Welcome to West Virginia Genealogy Trails

Welcome to WV Genealogy Trails


Welcome to Kanawha County
History and Genealogy

A Part of Genealogy Trails

Volunteers Dedicated to Free Genealogy

This WV Genealogy Trails website is hosted by Kim Torp.
Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

Check your attics!
Dust off your family scrapbooks!
We're looking for DATA for this site!!!

We're looking for the "raw data" folks can use to build their family trees (rather than the actual trees themselves). This includes the transcribed data from the vital records, biographies from the county histories as well as the county history information itself, transcriptions of obituaries, burial data from cemetery trompings and/or readings, the data from military pensions and other service records; enumerations from census years, any newspaper gleanings for the family members including birth announcements, marriage announcements, death notices/obits and anything in between.

To help us get the data online quickly, it's very helpful to send the data transcribed (rather than sending in a graphic).

Email Kim to Contribute your Family's Data.

We regret that we are unable to perform personal research for folks.
All data we come across will be added to this site.
We thank you for visiting and hope you'll come back again to view the updates we make to this site.

Bridge at Charleston, 1943

Bridge at Charleston, 1943

Kanawha County was created in 1789.  It takes its name from the Native term, Kanawha: "place of white stone". The count y seat is Charleston, which is also the state capital.
Kanawha County is the most populous county in the state of West Virginia


* Charleston * Dunbar * Marmet * Montgomery (part)
* Nitro (part) * Smithers (part) * South Charleston * St. Albans

* Belle * Cedar Grove * Chesapeake * Clendenin
* East Bank * Glasgow * Handley * Pratt

Plus many unincorporated communities.

Kanawha County Online Data

County Records

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates
Sep 2014:  
Aug 2014:
  1883 Pensioners; obits for DEMOSS, PHILIPS, EGGLESTON, WRIGHT
Mar 2014:  
obits for MARTIN, CREMEANS, SHANNON;  HERSHBERGER bio;  sicklist news for LAR KIN; Marriage records
July 2013:
World War 2 Casualties; Burials in Stump, Bostic, Frye and Porter Cemeteries; obits for STRAIN, BOWYER; Early Border History and Genealogical Notes of Prominent Border Families; Crime news re: HARLESS and SHAFFER

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