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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.
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:
Historic Records Center
4000 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030