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Prince William County, Virginia

Prince William County was founded on June 17, 1730 from Stafford County and King George County . This county was named for Prince William Augustus, son of George II .

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

Areas bordering to Prince William County are Loudoun County (north), Fairfax County (northeast), Charles County, Maryland (southeast), Stafford County (south), Fauquier County (West).

Cities and towns located in Prince William County include Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, Quantico .

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.

Prince William 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.

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.

Prince William County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Prince William County Courthouse and Government Records

PrinceWilliam County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Prince William 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 Prince William 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.

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.

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.

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.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Prince William county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Many county court records have been lost, destroyed, or stolen at various times. Scattered years of deeds, wills, and orders, as well as various bond books and a plat book, survive.

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.
  • Prince William 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: 9311 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110
    • Phone: (703) 792-6015
    • Marriage Records: 1859 
    • Land Records: 1731
    • Court Records: 1734
    • Probate Records: 1731
  • Prince William County, Virginia - Finance Department
  • Prince William County Property Assessments
  • Prince William Health District, 8470 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA 20110; Phone: 703-792-6310
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes ( 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.

Prince William County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite Prince William County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Prince William Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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Prince William Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Prince William Co. VA Census Records

Prince William Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Prince William Co. VA Church & Bible Records

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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