KYOWVA Genealogical and Historical Society

Serving the Tri-state region of Eastern Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Western West Virginia

2nd Presbyterian ChurchFounded in 1978, the KYOWVA Genealogical and Historical Society is a dynamic and growing organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of the genealogy and history of Cabell County, West Virginia and the surrounding area we serve. The Society is located in the heart of the tri-state region containing the counties of Northeastern Kentucky, Southern Ohio, and Western West Virginia.

We meet at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month in our library room at the Second Presbyterian Church, 901 Jefferson Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia. There are no meetings held during the summer months of July and August although our library will continue to maintain regular library hours through the summer months. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Annual memberships are $15.00 for the January through December calendar year for individuals or family members residing in the same household. Memberships include the quarterly KYOWVA newsletter and free use of the KYOWVA Library. New members may apply by mailing a completed application and your check for $15.00 to KYOWVA. A printable application form is available here. Current members need only to send their renewal check. Mail the completed form and your check for $15.00 payable to KYOWVA Genealogical and Historical Society, to KYOWVA, PO Box 1254, Huntington, WV 25714-1254. Write your name and "Membership" on the memo line of the check.

Reminder to Current Members: Accepting your 2013 Renewals now!

What's New at KYOWVA

KYOWVA's Christmas Wish List: We would like back issues of the Appalachian Quarterly out of Wise County Virginia and The Mountain Empire out of Pound Virginia no longer published. These are a great resource for this area and someone might want to donate some. Also Wayne County Census 1880 and 1920 if any members has an extra copy. Thanks Debbie.

Microfiche Films: Our library staff recently catalogued our microfiche film collection now available in our Library. Click here for a list of the films available.

Cabell County History BookFeatured New Books: "The 200th Birthday of Cabell County — The Bicentennial 1809-2009" history book is available. A softbound book, it contains 191 pages of Cabell County, West Virginia history, 130 pages of individual family histories, a total of 321 pages of history. Also included are 40 pages of an Every Name Index. The book contains approximately 230 pictures, some are very rare photographs that have been given to us for this publication. We have included a section on corrections to our 1996 publication. The book covers hospitals, theatres, floods, entertainers, some of the black history, a few churches and schools. A large section is devoted to the people who helped create Huntington — a wide variety of men and women. Click here to see a sample article from this book.

Your copy may be picked up at the KYOWVA Library for $30, $35 if we mail it to you. See our publications page for odering information.

The 1858 Cabell County 120th Militia Book has been updated with a list of names of men who served with the militia outside of the time frame actually covered in the book. Check here to see if any of the names on the list are of interest to you. The updated book is available at the KYOWVA Library.

The History of Owens-Illinois, Volume II is now available. The Owens-Illinois glass plant in Huntington, West Virginia was one of the city's major employers until the early 1990's when the plant was shut down. This 302 page edition covers the time period of 1950 to its closing and contains 149 plant cartoons. The book is available for $25 picked up at the KYOWVA Library or $30 shipped.

The Woodmere Cemetery in Huntington's Beverly Hills section is one of the city's larger cemeteries. Established in 1917, the cemetery contains more than 1800 marked graves as well as over 600 unmarked plots. The earliest marker is dated 1885. We have available the Woodmere Cemetery book for $25 picked up at the KYOWVA Library or $30 shipped. Get your copy while they last.

See our publications page Page for ordering information for these and other publications.

Stop by the KYOWVA Library and look over the collection of new family histories and vital statistics to our library received from the Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society. These are items we have never had before. We will be publishing a list of the new materials both here and in the next issue of the KYOWVA Newsletter.