Arlington County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Arlington County was founded on 1789 as Alexandria County and was formed from a part of Fairfax County (it was ceded to the U.S. government in 1789 but was returned to Virginia in 1846. It was renamed to Arlington Co in 1920) . This county was named for Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, colonial proprietary landowner.

The Arlington County Seat is located in Arlington also, the county government website is www.co.arlington.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Arlington County are Fairfax County (west), Washigton D.C. (north), Prince George's County, Maryland (east).

Cities and towns located in Arlington County include Ballston, Clarendon, Courthouse, Crystal City, Lyon Village, Pentagon City, Rosslyn, Shirlington, Virginia Square, Westover, Williamsburg Circle, Palisades .

Arlington County vital records can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has Birth and Death Records since June 14, 1912 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Virginia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Arlington County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Arlington Co. Virginia Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Arlington County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Arlington Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Arlington Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Arlington Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Arlington County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Arlington County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Arlington County Courthouse and Government Records


Arlington County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Arlington County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in Virginia courthouses and archives everywhere are often the aspirations and worries of countless Virginia residents.

The possibilities are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a few elements of their lives in the Arlington County court records. Even if your forebears is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following information indicates what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and courtroom records are located in Arlington County. The dates stated listed below could be the first known documents for this particular county. Pre-1920 records belong to Alexandria and Fairfax Counties and the District of Columbia.

Please make sure to get in touch with the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or requesting information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of staff will guide individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to perform the research.
  • Arlington County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: 1425 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201
    • Phone: (703) 228-7010
    • Marriage Records: 1801
    • Land Records: 1669
    • Court Records: 1778
    • Probate Records: 1772
  • Arlington County Real Estate Assessments
  • Arlington County Treasurer
  • Arlington County Department of Human Services, 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes (lva.virginia.gov) County and city records document the daily activities of the courts in Virginia's counties, independent cities, and towns. The Library of Virginia houses both original and microfilm records for many of Virginia's counties and independent cities. The guides list will help researchers navigate the complex variety of county and city records in the Library's collections. It includes County and City Records at the Library of Virginia, Using County and City Court Records, Chancery Cases, Judgments, Lost Records Localities database and Burned Jurisdiction database.

Arlington County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related to Arlington County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is just a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to provide your own favorite Arlington County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Arlington Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Arlington Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Arlington Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Arlington Co. VA Census Records

Arlington Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Arlington Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Arlington Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Arlington Co. VA General and History Websites

Arlington Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Arlington Co. VA Military Records

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