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Our Genealogy Helper for Fairfax ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Fairfax (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Fairfax. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Fairfax ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fairfax.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Fairfax. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Fairfax and those printed in the larger area surrounding Fairfax.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> of Fairfax.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Fairfax:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Maryland
    • Stories from Virginia
    • Stories from West Virginia

Cemeteries Near Fairfax ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fairfax.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Fairfax covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Fairfax City Cemetery
  • Fairfax Memorial Park
  • Calvary Memorial Gardens
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Calvary Memorial Gardens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Calvary Memorial Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calvary Memorial Gardens
  • Flint Hill Cemetery
  • Mt. Zoar Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Zoar Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Zoar Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Zoar Cemetery
  • St. Marys Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Marys Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Marys Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Marys Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Gooding Family Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Gooding Family Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Gooding Family Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gooding Family Cemetery
    • Pleasant Valley Memorial Park
    • Moorefield Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Moorefield Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Moorefield Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moorefield Cemetery
    • Jack & Lizzie Pearson Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Jack & Lizzie Pearson Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Jack & Lizzie Pearson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jack & Lizzie Pearson Cemetery
    • Burke Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Burke Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Burke Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burke Cemetery
    • National Memorial Park
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the National Memorial Park
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the National Memorial Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on National Memorial Park
    • King David Memorial Gardens
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the King David Memorial Gardens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the King David Memorial Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on King David Memorial Gardens
    • Clifton Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Clifton Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Clifton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Clifton Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Fairfax.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifton Cemetery
    • Lee Chapel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lee Chapel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lee Chapel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lee Chapel Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Fairfax.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lee Chapel Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Fairfax had railroad service and no post office. In 2020, Fairfax had a population of 23,429 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Fairfax, with the one closest to Fairfax listed first.

  • Fairfax [Fairfax City]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfax
    • Fairfax [Fairfax City] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Fairfax
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,429 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Fairfax had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfax
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfax<5>
  • Oakton [Fairfax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakton
    • Oakton [Fairfax County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Fairfax
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Oakton had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oakton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oakton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakton<5>
  • Fairfax Station [Fairfax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairfax Station
    • Fairfax Station [Fairfax County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Fairfax
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 38 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fairfax Station had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairfax Station have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairfax Station
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairfax Station<5>
  • Sideburn [Fairfax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sideburn
    • Sideburn [Fairfax County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Fairfax
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sideburn had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sideburn have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sideburn
  • Vale [Fairfax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vale
    • Vale [Fairfax County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Fairfax
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 17 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Vale had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vale
  • Pender [Fairfax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pender
    • Pender [Fairfax County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Fairfax
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Pender had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pender have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pender
  • Continue List ...
    • Burke [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burke
      • Burke [Fairfax County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Fairfax
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 23 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Burke had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Burke have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burke
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Burke<5>
    • Merrifield [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merrifield
      • Merrifield [Fairfax County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Fairfax
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Merrifield had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Merrifield have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merrifield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Merrifield<5>
    • Vienna [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vienna
      • Vienna [Fairfax County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Fairfax
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 140 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,518 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Vienna had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vienna
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vienna<5>
    • Ravensworth [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ravensworth
      • Ravensworth [Fairfax County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Fairfax
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ravensworth had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ravensworth have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ravensworth
    • Annandale [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Annandale
      • Annandale [Fairfax County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Fairfax
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 18 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Annandale had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Annandale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Annandale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Annandale<5>
    • Dunn Loring [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dunn Loring
      • Dunn Loring [Fairfax County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Fairfax
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 28 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Dunn Loring had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dunn Loring have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dunn Loring
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dunn Loring<5>
    • Clifton [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifton
      • Clifton [Fairfax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Fairfax
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 301 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Clifton had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clifton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clifton<5>
    • Ash Grove [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ash Grove
      • Ash Grove [Fairfax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Fairfax
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 47 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ash Grove had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ash Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ash Grove
    • Centreville [Fairfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Centreville
      • Centreville [Fairfax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Fairfax
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 78 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Centreville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Centreville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centreville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Centreville<5>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Fairfax. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fairfax.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fairfax ...

While our initial data about Fairfax came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Fairfax in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Fairfax.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Note for Fairfax:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned

Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

We have found Fairfax in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Fairfax for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fairfax. See our Misc Page for Fairfax for more information.

Visit our Community Index for Virginia

About Virginia

The official website for Fairfax: www.fairfaxva.gov/

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fairfax) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fairfax. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from FairfaxOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fairfax. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8460, Longitude: -77.3053    
<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Fairfax, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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