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Prince William County, Virginia
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Prince William County, Virginia Facts

When was Prince William County, VA Created?
Prince William County was established on June 17, 1730 from Stafford County and King George County . This county was named for Prince William Augustus, son of George II .

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

What counties are adjacent to Prince William County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Loudoun County (north), Fairfax County (northeast), Charles County, Maryland (southeast), Stafford County (south), Fauquier County (West).

What cities and towns are in Prince William County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Prince William County include Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, Quantico .

Prince William County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Prince William County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Prince William 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 Prince William County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Prince William 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. Another resource is the Prince William Health District, 8470 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA 20110; Phone: 703-792-6310

Prince William County, VA Census Records

What Prince William County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Prince William 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.

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

Prince William County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

PrinceWilliam County Courthouse

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

In 1732 the courthouse was at Brent Town (Brentsville). It moved to return some years later as the foruth courthouse, in 1820. The Brentsville courthouse is a two-story Federal styled building. It was built by William Claytor of Range County in the temple form. Foundation is locally quarried red sandstone.

Old Prince William County
Virginia Courthouse

During the Civil War Yankee soldiers borrowed the bricks. A soldier wrote, "With the Court-house, they commenced at the top to get bricks, beginning with the chimneys and working down, while with the cler's office, they commenced at the bottom and worked up."

The city of Manassas originated in 1852 at the junction of Manassas Gap and Orange and Alexandria railroads. During the Civil War this strategic junction’s lead to two important battles.

After the wars the community grew, citizens sought to move the county seat there from Brentsville. In 1872 and in 1888 referrunda failed. A third referrundum in 1892 succeeded.

Old Prince William County
Virginia Courthouse

This Romanesque Revival courthouse, designed by Thomas C. Teague and Philip T. Barye from Norfolk and Newport News was completed 1893 and served the county until 1984 when a new courthouse was built nearby.

Prince William County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Prince William Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Prince William Co. VA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Prince William Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Prince William Co. VA General and History Websites

Prince William Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Prince William Co. VA Military Records

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