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How to Obtain West Virginia Death Certificates

West Virginia was finally considered as a sovereign state by the congress in the year 1863. Although they were declared as a sovereign state by the congress in the year 1863, different counties of the state already registering and maintaining records of the vital events taking place within the state of West Virginia separately. The state department of health did not feel the need of it in the earlier times and also there was no kind of relationship in this context among the different counties of the state and also the counties with the state office. The county level registrations of these vital records were deemed enough by the state department of health at that time. The state law was mandated in 1917 which made it necessary to register the vital events (births, deaths and marriages) taking place within the premises of the particular area with the town or county clerk, but unfortunately, there occurred some problems just after the legislation was implemented like fire destroyed many 1917-21 records but still, legislation is intact and the state of West Virginia is maintaining each and every record of vital events taking place within their jurisdictions.

However for records prior to 1917, you can write to the clerk of the county in question who is responsible for the issuance of the certificates and collection of and maintenance of the older vital statistics records with himself.

Death records or death certificates (MCCD), Are a substantial part of the legal process. This significant information is vital to state and local government official. The state death record database contains information about a person's death, location, date, time, residence. Sometimes the names of the mother and father, and Even the physician who declares vital statistics and the cause of a person's death. Death records have long been used to help with ancestry, 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.

West Virginia County Death Records

Barbour County
Berkeley County
Boone County
Braxton County
Brooke County
Cabell County
Calhoun County
Clay County
Doddridge County
Fayette County
Gilmer County
Grant County
Greenbrier County
Hampshire County
Hancock County
Hardy County
Harrison County
Jackson County
Jefferson County
Kanawha County
Lewis County
Lincoln County
Logan County
Marion County
Marshall County
Mason County
McDowell County
Mercer County
Mineral County
Mingo County
Monongalia County
Monroe County
Morgan County
Nicholas County
Ohio County
Pendleton County
Pleasants County
Pocahontas County
Preston County
Putnam County
Raleigh County
Randolph County
Ritchie County
Roane County
Summers County
Taylor County
Tucker County
Tyler County
Upshur County
Wayne County
Webster County
Wetzel County
Wirt County
Wood County
Wyoming County

 

West Virginia Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

West Virginia Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305