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State Resources — West Virginia

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth and death records since January 1917. For earlier records, write to Clerk of County Court in county where event occurred. It also has marriage records since 1921, with certified copies available from 1964. For divorce records, it has an index since 1968. Some items may be verified, but certified copies are not available from State office (see notes below).

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

Call (304) 558-2931 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Vital Registration Office
Division of Health State
350 Capitol St, Rm 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701

For local marriage records, contact the County Clerk in county where the license was issued. Cost will vary.

For local divorce records, contact the Clerk of Circuit Court, Chancery Side, in county where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have federal census records from 1810-1910, vital statistics from 1917-1955, immigration records, wills, deeds, printed family histories, a genealogy exchange file, a photo collection, map collection, manuscript collection, DAR lineage books, cemetery readings, land records, will books, tax records, and newspapers. Records are organized by county.

Write to:
Division of Archives and History
West Virginia Library Commission
Department of Culture and History
Science and Culture Center, Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Telephone: (304) 558-0220
Web site:
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday 1:00-5:00, closed Sunday and all state holidays.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
West Virginia Area Genealogy Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 6450
Wheeling, WV 26003-6450
Open during study session or meetings, second Thursday at Herbert Hoover High School, Clendenin, WV
  Publication: LOG (Ledger of Genealogy)


West Virginia Historical Society
Cultural Center
PO Box 5220
Charleston, WV 25361 05-0300
Telephone: (304) 558-0220
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