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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Loudoun County'''  
  
Northern Virginia county in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piedmont_region_of_Virginia Piedmont] region.  
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Guide to '''Loudoun County Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== Loudoun County, Virginia Courthouse  ==
  
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[[Image:{{VALoudouncourthouse}}|Loudoun County Courthouse]]  
  
Loudoun County Courthouse<br>18 East Market Street<br>Leesburg, VA 20176  
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[http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=97 Loudoun County Courthouse]<br>18 East Market Street<br>Leesburg, VA 20176<br>Phone:&nbsp;703-777-0270<br>Hours: Open 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday <br>The Clerk's office is open 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.<br>
  
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Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1853-1859, 1864-1866 -1869-1879<br>Death records 1853-1866, marriage records from 1793, divorce, <br>probate and land records from 1757, court records from 1858 <br>and tithables 1758-1786<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Loudoun County, Virginia. Page 716 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
Telephone:&nbsp;703-777-0270 (Clerk of the Circuit Court)<br>Website: [http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=1090 Circuit Court of Loudoun County] [http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=672 Directions]  
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Hours: Open 8:30 A.M. to 4:00&nbsp;P.M. Monday through Friday <br>The Clerk's office closes at 4:30 P.M.
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Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1853-1859
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== History  ==
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== Loudoun County, Virginia History  ==
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[[Image:{{4thEarlofLoudoun}}]] Loudoun County is named after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Campbell,_4th_Earl_of_Loudoun Major General John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun] (1705-1782).&nbsp;Campbell, a Scottish nobleman,&nbsp;served as Governor General of&nbsp;Virginia (1756-1758) at the time Loudoun County was organized.<ref name="null">Michael Gulland, "History of Loudoun County Courthouses in Leesburg," The History of Loudoun County, Virginia, http://www.loudounhistory.org/history/leesburg-courthouse.htm.</ref> <ref>"John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Campbell,_4th_Earl_of_Loudoun.</ref>  
 
[[Image:{{4thEarlofLoudoun}}]] Loudoun County is named after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Campbell,_4th_Earl_of_Loudoun Major General John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun] (1705-1782).&nbsp;Campbell, a Scottish nobleman,&nbsp;served as Governor General of&nbsp;Virginia (1756-1758) at the time Loudoun County was organized.<ref name="null">Michael Gulland, "History of Loudoun County Courthouses in Leesburg," The History of Loudoun County, Virginia, http://www.loudounhistory.org/history/leesburg-courthouse.htm.</ref> <ref>"John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Campbell,_4th_Earl_of_Loudoun.</ref>  
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
When Loudoun County was organized, the eastern border was Difficult Run. Officials moved the line further northwest to near Sugarland Run in 1798. The boundary, a straight line,&nbsp;does not follow the stream. This boundary change&nbsp;impacts genealogists, because this land and its occupants, which had originally belonged to Fairfax County, fell under the jurisdiction of Loudoun County for 40 years, from 1757 to 1798, after which time it went back to Fairfax County.<ref>Marty Hiatt, CG, "Loudoun County, Virginia - WIKI," [Updates], unpublished document, 2010.</ref>  
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When Loudoun County was organized, the eastern border was Difficult Run. Officials moved the line further northwest to near Sugarland Run in 1798. The boundary, a straight line,&nbsp;does not follow the stream. This boundary change&nbsp;impacts genealogists, because this land and its occupants, which had originally belonged to Fairfax County, fell under the jurisdiction of Loudoun County for 40 years, from 1757 to 1798, after which time it went back to Fairfax County.<ref name="hiatt">Marty Hiatt, CG, "Loudoun County, Virginia - WIKI," [Updates], unpublished document, 2010.</ref>  
  
 
For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, visit [http://www.myvirginiagenealogy.com/va-maps.html My Virginia Genealogy]. [Maps created using [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap Plus County Boundary Historical AniMap 3.0], by&nbsp;permission of the [http://www.goldbug.com/ Goldbug Company].]  
 
For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, visit [http://www.myvirginiagenealogy.com/va-maps.html My Virginia Genealogy]. [Maps created using [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap Plus County Boundary Historical AniMap 3.0], by&nbsp;permission of the [http://www.goldbug.com/ Goldbug Company].]  
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#A few original wills.  
 
#A few original wills.  
 
#Pre-1793 marriage bonds (only "F" groom surname bonds survive). Ministers' returns can be used as a substitute for many of the marriages occurring between 1757 and 1793.  
 
#Pre-1793 marriage bonds (only "F" groom surname bonds survive). Ministers' returns can be used as a substitute for many of the marriages occurring between 1757 and 1793.  
#One court minute/order book.<ref>Marty Hiatt, CG, "Loudoun County, Virginia - WIKI," [Updates], unpublished document, 2010.</ref>  
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#One court minute/order book.<ref name="hiatt" />  
 
#Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890
 
#Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Loudoun County, Virginia Places/Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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== Resources  ==
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== Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Getting Started  ====
 
==== Getting Started  ====
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Many resources relating to the free and enslaved black popluations of Loudoun County have been collected, indexed, and published to help genealogists trace their ancestors. [[Loudoun County, Virginia African Americans|Loudoun County, Virginia African Americans]] details these handy resources.  
 
Many resources relating to the free and enslaved black popluations of Loudoun County have been collected, indexed, and published to help genealogists trace their ancestors. [[Loudoun County, Virginia African Americans|Loudoun County, Virginia African Americans]] details these handy resources.  
  
Freedmen's Bureau [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1596147 Letters or Correspondence, 1865-18721]
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Freedmen's Bureau {{RecordSearch|1596147|Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872}}
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{VAcensus}}
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{{VAcensus}}  
  
 
All extant Loudoun County, Virginia census records (population, mortality, and slave schedules) have been published and indexed and volunteers are available to do free lookups for most census years, see: [[Loudoun County, Virginia Census|Loudoun County, Virginia Census]].  
 
All extant Loudoun County, Virginia census records (population, mortality, and slave schedules) have been published and indexed and volunteers are available to do free lookups for most census years, see: [[Loudoun County, Virginia Census|Loudoun County, Virginia Census]].  
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
 
Many old Loudoun County church records survive. Select Baptist, Catholic, Church of England, Episcopal, German Reformed, Lutheran, Presyterian, and Quaker records have been abstracted and published, see the [[Loudoun County, Virginia Church|Loudoun County, Virginia Church]] page.  
 
Many old Loudoun County church records survive. Select Baptist, Catholic, Church of England, Episcopal, German Reformed, Lutheran, Presyterian, and Quaker records have been abstracted and published, see the [[Loudoun County, Virginia Church|Loudoun County, Virginia Church]] page.  
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
  
More than 350 genealogies have been published about Loudoun County families. To view a list, visit [[Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy|Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
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More than 450 genealogies have been published about Loudoun County families. To view a list, visit [[Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy|Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy]].
  
 
==== House Histories  ====
 
==== House Histories  ====
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*"Pennsylvania-Germans in Loudoun Co., VA," ''Pennsylvania German'', Vol. 9, No. 3 (Mar. 1908).
 
*"Pennsylvania-Germans in Loudoun Co., VA," ''Pennsylvania German'', Vol. 9, No. 3 (Mar. 1908).
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property<br> ====
  
 
Loudoun County has a rich collection of land records. Many deeds, grants, land causes, patents, and superior court deeds have been published and indexed. Some finding aids are available online, while volunteers offer to make free lookups for others records. [[Loudoun County, Virginia Land|Loudoun County, Virginia Land]] assists researchers in locating finding aids and accessing the original records.  
 
Loudoun County has a rich collection of land records. Many deeds, grants, land causes, patents, and superior court deeds have been published and indexed. Some finding aids are available online, while volunteers offer to make free lookups for others records. [[Loudoun County, Virginia Land|Loudoun County, Virginia Land]] assists researchers in locating finding aids and accessing the original records.  
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*Scheel, Eugene M. ''The Story of Purcellville.'' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/lookups.htm Free Lookups Available!]  
 
*Scheel, Eugene M. ''The Story of Purcellville.'' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/lookups.htm Free Lookups Available!]  
 
*Weatherly, Yetive. ''Lovettsville, the German Settlement''. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/lookups.htm Free Lookups Available!]  
 
*Weatherly, Yetive. ''Lovettsville, the German Settlement''. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/lookups.htm Free Lookups Available!]  
*Williams, Harrison. ''Legends of Loudoun: An Account of the History and Homes of a Border County of Virginia's Northern Neck''. Richmond, Virginia: Garrett and Massie, 1938. {{FHL|92795|item}}; reprint: {{FHL|1410537|item}}; digital versions at [http://www.ancestry.com/home/lo/merlin?abname=MerlinFreeImageTest_26052011&abvalue=Loggedout_image_preview26052 Ancestry] ($), [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH34,3885 BYU Family History Archives], and [http://www.heritagequestonline Heritage Quest Online] ($). [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/lookups.htm Free Lookups Available!]
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*Williams, Harrison. ''Legends of Loudoun: An Account of the History and Homes of a Border County of Virginia's Northern Neck''. Richmond, Virginia: Garrett and Massie, 1938. {{FHL|92795|item}}; reprint: {{FHL|1410537|item}}; digital versions at {{FSbook|94518}} [http://www.ancestry.com/home/lo/merlin?abname=MerlinFreeImageTest_26052011&abvalue=Loggedout_image_preview26052 Ancestry] ($), and [http://www.heritagequestonline Heritage Quest Online] ($). [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/lookups.htm Free Lookups Available!]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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Records regarding Loudoun County veterans are kept in diverse archives and repositories. The [[Loudoun County, Virginia Military|Loudoun County, Virginia Military]] page will assist you in finding these resources.  
 
Records regarding Loudoun County veterans are kept in diverse archives and repositories. The [[Loudoun County, Virginia Military|Loudoun County, Virginia Military]] page will assist you in finding these resources.  
  
'''Civil War'''
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===== Civil War =====
  
Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932382 Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865]
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====== Civil War Battles  ======
  
<br> Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932427 Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865]  
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The following Civil War battles were fought in Loudoun County.
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*October 21, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va006.htm Ball’s Bluff], also known as Harrison’s Landing and Leesburg<ref>Heritage Preservation Services,[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va006.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012)</ref>
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*June 17, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va036.htm Aldie]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services. [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va036.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 3 August 2012).</ref>
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*June 17-19, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va037.htm Middleburg<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va037.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012).</ref>]
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*June 21, 1863 =&nbsp;[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va038.htm Upperville<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va038.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 7 August 2012).</ref>]
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:Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1861], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1862], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1863.htm 1863], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1864.htm 1864], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1865.htm 1865]
  
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
  
 
*[http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=2010 Aliens, 1800s-1900s]. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=2010 The Archives of the Clerk of the Loudoun County Circuit Court].  
 
*[http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=2010 Aliens, 1800s-1900s]. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=2010 The Archives of the Clerk of the Loudoun County Circuit Court].  
*[http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/lhsc_genealogy_resources/citizen/citizen.html Index to Naturalization Petitions, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, 1909-1929], available online, courtesy: [http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/ Alexandria Library, Special Collections Division, Alexandria, Va].&nbsp;[Includes WWI soldies stationed in or near Loudoun County.]
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*[http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/lhsc_genealogy_resources/citizen/citizen.html Index to Naturalization Petitions, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, 1909-1929], available online, courtesy: [http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/ Alexandria Library, Special Collections Division, Alexandria, Va].&nbsp;[Includes WWI soldies stationed in or near Loudoun County.]  
 
*Virginia Naturalization [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1877093 Petitions, 1906-1929]<br>
 
*Virginia Naturalization [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1877093 Petitions, 1906-1929]<br>
  
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/news/news.htm Loudoun Co. Newspapers: Information Regarding Newspapers Previously Published in Loudoun Co.] is a helpful guide, courtesy: [http://www.usgenweb.org USGenWeb].  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/news/news.htm Loudoun Co. Newspapers: Information Regarding Newspapers Previously Published in Loudoun Co.] is a helpful guide, courtesy: [http://www.usgenweb.org USGenWeb].  
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*'''1800''' - ''True American'' (Leesburg, Va.) at [http://www.genealogybank.com Genealogy Bank] ($).
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*'''1810-1811''' - ''Washingtonian'' (Leesburg, Va.) at [http://www.genealogybank.com Genealogy Bank] ($).
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*'''1810s-1820s''' - "Marriage Records from the Genius of Liberty," [1810s-1820s] ''Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club'', Vol. 10, Nos. 1 &amp; 2 (Mar.-June 2002):2-4. {{FHL|646117|item}}
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*'''1817-1820''' - ''Genius of Liberty'' (Leesburg, Va.) at [http://www.genealogybank.com Genealogy Bank] ($).
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===== Historical Information  =====
  
 
*"The Genius of Liberty," ''Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club'', Vol. 10, Nos. 1 &amp; 2 (Mar.-June 2002):1. {{FHL|646117|item}}  
 
*"The Genius of Liberty," ''Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club'', Vol. 10, Nos. 1 &amp; 2 (Mar.-June 2002):1. {{FHL|646117|item}}  
*"Marriage Records from the Genius of Liberty," [1810s-1820s] ''Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club'', Vol. 10, Nos. 1 &amp; 2 (Mar.-June 2002):2-4. {{FHL|646117|item}}
 
 
*Osburn, Penelope M. "A Hometown Newspaper: 'The True American,' ''The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976.'' Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 97-110. {{FHL|1006746|item}}
 
*Osburn, Penelope M. "A Hometown Newspaper: 'The True American,' ''The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976.'' Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 97-110. {{FHL|1006746|item}}
  
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Researchers should not limit their searches to records kept by government officials and religious organizations. Diaries, business account books, and family Bibles, kept in private hands, though they can be difficult to track down, yield valuable genealogical data. [[Loudoun County, Virginia Private Papers|Loudoun County, Virginia Private Papers]] points researchers to some of these resources.  
 
Researchers should not limit their searches to records kept by government officials and religious organizations. Diaries, business account books, and family Bibles, kept in private hands, though they can be difficult to track down, yield valuable genealogical data. [[Loudoun County, Virginia Private Papers|Loudoun County, Virginia Private Papers]] points researchers to some of these resources.  
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007administrations, and guardianship records survives for Loudoun County, see: [[Loudoun County, Virginia Probate|Loudoun County, Virginia Probate]].  
 
Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007administrations, and guardianship records survives for Loudoun County, see: [[Loudoun County, Virginia Probate|Loudoun County, Virginia Probate]].  
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Vital records include births, marriages, and deaths. To learn what survives for the area, visit [[Loudoun County, Virginia Vital Records|Loudoun County, Virginia Vital Records]].  
 
Vital records include births, marriages, and deaths. To learn what survives for the area, visit [[Loudoun County, Virginia Vital Records|Loudoun County, Virginia Vital Records]].  
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*'''1660-1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3002 Virginia Marriages 1660-1800] (Ancestry) ($).
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*'''1740-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3723 Virginia Marriages 1740-1850] (Ancestry) ($).
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*'''1751-1880''' - ''Loudoun County, Virginia Marriage Records 1751-1880.'' n.d. Digital version at {{FSbook|219472}} - free.
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*'''1851-1880''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4498 Virginia Marriages 1851-1880] (Ancestry) ($).
  
 
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==== Acknowledgement  ====
 
==== Acknowledgement  ====
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We would like to acknowledge the contributions of local expert Marty Hiatt, CG. Her knowledge has greatly improved this research guide.  
 
We would like to acknowledge the contributions of local expert Marty Hiatt, CG. Her knowledge has greatly improved this research guide.  
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://www.leesburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=84 Thomas Balch Library], Leesburg, Va., is an excellent&nbsp;facility devoted entirely to the area's local history and genealogy. It is supported by the Town of Leesburg.  
 
*[http://www.leesburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=84 Thomas Balch Library], Leesburg, Va., is an excellent&nbsp;facility devoted entirely to the area's local history and genealogy. It is supported by the Town of Leesburg.  
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*[[Ashburn Virginia Family History Center]]
 
*[[Ashburn Virginia Family History Center]]
  
== Websites  ==
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== Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Websites  ==
  
 
Loudoun County, Virginia [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/loudoun.html USGENWEB]  
 
Loudoun County, Virginia [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/loudoun.html USGENWEB]  
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/va/loudoun/ Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Forum]&nbsp;at [http://www.genforum.com GenForum]. Over 1500 posts about Loudoun County families.  
 
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/va/loudoun/ Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Forum]&nbsp;at [http://www.genforum.com GenForum]. Over 1500 posts about Loudoun County families.  
 
*[http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/VALOUDOU/ Loudoun County, Virginia Mailing List]&nbsp;at&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.com Rootsweb]. Thousands of messages about Loudoun County families.
 
*[http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/VALOUDOU/ Loudoun County, Virginia Mailing List]&nbsp;at&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.com Rootsweb]. Thousands of messages about Loudoun County families.
 
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Loudoun County, Virginia Courthouse

Loudoun County Courthouse

Loudoun County Courthouse
18 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-777-0270
Hours: Open 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday
The Clerk's office is open 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1853-1859, 1864-1866 -1869-1879
Death records 1853-1866, marriage records from 1793, divorce,
probate and land records from 1757, court records from 1858
and tithables 1758-1786[1]

Beginning Dates for Loudoun County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1854 1751 1854 1810 1757 1757

Loudoun County, Virginia History

4th Earl of Loudoun
Loudoun County is named after Major General John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun (1705-1782). Campbell, a Scottish nobleman, served as Governor General of Virginia (1756-1758) at the time Loudoun County was organized.[2] [3]

Parent County

1757--Loudoun County was created 25 March 1757 from Fairfax County.[4]
County Seat: Leesburg

Boundary Changes

When Loudoun County was organized, the eastern border was Difficult Run. Officials moved the line further northwest to near Sugarland Run in 1798. The boundary, a straight line, does not follow the stream. This boundary change impacts genealogists, because this land and its occupants, which had originally belonged to Fairfax County, fell under the jurisdiction of Loudoun County for 40 years, from 1757 to 1798, after which time it went back to Fairfax County.[5]

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, visit My Virginia Genealogy. [Maps created using AniMap Plus County Boundary Historical AniMap 3.0, by permission of the Goldbug Company.]

Variant Spellings

  • Loudon

Record Loss

Loudoun County has suffered some record loss. The following records cannot be found:

  1. Survey books.
  2. A few original wills.
  3. Pre-1793 marriage bonds (only "F" groom surname bonds survive). Ministers' returns can be used as a substitute for many of the marriages occurring between 1757 and 1793.
  4. One court minute/order book.[5]
  5. Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Loudoun County, Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Loudoun County, Virginia Populated Places identifies local towns and post offices.

Neighboring Counties

Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Resources

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Getting Started

Finding out if a genealogy has been published about your Loudoun County family is often a good first step. Many resources are easily available online, such as the census. After checking those sources, you might wish to examine vital records (births, marriages, and deaths), and land, and probate.

If you are researching families who lived in Loudoun County, Virginia between the 1750s and 1790s, the Sparacios' books are a great time saver. They comprehensively index several publications covering that period:

  • Sparacio, Ruth Trickey and Sam Sparacio. Surname Index of Antient Press Publications. 14+ vols. McLean, Va.: R. & S. Sparacio, Antient Press, 1993-. FHL Collection 975.5 P22s v. 1-2; publisher's website: Antient Press. (Some of the index volumes have not been printed and it is necessary to contact the publishers to search them.)

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Loudoun County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1972):126-129. FHL Collection; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • The WPA Survey for Loudoun County. Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va.; microfilmed reproduction: FHL Collection

African American

Many resources relating to the free and enslaved black popluations of Loudoun County have been collected, indexed, and published to help genealogists trace their ancestors. Loudoun County, Virginia African Americans details these handy resources.

Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:

Cemeteries

Loudoun County's cemetery records have been thoroughly indexed and local volunteers are available to photograph tombstones. Loudoun County, Virginia Cemeteries aids researchers in accessing these resources.

Tombstone Transcription Project Loudoun County - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
179018,962
180020,5238.2%
181021,3384.0%
182022,7026.4%
183021,939−3.4%
184020,431−6.9%
185022,0798.1%
186021,774−1.4%
187020,929−3.9%
188023,63412.9%
189023,274−1.5%
190021,948−5.7%
191021,167−3.6%
192020,577−2.8%
193019,852−3.5%
194020,2912.2%
195021,1474.2%
196024,54916.1%
197037,15051.3%
198057,42754.6%
199086,12950.0%
2000169,59996.9%
Est. 2009301,17177.6%

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

All extant Loudoun County, Virginia census records (population, mortality, and slave schedules) have been published and indexed and volunteers are available to do free lookups for most census years, see: Loudoun County, Virginia Census.

Church Records

Many old Loudoun County church records survive. Select Baptist, Catholic, Church of England, Episcopal, German Reformed, Lutheran, Presyterian, and Quaker records have been abstracted and published, see the Loudoun County, Virginia Church page.

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Court

Abstracts of several of Loudoun County's courts have been published, including chancery court, county court, criminal cases, Dumfries district court, fee books, and loose papers. These resources are outlined on the Loudoun County, Virginia Court page.

DNA

DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from more than 20 Loudoun County, Virginia historic families. DNA data helps to establish people's origins, kin, and dispersed descendants, see: Loudoun County, Virginia DNA.

Genealogy

More than 450 genealogies have been published about Loudoun County families. To view a list, visit Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy.

House Histories

House histories have become a popular hobby. Learning about the inheritance of specific estates can aid genealogists in piecing together family trees. Loudoun County, Virginia House Histories points readers to such resources.

Immigration

Land and Property

Loudoun County has a rich collection of land records. Many deeds, grants, land causes, patents, and superior court deeds have been published and indexed. Some finding aids are available online, while volunteers offer to make free lookups for others records. Loudoun County, Virginia Land assists researchers in locating finding aids and accessing the original records.

Law and Legislation

Local Histories

The History of Loudoun County, Virginia website includes many articles about Loudoun's past, including the following topics: African American chronology, Civil War, Colonial history, and Indians.

Other local histories include:

  • Divine, John, Brownen and Souders. When Waterford & I Were Young. Free Lookups Available!
  • Head, James W. History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia. [Washington? District of Columbia]: Park View Press, 1908. FHL Collection; digital versions at Ancestry ($), Google Books, Heritage Quest Online ($), and World Vital Records ($).
  • "How Loudoun Fought an Epidemic in 1793," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Dec. 2002):1-2. FHL Collection
  • Nichols, Joseph V. "Tales of Old Virginia," The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976. Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 117-120. FHL Collection Free Lookups Available!
  • Osburn, Penelope M. "Establishing the Towns in Loudoun County," The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976. Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 71-75. FHL Collection Free Lookups Available!
  • Osburn, Thomas. "Former Citizen Writes Interestingly of the Inhabitants of Bluemont in the '50's," written 1923, published in Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Dec. 1998):1-2; Vol. 7, No. 1 (Mar. 1999):2; Vol. 7, No. 2 (Jun. 1999):2. FHL Collection
  • Phillips, John T. The Historians Guide to Loudoun County, Virginia. Leesburg, Virginia: Goose Creek Productions, c1996. FHL Collection Free Lookups Available! [One section of this book was republished as "Colonial Ferries and Ordinaries at Goose Creek," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall 1993):1-2. FHL Collection
  • Scheel, Eugene M. The Story of Purcellville. Free Lookups Available!
  • Weatherly, Yetive. Lovettsville, the German Settlement. Free Lookups Available!
  • Williams, Harrison. Legends of Loudoun: An Account of the History and Homes of a Border County of Virginia's Northern Neck. Richmond, Virginia: Garrett and Massie, 1938. FHL Collection; reprint: FHL Collection; digital versions at FamilySearch Books Online Ancestry ($), and Heritage Quest Online ($). Free Lookups Available!

Maps

Several historic maps of Loudoun County survive. Modern maps, created to show county boundary changes, and to plot land owners, are also available, see: Loudoun County, Virginia Maps.

Migration

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1976):199-208; Vol. 22, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1978):43-50.. FHL Collection; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records identify migrants who left the county and often their intended destinations. Loudoun County's 1790 Delinquent List appears on 20:201-202; 1786 and 1788 Delinquent Lists appear on 22:44-45.]
  • Loudoun Co., Virginia to Ohio: Migration of Families, courtesy: USGenWeb.
  • Moore, Robert P. "New Jersey Families in Loudoun Co., Va., Tithable Lists in the 1700s," The Nelson County Genealogist, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Autumn 1992):9-10. FHL Collection
  • "Pennsylvania-Germans in Loudoun Co., VA," Pennsylvania German, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Mar. 1908).
  • Weatherly, Yetive. Lovettsville, the German Settlement. Free Lookups Available!

Military

Records regarding Loudoun County veterans are kept in diverse archives and repositories. The Loudoun County, Virginia Military page will assist you in finding these resources.

Civil War
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War battles were fought in Loudoun County.

Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

Naturalization

Newspapers

Indexed images of the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) are available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website. In addition, Professor Tom Costa and The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia have created a database of all runaway advertisements for slaves, indentured servants, transported convicts, and ship deserters listed in this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.

Loudoun Co. Newspapers: Information Regarding Newspapers Previously Published in Loudoun Co. is a helpful guide, courtesy: USGenWeb.

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Loudoun County, Virginia newspapers.

  • 1800 - True American (Leesburg, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).
  • 1810-1811 - Washingtonian (Leesburg, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).
  • 1810s-1820s - "Marriage Records from the Genius of Liberty," [1810s-1820s] Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2 (Mar.-June 2002):2-4. FHL Collection
  • 1817-1820 - Genius of Liberty (Leesburg, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).
Historical Information
  • "The Genius of Liberty," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2 (Mar.-June 2002):1. FHL Collection
  • Osburn, Penelope M. "A Hometown Newspaper: 'The True American,' The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976. Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 97-110. FHL Collection

Occupations

  • "Beard Account Book," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Sep. 1997):1; Vol. 5, No. 4 (Dec. 1997):3; Vol. 6, No. 1 (Mar. 1998):3. FHL Collection [Identifies persons with accounts 1790s-1840s.]
  • Binns, John. A Treatise on Practical Farming. Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va.
  • "Business Directory of Leesburg: Containing the Names of Merchants and Mechanics with Their Places of Business, published by William L. Stork, Bookseller & Stationer, Leesburg, VA, 1860," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Mar. 1997):1; Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 1997):3; Vol. 5, No. 3 (Sep. 1997):2. FHL Collection
  • Business Licenses, 1757-1900. Available online, courtesy: The Archives of the Clerk of the Loudoun County Circuit Court. [Includes liquor, mill, ordinary, restaurant and hotel, and retail indexes.]
  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. FHL Collection [Includes a section on Leesburg silversmiths.]
  • "Hillsboro General Store, Post Office and Lending Library 1821-1836," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 6, No. 2/3 (Sep. 1998):1; Vol. 6, No. 4 (Dec. 1998):3. FHL Collection [Indexes persons with accounts.]
  • List of Male and Female Indentures (Apprenticeships) from 1757-1872. Available online, courtesy: The Archives of the Clerk of the Loudoun County Circuit Court.
  • Marsh, Helen Hirst. "Early Loudoun Water Mills," The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976. Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 29-34. FHL Collection
  • Marsh, Helen Hirst. "Hometown Banking: The Loudoun Company," The Bulletin of the Historical Society of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1957-1976. Leesburg, Va.: Goose Creek Productions, 1998, pp. 111-116. FHL Collection
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patents, 1790-1909. Available online, courtesy: Ancestry ($). [Lists dozens of inventions patented by residents of Loudoun County, Virginia.]

Officials

  • "Some of the Officials of Loudoun County 1757 - The Civil War," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 6, No. 2/3 (Sep. 1998):4; Vol. 7, No. 1 (Mar. 1999):1. FHL Collection. [N.B. This serial article was published backwards, includes Court Clerks, Deputy King's Attorneys and Commonwealth Attorneys, and Sheriffs.]

Private Papers

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

Researchers should not limit their searches to records kept by government officials and religious organizations. Diaries, business account books, and family Bibles, kept in private hands, though they can be difficult to track down, yield valuable genealogical data. Loudoun County, Virginia Private Papers points researchers to some of these resources.

Probate Records

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007administrations, and guardianship records survives for Loudoun County, see: Loudoun County, Virginia Probate.

School

  • History of Secondary Education in Loudoun County. 1948. Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va.
  • "Virginia Public School Register, Broad Run District, Frankville School, 1886-1893," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 4, No. 2 (June 1996):1; Vol. 4, No. 3 (Sep. 1996):1. FHL Collection

Taxation

Virginia tax records provide valuable clues to genealogical relationships. Many survive and have been published and indexed dating back to the county's formation, see: Loudoun County, Virginia Taxation.

Transportation

  • Constantino, Roberto. Miscellaneous Road Cases, Loudoun County, Virginia, 1758-1782: Loudoun County Circuit Court, Clerk of Circuit Court, Archives: Miscellaneous Road Cases, Files No. 38 to 48, Leesburg, Virginia. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books: Heritage Books, 2003. FHL Collection
  • Rose, Murray. "Potomac River Bridges into Loudoun County," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Spring 1993):1-2; Vol. 1, No. 4 (Summer 1993):1. FHL Collection
  • Saffer, Wynne. "Overseers of the Road in Southern Loudoun in 1801," Northern Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Oct. 1998):166-169. FHL Collection
  • "Seven Ferries Served Loudoun in 1700s," Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Dec. 2002):2-4. FHL Collection

Vital Records

Vital records include births, marriages, and deaths. To learn what survives for the area, visit Loudoun County, Virginia Vital Records.

Marriage
Vital Record Substitutes

The Virginia Historical Society's Marriage and Obituary Index, 1736-1820 (newspaper abstracts) is available for free online. Images of the original index cards are browseable, arranged alphabetically by surname.

Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge the contributions of local expert Marty Hiatt, CG. Her knowledge has greatly improved this research guide.

Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

  • Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va., is an excellent facility devoted entirely to the area's local history and genealogy. It is supported by the Town of Leesburg.
  • The Friends of the Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, Va., is an organization devoted to supporting the Thomas Balch Library and its collections.

Family History Centers

Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Websites

Loudoun County, Virginia USGENWEB

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Loudoun County, Virginia. Page 716 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Michael Gulland, "History of Loudoun County Courthouses in Leesburg," The History of Loudoun County, Virginia, http://www.loudounhistory.org/history/leesburg-courthouse.htm.
  3. "John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Campbell,_4th_Earl_of_Loudoun.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Marty Hiatt, CG, "Loudoun County, Virginia - WIKI," [Updates], unpublished document, 2010.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services,Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services. Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 3 August 2012).
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).