Do you have Virginia ancestors? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have access to Birth, Marriage, Death and Divorce certificates? Can you imagine the goodies that you might find in there? Parents names and birth places, birth, marriage, and death dates and places, possible other relatives, burial places. Sounds like a recipe to break down a brick wall or two.
Birth details have been extracted from Virginia birth records for the years 1864-1999 as well as images of birth records for the years 1864–1913, which fall outside the 100-year privacy restriction.
Included in this collection are delayed birth certificates. On the delayed birth certificates, you will a section that states the proof. Oh, how I wish I could get my hands on the family bible that this Notary Public saw stating the proof for the birth date of my great aunt!
And if you find a delayed birth certificate make sure that you look at the following image. Someone may have filed the proof with the certificate, like this letter for Eloise Jordan.
We’ve also indexed Virginia marriage records from 1936 to 2014. And while there are privacy restrictions for records from 1989 to 2014, we have images from 1936-1988 of the actual certificates that were recorded. These records include specific details about the bride and groom and often the parent’s names as well.
Looking for brothers and sisters? Search on just parent’s names to see if you can find a sibling that you never knew about. Often the mother’s maiden is given.
Death records are indexed from 1912-2014 and images are available from 1912 to 1987.
Make sure you read the entire record. There is a story there. We learn that Wyatt died from organic heart disease and that he had been attended by the doctor for 10 years. He worked as a Carpenter and was retired. We also find his parent’s names and birth places. You might think that his mother’s maiden name wasn’t given; however it was. Jerimiah and Mary were first cousins.
You’ll also notice that part of the document was redacted; that is where you would find the Social Security Number.
Not every marriage works out, and if it didn’t for your ancestors they left behind important vital information. Images are available from 1918 to 1988 and indexed information from 1989 to 2014. You’ll find birth information and when and where the couple were married as well as the cause of the divorcee and the number of children they had.
So don’t waste any time — start searching!
- Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-1999
- Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014
- Virginia, Death Records, 1912 – 2014
- Virginia, Divorce Records, 1918-2014
Note: These records were made available via a collaboration between the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Ancestry. Read the announcement made by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe here.