AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[WVA] Free Access to Database
This past winter, FamilySearch, the Genealogy Society of Utah, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History completed part of an on-going project–to scan and digitize the West Virginia vital records and allow free viewing on line.
The initial database for just six of the West Virginia counties has more than 1.4 million scanned records of births, marriages, and deaths from the counties of Calhoun, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Mineral, and Pendleton. The dates of the records vary across county, but birth records cover the period 1853 through 1930, marriage records cover the period from the creation of the county through the 1960s, and death records cover 1853 through 1970. It is estimated that there are 3.5 million names linked to these records in the first six counties to be placed on line.
The database and searchable index can be accessed at www.wvculture.org/vrr. The search yields the full name, a date, and county. Clicking on the image code will allow the user to see the original document, which can then be downloaded or printed for free.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History plans to add more records from the other counties in the future, and currently has completed putting the death records from all 55 West Virginia counties on line.