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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 Cities and Towns include Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, Quantico .
Prince William County, Virginia Courthouse Records
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
- 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, Virginia Census Records
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- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820
- State Population Schedules: Virginia Heads of families 1790: records of the state enumerations, 1782 to 1785
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Prince William County, Virginia Vital Records
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- Birth & Death Records: from January 1853 to December 1896 and since June 14, 1912 to present. The Virginia Archives has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896
- Marriage Records: from January 1853 to present. The Virginia Archives has copies of marriage records prior to 1936.
- Divorce Records: from January 1918 to present.
- Locations: Virginia Office of Vital Statistics, Virginia State Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: 2001 Maywill Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230
Prince William County, Virginia Resources
- State of Virginia Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Virginia
- Prince William County Genealogical Society , P.O. Box 2019, Manassas, VA 20108-0812
- Historic Prince William, Inc.
- Historic Dumfries, Inc.
- The Manassas Museum
- Prince William Public Library System, Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) for Genealogy and Local History
- Prince William County, Virginia Message Boards
- Prince William County, Virginia Genealogy Forum
- Prince William County microfilmed holdings at The Library of Virginia
- Virginia Heritage - Guides to manuscript and Archival Collections in Prince William Co. Virginia
Prince William County, Virginia External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Virginia (1784 - 1922 )
- Prince William County, Virginia Books - Amazon
- Prince William County, Virginia Births, 1853-77
- Prince William County, Virginia Births, 1878-96
- Prince William County, Virginia Deaths, 1853-96
- Prince William County, Virginia Wills, Part 2, 1734-1920
- Prince William County, Virginia Wills, Part 1, 1734-1951
- Using County and City Court Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia
- Virginia County Records, Volume , VI, VII , IX, X The records in these series were compiled as part of a series known as the Virginia County Records . The volume includes wills, land grants, and marriage bonds as well as other miscellaneous information on early Virginia settlers.
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- Prince William : the story of its people and its places
- A Virginia scene, or, Life in old Prince William
- History of Prince William County
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- Prince William County, Virginia Ancestry Database Collections
- Virginia Revolutionary War Units
- Prince William County, Virginia Military Records