Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 2, 2015 in Website

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.

Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-1999

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.


Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014

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.

Virginia, Death Records, 1912 – 2014

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.

Virginia, Divorce Records, 1918-2014

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!

Happy searching!

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.



Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.


  1. Diane Gray

    This is great news since there are very few VA records online as compared to other states. Can’t wait to check it out! Thanks for posting.

  2. Adam Ross

    Any chance we’ll ever get pre-1864 Virginia birth records? My gg-gpa was allegedly born there in 1818 but I can’t find anything.

  3. betty baniels

    Looking for parent or siblings of Aris Brown born 1802 in King & Queens Virginia. So is the Brown DNA group 10. Because of the fire it just stops. wish something could help.

  4. Lora

    Appreciate the find but will we eventually have the opportunity to view the original versus having to purchase?

  5. Judy Wardlow

    I need to locate proof of a marriage that took place in Virginia between 1675 and 1700. I find later records but not records for the dates I speciied. Please tell me where to look. Many thanks.

  6. angie

    I am angry. My child’s full name (including her middle) , birthdate, birth location is being posted online. This is too easy for her ID to get stolen. Protect the minors please!

  7. ap

    I am angry. My child’s full name (including middle) birthdate and location is being posted online. She could easily have her ID stolen. Protect the minors!

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