1818, before that it was Monongalia County. Note that West Virginia was not a State until 1863, so you should be searching for Virginia records not West Virginia. The best place to find those Vital Statistics records is to look in your "HANDY BOOK FOR GENEALOGISTS" from Everton Publishers, its the standard genealogy reference and used copies are available at most used book stores. The second best place for information is to go to your internet search engine, like Google or Hotbot and search for "Preston County" in quotes. As there is only one Preston County in the entire United States, every answer back might be of value.
On these web bulletin boards, very specific questions about very specific individuals usually get very specific answers, while general questions get broad answers. You might scroll though the existing questions and answers, you could well find what you are looking for is already published, certainly within the last 2 months Roy Lockhart gave us some great lists of reference sources that answer your question of this instance.
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