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Records of Fairfax County, Virginia
- Land records begin in 1742
- Probate records begin in 1742
- Court records begin in 1749 (Court Order and Minute Books prior to 1749 are missing)
- Chancery records are available from the early 1800's
- Marriage records begin in 1853
- Birth and death records, 1853 - 1897, 1912 - 1917 in general with some years missing
- Some deed books, early court order books and early chancery records were destroyed during the Civil War
- Most records (except for the last 50 years or so) are maintained by the Archives in the Fairfax County Judicial Center at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax
- Many of the records in the Archives are indexed on 3 X 5 cards
- There are no restrictions on research in person
- Hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except holidays
- Written queries are accepted and copies are 50 cents per page
- Address queries to Fairfax County Archives, Fairfax County Circuit Court, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
- The Archives telephone number is (703) 246-4168.
Fairfax County Research Facilities
Virginia Room of the Fairfax City Regional Library
Location: 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
Telephone: (703) 246-2123
Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday;
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday; closed on holidays.
Resources: The Virginia Room is the central repository for information on burial sites in
Fairfax County. The Cemetery Survey has its genesis with Jane Kirkpatrick-Wall's 1977 gift of
transcriptions of 100 Fairfax County cemeteries. Staff and volunteers continue to add
to this valuable resource, which now records information on over 350 individual
cemeteries. Portions of Cemeteries of Fairfax County, Virginia are available online.
There is a list of the known burial sites in Fairfax County with links for further information.
There are approximately 15,000 items for use only at the library and a circulating collection of approximately 4,500 items available on interlibrary loan. The collection includes a wide variety of genealogical and historical materials on the local, state and national level. There are several microfilm readers and microfilm of many local newspapers, some being indexed. An index of Fairfax County cemeteries is also available. The index cards to Fairfax County records maintained in the County Archives is availabe on microfiche. The microfilm collection also includes the Federal Census for Virginia, Fairfax County records of all types, state records pertaining to the Northern Neck, and many miscellaneous collections. Unless you are doing original record research, this is the place to go for Fairfax County research.
Location: 220 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314
Telephone: (703) 838-4577
Hours: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed on holidays.
Resources: There are approximately 14,000 non-ciculating items, 9,000 photographs and much original source material. The collection includes a wide variety of genealogical and historical materials on the local and state level, to include bible records, cemetery records, church records and city directories for the Alexandria area. Materials on adjoining states and the District of Columbia are limited. Microfilm readers are available. The microfilm collection includes the Federal Census for Virginia, military records for Virginia, land and court records for Alexandria, tax records for Alexandria and vital records. Perhaps the most unique resource available here is a microfilm collection of the Alexandria Gazette dating from the late 1700's. This is a great source for Fairfax County residents, particularly those south of Alexandria along the Potomac River.
Location: Fairfax County Circuit Court, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 (on the bottom floor)Fairfax County Archives
Telephone: (703) 246-4168
Hours: Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays.
Resources: All of the existing records of Fairfax County are located here, except for those from the last 50 to 75 years, which may be accessed in the appropriate office of the Fairfax County Government. Many of the records have been indexed on 3 X 5 cards, to include vital records, court records, deeds and chancery records. There are no restrictions on personal research. See the section on Fairfax County Records for more information on the records available.
The Fairfax County Public Library published full transcriptions of all of the family burial
grounds in 1994 under the title Cemeteries of Fairfax County, Virginia, by Brian A.
Conley. Copies of the book are available for $18.00 from:
Order the above from:
Fairfax County Publications Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 156
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Telephone: (703) 324-4636
Make check payable to County of Fairfax
Virginia residents add 4.5% sales tax
Shipping included in price given above
Maps & Publications Sales
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 152
Fairfax, VA 22035
The Fairfax Genealogical Society has undertaken the task of publishing abstracts of the
- Fairfax Genealogical Society
- Make check payable to Fairfax Genealogical Society
- Fairfax Genealogical Society members may take a 20% discount on the price of all books (include member number)
- Virginia residents add 4.5% sales tax
- Gravestones shipping $3.00, $1 each additional book
family, church, and community cemeteries in Fairfax County (excluding only currently
operating commercial cemeteries). This six-volume publication is titled
Fairfax County, Virginia Gravestones.
Volume 1 Northern Section: Great Falls, McLean, Oakton, and Vienna
Volume 2 Southern Section:
Volume 3 Central Section: Annandale, Fairfax City, and Falls Church
Volume 4 Western Section: Centreville, Chantilly, Herndon, and Reston
Volume 5 Eastern Section: Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and Lorton
Volume 6 Master Index
Volumes 1 thru 4 are currently available from the Society at:
P. O. Box 2290
Merrifield, Virginia 22116-2290
Census shipping $1 each book
Fairfax County Bookstores and Such