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Finding West Virginia Marriage Records

  • In 1863, West Virginia was created from the state of Virginia
  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and usually begin at the creation of the county
  • Marriages before 1863 would have been recorded by county clerks in Virginia
  • 1964 - duplicate copies of the marriages were required to be sent to the state

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Before 1963

  • In 1863, West Virginia was created from the state of Virginia
  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and usually begin at the creation of the county
  • Marriages before 1863 would have been recorded by county clerks in Virginia

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below try searching for marriage information in other records.

For marriages that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

West Virginia Marriage Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:


1853-1970 - At West Virginia Division of Culture and History Free; dates vary by county: some start before 1853 or do not go to 1970; list of database county coverage (right side of the screen)on WV website
Try 2nd:


1853-1970 - At FamilySearch.org Free; dates vary by county: some start before 1853 or do not go to 1970; list of database county coverage (right side of the screen)on WV website; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
West Virginia Marriage Database - Index Only
1854-1932 - At FamilySearch.org

Free; Index only; Images of records available at FamilySearch Centers - see below

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Other records with marriage information

Found the index but not the image of the marriage?
Some images of county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local FamilySearch Center.
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Marriages 1964 to Present

  • 1964 - duplicate copies of the marriages were required to be sent to the state

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Some marriages with copies of digital images after 1964 are found in the following databases.

West Virginia Deaths Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:


1853-1970 - At West Virginia Division of Culture and History Free; dates vary by county: some start before 1853 or do not go to 1970; list of database county coverage (right side of the screen)on WV website
Try 2nd:


1853-1970 - At FamilySearch.org Free; dates vary by county: some start before 1853 or do not go to 1970; list of database county coverage (right side of the screen)on WV website; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Other records with marriage information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

If you did not find your ancestor in the above database, follow the instructions below:

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County of Marriage From WV Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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