The  West Virginia Division of Culture and History hosts the West Virginia State Archives, the official archive for the state of West Virginia in the United States.

They have many online collections for genealogy and family history research as well as general historical research.

Online Collections

Birth

  • Birth records searchable name index, 1790-1939
    • Currently, birth records are available for the following counties and years. 

      Barbour: 1833, 1853 – 1917
      Berkeley: 1860, 1862 – 1917
      Boone: 1822, 1832, 1862, 1865 – 1910
      Braxton: 1853 – 1862, 1865 – 1917
      Brooke: 1852 – 1862, 1864 – 1917
      Cabell: 1811, 1853 – 1854, 1856, 1864 – 1865, 1867 – 1917
      Calhoun: 1855 – 1858, 1863, 1865 – 1942
      Clay: 1858, 1860, 1866 – 1868, 1870 – 1917
      Doddridge: 1853 – 1917
      Fayette: 1852, 1861 – 1917
      Gilmer: 1853 – 1859, 1861 – 1942
      Grant: 1859, 1865 – 1917
      Greenbrier: 1853 – 1862, 1864 – 1917
      Hampshire: 1860, 1864 – 1917
      Hancock: 1853 – 1858, 1863 – 1917
      Hardy: 1853 – 1860, 1866 – 1869, 1871 – 1872, 1874 – 1942
      Harrison: 1853 – 1928
      Jackson: 1843, 1852 – 1854, 1856 – 1917
      Jefferson: 1853 – 1860, 1866 – 1917
      Kanawha: 1838, 1844, 1850, 1853 – 1917
      Lewis: 1853 – 1917
      Lincoln: 1859 – 1860, 1866, 1868 – 1917
      Logan: 1825, 1853 – 1860, 1863 – 1864, 1866 – 1917
      Marion: 1855, 1859 – 1913
      Marshall: 1853 – 1917
      Mason: 1853 – 1917
      McDowell: 1867 – 1868, 1872, 1874 – 1917
      Mercer: 1853 – 1861, 1865 – 1869, 1872 – 1917
      Mineral: 1865 – 1942
      Mingo: 1852, 1870 – 1871, 1873 – 1917
      Monongalia: 1849, 1852 – 1916
      Monroe: 1790, 1797, 1827, 1853 – 1860, 1863 – 1917
      Morgan: 1858, 1863 – 1917
      Nicholas: 1853 – 1859, 1861, 1863 – 1916
      Ohio: 1820, 1853 – 1917
      Pendleton: 1853 – 1862, 1864, 1866 – 1930
      Pleasants: 1842, 1853 – 1917
      Pocahontas: 1853 – 1861, 1863 – 1917
      Preston: 1861 – 1862, 1865 – 1910
      Putnam: 1853 – 1917
      Raleigh: 1853 – 1860, 1862 – 1863, 1865 – 1917
      Randolph: 1853 – 1861, 1865 – 1917
      Ritchie: 1853 – 1863, 1865 – 1917
      Roane: 1853 – 1862, 1864 – 1917
      Summers: 1868 – 1910
      Taylor: 1801, 1810, 1812 – 1816, 1818 – 1825, 1827 – 1828, 1830 – 1831, 1834 – 1840, 1842, 1844 – 1917
      Tucker: 1856 – 1917
      Tyler: 1853 – 1917
      Unavailable/Out of State: 1910
      Upshur: 1846 – 1847, 1849 – 1917
      Wayne: 1853 – 1862, 1864 – 1917
      Webster: 1846, 1857 – 1858, 1861 – 1863, 1865 – 1917
      West Virginia: 1880, 1882 – 1883, 1886, 1891, 1894, 1897, 1900, 1902, 1904 – 1905, 1907, 1909 – 1910, 1912
      Wetzel: 1797, 1854 – 1863, 1865 – 1917
      Wirt: 1852, 1865, 1867 – 1917
      Wood: 1853 – 1862, 1864 – 1917
      Wyoming: 1853 – 1858, 1863 – 1917
  • West Virginia Veterans Database, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War

 

Marriage

  • Marriage records searchable name index, 1780-1970
    • Currently, marriage records are available for the following counties and years.

      Barbour: 1843 – 1849, 1853 – 1969
      Berkeley: 1780 – 1856, 1858, 1862 – 1970
      Boone: 1864 – 1968
      Braxton: 1836 – 1847, 1865 – 1967
      Brooke: 1797, 1799 – 1833, 1835 – 1971
      Cabell: 1809 – 1968
      Calhoun: 1856 – 1969
      Clay: 1858 – 1969
      Doddridge: 1845 – 1970
      Fayette: 1830 – 1854, 1857, 1861, 1864 – 1968
      Gilmer: 1845 – 1847, 1849 – 1969
      Grant: 1866 – 1969
      Greenbrier: 1781 – 1969
      Hampshire: 1824 – 1828, 1863, 1865 – 1970
      Hancock: 1854 – 1873, 1880 – 1971
      Hardy: 1792, 1795 – 1796, 1799, 1801 – 1842, 1844 – 1847, 1849 – 1851, 1853 – 1970
      Harrison: 1784 – 1970
      Jackson: 1830 – 1968
      Jefferson: 1802 – 1970
      Kanawha: 1789, 1792 – 1797, 1800, 1802 – 1929, 1936, 1940 – 1967
      Lewis: 1817 – 1969
      Lincoln: 1889, 1895 – 1929
      Logan: 1853 – 1860, 1868, 1872 – 1969
      Marion: 1842 – 1970
      Marshall: 1835 – 1970
      Mason: 1806 – 1812, 1814 – 1854, 1861 – 1969
      McDowell: 1865 – 1969
      Mercer: 1854 – 1967
      Mineral: 1866 – 1969
      Mingo: 1895 – 1926
      Monongalia: 1794 – 1961
      Monroe: 1799 – 1969
      Morgan: 1820 – 1969
      Nicholas: 1817 – 1833, 1837 – 1843, 1847, 1849, 1853 – 1861, 1864 – 1869, 1873 – 1969
      Ohio: 1790 – 1971
      Pendleton: 1799 – 1970
      Pleasants: 1853 – 1970
      Pocahontas: 1822 – 1969
      Preston: 1866, 1869 – 1970
      Putnam: 1848 – 1968
      Raleigh: 1850 – 1854, 1890 – 1969
      Randolph: 1787 – 1969
      Ritchie: 1843 – 1970
      Roane: 1856 – 1857, 1859 – 1967
      Summers: 1871 – 1969
      Taylor: 1853 – 1970
      Tucker: 1856 – 1969
      Tyler: 1815 – 1970
      Upshur: 1853 – 1970
      Wayne: 1854 – 1862, 1865 – 1970
      Webster: 1888 – 1969
      Wetzel: 1849, 1854 – 1970
      Wirt: 1848 – 1861, 1863 – 1970
      Wood: 1804 – 1969
      Wyoming: 1850 – 1851, 1854 – 1968

 

Death

  • Death records searchable name index, 1763-1954
    • Barbour: 1853 – 1859, 1861 – 1967
      Berkeley: 1859, 1865 – 1967
      Boone: 1865 – 1873, 1877 – 1883, 1885 – 1967
      Braxton: 1853 – 1861, 1865, 1867 – 1967
      Brooke: 1853 – 1860, 1862, 1865, 1867 – 1868, 1874 – 1880, 1885 – 1967
      Cabell: 1853 – 1854, 1865 – 1866, 1868, 1871 – 1967
      Calhoun: 1855 – 1859, 1864 – 1867, 1891 – 1967
      Clay: 1858 – 1861, 1866, 1868 – 1873, 1875 – 1878, 1880 – 1896, 1899 – 1967
      Doddridge: 1853 – 1855, 1858 – 1859, 1865 – 1967
      Fayette: 1866 – 1874, 1876 – 1967
      Gilmer: 1853 – 1854, 1856, 1858 – 1859, 1861 – 1863, 1865 – 1873, 1875 – 1876, 1878 – 1893, 1895 – 1899, 1901 – 1967
      Grant: 1865 – 1967
      Greenbrier: 1853 – 1862, 1865 – 1967
      Hampshire: 1866, 1868 – 1967
      Hancock: 1883 – 1884, 1886 – 1967
      Hardy: 1853 – 1860, 1866 – 1869, 1871, 1873 – 1875, 1877 – 1967
      Harrison: 1853 – 1967
      Jackson: 1753, 1853 – 1862, 1864 – 1967
      Jefferson: 1853 – 1860, 1866 – 1967
      Kanawha: 1853 – 1862, 1865 – 1967
      Lewis: 1853 – 1862, 1865 – 1967
      Lincoln: 1909 – 1967
      Logan: 1853 – 1860, 1872 – 1877, 1885 – 1886, 1888 – 1967
      Marion: 1859 – 1863, 1865, 1867 – 1967
      Marshall: 1853 – 1967
      Mason: 1853 – 1862, 1864 – 1967
      McDowell: 1882, 1894 – 1967
      Mercer: 1853 – 1860, 1865 – 1867, 1869, 1872 – 1967
      Mineral: 1865 – 1967
      Mingo: 1894 – 1895, 1897 – 1898, 1900, 1902, 1904 – 1908, 1910 – 1967
      Monongalia: 1853 – 1863, 1865 – 1967
      Monroe: 1853 – 1860, 1865 – 1967
      Morgan: 1865 – 1967
      Nicholas: 1853 – 1855, 1859, 1864 – 1870, 1872 – 1874, 1876 – 1887, 1889, 1891 – 1893, 1899, 1902, 1904 – 1967
      Ohio: 1853 – 1967
      Pendleton: 1853 – 1854, 1856 – 1860, 1866 – 1869, 1872 – 1879, 1881 – 1903, 1905 – 1967
      Pleasants: 1853 – 1862, 1865 – 1868, 1871 – 1967
      Pocahontas: 1854 – 1860, 1864 – 1878, 1880, 1882 – 1885, 1887 – 1900, 1904 – 1967
      Preston: 1868 – 1967
      Putnam: 1853 – 1861, 1863 – 1967
      Raleigh: 1853 – 1860, 1865 – 1967
      Randolph: 1853 – 1859, 1865 – 1876, 1878 – 1892, 1896 – 1967
      Ritchie: 1889 – 1967
      Roane: 1856 – 1860, 1865 – 1869, 1871 – 1873, 1875, 1877 – 1878, 1880 – 1967
      Summers: 1871 – 1872, 1874 – 1905, 1908, 1917 – 1967
      Taylor: 1853 – 1862, 1865 – 1967
      Tucker: 1856 – 1866, 1868 – 1871, 1873 – 1874, 1877 – 1878, 1880 – 1882, 1884 – 1967
      Tyler: 1853 – 1862, 1865 – 1967
      Unavailable / Out of State: 1917 – 1923, 1927, 1936, 1950, 1958, 1963
      Upshur: 1845, 1853 – 1967
      Wayne: 1853 – 1857, 1859 – 1860, 1863, 1866 – 1867, 1871 – 1967
      Webster: 1888 – 1889, 1892 – 1967
      Wetzel: 1854 – 1861, 1863, 1865 – 1867, 1869 – 1871, 1874 – 1875, 1877 – 1967
      Wirt: 1870 – 1873, 1879 – 1881, 1883 – 1967
      Wood: 1853 – 1861, 1863 – 1874, 1876 – 1967
      Wyoming: 1853 – 1859, 1865 – 1867, 1875 – 1967
  • West Virginia Veterans Database, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, The West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives Database contains information on more than ten thousand men and women from West Virginia who died during 20th-century military actions. While death did not have to occur in combat, it must have occurred during the official period of conflict and prior to discharge from the military. To qualify for inclusion, the soldier must have been born in West Virginia or must have been a state resident six months prior to military service.
  • West Virginia Cemeteries by county

 

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Research

 

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