Enter a first and/or last name to search West Virginia death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the West Virginia death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain West Virginia death certificates is available below.
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Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing West Virginia death records, West Virginia death ceritificates, West Virginia death notices, West Virginia death indexes, and other related West Virginia genealogy records.
Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of West Virginia. We also suggest searching for "West Virginia death records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain West Virginia Death Certificates
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 records from 1 January 1920, write:
West Virginia Department of Health
For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.
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