There are over 1,100 newspapers that have been published in the Mountain State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your West Virginia ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time – so if there is a dead link – please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated November, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)
- Bluefield, W. Va., 1906-1911 – Bluefield evening leader.
- Bramwell, W. Va., 1890-???? – Flat Top monitor
- Ceredo, Va., 1857-1861 – Ceredo crescent.
- Ceredo, W. Va., 1885-1939 – Ceredo advance. [volume
- Charles Town, Va. [W. Va.], 1844-1948 – Spirit of Jefferson.
- Charles Town, W. Va., 1885- – 1890 – West Virginia Democrat. [volume.
- Charleston, Va. [W. Va.], 1856-1861 – Kanawha Valley star.
- Charleston, Va. [W. Va.], 1862-186? – The guerilla.
- Charleston, W. Va., 1864-1877 – The West Virginia journal.
- Charleston, W. Va., 1874-1874 – The temperance star.
- Charleston, W. Va., 1894-189? – The Charleston advocate.
- Charleston, W. Va., 1901-1913 – The advocate. [volume]
- Charleston, W. Va., 1906-1915 – The labor argus.
- Charlestown, Va. [W. Va.], 1827-1832 – Virginia free press & farmers’ repository.
- Charlestown, Va. [W. Va.], 1832-1916 – Virginia free press.
- Clarksburg, Va. [W. Va.], 1851-1861 – Cooper’s Clarksburg register.
- Clarksburg, W. Va., 1874-1926 – The Clarksburg telegram.
- Clarksburg, W. Va., 1901-1926 – The daily telegram
- Clarksburg, W. Va., 1914-1927 – The Sunday telegram.
- Fairmont, W. Va., 1904-1914 – The Fairmont West Virginian.
- Fairmont, W. Va., 1914-1974 – The West Virginian.
- Gauley Bridge, W. Va., 1863-1863 – The knapsack.
- Grantsville, W. Va., 1883-1984 – The Calhoun chronicle.
- Hinton, W. Va., 1882-???? – The Hinton Republican.
- Huntington, W. Va., 1871-1874 – Huntington independent. [volume]
- Huntington, W. Va., 1872-1905 – The Huntington argus. [volume]
- Huntington, W. Va., 1874-1921 – Huntington advertiser. [volume]
- Huntington, W. Va., 1911-1915 – The Socialist and labor star.
- Keystone, W. Va., 1904-1941 – The McDowell times.
- Kingwood, W. Va., 1877-1946 – West Virginia argus.
- Lewisburg, Va. [W. Va.], 1853-1854 – The Greenbrier era.
- Lewisburg, Va. [W. Va.], 1854-1861 – Greenbrier weekly era.
- Lewisburg, Va. [W. Va.], 1859-1980 – Greenbrier independent.
- Martinsburg, Va. [W. Va.], 1861-1861 – The American union.
- Martinsburg, W. Va., 1882-19?? – Pioneer press. [volume]
- Morgantown, Va. [W. Va.], 1849-1855 – Monongalia mirror.
- Morgantown, Va. [W. Va.], 1855-1859 – American union.
- Morgantown, Va. [W. Va.], 1863-1864 – The Morgantown monitor.
- Philippi, W. Va., 1861-18?? – The old flag.
- Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.], 1862-1909 – The weekly register.
- Point Pleasant, W. Va., 1909-1939 – The Point Pleasant register.
- Pruntytown, Va. [W. Va.], 1858-1860 – The family visitor.
- Romney, Va. [W. Va.], 1830-1896 – South Branch intelligencer.
- Shepherdstown, Va. [W. Va.], 1849-1955 – Shepherdstown register.
- Sistersville, W. Va., 1894-1902 – West Virginia daily oil review.
- Sistersville, W. Va., 1896-1901 – Sistersville oil review.
- Sistersville, W. Va., 1902-1905 – Sistersville daily oil review.
- Sistersville, W. Va., 1905-1907 – Sistersville daily review.
- Thomas, W. Va., 1905-1913 – La sentinella del West Virginia.
- Volcano, W. Va., 1871-1879 – The Volcano lubricator.
- Volcano, W. Va., 1879-188? – West Virginia walking beam.
- Weston, W. Va., 1868-1874 – The democrat.
- Weston, W. Va., 1875-current – The Weston Democrat.
- Weston, W. Va., 1875-current – The Weston Democrat.
- Wheeling, Va. [i.e. W. Va.], 1829-1831 – Wheeling compiler. [volume]
- Wheeling, Va. [W. Va.], 1807-1808vThe Wheeling repository. [volume]
- Wheeling, Va. [W. Va.], 1839-1849 – Wheeling times and advertiser.
- Wheeling, Va. [W. Va.], 1852-1859 – Wheeling daily intelligencer.
- Wheeling, Va. [W. Va.], 1859-1865 – Daily intelligencer.
- Wheeling, W. Va., 1863-1864 – The daily register.
- Wheeling, W. Va., 1864-1878 – The Wheeling daily register.
- Wheeling, W. Va., 1865-1903 – The Wheeling daily intelligencer.
- Wheeling, W. Va., 1878-1935 – Wheeling register.
- Wheeling, W. Va., 1903-1961 – The Wheeling intelligencer.
- Wheeling, W. Va., 1882-1934 – Wheeling Sunday register.
Google News Archive
- Berkeley Springs – The Morgan Messenger
- Charles Town – Spirit of Jefferson Farmer’s Advocate
- Charles Town – The Spirit of Thanksgiving
- Charles Town – Farmers Advocate
- Elizabeth – Wirt County Journal
- Glenville – The Glenville Democrat
- Lewisburg – Mountain Messenger
- Marlinton – Pocahontas Times
- Pennsboro – The Pennsboro News
- Petersburg – Grant County Press
- Point Pleasant – Point Pleasant Register
- Spencer – The Times Record
- Spencer – Roane County Reporter
- St. Marys – The St. Marys Oracle
- St. Marys – Pleasants County Leader
- Sutton – Braxton Citizens’ News
- Wellsburg – The Brooke County Review
- Westwood – The Preston County Journal
- Williamson – Williamson Daily News
- American Union (Martinsburg, VA [W. Va.], 1861)
- American Union (Morgantown, VA [W. Va.], 1855-1859)
- Calhoun Chronicle (Grantsville, W. Va., 1896)
- Ceredo Crescent (Ceredo, VA, 1857-1860)
- Cooper’s Clarksburg Register (Clarksburg, VA [W. Va.], 1851-1858)
- Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, VA [W. Va.], 1859-1865)
- Daily Register (Wheeling, W. VA, 1863-1864)
- Democrat (Weston, W. VA, 1868-1874)
- Family Visitor (Pruntytown, VA [W. Va.], 1860)
- Greenbrier Era (Lewisburg, VA [W. Va.], 1854)
- Kanawha Valley Star (Charleston, VA [W. Va.], 1858-1861)
- Monongalia Mirror (Morgantown, VA [W. Va.], 1852-1855)
- Shepherdstown Register (Shepherdstown, VA [W. Va.], 1849-1890)
- Sistersville Daily Review (Sistersville, W. Va., 1905)
- Sistersville Oil Review (Sistersville, W. Va., 1898)
- Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, VA [W. Va.], 1844-1867)
- Volcano Lubricator (Volcano, W. Va., 1871-1874)
- Weekly Register (Point Pleasant, VA [W. Va.], 1862-1908)
- West Virginia Journal (Charleston, W. Va., 1866)
- West Virginia Walking Beam (Volcano, W. Va., 1879-1880)
- Weston Democrat (Weston, W. VA, 1875-1880)
- Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, VA [W. Va.], 1852-1859)
- Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, W. VA, 1865)
- Wheeling Daily Register (Wheeling, W. VA, 1864-1878)
- Wheeling Register (Wheeling, VA [W. Va.], 1878-1888)
- Wheeling Sunday Register (Wheeling, VA [W. Va.], 1882-1888)
County and Library Collections:
Mercer County – Princeton Public Library
- Princeton Times
Mineral County – Potomac State College Mary Shipper Library
- Elk Garden News
- Frankfort Beacon
- Grant County Press
- Hardy County News
- Keyser Tribune
- Mineral County Gazette
- Mineral Daily News
- Mineral Daily News and Keyser Tribune
- Mineral Daily News Tribune
- Mineral Daily News Tribune and Echo
- Mineral Daily News Tribune and Mountain Echo
- Mineral News Tribune and Echo
- Moorefield Examiner
- Mountain Echo
- News Tribune and Echo
- News Tribune and Mountain Echo
- Piedmont Herald
- Potomac State Pasquino
- South Branch Intelligencer
- The Firecracker
- The Hampshire Review
- The Hardy County News
- The Herald
- The Moorefield Examiner
- The Mountain Echo
- The Siren
- The Weekly Examiner
- The West Virginia Advocate
- Virginia Argus and Hampshire Advertiser
- Wheeling Evening Standard
Ohio County – Ohio County Public Library
- Daily Intelligencer
- Intelligencer And Wheeling News Register
- Intelligencer Wheeling News Register
- The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register
- The Intelligencer And Wheeling News-Register
- Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
- Wheeling Intelligencer
- Wheeling News-Register
- Wheeling Register
Alderson-Broaddus College – Philippi
Bethany College – Bethany
Bluefield State College – Bluefield
Concord University – Athens
Davis and Elkins Colege – Elkins
Fairmont State University – Fairmont
Glenville State College – Glenville
Hampshire High School – Romney
Marshall University – Huntington
Ohio Valley University – Vienna
Potomac State College – Keyser
Shepherd University – Shepherdstown
University of Charleston – Charlestown
West Liberty University – West Liberty
West Virginia State University – Institute
West Virginia University – Morgantown
West Virginia University Institute of Technology – Beckley
West Virginia Wesleyan College Newspapers – Buckhannon
- Seminary Herald
- Seminary Collegiate
- West Virginia Wesleyan College Bulletin: 1909-1966
- West Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni Magazine: 1936-1938
- Sundial: 1955-present
Wheeling University – Wheeling
Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942
- Alpena – Panther Cry (Company 566)
- Clifftop – Camp Crazy Critics (Company 532)
- Clifftop – Camp Lee Traveler (Company 532)
- Glady – Laurel Leaf (Company 520)
- Hinton – Bluestone Outlet (Company 524)
- Hinton – Roosevelt (Company 524)
- Parsons – Hollow Stump (Company 518)
- Parsons – Parsons CCC Times (Company 518)
- Petersburg – Builder (Company 519)
- Petersburg – Builder (Company 519)
- Petersburg – North Fork News (Company 519)
- Richwood – Gold Brick (Company 525)
- Richwood – Puttin’ ‘Em In The Middle (Company 525)
- Richwood – Woodland News (Company 521)
- Braxton Citizens News Sutton, West Virginia
- The Brooke County Review Wellsburg, West Virginia
- Charles Town Farmers Advocate Charles Town, West Virginia
- Farmers Advocate Charles Town, West Virginia
- The Glenville Democrat Glenville, West Virginia
- Grant County Press Petersburg, West Virginia
- The Hinton News Hinton, West Virginia
- The Morgan Messenger Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
- Mountain Messenger Lewisburg, West Virginia
- The Pennsboro News Harrisville, West Virginia
- Pleasants County Leader St. Marys, West Virginia
- The Pocahontas Times Marlinton, West Virginia
- The Preston County Journal Kingwood, West Virginia
- Roane County Reporter Spencer, West Virginia
- Spirit of Jefferson Unavailable, West Virginia
- Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate Charles Town, West Virginia
- The St. Marys Oracle St. Marys, West Virginia
- The Times Record Spencer, West Virginia
- Wirt County Journal Elizabeth, West Virginia
- Brooke County Review Wellsburg
- Hinton Daily News Hinton
- Leader Hinton
Other Free Sites:
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 29 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – West Virginia Newspapers
There are currently 86 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – West Virginia
There are currently 55 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – West Virginia
You also need to visit the West Virginia Newspapers site, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to newspaper projects. They also have a nice searchable database for microfilm based collections throughout the state.
Please note – even more may be available via a local library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
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