Genealogy at the Kanawha County Public Library
Kanawha County Public Library does not actively collect genealogical materials. The emphasis of our collection is local history.
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We do have the Charleston Daily Mail from 1914 to date and the Charleston Gazette from 1924 to date. Film is held at the Main Library.
Obituaries can be requested by mail only if you have an exact date of death. There is no index. Send a letter with name and date of death, your contact info, SASE and a quarter for each obituary to: KCPL/attn: obits/123 Capitol St/Charleston WV 25301 Obituaries are searched as staff is available.
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West Virginia State Archives
The West Virginia State Archives is a treasure trove for genealogists. They have a variety of records, county histories, family histories and more. Besides the physical materials at their site, they are digitizing historic vital records. They are located in the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex.
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Newspaper Archive: Charleston Historical Newspapers
Search back issues of the Charleston, Beckley, Bluefield, Fayetteville, Morgantown, & Weirton digital microfilm. Please note this is not a perfect search and not all articles with your terms will be found. Log in with your card & pin.
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