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''[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to Find United States Deaths]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Virginia Deaths'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
 
''[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to Find United States Deaths]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Virginia Deaths'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
  
Statewide registration of deaths began in 1912 in Virginia.  
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Statewide registration of deaths began in 1912 in Virginia. Counties have copies of these records.<br>
  
 
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== '''Next Step: When did the death occur? '''  ==
 
== '''Next Step: When did the death occur? '''  ==
  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Virginia Death Records#Deaths_before_1853|Deaths before 1853]]'''</span>  
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Virginia Death Records#Deaths_before_1853|Deaths before 1853]]'''</span>  
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Virginia Death Records#Deaths_from_1853_thru_1912|Deaths from 1853 thru 1912]]''' </span>  
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Virginia Death Records#Deaths_from_1853_thru_1912|Deaths from 1853 thru 1912]]''' </span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Deaths_after_1912|Deaths from 1912 to the present]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Virginia Death Records#Deaths_after_1912|Deaths from 1912 to the present]]'''</span>  
 
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Death Information|I don't know when the death is]]'''</span>
 
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== '''Deaths from 1853 thru 1912'''  ==
 
== '''Deaths from 1853 thru 1912'''  ==
  
In 1853, West Virginia was created from the state of Virginia. In 1853, Virginia law required counties to record deaths, although records are incomplete. <br>  
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In 1853, Virginia law required counties to record deaths, although records are incomplete. No deaths were recorded between 1896 and 1912.<br>  
  
 
If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below try searching for death information in [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records]]. <br>  
 
If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below try searching for death information in [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records]]. <br>  
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| width="25%" | [http://lva1.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/F/?func=file&file_name=find-b-clas29&local_base=clas29 1853-1896 - At Library of Virginia]  
| width="65%" | '''Free;''' dates vary by county and some only go to 1962; [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx list of county coverage (right side of the screen)]
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| width="65%" | '''Free;''' dates vary by county; [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/opac/dripabout.htm list of county coverage (scroll down)]
 
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| {{RecordSearch|1708697|1853-1912 - At FamilySearch.org}}  
| '''Free;''' dates vary by county and some only go to 1962; [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx list of county coverage (right side of the screen)]; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
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| '''Free;''' dates vary by county; [[Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Coverage_Table|list of county coverage]]
 
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2568 1853-1973 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2558 1853-1917 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2558 1853-1917 - use your Ancestry subscription]  
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
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| width="25%" | ''Can't search the index listed above?''
 
| Try searching [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records]] for death information.
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the index?'''
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching indexes]]
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No death record for your ancestor?'''
 
| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
 
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<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>
 
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== '''Deaths from 1917 thru 1970'''  ==
 
 
The state of West Virginia began recording deaths in January 1917.
 
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
 
 
For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.
 
 
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| width="25%" | [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx 1853-1970 - At West Virginia Division of Culture and History]
 
| width="65%" | '''Free;''' dates vary by county and some only go to 1962; [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx list of county coverage (right side of the screen)]
 
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| {{RecordSearch|1417434|1853-1970 - At FamilySearch.org}}
 
| '''Free;''' dates vary by county and some only go to 1962; [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx list of county coverage (right side of the screen)]; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
 
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2568 1853-1973 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/oldsearch/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=49&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true 1853-1896 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/oldsearch/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=49&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true 1853-1896- use your Ancestry subscription]  
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
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| Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health State Office].
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| Try searching [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records]] for death information.
 
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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==== '''Obtain the Record'''  ====
  
If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:  
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Death records from 1853 to 1896 are available on microfilm through the Family History Library: {{FHL|777933|item|disp=FHL films 2026327-2026352 and 2046907}}.  
 
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<center>[[How to Find Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://vitalrec.com/wv.html#County From County of Death]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
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| County websites can be more difficult to use
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| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
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| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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'''If you do not know the exact date or place of death:'''<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search (click on the death certificates tab).<br>
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'''''Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:
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:*The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
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:*The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
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:*The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
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:*The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
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:*Funeral director
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:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
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::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.
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'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''
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<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
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== '''Deaths after 1970'''  ==
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== '''Deaths after 1912'''  ==
  
With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:  
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The state of Virginia began recording deaths in 1912. Currently, there are no indexes to Virginia deaths from 1912 to the present available online.<br>
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==== '''Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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You can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:  
  
 
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Death Certificates'''
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Vital_Records/ From VA Dept. of Health State office]
 
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
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| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
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'''If you do not know the exact date or place of death:'''<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search (click on the death certificates tab).<br>
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'''''Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:
  
'''''Restrictions for persons born who died within the last 50 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:
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:*The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate  
 
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:*The current spouse of the person on the certificate  
:*The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate  
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:*The child of the person on the certificate  
:*The wife or husband of the person on the certificate  
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:*The sibling of the person on the certificate  
:*The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate  
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:*The legal guardian of the person on the certificate  
:*The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate  
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:*Funeral director
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:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate  
 
:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate  
 
::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.
 
::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.
  
 
'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''  
 
'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''  
<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
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How to Find United States Deaths Gotoarrow.png Virginia Deaths

Statewide registration of deaths began in 1912 in Virginia. Counties have copies of these records.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths before 1853

Before 1853, no deaths were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1853 thru 1912

In 1853, Virginia law required counties to record deaths, although records are incomplete. No deaths were recorded between 1896 and 1912.

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

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

Virginia Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only
Try 1st:
1853-1896 - At Library of Virginia Free; dates vary by county; list of county coverage (scroll down)
Try 2nd:
1853-1912 - At FamilySearch.org Free; dates vary by county; list of county coverage
Try 3rd:
Choose one of the following:

1853-1917 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1853-1917 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
Try 4th:
Choose one of the following:

1853-1896 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1853-1896- use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
Can't search the index listed above? Try searching other records for death information.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

Obtain the Record

Death records from 1853 to 1896 are available on microfilm through the Family History Library: FHL films 2026327-2026352 and 2046907.

Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths after 1912

The state of Virginia began recording deaths in 1912. Currently, there are no indexes to Virginia deaths from 1912 to the present available online.

Obtain the Certificate

You can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From VA 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 May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The current spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another death year


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