West Virginia Online Historical Newspapers Summary

West Virginia is one of the states that does not have a single central online state repository for searching historical newspapers, but they use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main site for searching old newspapers. There are many free online newspapers on other sites and collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them. 

​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 2022; recently added links are in BOLD)

Obituary Genealogy Guide

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – West Virginia Newspapers

Google News Archive

Library of Virginia – Virginia Chronicle – West Virginia Newspapers

County and Library Collections:

Hancock County

Weirton Area Museum

  • Weirton Steel Bulletin

Mercer County
Mercer County – Princeton Public Library

  • Princeton Times

Mineral County

West Virginia Newspapers – Potomac State College Mary Shipper Library​

  • Bluefield Daily Telegraph
  • Danville Progress
  • Elk Garden News
  • Fayette Journal
  • Frankfort Beacon
  • Grant County Press
  • Hardy County News
  • Keyser Tribune
  • Martinsburg Evening Journal
  • 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
  • Moundsville Daily Echo
  • Mountain Echo
  • News Tribune and Echo
  • News Tribune and Mountain Echo
  • Pasquino
  • Piedmont Herald
  • Potomac State Pasquino
  • South Branch Intelligencer
  • The Belington Progressive
  • The Braxton Central
  • The Braxton Democrat
  • The Clarksburg Exponent
  • The Evening Press
  • The Firecracker
  • The Follansbee Review
  • The Glenville Pathfinder
  • The Hampshire Review
  • The Hampshire Review And The South Branch Intelligencer
  • The Hardy County News
  • The Herald
  • The Independent
  • The Jackson Herald
  • The Kingwood Chronicle
  • The Lincoln Republican
  • The Moorefield Examiner
  • The Mountain Echo
  • The Preston County Journal
  • The Siren
  • The Weekly Examiner
  • The West Virginia Advocate
  • The West Virginia News
  • Tribune
  • Virginia Argus and Hampshire Advertiser
  • Wheeling Evening Standard
  • The Brown County Press
  • The News Democrat
  • The Ripley Bee

Ohio County
Ohio County – Ohio County Public Library

  • Daily Intelligencer
  • Intelligencer And Wheeling News Register
  • Sunday News Register
  • The Intelligencer
  • Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
  • Wheeling Daily Register
  • Wheeling Intelligencer
  • Wheeling News Register
  • Wheeling News Register And The Intelligencer
  • Wheeling News-Register
  • Wheeling Register
  • Wheeling Sunday Register

Student Collections:

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

Wheeling University – Wheeling

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942​

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

Southern School News Archive

Newspaper Abstracts – West Virginia

​​For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.​

Other Free Sites:

Harpers Ferry

Martinsburg

Wheeling

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 28 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – West Virginia Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 104 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – West VirginiaNewspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 102 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – West Virginia

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 59 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – West Virginia

And Finally:

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.

For more links for different states, provinces, and countries – please see the Newspaper Links page on this website.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free West Virginia Links, click on the category of interest:

Newspapers
Yearbooks
Births
Marriages
Deaths
BMD Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Coroner Records
Criminal Records
Directories
Divorce Records
Immigration Records
Military Records
Mortuary Records
Naturalizations
Obituaries
Photos
Probate and Wills
School Records
Tax Records
Voter Records

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