Re: Hicks/Hix Family of Va./W.Va.
I wish I could help you in your search. There were mountains of Hicks's in the coal fields during the 1920' thru the 1940's that came to W.Va. from other places. West Virginia was one big melting pot during the depression years. A good place to look if she attended grade school in Raliegh County might be school records. A lot of the Coal Companies ran everything including the lower grades in school and had their own schools for the miners children. People who lived in coal towns are hard to find as they had no deeds for their homes. Most housing was also provided for by the coal company. Many moved from one coal company to another simply for better living conditions. Fayette - Raliegh - Logan - were some of the biggest coal producers in the state employing people from all over including lots of dif. ethnic backgrounds. For instance my grandpa was a miner he kept a farm in Nicholas Co. and worked the mines in Fayette Co. during the time he spent mining he lived in several dif. company houses they paid him in script and everything was bought from the company store. This makes for very little records for those working in the coal fields. Beckley W.Va. has a coal mine that serves as a musuem. Someone there might be able tell you where you could find coal company records for the time your looking for. They are trying to preserve a lot of the mining history for Raleigh County.