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 August, 2018; recently added links are in BOLD)
Chronicling America - West Virginia Newspapers
- Ceredo, Va., 1857-1861 - Ceredo crescent.
- Charles Town, Va. [W. Va.], 1844-1948 - Spirit of Jefferson.
- 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.
- 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.
- Huntington, W. Va., 1911-1915 - The Socialist and labor star.
- Keystone, W. Va., 1904-1941 - The McDowell times.
- 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.
- 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
Library of Virginia - Virginia Chronicle - West Virginia Newspapers
- American Union (Martinsburg, VA [W. Va.], 1861)
- American Union (Morgantown, VA [W. Va.], 1855-1859)
- Calhoun Chronicle (Grantsville, W. Va., 1896)
- 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
Mineral County - Potomac State College Mary Shipper Library
- Mineral Daily News Tribune
- Mineral Daily News
- Mineral Daily News Tribune and Echo
- Mineral Daily News Tribune and Mountain Echo
- Mineral News Tribune and Echo
- Keyser Tribune
- Potomac State Pasquino
- News Tribune and Mountain Echo
- Mountain Echo
- Wheeling Evening Standard
- Mineral Daily News and Keyser Tribune
- South Branch Intelligencer
- West Virginia Tibune
- Mineral County Gazette
- Virginia Argus and Hampshire Advertise
Ohio County - Ohio County Public Library
- Wheeling Intelligencer
- Wheeling News Register
- News Register
- Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
- Intelligencer And Wheeling News Register
- Wheeling Register
- Intelligencer Wheeling News Register
Alderson-Broaddus College - Philippi
Small Town Papers
- 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
Old Fulton Postcards
Southern School News Archive
The Olden Times - West Virginia
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:
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 21 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - West Virginia Newspapers
There are currently 60 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - West Virginia Newspapers
There are currently 49 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - West Virginia
There are currently 26 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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