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County Information/History
Arlington County is located directly across the Potomac River to the southwest of Washington, D.C.
Formerly part of the District of Columbia, the land now composing the county was retroceded to Virginia on July 9, 1846, in an act of Congress that took effect in 1847. It was called Alexandria County from that date until March 16, 1920, when an act of the General Assembly changed its name to Arlington County.

Despite being organized politically as a "county" in Virginia, it is considered a Central City of the Washington Metropolitan Area by the Census Bureau, along with the adjacent cities of Washington and Alexandria, Virginia. At a land area of 26 square miles, it is geographically the smallest self-governing county in the United States.

Arlington is the location of Arlington National Cemetery, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Pentagon, Fort Myer, the Pentagon Memorial, the USMC War Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, and numerous other monuments.

The incorporated town of Potomac (1908-1930) was located in Arlington County. However, it was annexed by the adjacent City of Alexandria in 1930, and thus, joined the lost towns of Virginia. Although "lost" as a political subdivision, the former town of Potomac is now a historic district of the City of Alexandria, and includes 1,840 acres and 690 buildings. The Town of Potomac was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Arlington County is surrounded by Fairfax County on the north, west and south.
It is adjacent along its southwest and southern borders to the City of Falls Church and the City of Alexandria; and along the Potomac River north. Included in the county are several neighborhoods, or "urban villages" such as Crystal City, Rosslyn, Ballston, Clarendon, Virginia Square, Westover, and Shirlington

Arlington has no existing incorporated towns

Online Data

Bibles Biographies Birth Records Cemeteries
Census Records Church / Religion County Records Death Records
Families County History Marriage Records Military Records
Miscellaneous Data Newspaper Data Obituaries Photographs
Queries School Records Slaves / Slavery Wills / Probate Records
Nov 2014
Ellis Obit

Jan 2014
1883 Pensioners

Sept 2013
Marriage notice Simms
1890 Vet Census for Alexandria
Post Offices in 1850
Atkinson obit

Nov 2012
1890 Veteran's Census - Fort Myers
1890 Veteran's Census - Washington Township
1890 Veteran's Census - Jefferson Township
1890 Veteran's Census - Arlington District
Robert Edward Lee Biography
George Washington Parke Custis Biography
Charles Creighton Carlin Biography
Bernard G. Caulfield Biography
Edward Ball Biography

Oct 2012
Elizabeth McKerichar Obituary
Mrs. Margaret Price Obituary

Sep 2012
Valentine Walker Sellers Obituary

Jul 2012
Simms - Nouse Marriage
Jean Corbett Obituary
George Washington Parke Custis Obituary

Apr 2012
George Washington Custis Biography
Mary Randolph Custis Biography
Sinclair Carroll and Ann Alexander Marriage 


Surrounding Counties
Surrounded by Fairfax County on the north, west and south.

It is adjacent along its southwest and southern borders to the City of Falls Church
and the City of Alexandria; and along the Potomac River north.


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