West Virginia Marriage Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search West Virginia marriage records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the West Virginia marriage records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain West Virginia marriage certificates is available below.

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West Virginia marriage records

Marriage records contain information about the marriage of two people, including the date of marriage, place of marriage, sometimes the names of the mothers and fathers, and even the people who witnessed the marriage. Marriage certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residences, and perhaps even the maiden names of the mothers.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing West Virginia marriage records, West Virginia marriage licenses, West Virginia marriage indexes, West Virginia marriage announcements, and other related West Virginia genealogy records.

Marriage 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 marriage takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store marriage records into various online archives. This has brought access to online marriage records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of marriages, and in addition to marriage certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing marriage records of West Virginia. We also suggest searching for "West Virginia marriage records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain West Virginia Marriage 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
Division of Vital Statistics
Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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