I have just spent the past two days making use of an upgraded database available through the West Virginia State Archives which gives access to more than 5.7 million vital records. The database provides not only lists or indices of vital records BUT the actual image files. West Virginia’s searchable database also is free. The records can be searched by name, date or county.
You can read the entire article on the database http://www.wvculture.org/history/vitalrecordsarticle.pdf and then head on over to the West Virginia online vital records database to start your research.