Researcher List

(Updated 27 October 2015)

The policy of Archives and History is not to conduct extensive genealogical searches. Our function is to make West Virginia historical data available for use in the Library at the Culture Center. The best way to investigate these resources is to visit the library.

If you are unable to come to Charleston, we suggest you contact people who will perform genealogical searches for a fee. West Virginia Archives and History does not endorse or recommend genealogical and historical researchers, and are not responsible for their work. The following individuals have submitted their names because they are available to perform research. Each researcher will provide information on fees individually when contacted. When you write to anyone on this list, it is recommended you enclose a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope (SASE) for a reply.

Harley Dakin
Appalachian Ancestry
23803 Oxford Township Road 252b
Newcomerstown, OH 43832
Telephone: (740) 498-5636
E-Mail: hpdakin at
Areas Searched: All West Virginia counties with focus on Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties.

Lee M. Estep
303 Patterson Street
Oak Hill, WV 25901
Telephone: (304) 465-1704
E-Mail: mushroom41 at
Areas Searched: Will do all WV research.

Joseph "J.R." Fox
101 Madison Way
Scott Depot, WV 25560
Telephone: 304-268-3774
Email: JosephRFox72 at
Areas Searched: Will research all West Virginia counties but specializes in Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Greenbrier, Fayette, and Kanawha counties. Will also research Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania and will perform research at the Library of Congress & National Archives in Washington D.C. Will pull deeds, wills, vital records and census records, obituaries, old newspapers, historical and legal records available at the Archives and History search room for all West Virginia counties.

Josh Jenkins, AncestorStalker
E-mail: services at
Areas Searched: All counties in West Virginia. I have associates throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, UK, and Europe. Check out my website for excellent customer testimonials. Family Trees, military records, DNA projects, Native American determination, land, immigration and much much more.

Marcia McCartt
16 W. Elm St.
Monroe, Ohio 45050
Telephone: (513) 539-7406
E-Mail: blakatgal at
Areas Searched: Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana. My specialty is lineage research for various lineage societies: SAR/DAR, Mayflower, Charlemagne Society, First Families of Western Pa., etc. I also specialize in brick wall research.

Joyce McCune
20 Pine View Drive
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Telephone: (304) 861-5245
E-Mail: jmccune at
Areas Searched: Wood and Ritchie counties; Archives and History Search Room; all records.

David Miller
1333 Myers Avenue
Dunbar, WV 25064
Telephone: (304) 415-1377
E-Mail: athena at
Areas Searched: Archives and History Library; will travel to Kanawha and surrounding counties.

Julian H. Preisler
132 Harvard Court
Falling Waters, WV 25419
E-Mail: jhp1963 at
Web address:
Areas Searched: Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties in West Virginia and also nearby Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Sue M. Shank
719 Washington Street
St. Albans, WV 25177
Telephone: (304) 727-4772
E-Mail: smshank at
Areas Searched: Archives and History search room for all WV counties and travel to any or all WV counties, and to OH if necessary. Will search military records and state newspapers.

Taylor & Hammel, LLC (Attn: John Taylor)
1240 N. Pitt Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 822-4658
E-Mail: info at
Areas Searched: Historical and legal records available at the State Archives and History search room for all West Virginia counties. Specialization in performing local, state, and federal records reviews all over the country, including at the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress, as well as at a variety of federal, state and local repositories and courthouses.

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