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.

Executive Board Service

Administering the Society, planning and coordinating programs and activities (SIG meetings, lectures, workshops, field trips and conferences) requires a lot of planning, organization and creativity. It would be impossible to provide the leadership and learning we offer our members without strong volunteers and a capable Board.
 FxGS is run strictly by volunteers; we have no paid employees. Those who have served would tell you that in addition to providing a much-needed service to fellow FxGS members, there are many benefits to be had by joining the Board. You will get to know other dedicated genealogists like yourself, and you may find yourself in a conversation with one who might offer the clue you need to break down one of your brick walls.   
FxGS Needs YOU to fill Board Vacancies! 
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President – Membership 
  • Vice President – Programs
  • Education Chair
Interested members can find job descriptions and should contact Janet Bailey at president@fxgs.org with your interest.  

April 2016 Programs

We hope you will be able to join us for the Society program meeting on Friday, April 29th, and the education program on Saturday April 30th.
Carol Kostakos Petranek will speak about Probate Records at the State Archives at the April program meeting on Friday, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna. Note the change in location and day of the week.
The Maryland Archives is the official repository of estate and probate records which have been received from the County Clerk Offices. These record collections are rich in genealogical information and are often overlooked by researchers. We will review a sampling of various document collections that can be found in estate files, and examine the different types of genealogical information that can be extracted by researchers.
The next day, for our Education Program, Margaret M. McMahon, will tell us about better ways to search for our ancestors using Google and its tools. We will learn how to construct searches tailored to look for our ancestors on the web, and how to use selected Google tools. The education program will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna.
For those attending the meetings at the Dunn Loring Fire Station, remember that the overflow parking for the fire station is at the adjacent Kilmer Middle School. To avoid being towed, do not park in the parking lots of any of the nearby businesses.

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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
04/30/2016 - 10:00 am
Google for Genealogists
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22027
05/02/2016 - 10:30 am
Beginner's SIG
City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA
05/02/2016 - 7:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
Thomas Jefferson Community Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA