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Genealogy Gardening Tools


     Gay Spiker didn't stop gardening after she planted a few vegetables and a couple shrubs.  She continually added to her garden by collecting seeds and taking cuttings from established plants -- either those she'd grown herself or from those donated by generous friends.  Likewise, as we cultivate our Family Tree, we are happy to trade gardening tools and tips with our friends and neighbors. Many are shown in the list below (with more coming soon.)

Our "tool shed" is organized first by Country, State, and then bordering Counties (other counties will be added later.) Farther down the wall you'll find tools specific to our direct ancestors and the communities in which they lived. Take a look around. And, as always, if you have any tools, seeds or cuttings to share, let us know so we can add it to our shed.

Photos by Cathy Spiker Gregis, taken April 2007, of Daffodils planted by Gay Spiker "many years ago" at the Spiker Family Farm

Resources by COUNTRY:

United StatesAncestryA family tree interface granting access to vital records, census records, military records and more. (Some areas open to subscribers only)
 Chronicling AmericaSearch America's historic newspapers from 1789-1943.
 Family SearchOnline database hosted by the LDS Church granting access to "the world's largest collection of family trees, genealogy records and resources" compiled over a century of their own genealogical research. 
 General Land Office RecordsSearchable database of federal land titles from 1820 to present, and images related to survey plats and field notes going back to 1810. 
 The National ArchivesGenealogy database searches online and in-person resources. Covers census records, immigration, land records, military service, and more.
 The USGenWeb ProjectSite created by a group of volunteers that organizes genealogical information by state and county.

Resources by STATE:

VirginiaThe Border Settlers of Northwestern VirginiaBOOK -- Embracing the Life of Jesse Hughes and Other Noted Scouts of the Great woods of the Trans-Allegheny by Lucullus Virgil McWhorter
 Chronicles of Border WarfareBOOK - A History of the Settlement by the Whites, of North-Western Virginia, and of the Indian Wars and Massacres in that section of the State by Alexander Scott Withers
 Library of Virginia Online CatalogA fully searchable index for Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants. Helpful in researching land grants prior to 1863 when the state of West Virginia was established. A Tiff viewer is required to view the images. 
West VirginiaDyer's Index to Land Grants in WVBOOK - by M.H. Dyer
 Historical WV Map CollectionThe David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 80,000 items digitized online, with new additions added regularly. Full search or browse by category. 
 WV State Archives & HistorySite provides primary & secondary source documents, photographs, and databases; lists collections & other materials available in the State Archives; and provides research guides & assistance for genealogists.
 WV Vital Records SearchCounty birth, death, and marriage records, and selected statewide death records in a viewable, downloadable, and searchable format.
 History of West Virginia in Two PartsBOOK - by Virgil Anson Lewis, Hubbard Bros., 1887
 WV Genealogy Network Facebook GroupWest Virginia Genealogy Network 
  WV Ancestry
A staggering amount of sourced reference material may be searched on this site. 
 WV Ancestry Facebook GroupStay up-to-date by joining their Facebook Group.
 WV Cemeteries Facebook GroupWest Virginia Cemeteries Facebook Group 
 WV Find a Grave Facebook GroupWest Virginia Find a Grave Facebook Group
 Find a GraveOfficial website.
 The History of Education in West VirginiaBOOK - prepared under the direction of the State Superintendent of Schools, 1907 


Resources by (surrounding) COUNTY:


Calhoun (south) Calhoun Co. Facebook Group (1 of 2)Calhoun County, West Virginia History & Genealogy
  Calhoun Co. Facebook Group (2 of 2)Calhoun County, West Virginia Historical & Genealogy Group
 Hardesty's Calhoun County HistoryH. H. Hardesty's 1883 History of Calhoun County
 Calhoun Co. WVGenWebCalhoun County histories.
Doddridge (east)Doddridge County RootsSearchable genealogy focusing on North Central WV, particularly Doddridge County and, to a lesser extent, the nearby counties of Ritchie, Harrison, Lewis, Gilmer, Tyler, Wetzel and Calhoun.
 Hardesty's Doddridge County HistoryH. H. Hardesty's 1883 History of Doddridge County
 Doddridge Co. Roots Facebook PageStay up-to-date by following/liking their Facebook Page.
 Doddridge Co. Historical Society100 Chancery St., West Union, WV.  Email The Doddridge County Historical Society, Inc. is hosted online on Facebook.
 Doddridge Co. YearbooksYearbooks & Class Photos - as early as 1904 West Union High School. 
 South Fork Baptist Church History Full transcription of "The South Fork Baptist Church - A History - August 1979" by Mildred "Millie" Wilson Rule.
 South Fork Baptist Church Facebook PageSouth Fork Baptist Church - Oxford, WV
Gilmer (southeast)Gilmer Co. WV Historical Society302 E. Main St., Glenville, WV. Email The Gilmer County WV Historical Society is hosted online on Facebook.
 Gilmer Co. WV Family BiographiesA collection of biographies collected in 1976 by members of the Gilmer Co. Historical Society.
 Gilmer Co. Facebook GroupGilmer County, West Virginia History & Genealogy 
Pleasants (north)Pleasants Co. Facebook GroupPleasants County, West Virginia History & Genealogy 
 Hardesty's Pleasants County HistoryH. H. Hardesty's 1883 History of Pleasants County
RITCHIE COUNTYHistory of Ritchie County The full text of "A History of Ritchie County, with biographical sketches of its pioneers and their ancestors, and with interesting reminiscences of revolutionary and Indian times" by Minnie Kendall Lowther
 Ritchie Co. Historical Society310 Myles Ave., Pennsboro, WV. Email 
 Geological Survey...of Ritchie Co...BOOK by Grimsley, George Perry, 1868-1910 -- WV Geological Survey of Pleasants, Wood and Ritchie Counties.
 Ritchie Co. Facebook GroupRitchie County, West Virginia History & Genealogy
Tyler (northeast) Tyler Co. Facebook Group (1 of 2)Tyler County West Virginia Genealogy
  Tyler Co. Facebook Group (2 of 2)Tyler County, West Virginia Cemeteries and More
Wirt (west)Hardesty's Wirt County HistoryH. H. Hardesty's 1883 History of Wirt Couty
  Wirt Co. Facebook Group (1 of 2)Wirt County, West Virginia History & Genealogy
  Wirt Co. Facebook Group (2 of 2)Preserving the History of Wirt County West Virginia Schools
 Wirt County ObituariesSearchable Obituaries
Wood (northwest)Wood Co. Historical & Preservation SocietyPO Box 565, Parkersburg, WV. Email
 Wood Co. Facebook GroupWood County & West Virginia Family History
WV Counties - all othersPublic Document Online Search by CSSOnline database of public documents such as Deeds, Plats, Tax Liens, Wills and more. Participating counties (as of June 2018) include Boone, Calhoun, Gilmer, Grant, Mineral, Ritchie, Tyler and Wayne.


Burnt House  
Chevaux De Frise  
Five Forks  
Harrisville (county seat)Harrisville Historic PlacesRitchie County - History of Harrisville, WV by LivingPlaces
 Harrisville, WV TOPO MapRitchie County - Pre-1945 Topography map of Harrisville, 1924
HolbrookThe Good-Will CommunityDoddridge County - Full transcription of "The Good-Will Community. A History of Holbrook W. Va. 1814-1945" by Bradford Spiker.
 Holbrook, WV TOPO MapRitchie County - Pre-1945 Topography map of Holbrook, 1904
New MiltonHistory of New Milton CommunityDoddridge County - by Roy F. Randolph
Pennsboro The Pennsboro News (by Google)Ritchie County - (Currently 5 of 51) Issues of The Pennsboro News from 1982 thru 1984. 
Pew Hill  
Sinking CreekThe History of Sinking Creek CommunityGilmer County - By Mrs. W. Farley Bush, 1925 
Toll GateThe History of Toll Gate 1801-1966Ritchie County - Compiled by Barr Wilson. Donated by John M. DeBrular.
West Union  

Resources by SURNAME:

BradfordBradford Descendants DNA PlusA Facebook group created by Jim Bradford dedicated to Bradford descendants, beginning with the migration of Robert & Margaret from Northern Ireland to America in approximately 1774.
 The Bradford Family Genealogy by Francis Robert BradfordThis BOOK, compiled in the 1950s by Francis Robert Bradford of Greene County, Waynesburg, PA, was handed down to John Wesley Bradford, then to Jim Bradford. Jim provided this copy for our Library.
Bush, Goff, Springston & Zinn (& others)Gilmer Co. WV Family BiographiesA collection of biographies assembled in 1976 by members of the Gilmer County Historical Society. (A Names Index was reformatted in 2016.)
Lemley & Yoho (& others)George Lemley and Wife Catherine Yoho and Their Descendants for Two CenturiesBOOK by Alvah John Washington Headlee, © 1975 (Includes references to James Bradford family.)

SpikerImmigrants in Pennsylvania 1727 to 1776A collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Statement of the names of Ships, whence they sailed, and the date of their arrival at Philadelphia, chronologically arranged together with necessary historical and other notes, also an Appendix containing lists of more than one thousand German and French Names in New York prioer to 1712, by Prof. I. Daniel Rupp.  Second Revised and Enlarged Edition with German Translation. 1876. (Includes reference to Ulrich Spiker.)
Spiker & Zinn (& others)Roane County WV Family History 1989Roane County pioneers, early settlers, communities, districts, churches & cemeteries, families, and more. Includes, among others: Frank L. SPIKER / Jacob SPRINGSTON / Evelyn Law ZINN/ Ida Mae ZINN
ZinnI'm a Zinn Facebook GroupA gathering place for anyone interested in Zinn family history.



Photos by Sarah Spiker Smith taken April 2014, of her children gathering Daffodils planted by Gay Spiker "many years ago" at the Spiker Family Farm




The Paths Through our Garden

            Continue exploring our garden:

  The Spiker Family Tree -- See how deep our roots grow.
  Grow Healthy Trees -- The story behind our family's Medical Tree
  Heirloom Gardening - We're showing off some of our favorite family heirlooms.
  Planting the Seeds -- Getting the children involved in our family's history.
  Gardening Tools -- Just a few genealogy related tools and links we use to trace our lineage.