Interactive Map of West Virginia County Formation History). […]