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West Virginia Vital Records
Since all but five of West Virginia's counties were formed before 20 June 1863, when Congress officially admitted it as a sovereign state, counties in existence prior to statehood were governed by the same laws as other Virginia counties, including the requirement to register births and marriages beginning in 1853. State registration began 1 January 1917, although fire destroyed many 1917–21 records.
For birth and death records from 1 January 1920 and marriage records from 1 January 1964, write:
West Virginia Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305

For earlier records, write to the court clerk of the county in question.

West Virginia Department of Health - Vital Records

West Virginia Research Sources

Brown, Stuart E., Jr. Virginia Genealogical Resources. Detroit: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1980.
McGinnis, Carol. West Virginia Genealogy Sources and Resources. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. (This guide provides a county-by-county breakdown of original source material and a thorough list of microfilms available in the state's repositories.)
Stinson, Helen S. A Handbook for Genealogical Research in West Virginia. South Charleston, W.V.: Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society, 1981.
Comstock, Jim. West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. 25 vols. Richwood, W.Va.: Jim Comstock, 1976.

West Virginia State Archives and History Library
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Cultural Center, Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

West Virginia Regional History Collection

West Virginia Genealogical Society

West Virginia Historical Society

West Virginia Department of Health - Vital Records

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