Welcome you to the website of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS)! The Society provides education and training for family history researchers in the Fairfax County, Virginia, area.  Although based in Fairfax, many of our members are not native to the area and so our research endeavors are not restricted to local genealogy. Indeed our interests are national and international in scope as may be reflected in the breadth of our varied Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Given our location, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the Society incorporates into its general activities such fine research facilities as the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) library. We invite you to explore this website for more information and to join us for our next program. We hope you will come back again and, of course, we would love for you to consider membership in our Society.

Upcoming January Programs

From Blank Page to Story: Writing a Terrific Family History
Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 pm at Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
Leslie Anderson will discuss her research, analysis and writing surrounding one question:  “Where was my great-grandfather born?”  About ten years later, the resulting article won the 2013 National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest.  When the four-generation narrative -- "Tabitha (Bugg) George Smith (1838-ca 1890) of Mecklenburg County, Virginia" -- was published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (March 2015), it consisted of 24 pages, 214 footnotes, and more than 200 sources.  

Leslie will talk about the research, her analysis, and the writing.  She’ll share her experiences in working with NGSQ editors, the challenge of family myths, and what happened when she called distant relatives and strangers.  She’ll describe how she waded through mountains of research, organized her findings, (and overcame occasional dispiriting setbacks) while working a fulltime job and a lengthy commute.
Analyzing and Writing Obituaries
Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 am at Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Charles S. “Chuck” Mason Jr. will discuss analysing and writing obituaries. Early obituaries may contain very little information yet the can assist in genealogical research.  Today an obituary can be a gold mine of information.  The program will examine how to find obituaries and analyze them for research.  The program will be a workshop on writing an obituary for yourself or a family member.

2017 Spring Conference Registration Now Open!

FxGS is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 2017 Spring Conference, "Finding Elusive Ancestors - Tools and Techniques for the Search," being held 31 March and 1 April at the Westin Tysons Corner. For more information, visit our 2017 Spring Conference page.

November Newsletter Available

The November issue of the FxGS newsletter is now available in the Member's section. This edition contains some wonderful photos and stories. A sampling of the highlights includes:
  • A great recap of our Fall Fair by FxGS President Janet Bailey
  • "Sometimes You Should Pitch the "Rules"" By Janet Hall Werner

  • Library of Congress Trip Report and upcoming Field Trips by Field Trip Coordinator Susan Zweighaft

For those looking for the print edition, it should be hitting your mailboxes no later than November 20. If you have a story, trip report or photograph that you'd like to share with your fellow members, please email newsletter@fxgs.org.

Congratulations Barry Kline!

Congratulations are in order to FxGS member Barry Kline. Barry has been elected to a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). The FGS announced the results of its recent election for FGS officers and board members on October 28, 2016. The election was conducted online September 1-30, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2017. FxGS is a proud member of FGS and excited to see Barry in this leadership position.

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The Fairfax Genealogical Society has a Twitter account, @FxGenSoc! Follow us for all of the latest happenings from our society meetings, education sessions and events!

Fairfax Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2290, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-2290

Upcoming Events
01/24/2017 - 7:00 pm
The Challenges and Rewards of Researching Virginia Families
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109-2892
01/26/2017 - 7:30 pm
From Blank Page to Story: Writing a Terrific Family History
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
01/28/2017 - 10:00 am
Analyzing and Writing Obituaries
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA