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Room 165<br>350 Capitol Street<br>Charleston, WV 25301-3701<br>Telephone: General questions (but no certificate requests) 304-558-2931<br>Website: [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Requesting WV Vital Records]
:The West Virginia Vital Registration Office has:<ref name="VRGen">[http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/Genealogy.asp Genealogy Information] in ''Vital Registration'' in WV DHHR Health Statistics Center (accessed 15 May 2017).</ref>
:*West Virginia '''births''' 1917-present
:*West Virginia '''delayed birth records''' starting around 1850
:*West Virginia '''deaths''' 1917-present
:*West Virginia '''divorce indexes''' 1967-present
:'''Certified copies.''' Certificates are hand abstracted from the original source document. The person on a certificate, parents, grandparents, wife, husband, child, grandchild, brother, or sister of the person on a certificate may request a copy. Close relatives can obtain certified copies of BMD, and divorce records from the West Virginia Vital Registration Office in these ways:<ref>[http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Requesting WV Vital Records] in ''Vital Registration'' in WV DHHR Health Statistics Center (accessed 15 May 2017).</ref>
:*'''In person.''' Their fee must be paid by cash, check, or money order.
:*'''By mail.''' See their '''[http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/Forms.asp Certificate Request Forms]''' Internet page. Their fee must be paid by cash, check, or money order.
:*'''Online, or by telephone, or fax.''' You can use a credit card to pay their fee and request express delivery of an official West Virginia certified copy of a vital record for an extra fee from the private company '''[https://www.vitalchek.com/birth-certificates/west-virginia/west-virginia-vital-registration VitalChek West Virginia]'''.
:'''Genealogical research.''' A good resource for West Virginia genealogical vital record information is the '''[[West Virginia Archives and History]] Library''' in Charleston. Among other sources, they have early (pre-1917) county birth and death records. For marriage records prior to 1964 contact the county clerk of the county where the license was obtained.<ref name="VRGen">[http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/Genealogy.asp Genealogy Information] in ''Vital Registration'' in WV DHHR Health Statistics Center (accessed 15 May 2017).</ref>
:'''Online indexes.''' Internet sites like Ancestry.com ($) provide information from some of West Virginia's vital records, ''for example'', births 1804-1938, marriages 1785-1971, and deaths 1853-1973.<ref>[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx#ccat=hc=25&dbSort=1&sbo=1&title=&keyword=West%20Virginia&filter=0*34& Card Catalog - Ancestry.com] Keywords Search for "West Virginia" in the Birth, Marriage & Death category in ''AncestryInstitution.com'' (accessed 16 May 2017).</ref><br><br>
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