- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than 16 million state vital records are now available in electronic format.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced completion of a two-year project to digitize the records Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.com collaborated on the project.

Scanned images of original, public documents are available online through Ancestry.com. Access to indexed information on the records is available free of charge through the state Division of Vital Records’ and the Library of Virginia’s websites. The records include birth, death, marriage and divorce data.

Officials say having the records digitized makes them more easily accessible for genealogy and family history research.

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