Vital Records in West Virginia

Vital records in West Virginia are maintained by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, where they issue certified copies of birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates. Many records prior to the dates listed below are available from the local county health departments where the event occurred, but they are incomplete since no laws were yet established which required the records to be maintained.

Below is a table showing the year ranges that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services can provide:

Record Type Available From
West Virginia Birth Records January 1917 – 2017
West Virginia Death Records January 1917 – 2017
West Virginia Divorce Records 1968 – 2017
West Virginia Marriage Records 1921 – 2017

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County Year Founded
Barbour County, WV 1843
Berkeley County, WV February 10, 1772
Boone County, WV 1847
Braxton County, WV 1836
Brooke County, WV 1797
Cabell County, WV January 2, 1809
Calhoun County, WV 1856
Clay County, WV 1858
Doddridge County, WV 1845
Fayette County, WV February 28, 1831
Gilmer County, WV 1845
Grant County, WV 1866
Greenbrier County, WV October 20, 1777
Hampshire County, WV December 13, 1753
Hancock County, WV January 15, 1848
Hardy County, WV 1786
Harrison County, WV May 3, 1784
Jackson County, WV March 1, 1831
Jefferson County, WV January 8, 1801
Kanawha County, WV October 5, 1789
Lewis County, WV 1816
Lincoln County, WV 1867
Logan County, WV January 12, 1824
Marion County, WV January 14, 1842
Marshall County, WV March 12, 1835
Mason County, WV 1804
McDowell County, WV February 28, 1858
Mercer County, WV March 17, 1837
Mineral County, WV 1866
Mingo County, WV 1895
Monongalia County, WV October 7, 1776
Monroe County, WV 1799
Morgan County, WV 1820
Nicholas County, WV 1818
Ohio County, WV October 7, 1776
Pendleton County, WV December 4, 1787
Pleasants County, WV 1851
Pocahontas County, WV 1821
Preston County, WV January 19, 1818
Putnam County, WV March 11, 1848
Raleigh County, WV 1850
Randolph County, WV October 16, 1787
Ritchie County, WV 1843
Roane County, WV 1856
Summers County, WV 1871
Taylor County, WV 1844
Tucker County, WV March 7, 1856
Tyler County, WV 1814
Upshur County, WV 1851
Wayne County, WV January 18, 1842
Webster County, WV 1860
Wetzel County, WV 1846
Wirt County, WV January 19, 1848
Wood County, WV December 21, 1798
Wyoming County, WV 1850