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[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 4|Finding United States Birth Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Finding West Virginia Birth Records __NOTOC__
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== North Carolina Record Finder  ==
  
=== Finding West Virginia Birth Records  ===
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This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for they type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.
  
West Virginia was created in 1863 from Virginia. Statewide registration of births began in 1917 in West Virginia and was generally complied with by 1925. The counties have copies of these records.
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The current law for the state registration of births in West Virginia is a restriction on births to only immediate family members for births within the last 100 years. However, the counties of West Virginia also recorded birth records, and their records are online up to 1930.
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| '''1. What you are looking for:'''
 
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| '''2. Try these records first:'''
=== When did the birth occur?  ===
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| '''3. Other useful records'''
 
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'''''Choose one of the following:'''''  
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| Birth information
 
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| [[How to Find North Carolina Birth Records|Birth records]], [[How to Find North Carolina Death Records|Death records]], [[North Carolina Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[North Carolina Church Records|Church records]]  
:*[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 8#Births_Before_1853|Births before 1853]]  
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| [[North Carolina Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[North Carolina Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[North Carolina Bible Records|Bible records]], [[North Carolina Military Records|Military records]] (pension)
:*[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 8#Births_Between_1853_to_1930|Births between 1853 to 1930]]  
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:*[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 8#Births_Between_1931_to_1969|Births between 1931 to 1969]]  
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| Marriage information  
:*[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 8#Births_After_1969|Births after 1969 to the present]]  
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| [[How to Find North Carolina Marriage Records|Marriage records]], [[North Carolina Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[North Carolina Bible Records|Bible records]]
:*[[User:HardestyPN/Sandbox Births Estimating|I don't know when the birth is]]
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| [[North Carolina Church Records|Church records]], [[North Carolina Probate Records|Probate records]], [[North Carolina Military Records|Military records]]
 
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==== Births Before 1853  ====
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| Death information  
 
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| [[How to Find North Carolina Death Records|Death Records]], [[North Carolina Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[North Carolina Obituaries|Obituaries]]  
Before 1853, no births were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.
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| [[North Carolina Probate Records|Probate Records]], [[North Carolina Church Records|Church Records]], [[North Carolina Bible Records|Bible Records]]
 
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Substitutes for birth record information:
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| Parents
 
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| [[How to Find North Carolina Birth Records|Birth records]][[How to Find North Carolina Death Records|Death records]], [[North Carolina Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[North Carolina Census|Census]], [[North Carolina Church Records|Church records]]
:*[[West Virginia Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
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| [[North Carolina Biography|Biography]], [[North Carolina Genealogy|Genealogy]]
:*[[West Virginia Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
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:*[[West Virginia Census|Census]]: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information.
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| Maiden name
:*[[West Virginia Newspapers|Newspapers]]: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
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| [[How to Find North Carolina Marriage Records|Marriage Records]], [[North Carolina Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[North Carolina Probate Records|Probate records]]
:*[[West Virginia Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records may give birth, marriage and death information. In addition, soldiers' homes records may include this same information.
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| [[North Carolina Church Records|Church Records]], [[North Carolina Military Records|Military Records]] (pension)
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==== Births Between 1853 to 1930  ====
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| Immigration date
 
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| [[North Carolina Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]], [[North Carolina Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[North Carolina Census|Census]]  
In 1863, West Virginia was created a state from Virginia. Earlier in 1853, Virginia passed a law requiring counties to record births although not all counties complied or continued to record them on a consistent basis. Statewide registration of births began in 1917.
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| [[North Carolina Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[North Carolina Biography|Biography]], [[North Carolina History|History]]
 
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For birth records that exist, use the following:
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| Naturalization
 
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| [[North Carolina Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]], [[North Carolina Census|Census]], [[North Carolina Court Records|Court Records]]  
''Index and Records''
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| [[North Carolina Voting Registers|Voting Registers]], [[North Carolina Biography|Biography]], [[North Carolina Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
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:*'''1853-1930''' [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia, Births, 1853-1930] at [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia Division of Culture and History] website - free, index and digital version of birth records, not all counties are complete to 1930
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| Physical description
 
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| [[North Carolina Military Records|Military Records]], [[North Carolina Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]] (after 1906)
:*'''1853-1930''' {{RecordSearch|1417341|West Virginia, Births, 1853-1930}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/'_blank' FamilySearch.org] - Free, index and digital version of birth records, not all counties are complete to 1930
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| [[North Carolina Biography|Biography]], [[North Carolina History|History]]
 
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''[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 7|Can't find your person in the index?]]''
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| [[North Carolina Record Selection Table|Complete list of topics]]  
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==== Births Between 1931 to 1969  ====
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Between 1931 and 1969, It is a two-step process to get the birth certificate.
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===== Step ONE: Find the birth in the Index  =====
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''Index Only''
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:*'''1853-1969''' West Virginia, Births Index, 1853–1969 at Ancestry.com
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::-[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2537 Ancestry Subscription version] - $
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::-[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2537 Ancestry Library edition] - free at FamilySearch Centers and Library
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<br> ''[[User:BatsonDL/Sandbox 7|Can't find your person in the index?]]''
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===== Step TWO: Obtain the Certificate  =====
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'''''Persons born within the last 100 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 100 years, you must be:
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:*The person on the certificate
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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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:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
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::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the birth record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.
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If you are one of those listed above, order a copy of the birth certificate from the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Vital Registration office].<br>
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'''''If you do not know the exact date of death:'''''<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Vital Registration office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
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==== Births After 1969  ====
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If you know the exact date of birth, you can order a copy of the certificate if you are:<br>
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:*The person on the certificate
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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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:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
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::'''NOTE''':A copy of the birth record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.
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If you are one of those listed above, order a copy of the birth certificate from the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Vital Registration office].<br>
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'''''If you do not know the exact date of death:'''''<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp Vital Registration office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
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'''Substitutes for birth record information:'''
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:*[[West Virginia Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
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:*[[West Virginia Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
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:*[[West Virginia Census|Census]]: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information.
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:*[[West Virginia Newspapers|Newspapers]]: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
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Latest revision as of 23:55, 22 January 2015

North Carolina Record Finder

This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for they type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records
Birth information Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)
Marriage information Marriage records, Obituaries, Bible records Church records, Probate records, Military records
Death information Death Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Parents Birth recordsDeath records, Obituaries, Census, Church records Biography, Genealogy
Maiden name Marriage Records, Obituaries, Probate records Church Records, Military Records (pension)
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Obituaries, Biography, History
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906) Biography, History
Complete list of topics
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