Prince William County, Virginia Genealogy Guide

Prince William County, Virginia (Map It) was created in June 17, 1730 from Stafford County and King George County . Prince William county was named for Prince William Augustus, son of George II .. Learn More About State of Virginia History

Prince William County is bordered by Loudoun County (north), Fairfax County (northeast), Charles County, Maryland (southeast), Stafford County (south), Fauquier County (West).

Prince William County Cities and Towns include Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, Quantico .

Prince William County, Virginia Courthouse Records

PrinceWilliam County, VA Courthouse
Prince William County, VA Courthouse

Old Prince William County, VA Courthouse
Old Prince William County, VA Courthouse

Old Prince William County, VA Courthouse
Old Prince William County, VA Courthouse

The Prince William County Courthouse is located in Manassas, Virginia. 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. Learn More About State of Virginia Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH .  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The Prince William County record dates below are from the earliest date to present time. They may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, voter registration, military discharges and court records. 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.

  • Prince William County Clerk of Circuit Court has Marriage Records from 1859, Land Records from 1731, Court Records from 1734 and Probate Records from 1731. The 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.
  • Prince William County, Virginia - Finance Department
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  • 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.

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