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State Resources — Virginia

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth and death records from January 1853 to December 1896 and since June 14, 1912. Only the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk have records between 1896 and June 14, 1912. State office also has marriage records since January 1853 and divorce records since January 1918. Marriage and divorce records are also available at the county level (see notes below).

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

Call (804) 662-6200 for information on record lookup fees. This is a recorded message.
Write to:
Office of Vital Records and Health Statistics
State Health Department
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218

For local marriage records, contact the Clerk of Court in county or city where the license was issued. Cost will vary.

For local divorce records, contact the Clerk of Court in county or city where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have maps, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, court records, land records, tax records, and books.

Write to:
Virginia State Libraries and Archives
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-8000
Telephone: (804) 692-3500
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00-5:00, closed Sundays and legal holidays.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Genealogist Research Institute of Virginia
P.O. Box 29178
Richmond, VA 23242-0178
  Publication: GRI News 'n Notes


Virginia Genealogical Society
5001 West Broad Street, Suite 115
Richmond, Virginia 23230-3023
Telephone: (804) 285-8954
Web site:

  Publication: Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter


Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard (location)
Richmond, Virginia 23220
P.O.Box 7311(Mailing)
Richmond, Virginia23221-0311
Telephone: (804) 358-4901
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