Genealogy & Ward, West Virginia
Ward, West Virginia is a coal mining community that was thriving from the early 1900’s until the mid 1970’s. My mother grew up there and both sets of my grandparents lived there when they were children. I write about Ward here in my blog and I also write about all of my genealogy research.
Genealogy I have the blog posts arranged in a primary category named Genealogy, with sub-categories by surnames, location names and others that will develop as the need arises. There is a menu visible from any blog article in the right margin, just click the black arrows to expand the categories and explore subcategories.
FREE File Downloads -Below is a collection of shared files for you to view and download. Old photos of Ward, WV, family photos, and other documents associated with genealogy research. The files are stored on the Internet at a free file sharing site and the tool below provides access to them (be patient, sometimes it takes a moment to load).
I don't know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that's more documented than any of my others. There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read. Her lines trace to revolutionary war...read more
Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888. His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider. Somehow this became Honzura but there isn't much record to explain when he started using Honzura. I've just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he...read more
Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider. Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia. The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn't have much more in the way of any...read more