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Fairfax County, Virginia

Fairfax County was founded on May 24, 1742 from Prince William County . This county was named for Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, the only resident British noble in Virginia .

The Fairfax County Seat is located in Fairfax also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Fairfax County are Loudoun County (northwest), Prince William County (southwest), Arlington County (east), Charles County, Maryland (south), Prince George's County, Maryland (southeast), Montgomery County, Maryland (north).

Cities and towns located in Fairfax County include Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads, Belle Haven, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Dunn Loring, Fort Belvoir, Fort Hunt, Franconia, Great Falls, Groveton, Huntington, Hybla Valley, Idylwood, Jefferson, Lake Barcroft, Lincolnia, Lorton, Mantua, McLean, Merrifiel, Mount Vernon, Newington, North Springfield, Oakton, Pimmit Hills, Reston, Rose Hill, Seven Corners, Springfield, Tysons Corner, West Springfield and Wolf Trap.

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

Fairfax 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.

Fairfax Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Fairfax Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Fairfax 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.

Fairfax County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Fairfax County Courthouse and Government Records

Fairfax County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Fairfax 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 Fairfax 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.


The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Fairfax county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Original wills and deeds as well as many other loose papers were destroyed during the Civil War; deed books for twenty-six of the fifty-six years between 1763 and 1819 are missing.

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.

Fairfax County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related to Fairfax 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 Fairfax County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Fairfax Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Fairfax Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Fairfax Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Fairfax Co. VA Census Records

Fairfax Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Fairfax Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Fairfax Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Fairfax Co. VA General and History Websites

Fairfax Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Fairfax Co. VA Military Records

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