West Virginia Genealogy
My genealogy research starts in West Virginia since both of my parents were born and raised there. In addition to my parents, a few more generations back from me also involve this area of the country. I’m accumulating a lot of detailed information about it. Libraries and other places to look only carry each of us so far in our hunt for family connections, so I share what I find here in case someone else can use it. Explore the resources on this page and throughout my website:
- Free files to explore and download
- A blog category devoted to West Virginia Genealogy and further sorted into cities, counties, old coal mining towns and communities.
- A robust group of fellow researchers on Facebook in my West Virginia Genealogy Group. Over 4,000 members!
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
The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I...read more
After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine. I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter...read more
My efforts here are largely an outlet for my own busy imagination. My husband Mark chips in for some parts of it and my children lend a hand here and there but mostly it's just me and a houseful of pets who hang around to provide inspiration. Meet Sophie, Lucky, Mick...read more
Easy Shabby Chic Decor, 50 Simple Suggestions I found a great list of ideas and items for adding touches of nostalgia to a room for some very shabby chic decor using a wide variety of vintage household items. Most of these should be easy to find in local antique...read more
I found a really nice shabby chic decor style guide today. Great photography that is sure to inspire your imagination in creating the shabby chic look for one or all of your rooms. I'm into genealogy so I really like examples of how to incorporate old family photos...read more
I seem to have a special talent for having a simple idea turn out to be really complicated when I try to act on it. Apparently, I'm not the only one - the cow in the picture evidently had the simple idea of exploring life on the other side of the fence. Look...read more
A super easy, shabby chic decor accent is a vase full of flowers. Gardenias are a nice fit. The elegant simplicity of white, a nice, strong, fragrant, scent and they just seem to have an old fashioned appeal about them. The only trouble is they don't last very long...read more
Back in January I wrote about my passion for reading the "Cat Who" series of novels by Lilian Jackson Braun and puzzled over why the series trailed off in such a deflated way. I pondered with the rest of her fans about whether or not the series was continued by a...read more
West Virginia Genealogy Group
Join the discussion in my West Virginia Genealogy Group on Facebook. Over 4,000 members! Be sure to check out the files there too, members of the group are posting their photos, documents and information for the community to see. Just visit the group and request to join. Approval usually takes place with 24 – 36 hours.