PARKERSBURG AND WOOD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

GENEALOGY/LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTION

Patrons unable to access our collection in person may send inquiries by mail or EMAIL. Please be aware of the following guidelines.

Selected genealogical resources that are available at the library.

Biographies:Biographies of certain West Virginia natives and of other persons who somehow influenced the development of the state or region.

Birth Records.

Censuses:Listed below are the census microfilm holdings of the library.

1790        3 reels, varied states on each

1800        8 reels – 7 PA, VT

1810        9 reels – 6 PA, 1 VT, 2 VA

1820    9 reels – 4 OH, 1 PA, 1 VT, 3 VA

1830    7 reels – 1 KY, 1 NJ, 2 OH, 1 PA, 2 VA

1840    15 reels – 3 KY, 2 OH, 3 PA, 7 VA

1850    124 reels – 1 IN, 11 KY, 5 MD, 10 NY, 16 OH, 29 PA, 51 VA

1870    23 reels            -- 4 DE, 4 KY, 7 MD, 4 NC, 8 OH, 3 PA, 45 VA

1880    23 reels – 5 OH, 18 WV

1890        Union Veterans and Widows of Veterans

2 reels – 1 OH (Includes Athens, Washington)

1 WV(Includes Wood Co.)

1900    22 reels – 22 WV

1910    24 reels – 24 WV

1920    28 reels – 28 WV

Cemetery Lists

Church Records

City Directories: We have Parkersburg 1905, 1907, 1914, 1921, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948-52, 1954-62, and 1964.

County and Local Histories.

Court Records.

DAR: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution – v. 1, 13-25, 27-30, 37-40, 43-130, 132-153, and 155-166.

Family Histories:

Genealogical Research Aids(“how to do it” manuals/guidebooks”)

Maps: The library has a collection of relief, topographic, and county highway maps of WV; election precinct maps of Parkersburg and Vienna; the atlas of Washington County, plus index (1875), the atlas of Wood County (1886), the atlas of Noble County (1876) and a few other items.

Military Records.

National Society of the Daughters of Founders and Patrons of America:volumes 1-4, 8-18, 22-24, 34-47 and indexes.

Naturalization/Passenger Lists.

Newspapers:This is a listing of the library’s holdings of newspapers on microfilm.


 

Daily State Journal

July 1, 1883 – June 30, 1916 (various issues missing)

Dispatch News

March 27, 1909 – April 1, 1913 (includes other titles and dates)

Parkersburg Daily Times

August 12, 1865 – September 6, 1872

Parkersburg Dispatch News

April 1, 1905 – June 29, 1905

Nov. 13, 1912 – Dec. 4, 1914

Parkersburg Gazette

July 1, 1841 – July 11, 1857

July 29, 1869 – May 9, 1872

Parkersburg Morning News

June 28, 1898 – September 1905; 

(Missing:Apr. & Jun. 1903; Sep. & Oct. 1903; Jan. & Mar. 1905.)

Parkersburg News (microfilm)

1918 –1982; July 1985 – present (Missing: June 1985)

Parkersburg News (microfiche)

1984 – May 1985

Parkersburg Orthopolitan

January 1, 1873 – February 13, 1875

Parkersburg Semi-Weekly Sentinel

March 12, 1895 – February 29, 1875

Parkersburg Sentinel (microfilm)

October 21, 1889 – 1948; 1955 – 1982; July 1985 – present

(Missing: June 1985 & April – June 1939)

Parkersburg Sentinel (microfiche)

1984 – May 1985

Parkersburg Weekly Sentinel

July 17, 1875 – March 8, 1895

Weekly State Journal

September 22, 1869 – December 25, 1902

(Missing: Dec. 25, 1890 - Dec. 1892; Nov. 15, 1900 – Dec. 1901)

West Virginia Freeman

February 23, 1881 – December 19, 1888

West Virginia Weekly Times

September 23, 1865 – June 20, 1872

Pamphlets:There is an extensive file of Genealogy/Local History-related pamphlets and newspaper clippings in the Genealogy Room.You are welcome to make photocopies of this material.

Periodicals:These include family newsletters, West Virginia organizations’ newsletters, genealogical societies’ newsletters, and many more.

Tax Records.

Will Indexes.

Yearbooks:Parkersburg High School yearbook (PARHISCHAN) for years 1924, 1926, 1931-35, 1937-41, 1943-1968, 1971-1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1984-1991.PATRIAN 1982 & 1994.