Welcome

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.
 

Join Us For Our 2016 Fall Fair

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to present our
13th Annual Fall Fair, a full day with
 
Anne Gillespie Mitchell,
Ancestry.com's "Ancestry Anne"
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Ernst Community Cultural Center
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
 

Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room

On Friday October 14, the Virginia Room at the City of Fairfax Regional Library will remain open until 11 p.m. for Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room.  “Lite” because this is an evening of just research. Virginia Room staff will be available to guide you, the family historian, to resources both in the library and online. Unlike previous Late Night events, there will be no classes, no tours, no special presentations, just researchers and resources. Two experienced Genealogy Help Desk volunteers will be available from 5:00pm – 8:00pm to provide one-on-one guidance to anyone who signs up at the event. Virginia Room staff will be at the desk all evening to assist as needed. 
 
Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room is a special evening for researchers who can’t make it to the library during the week and for researchers who can’t ever get enough library time. Enjoy a quiet and productive evening at the library using the collections and online databases for your Virginia, national and international genealogy research.
 
Because Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room is held after regular library hours, researchers must register and must arrive before 6 p.m. Registration will open on September 16, one month before the event. Please register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or by calling (703) 293-6227 x6.  This event will be held in the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street in Fairfax, Va.  There is ample free parking in the underground garage beneath the Library.
 
Join us on October 14 for Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room and discover the wealth of resources that are available to you!

Congratulations Bob Johnson, CG!

Congratulations are in order to FxGS member Robert Johnson, CG. Nicki Peak Birch, CG, the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists recently announced that Bob has earned the the credential of a Certified Genealogist (CG). Being certified by BCG involves the completion of a professional portfolio that can take up to a year to create. As an associate of BCG, Bob has mastered the knowledge and skills that exemplify the standards by which all genealogists can pattern their work. Congratulations Bob!

Welcome New Board Members!

At the FxGS Annual Meeting held on Friday, May 20, the following members were elected to office:
 
1st Vice President for Programs: Bob Dunfield replaces Sean Furniss
2nd Vice President for Membership: Jim Link replaces Barry Kline
Treasurer: Jan Fox replaces Theresa Casteel
 
Additionally, Sean Furniss has been appointed to Education Chair. The new positions are effective July 1, 2016, which is the start of the FxGS fiscal year. The Board wishes to thank Sean, Barry and Theresa for their outstanding service over the last several years. We welcome Bob and Jim to our board and look forward to working with them!

FxGS Member Honored By NGS

FxGS member Claire Mire Bettag has been honored with a Fellowship in the National Genealogical Society. Claire served as vice president of NGS from 2000 to 2002, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society’ Quarterly from 2003 to 2005 and has served on the NGSQ editorial board for many years. Please join us in congratulating Claire on this hard-earned recognition!
 

May Newsletter Available

The May 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:
  • "What I Learned On My First Visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City" by Susan Krumhaus
  • "Relatives Hiding in Their Names" by Robin Van Mechelen

  • "Know About the Places You Plan to Research & Have a Back-Up Plan" by Amy Breedlove

  • "My Irish Luck in Salt Lake City" by Kathy Gist

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


Follow FxGS on Twitter!

The Fairfax Genealogical Society now 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
09/10/2016 - 8:30 am
Saint Mary's County GS 3rd Annual Day of Genealogy
09/12/2016 - 10:00 am
Entering Information onto Find-a-Grave
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA
09/12/2016 - 1:00 pm
New England Deeds and Probate Records: A Powerful Combination (Webinar)
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA