The Virginia Department of Health has indexed and digitized the commonwealth’s 16 million vital records.

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday completion of the two-year, public-private collaboration between Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.

Scanned images of the original, public documents are available online through Ancestry.com and free of charge through the VDH Division of Vital Records’ and the Library of Virginia’s websites.

“This public-private project demonstrates Virginia’s continued commitment to innovation, efficiency and leveraging information technology to the benefit of all,” McAuliffe said. “Having all Virginia vital records digitized mean millions of public birth, death, marriage and divorce records are now more easily accessed for genealogy and family history research. This project also provides a long-term conservation solution for preserving the rich history of Virginia’s people.”

So far, birth and death records from 1912 to the present, marriage records from 1936 to the present and divorce records from 1918 to the present have been scanned and are available.

For more information on Virginia’s records visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/Vital_Records/, the Library of Virginia or www.ancestry.com.

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