Historic Records Center

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4PM M-F

4000 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 1600
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

John T. Frey,
Clerk of the Court

Information for Researchers

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Researchers’ Guide

The Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center has compiled a researchers’ guide to help patrons seeking information about records in our repository.  The guide provides an overview of the variety of records held at the HRC, a list of currently available indexes, a chart showing the formation of Fairfax County, a conversion chart for chains, rods, and feet, and research checklists.

You can view the “Information for Researchers” guide here.

Lost Records Localities

The Library of Virginia identifies Fairfax County  as a “Lost Records Locality,” indicating that the county has suffered tremendous losses of early records due to intense military activity (predominantly during the Civil War).  Most of the loose papers kept by the Fairfax court, such as original wills, deeds, and court papers, from 1742 to 1865 have been destroyed, stolen, or otherwise lost.  Deed Books for the twenty-six of the fifty-six years between 1763 and 1819 are missing, as well as several 18th and early 19th century court order books.

 
To learn more about Lost Records Localities, as well as tips for conducting research, please visit the Library of Virginia’s website.
 
To inquire with HRC staff as to what records are available for research, please call 703-246-4168, email CCRHistoricRecords@fairfaxcounty.gov, or visit our Finding Aids/Indexes page.
 

Copies

Copies of records held at the Historic Records Center can be made upon request.

To request copies by email, please email CCRHistoricRecords@fairfaxcounty.gov or to request copies by mail, please send a letter to:

Fairfax Circuit Court
Historic Records Center
4000 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 1600
Fairfax, VA 22030
 
Per Virginia Code §17.1-275, Paper or Electronic Copies are 50 cents per page, and $2.00 per certification.
 
Payment: The Fairfax Circuit Court accepts cash, credit cards (MasterCard and Visa), certified check or money order.

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