West Virginia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This is an index of some deaths and burials throughout West Virginia. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.  This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

This index covers events from 1854 through 1932. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in West Virginia.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Genealogical Society of Utah. West Virginia Deaths and Burials. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1853-1928 Marriages, 1854-1932 Deaths and Burials, 1854-1932
Barbour 279 499 461
Berkeley 7,644 5,194 3,117
Boone 418 5,310 0
Braxton 7,877 586 1,997
Brooke 320 12,013 159
Cabell 3,048 208 498
Calhoun 5,277 873 0
Clay 594 1,533 0
Doddridge 0 772 0
Fayette 1,593 1,664 0
Gilmer 108 147 0
Grant 430 278 0
Greenbrier 17,846 16,162 0
Hampshire 265 3,961 0
Hancock 471 10,419 0
Hardy 422 408 588
Harrison 54,759 23,812 3,642
Jackson 651 0 0
Jefferson 102 0 0
Kanawha 10,186 0 0
Lewis 361 0 0
Lincoln 1,019 0 0
Logan 644 0 0
Marion 17,151 7,364 5,524
Marshall 2,722 647 378
Mason 3,426 0 231
McDowell 664 0 0
Mercer 2,471 333 333
Mineral 308 0 0
Mingo 482 0 0
Monongalia 4,453 277 5,702
Monroe 361 0 0
Morgan 685 0 0
Nicholas 475 0 0
Ohio 4,148 0 703
Pendleton 409 0 0
Preston 123 0 0
Putnam 1,768 0 0
Raleigh 1,285 190 124
Randolph 1,600 270 130
Ritchie 1,431 0 281
Roane 450 0 0
Summers 717 0 0
Taylor 2,121 0 221
Tucker 115 0 0
Tyler 110 4,859 0
Upshur 949 0 0
Wayne 643 0 0
Webster 603 0 0
West Virginia 373,644 95,712 29,202
Wetzel 1,674 225 278
Wirt 1,425 468 173
Wood 3,523 9,077 2,946
Wyoming 339 117 0
Totals 544,589 203,378 56,688

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854-1932." index FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRWK-XQ4 : accessed 3 May 2012), entyr for Anna B. Hurst, date of death, 25 December 1871, citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 34,488: Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.