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Arlington County, Virginia Genealogy

Guide to Arlington County, Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.


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Arlington County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Arlington County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Arlington County
Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 13, 1847
County Seat Arlington
Courthouse
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

Arlington County is located in the Northern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and included in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. The name Arlington was chosen because General Robert E. Lee’s home of that name is located in the County, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery[1].

Arlington County Virginia CourthouseEdit

Arlington County Courthouse
1425 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-228-7010

Formerly Alexandria County -
Clerk Circuit Court has birth, marriage, death, land and court records [2]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1853 1801 1853 1772 1669 1778 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1912.
General compliance year is unknown.

Arlington County Virginia HistoryEdit

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington (1618-1685)

Known as Alexandria County until 1920, when it was renamed Arlington County. The county was named after Henry Bennet, First Earl of Arlington (1618-1685), an English statesman.[4]

Parent CountyEdit

1847--Arlington County was created 13 March 1847 from Fairfax County. County seat: Arlington [5]

Boundary ChangesEdit

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, visit "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

Arlington County Virginia Genealogy ResourcesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

African AmericansEdit

Arlington County, Virginia Genealogy cohabitation records are available online.

(see Alexandria County)

Bible RecordsEdit

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:


CemeteriesEdit

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
VAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
VAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see Arlington County, Virginia Cemeteries.

The following is a list of cemeteries in Arlington County: [6]

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Ball Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Ball-Carlin Family Graveyard
  • Basil Halls Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Berry-Whitehead Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Birch Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Birch-Campbell Graveyard
  • Birch-Payne Family Graveyard
  • Calloway Cemetery
  • Columbia Gardens Cemetery
  • Corbett Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Custis Burying Ground
  • Deuterman Family Graveyard
  • Donaldson Family Graveyard
  • Donaldson Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Harrison Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Hicks Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Lomax Cemetery
  • Marcey Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Mary Randolph Grave
  • Mills Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Minor Family Cemetery (historical)
  • Mount Olivet Cemetery
  • Pelham Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Phillips Family Graveyard
  • Saint Charles School Cemetery
  • Shelley Graveyard (historical)
  • Southern-Shreve Family Graveyard
  • Syphax Family Graveyard
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • Walker Chapel Cemetery
  • Winslow-Whiting-Wilson Family Graveyard (historical)
  • Wunder Family Graveyard (historical)
  • 1800-1986 - Virginia, Jewish Cemetery Records Index, ca. 1800-1986
  • Historic Arlington: A History of the National Cemetery from Its Establishment to the Present Time, with Sketches of the Historic Personages Who Occupied the Estate Previous to Its Seizure by the National Government... c1892. By K. Decker and Angus McSween. Decker and Angus McSween. Washington, Decker and McSween Pub. Co. Online at: Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Memorial Ceremonies at the National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Under the Auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic, May 30, 1868. 1868. By F.H. Smith. Washington, DC : McGill & Witherow, Printers and Stereotypers. Online at: Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat).

CensusEdit

For tips on accessing Arlington County, Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: Virginia Census.


Census Pop.
1800 5,949
1810 8,552 43.8%
1820 9,703 13.5%
1830 9,573 −1.3%
1840 9,967 4.1%
1850 10,008 0.4%
1860 12,652 26.4%
1870 16,755 32.4%
1880 17,546 4.7%
1890 18,597 6.0%
1900 6,430 −65.4%
1910 10,231 59.1%
1920 16,040 56.8%
1930 26,615 65.9%
1940 57,040 114.3%
1950 135,449 137.5%
1960 163,401 20.6%
1970 174,284 6.7%
1980 152,599 −12.4%
1990 170,936 12.0%
2000 189,453 10.8%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

Church RecordsEdit

Church of EnglandEdit

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Arlington

CourtEdit

Indexed images of Arlington County, Virginia Chancery Records 1790-1842 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.[7]

GenealogyEdit

LandEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

MapsEdit

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MilitaryEdit

Civil WarEdit


Regiments. Service men in Arlington County, Virginia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Arlington County, Virginia Genealogy:

- 17th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company A (Alexandria Riflemen), Company E (Mount Vernon Guards), Company G (Emmett Guards), Company H (Old Dominion Rifles), Company I (O'Connell Guards), and Company K (Warrenton Rifles).[8]

Miscellaneous RecordsEdit

NewspapersEdit

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Arlington County, Virginia Genealogy newspapers.


Probate RecordsEdit

  • 1858-1878, 1868-1878 - Arlington County Index to Wills and Estates, Book 9, 1858-1878, 1868-1878 Virginia Pioneers ($)

TaxationEdit

How can Virginia tax lists help me? 

  • 1815 - 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). By Roger D. Ward. c1997. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co. FHL 975 E4w. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • 1829 - A List of Tithables for the Town Part of the County of Alexandria, 1829. Original records, Arlington County Courthouse in Arlington, Virginia; FHL copy: FHL 1902939 Item 4.

Vital RecordsEdit

Indexes to Arlington County, Virginia Genealogy births, marriages, and deaths are available online. These collections are incomplete, but are easy to search. Most records can also be ordered electronically online as well. Courtesy: FamilySearch. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records

BirthEdit
MarriageEdit
DivorceEdit
DeathEdit
Vital Record SubstitutesEdit

Arlington County Virginia Genealogy Societies and LibrariesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Arlington County Virginia Genealogy WebsitesEdit

Arlington County Virginia Genealogy ReferencesEdit

  1. https://topics.arlingtonva.us/welcome-kit/history-arlington/
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Arlington County, Virginia. Page 710 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Arlington County, Virginia . Page 710-723 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 715-720.
  4. Wikipedia Contributors, "Arlington County, Virginia," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington_County,_Virginia, accessed 13 January 2012.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. USGS Map, Trails.com
  7. "Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index Availability," Library of Virginia (accessed 26 January 2010).
  8. Lee A. Wallace, 17th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 67.