(West) Virginia

Many people who lived in the part of western Virginia that became West Virginia would state that an event occurred in West Virginia even if it happened prior to West Virginia's statehood. For example, persons born prior to 20 June 1863 would often have W. Va. listed as their birthplace on census forms even though they were technically born in Virginia. Whenever you see parentheses [as in (West) Virginia], you know that it occurred in West Virginia at a time when the location was still officially Virginia.