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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Loudoun County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Virginia Genealogy|Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Loudoun County'''  
  
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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Guide to '''Loudoun 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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| seat wl = Leesburg
 
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== Loudoun County, Virginia Courthouse  ==
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=== Loudoun County, Virginia Courthouse  ===
  
 
[[Image:{{VALoudouncourthouse}}|Loudoun County Courthouse]]  
 
[[Image:{{VALoudouncourthouse}}|Loudoun County Courthouse]]  
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== Loudoun County, Virginia History  ==
 
== 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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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>  
 
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].]
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For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/virginia/ "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
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*[[Fairfax County, Virginia|Fairfax]]  
 
*[[Fairfax County, Virginia|Fairfax]]  
 
*[[Fauquier County, Virginia|Fauquier]]  
 
*[[Fauquier County, Virginia|Fauquier]]  
*[[Frederick County, Maryland|Frederick County, Maryland]]
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*[[Frederick County, Maryland Genealogy|Frederick County, Maryland]]
  
 
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*[[Jefferson County, West Virginia|Jefferson County, West Virginia]]  
 
*[[Jefferson County, West Virginia|Jefferson County, West Virginia]]  
*[[Montgomery County, Maryland|Montgomery County, Maryland]]  
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*[[Montgomery County, Maryland Genealogy|Montgomery County, Maryland]]  
 
*[[Prince William County, Virginia|Prince William]]  
 
*[[Prince William County, Virginia|Prince William]]  
*[[Washington County, Maryland|Washington County, Maryland]]
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*[[Washington County, Maryland Genealogy|Washington County, Maryland]]
  
 
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== Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Resources  ==
 
== Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Resources  ==
  
[[Image:Valoudoun.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]  
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==== Getting Started  ====
 
==== Getting Started  ====
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Finding out if a [[Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy|genealogy]] has been published about your Loudoun County family is often a good first step. Many resources are easily available online, such as the [[Loudoun County, Virginia Census|census]]. After checking those sources, you might wish to examine [[Loudoun County, Virginia Vital Records|vital records]] (births, marriages, and deaths), and [[Loudoun County, Virginia Land|land]], and [[Loudoun County, Virginia Probate|probate]].  
 
Finding out if a [[Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy|genealogy]] has been published about your Loudoun County family is often a good first step. Many resources are easily available online, such as the [[Loudoun County, Virginia Census|census]]. After checking those sources, you might wish to examine [[Loudoun County, Virginia Vital Records|vital records]] (births, marriages, and deaths), and [[Loudoun County, Virginia Land|land]], and [[Loudoun County, Virginia Probate|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:
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If you are researching families who lived in Loudoun County, Virginia between the 1750s and 1790s, the Sparacios' book indexes are a great time saver. The indexes are available for [http://antientpress.com/search-our-indexes.html free online].
 
 
*Sparacio, Ruth Trickey and Sam Sparacio. ''Surname Index of Antient Press Publications''. 14+ vols. McLean, Va.: R. &amp; S. Sparacio, Antient Press, 1993-. {{FHL|645782|item}}&nbsp;975.5 P22s v. 1-2; publisher's website: [http://www.antientpress.com/ Antient Press]. (Some of the index volumes have not been printed and it is necessary to contact the publishers to search them.)
 
  
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
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Loudoun County's cemetery records have been thoroughly indexed and local volunteers are available to photograph tombstones. [[Loudoun County, Virginia Cemeteries|Loudoun County, Virginia Cemeteries]] aids researchers in accessing these resources.  
 
Loudoun County's cemetery records have been thoroughly indexed and local volunteers are available to photograph tombstones. [[Loudoun County, Virginia Cemeteries|Loudoun County, Virginia Cemeteries]] aids researchers in accessing these resources.  
  
Tombstone Transcription Project Loudoun County - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb  
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Tombstone Transcription Project Loudoun County - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=48&GScnty=2855&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|442695|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=48&CScnty=2855 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/CemeteryPage.html VAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Loudoun+Virginia&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Virginia&county=Loudoun&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/va/loudoun.htm VAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/virginia/loudoun.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://virginiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=53 Virginia Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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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 Compiled Genealogies|Loudoun County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies]].
  
 
==== House Histories  ====
 
==== House Histories  ====
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*Bartley, Bev. "The Seeding of Loudoun," ''Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club'', Vol. 1, No. 2 (Winter 1993):1-2. {{FHL|646117|item}}  
 
*Bartley, Bev. "The Seeding of Loudoun," ''Loudoun: The 1757 Legacy, Newsletter of the Loudoun Genealogy Club'', Vol. 1, No. 2 (Winter 1993):1-2. {{FHL|646117|item}}  
*[http://www.immigrantservants.com/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Loudoun&placeOfIndentureColony=&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Loudoun County, Virginia (work in progress), Courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database].  
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*[http://www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/simple.php/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Loudoun&placeOfIndentureColony=&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Loudoun County, Virginia (work in progress), Courtesy: [http://www.pricegen.com/immigrantservants/search/simple.php Immigrant Servants Database].  
 
*"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).
  
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===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932382|Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932427|Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
 
====== Civil War Battles  ======
 
====== Civil War Battles  ======
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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]
 
: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]
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*'''1607-2007''' - {{RecordSearch|1932510|Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
  
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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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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''''Online Probate Links'''
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*'''1639 – 1850''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7832 Virginia Land, Marriage and Probate Records 1639-1850] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index to transcribed records, incomplete, $
  
 
==== School  ====
 
==== School  ====
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==== Acknowledgement  ====
 
==== Acknowledgement  ====
  
We would like to acknowledge the contributions of local expert Marty Hiatt, CG. Her knowledge has greatly improved this research guide.  
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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.
  
 
== Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.balchfriends.org/ The Friends of the Thomas Balch Library], Leesburg, Va.,&nbsp;is an organization devoted to supporting the Thomas Balch Library and its collections.
 
*[http://www.balchfriends.org/ The Friends of the Thomas Balch Library], Leesburg, Va.,&nbsp;is an organization devoted to supporting the Thomas Balch Library and its collections.
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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==== Family History Centers ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
*[[Ashburn Virginia Family History Center]]
 
*[[Ashburn Virginia Family History Center]]
  
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Loudoun County, Virginia [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/loudoun.html USGENWEB]  
 
Loudoun County, Virginia [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/loudoun.html USGENWEB]  
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/loudoun.html Loudoun County, Virginia]&nbsp;at [http://usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb]. Includes&nbsp;maps, name indexes, history and other information about Loudoun County.&nbsp;Don't miss [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/lookups.htm Loudoun County, Virginia Resource Materials and Look-Ups], on this site. It&nbsp;is an excellent free resource.  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/loudoun.html Loudoun County, Virginia]&nbsp;at [http://usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb]. Includes&nbsp;maps, name indexes, history and other information about Loudoun County.&nbsp;Don't miss  
*{{FHL|Virginia%2C+Loudoun|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}&nbsp;at [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]. Learn what Loudoun County resources are available at the Family History&nbsp;Library.&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.familytree101.com/virginia/loudoun-county.html Loudoun County, VA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Familytree101)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoudou/lookups.htm Loudoun County, Virginia Resource Materials and Look-Ups], on this site. It&nbsp;is an excellent free resource.  
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*{{FHL|Virginia%2C+Loudoun|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}&nbsp;at [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]. Learn what Loudoun County resources are available at the Family History&nbsp;Library.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.virginia.counties.loudoun/mb.ashx Loudoun County, Virginia - Family History &amp; Genealogy Message Board]&nbsp;at[http://www.ancestry.com/home/lo/merlin?abname=MerlinFreeImageTest_26052011&abvalue=Loggedout_image_preview26052 Ancestry]. 7500 posts about Loudoun County families.  
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.virginia.counties.loudoun/mb.ashx Loudoun County, Virginia - Family History &amp; Genealogy Message Board]&nbsp;at[http://www.ancestry.com/home/lo/merlin?abname=MerlinFreeImageTest_26052011&abvalue=Loggedout_image_preview26052 Ancestry]. 7500 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://genforum.genealogy.com/va/loudoun/ Loudoun County, Virginia Genealogy Forum]&nbsp;at [http://www.genforum.com GenForum]. Over 1500 posts about Loudoun County families.  

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Guide to Loudoun 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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Loudoun County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Loudoun County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Loudoun County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 25, 1757
County Seat Leesburg
Courthouse
VirginiaLoudounCourthouse.jpg

 

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 Genealogy 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, "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

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' book indexes are a great time saver. The indexes are available for free online.

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

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
Virginia Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

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 Genealogy 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 Compiled Genealogies.

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

Miscellaneous Records

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 Genealogy 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.

'Online Probate Links

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

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.


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).