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West Virginia Birth Records

INSTRUCTIONS: There are many restrictions to making births available in the 1900s because of privacy laws in each state. One state may have some available to the public and some may have limited access to living relatives.

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1917 in West Virginia and was generally complied with by 1925. The counties have copies of these records.

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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