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 February Programs

Social Media and Genealogy
Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
Carol Kostakos Petranek will discuss the importance of social media in genealogy. The day of "Lone Ranger Research" is over! No longer do you need to labor alone in your research process. Many of the old “message boards” have been replaced by Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram and other social media sites.  Learn how to use an ever-increasing array of technological advances to extend your research networks, solve research problems, meet new "cousins" and collaborate with others.
Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Powerful Tools for Genealogy
Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 am at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Do you want to walk on your ancestor's land but aren't sure how to do it? Do you have trouble figuring out what county your ancestor's deed and will might be in, say, 1855? Sharon MacInnes will show us how Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas can provide these answers.
Come learn how to pin place-marks for important locations, add overlays while changing their opacity, and mail your work to another researcher. See how Google Earth works with the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries to show precise boundaries year-by-year through the slider. Explore EarthPoint to convert township, range, and section descriptions to the precise outlines of a tract on top of today's roads.
This presentation will consist of a brief overview of features followed by a live demonstration. Note: It is recommended you download Google Earth (free) or Google Earth Pro (also free) before the presentation and bring your laptop with you.
Sharon is CEO of Ancestor Tracks (http://ancestortracks.com), a business that is dedicated to publishing online free, downloadable 19th-century maps of every county of Pennsylvania to be used with census records and published county histories.

Congratulations Sharon Cook MacInnes!

Congratulations are in order to FxGS member Sharon Cook MacInnes. Nicki Peak Birch, CG, the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, recently announced that Sharon has earned 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, Sharon has mastered the knowledge and skills that exemplify the standards by which all genealogists can pattern their work. Congratulations Sharon!
Additionally, FxGS member Darlene Hunter successfully renewed her credentials. Darlene was originally certified on 3 December 1991. Congratulations Darlene!

New Fieldtrips Scheduled!

Fieldtrip Coordinator Susan Zweighaft has been busy arranging three great fieldtrips for the Spring, including:
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution Library on March 7 at 10:00 a.m.
  • A tour of the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex in Alexandria on April 22 at 10:00 a.m.
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on May 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Please visit the Event Calendar for additional information.

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. Numerous lecturers, including D. Joshua Taylor, have a great lineup of topics and presentations. For more information, visit our 2017 Spring Conference page.

January Newsletter Available

January 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:
  • "People Found Twice in Censuses" by Robin Van Mechelen
  • "My Great Uncle Alex" by Kristin C. Moyer

  • "William and Sally Bailey's Civil War Son" by Janet Bailey

If you have a story, trip report or photograph that you'd like to share with your fellow members, please email newsletter@fxgs.org.

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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
02/23/2017 - 7:30 pm
Social Media and Genealogy
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
02/25/2017 - 10:00 am
Google Earth and the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Powerful Tools for Genealogy
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
03/01/2017 - 7:00 pm
Genetic Genealogy SIG: Creating and Maintaining a Master Genealogy Database
Kilmer Middle School, G101, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027