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Arlington County, Virginia
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Arlington County, Virginia Facts

When was Arlington County, VA Created?
Arlington County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Arlington County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Arlington also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Arlington County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Fairfax County (west), Washigton D.C. (north), Prince George's County, Maryland (east).

What cities and towns are in Arlington County, VA?
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, VA Vital Records

Where can find Arlington County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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.

The Archives Division has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896 and marriage records prior to 1936.

Arlington County, VA Census Records

What Arlington County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Arlington County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide

Arlington County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Arlington County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Arlington County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Arlington County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Arlington County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Arlington County, VA?
A list of Arlington County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Virginia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Arlington County, VA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Arlington County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Arlington Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Arlington Co. VA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

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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