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Included are suggestions to aid users in research.

1. Use quotation marks around the search word (s.)  example "William A. West"  "The Pines"  “Underground Railroad”

2. People of Interest - search Life stories, Oral Histories, Interviews, Family Histories etc.

3. African American soldiers - search Military, United States Colored Troops, Buffalo Soldiers

4. African Americans' Accomplishments - search African Americans Working for Change

5. Slavery - search using Enslaved, Slave, or Black Americans

6. Schools - search Education, Educators, Segregation, Desegregation

7. Search General Resources for

8. Search Research Topics for information about:
Fairfax County Churches, Schools, Communities, Cemeteries, Enclaves, Histories of the Enslaved, Civil Rights Leaders, oral histories, and interviews of county residents

9. Browse Collections includes lists of cemeteries, historical markers, and places

Search by Location

Browse Districts - Search by Supervisory Districts to find historical items associated with each district or location.

Braddock
Dranesville
Franconia
Hunter Mill
Mason
Mount Vernon
Providence
Springfield
Sully                  

Link to Supervisory District Viewer: https://fairfaxcountygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=254064a65f9c413ab8edcc62b3ae0bc9

Search by Locations:
Annandale, Burke, Centreville, Clifton, Falls Church, Franconia, Great Falls, Herndon, Mason Neck, Merrifield, McLean, Mount Vernon, Reston, Vienna, Town of Fairfax, etc. 

Fairfax County Street Names – The African American History Inventory debuted in November 2022.  Street names used in the African American History Inventory are current to that release date.

Please note the following:  Lee Highway (Route 29) and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50) names will change to their route numbers 29 and 50 in Fairfax County. In Fairfax City,  Old Lee Highway is now Blenheim Boulevard.