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West Virginia Vital Records

Marriage records or marriage licenses are the legal record of a wedding and its subsequent union. A marriage record contain the original unmarried names of both parties, their place of residence, the date, and also the county and state the marriage occurred in. This is why often marriage records are vital to almost all researchers as they not only provide information but also help unlock the path to other searches with information that is crucial and not easily obtainable Most notably, the brides maiden name. For West Virginia from 1921 and beyond, the Vital Registration Office keeps all marriage records and has certified copies for records after 1964. If you need to find out more about your family history or genealogy, marriage records are sometimes the most easily accessible and most reliable way to trace your ancestry through multiple generations. For quick, often free marriage records you can search online will reveal many records of possible value to your quest. Using the maiden name and possible background information about the bride's family is often essential to expanding your family tree.

 
State of West Virginia Resources & Statistics
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Population:
1,468,814

 
Under 18:
387,381

 
Over 65:
280,666

 
Employed:
927,285

 
Land in Square Miles:
24,077.73

 
Acres of Farms:
3,668,584

 
Births:
20,836

 
Deaths:
20,780

 
Infant Deaths:
81

 
 
Murder:
60

 
Forcible Rape:
362

 
Robbery:
889

 
Assault:
3,657

 
Total Violent Crime:
4,968

 
Burglary:
11,066

 
Larceny \ Theft:
32,337

 
Motor Vehicle Theft:
3,204

 
Total Property Crime:
46,607