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State of West Virginia
Capital of West Virginia: Charleston

Largest City in West Virginia: Charleston

States Adjacent to West Virginia: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky


Population: 1,808,344 (2000 American Community Survey - US Census)

West Virginia is in the Appalachia region of the US and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, after breaking away from the state of Virginia during the Civil War.  It is the only state that formed after seceding from another state.


West Virginia State Links
West Virginia Governor - The West Virginia governor's homepage.

West Virginia Division of Personnel - State government job opportunities.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History - Archives and history, arts and historic preservation.

West Virginia State Archives - Guides to collections, staff research guides, and genealogical information.

West Virginia Vital Records - View information related to obtaining West Virginia vital records.

West Virginia Court System - View information related to supreme court of appeals, circuit courts, map of circuit courts, family courts, mental hygiene, juvenile, magistrate courts and magistrate courts.

West Virginia Division of Corrections - Offender search, photos and information related to escapees, and information pertaining to prisons and facilities, parole services and resources, victim services and offender programs.

West Virginia Sex Offender Registry - Search the sex offender registry.

West Virginia Department of Transportation - View information related to airports, buses, roadways, railways, rivers and traveler information.

West Virginia Department of Education - View information for parents, students and educators.

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety - View information related to corrections, criminal justice services, fire marshal, homeland security, juvenile services, parole board, protective services, regional jails, state police and veteran affairs.

West Virginia Secretary of State - Search the online databases, and information for starting a new business.

West Virginia State Tax Department - Free online income tax filing and check status of tax refund.

State Tax Department - Obtain personal income tax forms.

State Tax Department - Free income tax E-file.

State Tax Department - Electronic tax filing service for businesses.

West Virginia Department of Transportation - Applications and forms needed to apply for a driver's license, title or register a motor vehicle, request an address change or other DMV service.


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West Virginia Vital Records
Information on where to write for vital records, including birth, death, marriage certificates, and divorce decrees.
  West Virginia Criminal Records
Learn where to find criminal records. Browse records for access to every county.
West Virginia Court Records
With court records you may find information on land ownership, taxes, adoption, naturalization, and more.
  West Virginia Adoption Records
Find out where to write and who to contact when in search of adoption records.
West Virginia Land Records - This link will take you to the West Virginia Land Records section of a separate site, the Land Records Research Directory.

West Virginia Public Record Search

 Other Resources:
Land Records Research Directory