to Berkeley County West Virginia

      Welcome to the Berkeley County, West Virginia, site for the WVGenWeb Project, part of the USGenWeb Project,
a massive undertaking to provide free resources to genealogists.

      Berkeley County is the second oldest county in West Virginia and was created (while part of the state of Virginia) in 1772 from the northern third of Frederick County, Virginia. The county seat was established in the colonial village of Martinsburg and was incorporated in 1778.

      During the Civil War Berkeley County, still a part of Virginia, experienced conflict and much destruction, as did other areas, and families became divided. After November 1863, Berkeley County became part of the new state of West Virginia.

      My name is Marilyn Gouge and I am the volunteer county coordinator. This site is:

      Part of the reason for these broken links is that our previous host, Rootsweb {purchased by Ancesstry earlier in this century), will no longer support web pages, Mailing Lists and Message boards. My understanding is that those mailing lists and message boards are somewhere on the web as Read-Only. You can still peruse them but you can't respond to them. I don't even know if you will be able to see the e-mail addresses of those who participated in the discussions unless they included their e-mail addresses in the body of the discussions. When I find the links for the read-only archives, I will include them. They might be better than nothing<

Berkeley County Information


Cemeteries— Coming Soon



Family Pages — Coming Soon

Lookup Volunteers — Coming Soon

Martinsburg Newspaper, The Journal

Repositories, Libraries and Societies

Vital Records Information, West Virginia Counties (scroll down to counties)

Repositories, Libraries, Societies, and History

      Berkeley Couty Libraries — Information coming soon

      Belle Boyd House and Museum
            Who was Belle Boyd?

      Berkeley County Historical Society
            Additional history of Berkeley County, written by Don Wood, former president of the historical society.

Newspaper Extracts — Information coming soon
      Extracted information from early newspaper articles with a connection to Berkeley County, mostly from the first half of the last
Surnames — Coming Soon

            List of schools in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Wikipedia also has webpages that share more information about the schools, listed by type of school (high, middle, intermediateand elementary/primary).

Miscellaneous West Virginia Links

State of West Virginia The official state page.

West Virginia Tourism Places and things to see and do! Get a free tourism guide.

West Virginia Facts A wealth of info and facts on West Virginia.

Genealogy Links

      A subscription or fee may be required for some of these links, but most offer some information for free. Some also offer a "trial period", where you can research free for a certain amount of time before deciding to join the site or purchase the software. Others are completely free. Some links may be for the purchase of software to keep track of your family trees. For now, they are just listed; in the coming weeks I will research each of them to determine the status. Note: these are listed in slphabetical order, not in order of which are free, the best, preferences, etc.

      Fee required for complete access, but does offer a free trial and provides some information for free.

Cyndi's List
      Online since 1996, Cyndi's List is a one-woman operation and contiues to be free, though donations are accepted, per this page of her website Why Donate.

Family Search
      According to their website, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides FamilySearch free of charge to everyone, regardless of tradition, culture, or religious affiliation. FamilySearch resources help millions of people around the world discover their heritage and connect with family members.

My Trees
      According to the website, there are three options available, two for free review and one premium subscription. My Trees offers family trees posted by researchers. The site may have formerly been called Kindred Konnections.

      At first glance, this website appears to be a DNA analysis website, a very expensive process! Will be reviewing it further.

One Great Family
      It looks like a paid subscription is required to do more than see how many familly trees for your last name are in the website

USGenWeb —Always free access.

WVGenWeb —Always free access

WorldGenWeb —Always free access

Neighboring Counties

Jefferson County WV — Webpage link COMING SOON

Morgan County WV — Webpage link COMING SOON

Frederick County VA — Webpage link COMING SOON

Washington County MD — Webpage link COMING SOON

Copyright © 2000-2002 by Peggy Tebbetts; 2002-2023 by Marilyn Gouge
Last updated 6 April 2023