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West Virginia State Vital Records

West Virginia State Vital Records Office
Vital Registration: Division of Health
State Capitol Complex Building 3, Room 516
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-2931
Records include birth and death records since January 1917, marriage records since 1921, and divorce indexes since 1968.

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West Virginia Prominent Men

West Virginia Census, 1860-90

Ritchie County, West Virginia History

West Virginia 5th Cavalry Roster

West Virginia Cemetery Readings, 1941

West Virginia Marriage Records, 1863-1900

West Virginia History, Vol. 1

West Virginia History, Vol. 2

West Virginia History, Vol. 3

Wheeling, West Virginia Directories, 1888-93

Fayette County, West Virginia Births, 1888-93

Brooke County, West Virginia History to 1882

Raleigh County, West Virginia Birth Records, 1853-75

Fayette County, West Virginia Births, 1881-87

Fayette county, West Virginia, births, 1866-1880

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Virginia & West Virginia, 1870 Census Index Early West Virginia Settlers, 1600s-1900s West Virginia, 1863-1900 Marriage Index

Family History Centers

What is a Family History Center?
Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Centers provide access to many of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help you identify your ancestors.

Location and Hours
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. To find a Family History Center near you, see the list of addresses below.
Before you visit, you should contact the center to verify when it is open.

Services
Staff members will show you around the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library.
Many centers offer classes on different genealogical research topics.

Resources
Most centers have a computer with FamilySearch, which helps you search for information about your ancestors. FamilySearch includes Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, Scottish Church Records and the United States Military Index
Most also have Personal Ancestral File, a computer program that allows you to organize your family history information.
Most centers also have a variety of resource files, microfilms, microfiche and published material such as genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases and maps at your disposal.

Family History Centers Near You

Other Resources

Information about state archives and libraries:

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
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday 1:00-5:00, closed Sunday and all state holidays
Records include 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.

Information about state genealogical societies:

Write to:
West Virginia Genealogy Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 249
Elkview, WV 25071
Open during study session of meetings, second Thursday at Herbert Hoover High School, Clendenin, WV
Publication: LOG (Ledger of Genealogy)

West Virginia Historical Society
Cultural Center
1900 Kanewha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Telephone: (304) 558-0220

 

See also: West Virginia Genealogy at Live Roots, and Original West Virginia Documents

 

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