How to Search and Obtain Marriage Records in West Virginia, USA



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How to Search and Obtain Marriage Records in West Virginia

Marriage Records in West Virginia

Marriage records contain basic information about the couple named in the records. This information includes the names of the two individuals, date of the marriage, and place of marriage. Some marriage records also include the names of the mothers and fathers of the couple. Additionally, some marriage records contain the names of the witnesses to the marriage. Some governmental, state or local, marriage records contain the maiden names of the mothers and the place of residence of the married couple.

A marriage record is not the same as a marriage license, a marriage announcement, or a marriage index. A marriage license is a legal document that is issued to the couple that is married. The marriage announcement is the public listing of the wedding, in many cases, in a published newspaper.

A marriage index is a list of the marriages within a specific location. Such an index includes the names of the bride and groom, date of the marriage, name of the county in which the marriage occurred, and either the volume and page name for a register listing or the file number of the license.

In West Virginia, marriage records must be obtained from the county office. It is necessary to contact the County Clerk at the local county courthouse where the records are kept. Call the following number to obtain record lookup fees: 304-558-2931. Fees vary across counties, but are relatively small.

The state office has marriage records since 1921. However, no certified copies are available prior to 1964. Contact the following office for a copy of a marriage record:
Vital Registration Office
Division of Health State
350 Capitol St Rm 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701

For a successful search for the marriage records that you are trying to locate, follow these steps:
1. Print or type each name and address clearly to avoid confusion. This includes the full name of both the husband and the wife. The maiden name should be included for the wife. Include nicknames and alternate spellings that may have been used, but list them as such.
2. Keep your request brief and to the point.
3. Limit your request to one marriage record.
4. Include the full address of the individuals at the time of the marriage, including street, city or town, and state. If you know the county in which the marriage took place, include that as well.
5. Include the date that the marriage occurred. If you do not know the date, include a time frame for the search. Generally, it is best to specify a short span of years for an unknown year search. You can always expand the number of years that you search, and a shorter span will lead to a shorter search. You can expect to pay an additional fee for searches such as this that require more effort.
6. Include contact information where you can be reached in the event that more information is required. Include a telephone number, fax number, or an e-mail address.
7. Include your relationship to the individuals listed in your search request.
8. Include the reason for your request.
9. Print your name clearly and sign your request. Some states may also require additional identifying information on you as well. Therefore, you may want to include your driverís license number.
10. Include a SASE, or self addressed stamped envelope with your request for a speedier delivery.
11. Include the date that you mail your request with your correspondence.

To obtain a copy of a marriage record, contact the County Clerk in the specific county office where the marriage took place. Remember to provide as much accurate information as you have available on the subject of the search, sufficient contact information for yourself, and the required fee. Providing the necessary information will speed the process up considerably.

A list of the local county courthouse addresses and telephone numbers for West Virginia is provided below in alphabetical order.

State of West Virginia
West Virginia Vital Registration, Division of Health
350 Capitol St, Rm 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
Telephone: (304) 558-2931
Info: (304) 558-2931
Fax: (304) 558-1051

Barbour County
Barbour County Clerk
P.O. Box 310, 8 N. Main St.
Philippi, WV 26416-0310
Telephone: (304) 457-2232

Berkeley County
Berkeley County Clerk
100 W. King St.
Martinsburg, WV 25401-3210
Telephone: (304) 267-3000

Boone County
Boone County Clerk
200 State St., Courthouse
Madison, WV 25130
Telephone: (304) 369-3925

Braxton County
Braxton County Clerk
P.O. Box 486
Sutton, WV 26601-0486
Telephone: (304) 765-2833

Brooke County
Brooke County Clerk
632 Main St.
Wellsburg, WV 26070
Telephone: (304) 737-3661

Cabell County
Cabell County Clerk
750 5th Ave., Room 108
Huntington, WV 25701
Telephone: (304) 526-8625

Calhoun County
Calhoun County Clerk
P.O. Box 230
Grantsville, WV 26147
Telephone: (304) 354-6725

Clay County
Clay County Clerk
P.O. Box 190
Clay, WV 25043
Telephone: (304) 587-4259

Doddridge County
Doddridge County Clerk
118 E. Court St., Room 102
West Union, WV 26456
Telephone: (304) 873-2631

Fayette County
Fayette County Clerk
P.O. Box 569, Courthouse
Fayetteville, WV 25840
Telephone: (304) 574-1200

Gilmer County
Gilmer County Clerk
10 Howard St., Courthouse
Glenville, WV 26351
Telephone: (304) 462-7641

Grant County
Grant County Clerk
5 Highland Ave.
Petersburg, WV 26847-1705
Telephone: (304) 257-4422

Greenbrier County
Greenbrier County Clerk
P.O. Box 506
Lewisburg, WV 24901-0506
Telephone: (304) 647-6602

Hampshire County
Hampshire County Clerk
P.O. Box 806
Romney, WV 26757
Telephone: (304) 822-5112

Hancock County
Hancock County Clerk
P.O. Box 367
New Cumberland, WV 26047
Telephone: (304) 564-3311

Hardy County
Hardy County Clerk
P.O. Box 540, 204 Washington St., Room 111
Moorefield, WV 26836-0540
Telephone: (304) 538-2929

Harrison County
Harrison County Clerk
301 W. Main St.
Clarksburg, WV 26301-2909
Telephone: (304) 624-8611

Jackson County
Jackson County Clerk
P.O. Box 800
Ripley, WV 25271
Telephone: (304) 372-2011

Jefferson County
Jefferson County Clerk
P.O. Box 208
Charles Town, WV 25414
Telephone: (304) 725-9761

Kanawha County
Kanawha County Clerk
P.O. Box 3226
Charleston, WV 25332-3226
Telephone: (304) 357-0101

Lewis County
Lewis County Clerk
P.O. Box 87
Weston, WV 26452-0087
Telephone: (304) 269-8215

Lincoln County
Lincoln County Clerk
P.O. Box 497
Hamlin, WV 25523-0497
Telephone: (304) 824-3336

Logan County
Logan County Clerk
Courthouse Square, Room 101
Logan, WV 25601
Telephone: (304) 792-8620

Marion County
Marion County Clerk
P.O. Box 1267, Courthouse
Fairmont, WV 26554
Telephone: (304) 367-5440

Marshall County
Marshall County Clerk
P.O. Box 459
Moundsville, WV 26041-0459
Telephone: (304) 845-1220

Mason County
Mason County Clerk
200 6th St.
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Telephone: (304) 675-1997

McDowell County
McDowell County Clerk
P.O. Box 967, 90 Wyoming St., Suite 109
Welch, WV 24801-0447
Telephone: (304) 436-8544

Mercer County
Mercer County Clerk
1501 W. Main St.
Princeton, WV 24740-1716
Telephone: (304) 487-8311

Mineral County
Mineral County Clerk
150 Armstrong St.
Keyser, WV 26726-0250
Telephone: (304) 788-3924

Mingo County
Mingo County Clerk
P.O. Box 1197
Williamson, WV 25661-1197
Telephone: (304) 235-0330

Monongalia County
Monongalia County Clerk
243 High St.
Morgantown, WV 26505
Telephone: (304) 291-7230

Monroe County
Monroe County Clerk
P.O. Box 350, Courthouse
Union, WV 24983
Telephone: (304) 772-3096

Morgan County
Morgan County Clerk
202 Fairfax St.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Telephone: (304) 258-2774

Nicholas County
Nicholas County Clerk
700 Main St., Courthouse
Summersville, WV 26651
Telephone: (304) 872-3630

Ohio County
Ohio County Clerk
1500 Chapline St.,
Rm. 205 City County Bldg.
Wheeling, WV 26003-3553
Telephone: (304) 234-3656

Pendleton County
Pendleton County Clerk
P.O. Box 1167
Franklin, WV 26807
Telephone: (304) 358-2505

Pleasants County
Pleasants County Clerk
301 Court Lane, Room 101
Saint Marys, WV 26170
Telephone: (304) 684-7542

Pocahontas County
Pocahontas County Clerk
900C 10th Ave.
Marlinton, WV 24954-1333
Telephone: (304) 799-4549

Preston County
Preston County Clerk
101 W. Main St., Room 201
Kingwood, WV 26537-1121
Telephone: (304) 329-0070

Putnam County
Putnam County Clerk
3389 Winfield Rd.
Winfield, WV 25213
Telephone: (304) 586-0202

Raleigh County
Raleigh County Clerk
Courthouse, 215 Main St.
Beckley, WV 25801
Telephone: (304) 255-9123

Randolph County
Randolph County Clerk
P.O. Box 368
Elkins, WV 26241
Telephone: (304) 636-0543

Ritchie County
Ritchie County Clerk
115 E. Main St., Room 201
Harrisville, WV 26362
Telephone: (304) 643-2164

Roane County
Roane County Clerk
P.O. Box 69
Spencer, WV 25276
Telephone: (304) 927-2860

Summers County
Summers County Clerk
P.O. Box 97
Hinton, WV 25951-0097
Telephone: (304) 466-7104

Taylor County
Taylor County Clerk
214 W. Main St.
Grafton, WV 26354
Telephone: (304) 265-1401

Tucker County
Tucker County Clerk
215 1st St.
Parsons, WV 26287
Telephone: (304) 478-2414

Tyler County
Tyler County Clerk
P.O. Box 66
Middlebourne, WV 26149-0066
Telephone: (304) 758-2102

Upshur County
Upshur County Clerk
40 W. Main St., Room 101
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Telephone: (304) 472-1068

Wayne County
Wayne County Clerk
P.O. Box 248
Wayne, WV 25570
Telephone: (304) 272-6365

Webster County
Webster County Clerk
2 Court Square, Room G1
Webster Springs, WV 26288
Telephone: (304) 847-2508

Wetzel County
Wetzel County Clerk
P.O. Box 156
New Martinsville, WV 26155-0156
Telephone: (304) 455-8224

Wirt County
Wirt County Clerk
P.O. Box 53
Elizabeth, WV 26143-0053
Telephone: (304) 275-4271

Wood County
Wood County Clerk
P.O. Box 1474
Parkersburg, WV 26102
Telephone: (304) 424-1850

Wyoming County
Wyoming County Clerk
P.O. Box 309
Pineville, WV 24874-0309
Telephone: (304) 732-8000

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