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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, when Melanie Spiker Fouse cultivated our Family Tree, she didn't stop after searching for her paternal ancestors.  Naturally, she added the roots from the Bonnell and the Fouse family lines to her own personal garden.

     You, too, can take advantage of the generous cuttings and seeds offered by others.  One of the easiest ways to add to your "collection" is through the Internet.  We asked Melanie to provide us with links to some of the sites she regularly visits.  These are a few of our favorites, in no particular order. 

     UPDATE: July 2017 -- Since we first published this list over ten years ago, many new genealogy websites have flooded the internet. There are simply too many to list here and you're probably aware of most of them by now. Therefore, we are shifting our focus toward links and tools that are more specific to OUR direct ancestors and the communities in which they lived. We thank you for your patience as we update our list.  (More coming soon.)

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 States Ancestry A family tree interface granting access to vital records, census records, military records and more. (Some areas open to subscribers only)
  Chronicling America Search America's historic newspapers from 1789-1943.
  Family Search Online 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 Records Searchable database of federal land titles from 1820 to present, and images related to survey plats and field notes going back to 1810. 
  The National Archives Genealogy database searches online and in-person resources. Covers census records, immigration, land records, military service, and more.
  The USGenWeb Project Site created by a group of volunteers that organizes genealogical information by state and county.

Resources by STATE:

Virginia The Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia BOOK -- 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 Warfare BOOK - 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 Catalog A 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 Virginia Dyer's Index to Land Grants in WV BOOK - by M.H. Dyer
  Historical WV Map Collection The 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 & History Site 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 Search County birth, death, and marriage records, and selected statewide death records in a viewable, downloadable, and searchable format.
  History of West Virginia in Two Parts BOOK - by Virgil Anson Lewis, Hubbard Bros., 1887
  WV Genealogy Network Facebook Group West Virginia Genealogy Network 
  WV Ancestry
A staggering amount of sourced reference material may be searched on this site. 
  WV Ancestry Facebook Group Stay up-to-date by joining their Facebook Group.
  WV Cemeteries Facebook Group West Virginia Cemeteries Facebook Group 
  WV Find a Grave Facebook Group West Virginia Find a Grave Facebook Group
  Find a Grave Official website.


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 History H. H. Hardesty's 1883 History of Calhoun County
  Calhoun Co. WVGenWeb Calhoun County histories.
Doddridge (east) Doddridge County Roots Searchable 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 History H. H. Hardesty's 1883 History of Doddridge County
  Doddridge Co. Roots Facebook Page Stay up-to-date by following/liking their Facebook Page.
  Doddridge Co. Historical Society 100 Chancery St., West Union, WV.  Email The Doddridge County Historical Society, Inc. is hosted online on Facebook.
  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 Page South Fork Baptist Church - Oxford, WV
Gilmer (southeast) Gilmer Co. WV Historical Society 302 E. Main St., Glenville, WV. Email The Gilmer County WV Historical Society is hosted online on Facebook.
  Gilmer Co. Facebook Group Gilmer County, West Virginia History & Genealogy 
Pleasants (north) Pleasants Co. Facebook Group Pleasants County, West Virginia History & Genealogy 
  Hardesty's Pleasants County History H. H. Hardesty's 1883 History of Pleasants County
RITCHIE COUNTY History 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 Society 310 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 Group Ritchie 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 History H. 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
Wood (northwest) Wood Co. Historical & Preservation Society PO Box 565, Parkersburg, WV. Email
  Wood Co. Facebook Group Wood County & West Virginia Family History
WV Counties - all others    


Burnt House    
Chevaux De Frise    
Five Forks    
Harrisville (county seat) Harrisville Historic Places History of Harrisville, WV by LivingPlaces
Holbrook The Good-Will Community Full transcription of "The Good-Will Community. A History of Holbrook W. Va. 1814-1945" by Bradford Spiker.
Nutter Farm    
Pennsboro The Pennsboro News (by Google) (Currently 5 of 51) Issues of The Pennsboro News from 1982 thru 1984. 
Pew Hill    
Toll Gate    

Resources by SURNAME:

Bradford Bradford Descendants DNA Plus A 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.
Spiker & Zinn (& others) Roane County WV Family History 1989 Roane 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
Zinn I'm a Zinn Facebook Group A 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.