West Virginia Family History Societies(M-R)

This section lists associations from Mercer to Roane giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Mercer County Historical Society

The society is a non-profit making association established on 29 October 1974. Their aim is the preservation and study of the history of Mercer County.

They have many publications are available for sale, which incorporate Historical Genealogy, Memoirs of Old Princeton, A Thousand Names from the Annals of Giles and Mercer Counties, A Civil War Diary and Clay Family Settlement on the Bluestone River.

Publications available for sale also include:

  • Births 1853-1873
  • Deaths 1853-1890
  • Early Princeton and the Episcopal Church
  • Marriages 1853-1890
  • Princeton Times Pictorial History 1850-1991

Monroe County Historical Society

The association has a number of archives relating to Genealogy, which incorporate:

  • Cemeteries Book
  • Genealogies
  • Shirley Ulaki Books
  • Town Histories

A list of Libraries with Genealogical Collections is available on the site.

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Diary of Susan Waddell
  • Highlights of the History of Monroe Co. Schools 1799-1999
  • Monroe Co. Cemeteries
  • Monroe Co. Slaves
  • Monroe Co. Soldiers in the Civil War
  • Sweet Springs Travel Guide and History

Preston County Historical Society - History House Museum

The association has a Museum where a number of archives are available, which incorporate:

  • Antique Tools
  • Arrowheads
  • Civil War Memorabilia
  • Firearms
  • Indian Artefacts
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Railroad Items

They also have the Bucklew Collection, which was assembled by Leroy S Bucklew.

Ritchie County Historical Society

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Farm Maps
  • Irish Immigration
  • Map of Ritchie Co. Schools
  • North-western Turnpike Map
  • North Bend Rail Trail Guide
  • Ritchie Co. Cemeteries

Roane County Historical Society

Many databases are accessible, which comprise:

  • Cemeteries and Tombstone Inscriptions
  • Histories
  • Miscellaneous Documents
  • Photographs
  • Surname List

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • RCHS Ancestor Charts
  • Roane Co. Births
  • Roane Co. Cemeteries
  • Roane Co. Founders
  • Telephone and City Directories

A number of books published by Judy Hildreth are available for sale, which include the following indexes all for Roane Co.:

  • Births late 60's to 2008
  • Deaths 1967-2008
  • Out of the area Deaths 1979-2008
  • Cemeteries
  • Marriages 1967-2007
  • WWII Veterans

She has also published an index of Calhoun Co. Births and Deaths.

David L Boggs has published Obituaries from the Times Records Newspaper and this is also available for sale.