Wednesday, April 21, 2010

West Virginia vital records online...for free!

I found a great resource the other day...and it is totally free!  The West Virginia Division of Culture and History runs a web site where you can search and view birth, marriage and death records for their various counties.  I am not sure how complete the collection is but it looks good to me!  I was able to find the death record for one of my distant cousins; one that I could not find in the past.  Their search funtion is simple and the site is very easy to use overall...(and did I mention it is free)!

The site is of particular interest to me because West Virginia broke off from Virginia in the Civil War-era.  People ask me all of the time where records are located for the Virginia counties that later became part of West Virginia.  Well, they were kept with the county itself and are therefore housed in West Virginia.  This is a great database for finding those records; providing both an index and some actual copies of documents.

You can check it out here:  West Virginia Vital Research Records


Mena said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, found more docs on the family. Hooray! Christy

Anonymous said...

How cool! My father's family is from West Virginia. I can't believe how much I'm finding at this site. Thanks for sharing. -Susan in Blacksburg