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Prince William County

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Prince William County

Hi all ~

I recently learned that my family came from Prince William County Virginia. I'm not sure where that is, is it by Manassas? Is there a County Library to look up family records in Prince William County?

Also, I'm thinking of visiting Virginia for a few days and then heading up to Gettysburg. I want to see Graffiti House, Brandy Station, Culpepper and other JEB Stuart places. Where would be a good central place to stay?

Thanks for any/all answers :)


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1. Re: Prince William County

Yes, Manassas is in Prince William County, click on wiki link for more info.


County info


Culpeper is a good location.



Civil War sites Prince William County







I hope this info helps.

Manassas, Virginia
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2. Re: Prince William County

Here is another link to Prince William County for tourism and the library system.


Between Manassas and Gettysburg, your best bets are Frederick, MD (midway but small) or Leesburg, VA (closer to Manassas but has a lot more to see and do and options for food and lodging).

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3. Re: Prince William County

There is a city of Manassas which is an independent enclave in Prince William County. For your purposes they're pretty much the same thing.

Staying in Prince William County itself is probably most central for the sites you list. Culpepper county is a couple of counties over (that's where Graffiti house is as well). Gettysburg is a couple of hours away and Richmond (where JEB Stuart died and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery) might be a good option as well. You may want to think about road-tripping instead of day-tripping.

The nearby counties of Fairfax and Arlington have Virginia Rooms in their central libraries which may have a lot of geanological information as well.

Edited: 04 November 2015, 19:27
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4. Re: Prince William County

There is a genealogy and local history room at the Bull Run Regional Library:


Huntington Beach, CA
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5. Re: Prince William County

Wonderful! Thank you everyone! Now I have some places to start looking. I was excited to learn that part of my family came from that area. Maybe I can learn something more. Thank you so much!


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6. Re: Prince William County

Have you considered looking at the DAR geneological research resources? http://www.dar.org/library

The building is in DC www.dar.org/national-society/faq/library

They have resources to trace lineage thru present era.

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7. Re: Prince William County

There is a dedicated genealogy part of one of the Libraries, and Don Wilson is/was our "guy" for family research, but unsure if he is still in the business serving the county. If you can look him up and get some of his time when you are in town, it would be worth it.


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