Researcher List

(Updated 6 September 2013)

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.

Melissa "Lisa" Boyce
P. O. Box 13594
Charleston, WV 25360
Areas Searched: All WV counties, KY, TN, NC, OH and VA counties. Research available in census, military war records, and Civil War era. Specializes in many surnames and in colonial Virginia.

Margie Cowan
P. O. Box 2036
Reston, VA 20195
Telephone: (703) 203-2918
Areas Searched: Library of Congress, National Archives, DAR Library, and membership applications.

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.

Russ Dean
Route 1 Box 3 Advent, WV 25231
E-Mail: deanapiary at
Areas Searched: Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, and Roane.
Families: Abshire, Bowman, Dean, Dunlap

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.

Lisa Estes
Attorney/Forensic Genealogist
Mountain Whispers
578 5/20 Mile Road
Fraziers Bottom, WV 25082
E-Mail: lisa.estes at
Areas Searched: At the State Archives Library in Charleston, courthouses, and using other local and online resources; birth records, marriage records, death records, obituaries, tax records, deeds, wills, newspapers; adoption searches; lineage society applications; compiling genealogies and writing family histories; preparing property chain of titles; determining mineral ownership; determining and locating heirs; proving due diligence.

Joseph "J.R." Fox
159 Jenny Lind Drive
Harpers Ferry WV 25425
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.

Sebrina Gillispie
HC 81 Box 116-B
Peytona, WV 25154
Areas Searched: Will research all West Virginia counties. Specialize in Boone County. Will go to Kanawha County Courthouse, Boone County Courthouse, Boone County Library, and State Archives.

Karen Gray
408 East 7th Street
Belle, WV 25015
Areas Searched: All county records at West Virginia State Archives, Daughters of the American Revolution Library, and Kanawha County Courthouse.

Randy Jackson
1529 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, OH 43207
E-Mail: ranjac42 at

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.

Jeff Little
1212 Washington Avenue
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Telephone: (304) 428-8702
E-Mail: critter at
Areas Searched: Wirt and Wood counties.

Jody Mays
Box 65
Beaver, WV 25813
Telephone: (304) 252-3493
E-Mail: johog at
Areas Searched: Genealogical research in Bluestone Valley and New River area of Summers and Mercer counties in WV, and Giles and Montgomery counties in VA. Specialize in Lilly and Ellison families.

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) 863-8789
E-Mail: mccunej 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.

Kevin Milus
E-Mail: kmilus at
Areas Searched: Research available for all counties of West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York state and New York city, and Massachusetts. Specialize in Irish research, Civil War, and other military records. Perform research at National Archives, Library of Congress, Mormon Family History Library.

Lorene Mullins
7318 Charleston Road
Walton, WV 25286
E-Mail: amullins at
Areas Searched: All WV counties; will go to Kanawha County Courthouse, State Archives Library in Charleston; other travel possible. Specializes in obituaries, all WV newspapers

James W. Petty, AG
P. O. Box 893
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
(800) 570-4049
E-Mail: jwp at
Web address:
Areas Searched: 50 US States, 150 International Countries: Europe, Canada, Latin; Ethnic, Military, Lineage Societies; Native/African American, Irish/Italian Citizenship, LDS, Jewish

Boyd Plumley, B.A., M.A., M.L.S., P.G.
214 N. George Mason Drive #1
Arlington, VA 22203-2934
Telephone: (703) 522-4363
Areas Searched: Archives, Courthouses, Libraries of VA, Washington, DC, and WV.

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.

Gwen Sizemore
Telephone: (304) 755-5068
Cell Phone: (304) 552-5293
E-Mail: gwen.sizemore at
Areas Searched: Archives and History Search Room for all WV counties, emphasis on Mason, Putnam, and Kanawha county courthouses, will search military records and state newspapers.

Taylor & Hammel, LLC (Attn: John Taylor)
1240 N. Pitt Street, Suite 200
Arlington, 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.

Marc D. Thompson
Delray Beach, FL 33444
E-Mail: mark at
Areas Searched: 25 years experience in the field and founded the WSY Genealogical Society, Cumberland, PA. Specialties include North America, European, Jewish, African- and Native American research.

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