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  • Fairfax County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 6, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Prince William County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1742
    County Seat:  Fairfax, Virginia

    County history - Fairfax County is named in honor of the sixth Lord Fairfax, the proprietor of "the Northern Neck", Baron of Cameron.

    Fairfax Courthouse
    GHLL Fairfax County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Fairfax County, VA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Fairfax County / Fairfax, VA)
    6. US/VAGenWeb site - Fairfax County Archives
    7. US/VAGenWeb - Fairfax County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Fairfax County Circuit Court, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Loudoun County (northwest), Montgomery County, Maryland (north),
             City of Falls Church; Arlington County (east), Alexandria County and
             City of Alexandria (east), Prince George's County, Maryland (southeast),
             Charles County, Maryland (south), Prince William County (southwest).

        Fairfax County - Alexandria, VA Obituary Index (Alexandria Gazette 1916-1919)


  • Frederick County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 11, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Orange County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1743
    County Seat:  Winchester, Virginia

    County history - Frederick County is named in honor of Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales and eldest son of King George II, of England.
             Note: Winchester, like all cities under Virginia law, is an independent city politically independent of any county.).


    Frederick Courthouse
    GHLL Frederick County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Frederick County, VA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society / Winchester, VA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society / Winchester, VA)
    7. US/VAGenWeb site - Frederick County Archives
    8. US/VAGenWeb - Frederick County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Frederick County Clerk, 5 North Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Clarke County (east), Warren County (south), Shenandoah County (southwest), Hardy
             County, West Virginia
    (southwest), Hampshire County, West Virginia (west), Morgan County,
             West Virginia
    (north), Berkeley County, West Virginia (northeast), City of Winchester,
             Virginia
    (county seat political district)

        My Virginia Genealogy - History, Records, Facts and Genealogy


  • Gloucester County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 16, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of York County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1651
    County Seat:  Gloucester, Virginia

    County history - Gloucester County Name:  Many believe that the county was named for Henry, Duke of Gloucester, third son of Charles I. Others think the county was named for the County of Gloucester in England. "Gloucester" is pronounced "GLOSS-ter" in New England, but in Virginia it is pronounced "GLAW-ster", in the English tradition.

    Gloucester Courthouse
    1. Gloucester County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Gloucester County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Gloucester County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Gloucester County Genealogical Society / Gloucester, VA)
    4. Gloucester County - US/VAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Gloucester County - US/VAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Gloucester County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Gloucester County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Gloucester County Vital Records - Gloucester County Clerk, P.O. Box 329, Gloucester, VA 23061-0329.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.


  • Goochland County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 8, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Henrico County
    Established:  xx-xxx-1728
    County Seat:  Goochland, Virginia

    County history - Goochland County is named in honor of Sir William Gooch, the Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia from 1727 until 1749. From its original territory came Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Nelson and Powhatan Counties.

    Goochland Courthouse
    1. Goochland County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Goochland County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Goochland County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Goochland County Historical Society (Goochland, VA)
    4. Goochland County - US/VAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Goochland County - US/VAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Goochland County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Goochland County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Goochland County Vital Records - Goochland County Clerk, P.O. Box 10, Goochland, VA 23063-0010.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.

      Historic note - Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 at Shadwell, a plantation in Virginia near Charlottesville, which was then well within the boundaries of Goochland County. He spent his childhood years at Tuckahoe, now - a northwestern suburb of Richland (City), where he received his early education.


  • Grayson County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 15, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Wythe County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1793
    County Seat:  Independence, Virginia

    County history - Grayson County is named in honor of Col. William Grayson, delegate to the Continental Congress form 1784 to 1787 and one of the first two U.S. Senators from Virginia.

    Grayson Courthouse
    1. Grayson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Grayson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Grayson County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Grayson County Historical Society
          P. O. Box 529
          Independence, VA 24348

    4. Grayson County - US/VAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Grayson County - US/VAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Grayson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Grayson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Grayson County Vital Records - Grayson County Clerk, 129 Davis Street, Independence, VA 24348-9602.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.

      Census Information:
    9. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census Grayson County, (Partial) (Text: 1 page).


  • Halifax County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 24, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Lunenburg County
    Established:  xx-xxx-1752
    County Seat:  Halifax, Virginia

    County history - Halifax County is named in honor of George Montague-Dunk, Second Earl of Halifax and the English First Lord Commissioner of Trade and Plantations at the time.

    Halifax Courthouse
    1. Halifax County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Halifax County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Halifax County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Halifax County Historical Society (South Boston, VA)
    4. Halifax County - US/VAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Halifax County - US/VAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Halifax County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Halifax County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Halifax County Vital Records - Halifax County Clerk, P.O. Box 729, Halifax, VA 24558-0786.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.


  • Henrico County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 8, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American Indian lands. Original county of the (Virginia) Colony under England.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1611
    County Seat:  Richmond, Virginia

    County history - Henrico County is named in honor of Henry, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of King James I of England. The County is one of the eight original Shires of Virginia established in 1634 in the Virginia Colony, and one of six considered still extant in their original form (county).

    Henrico Courthouse

    Capitol history - The Virginia State Capitol is the seat of state government in the Commonwealth of Virginia, located in Richmond, the third State Capital of Virginia. It houses the oldest legislative body in the United States, the Virginia General Assembly. Although it was completed in 1788 and is over 215 years old, the current State Capitol building is the eighth built to serve as Virginia's State House, primarily due to fires in the Colonial period. It is one of only eleven state capitols in the United States to not have an external dome.
             During the colonial period prior to the formation of the United States, the Virginia Colony's first Capital was Jamestown, where the first legislative body, the Virginia House of Burgesses met in 1619. The new government went through four state houses at Jamestown due to fires.

    State Capitol

    GHLL Henrico County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Henrico County, VA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Henrico County Historical Society / Henrico, VA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (The Jamestowne Society / Richmond, VA)
    7. US/VAGenWeb site - Henrico County Archives
    8. US/VAGenWeb - Henrico County Genealogy & History
    9. Henrico County Vital Records - East and West Henrico Health Department(s) - see link for addresses.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties/Independent City (GHLL listings):
             Richmond, Virginia (south), Chesterfield County (south), Goochland County
             (west), Hanover County (north), New Kent County (northeast), Charles City
             County (southeast.



  • Isle of Wight County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 15, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American lands [one of the original eight Shires].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1634
    County Seat:  Isle of Wight, Virginia

    County history - Isle of Wight County was originally known as Warrosquyoake, its name was changed in 1637, for the island off England's southern coast.

    Isle of Wight Courthouse
    1. Isle of Wight County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Isle of Wight County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Isle of Wight County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Isle of Wight County Historical Society / Smithfield, VA)
    4. Isle of Wight County - US/VAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Isle of Wight County - US/VAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Isle of Wight County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Isle of Wight County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Isle of Wight County Vital Records - Isle of Wight County Clerk, Courthouse, Isle of Wight, VA 23397.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.


  • James City County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 4, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of English colonial lands [Original county of the Colony under England].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1617
    County Seat:  Williamsburg, Virginia

    County history - James City County is named in honor of James I of England.

    James City Courthouse
    1. James City County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. James City County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. James City County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. James City County - US/VAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. James City County - US/VAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. James City County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. James City County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. James City County Vital Records - James City County Clerk, 114 Stanley Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185-2538.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.

    9. History of Jamestown - The Far East has its Mecca, Palestine its Jersualem, France its Lourdes, and Italy its Loretto, but
               America's only shrines are her altars of patriotism - the first and most potent being Jamestown; the sire of Virginia,
               and Virginia the mother of this great Republic.
      -- from a 1907 Virginia guidebook.


  • King and Queen County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 28, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions New Kent County, which was formed from Native American lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1691
    County Seat:  King and Queen Court House, Virginia

    County history - King and Queen County is named in honor of King William III and Queen Mary II of England.

    King and Queen Courthouse
    GHLL King and Queen County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - King and Queen County, VA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (King and Queen County Historical Society / King and Queen C.H., VA)
    6. US/VAGenWeb site - King and Queen County Archives
    7. US/VAGenWeb - King and Queen County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Courthouse, King and Queen Courthouse, VA 23085.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Caroline County (north), Essex County (northeast), Middlesex County
             (east), Gloucester County (southeast), James City County (south), New
                Kent County
    (southwest), King William County (west).

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  • King George County, Virginia —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 28, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Richmond County, 1720.
    Established:  xx-May-1721
    County Seat:  King George, Virginia

    County history - King George County is named in honor of George I [George Louis; German(Saxony: Georg Ludwig] 28 May 1660 - 11 June 1727), was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1 August 1714 until his death, and ruler of Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire from 1698.

    King George Courthouse
    GHLL King George County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. American History & Genealogy Project - King George County AHGP
    3. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    4. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    5. Genealogy Forum - King George County, VA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (King George County Historical Society / King George, VA)
    7. US/VAGenWeb site - King George County Archives
    8. US/VAGenWeb - King George County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - King George County Clerk, P.O. Box 105, King George, VA 22485.
               Note:  Official birth, death, marriage or divorce records may be obtained through the Virginia Health Department, Office of Vital Records. The Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth certificates, death records, and marriage or divorce records for a fee of $12 per record.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Stafford County (west), Charles County, Maryland (north), Westmoreland
                County
    (east), Essex County (southeast), Caroline County (southwest).

    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, King George County (Index: 4 files / Text: 7 files).


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