The Genealogy Digital Library project was started in 2013 thanks to a grant from the Parkersburg Community Area Foundation. They provided funding to purchase the digital scanner and the file server. As part of their summer intern program, an Ohio Valley University student worked at the Parkersburg Library to design the scanning and tracking process and to begin uploading materials.
In 2014, volunteers were recruited to continue scanning the books. Due to their dedication, the collection has grown to over 400 books.
In 2016, a microfilm scanner was purchased thanks to a grant from the West Augusta Historical Society.
In 2018, the new Genealogy Digital Library site was launched with Microfilm and Book categories, improved search capability, and an item list feature.