The Executive Board and members of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) would like to welcome you to our website. 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). That having been said, the area is home to many important historical and genealogical gems. Further, 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 The 2016 Spring Conference!

The Fairfax Genealogical Society invites you to mark your calendar for our annual spring conference, Strategies for Researching in the U.S. and Europe”. This major event will be 1 & 2 April 2016 at the The Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia.
For more information, visit the event page.

2016-2017 Call for Papers

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is now accepting speaker proposals for its 2016-17 programs. Proposals are being sought for monthly general meetings September 2016 through May 2017, monthly education classes September 2016 through May 2017, a one-day fair to be held 29 October 2016, and a two-day conference to be held 31 March - 1 April 2017. All events are held in Fairfax County, which is in northern Virginia, just west of Washington, D.C. Topics may include any genealogical subject such as court records, ethnic research, military records, methodology, migration, writing, colonial research, problem solving, or beginning, intermediate, or advanced research. Additional information, including submission guidelines, are available here or by using the Call for Papers link to the left.

Ulster Historical Foundation Returns

In 2013 the FxGS sponsored the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) visit to the DC area to give a presentation on Irish genealogy.  It was exceptionally well attended.  The UHF will be returning to US this spring and they will be speaking at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, VA on Wednesday, 9 March.  The starting time is 9:00 AM and it will conclude by 4:00 PM.  This event will be a ‘sell-out’ if it follows previous visits to this area.  If you are interested in attending this lecture, you can pre-register via the Thomas Balch Library website (http://www.leesburgva.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/23391/327).  
There is a fee for this event of $25 if paid in advance and $30 payable at the door. This does not include lunch. Checks may be made payable to “Friends of the Thomas Balch Library”.
Early registration is strongly recommended!

January Newsletter Now Available

The January 2016 edition of the Society newsletter has been posted to the Member's site. Due to the holidays, the print edition is a little behind and should arrive in mailboxes around January 15.
Members: Please visit the Member's Only section and select 'Newsletter' from the menu after logging in.

Family Tree Maker Lives On!

Are you an Ancestry Family Tree Maker user? Were you more than surprised when Ancestry decided to no longer support the program? Well they have reversed course the decided that Family Tree Maker is worth saving! See their announcement here: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/09/more-information-on-family-tree-maker-desktop-software/

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

Upcoming Events
02/16/2016 - 1:00 pm
The Missing Connection: What You Need To Know About Adoption Searches Through the Generations
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA
02/20/2016 - 8:30 am
Black History Month Genealogy Conference - Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory
Laurel Family History Center, 7200 Contee Road, Laurel, MD
02/23/2016 - 7:00 pm
Genealogy 201: Beyond the Basics
Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center, Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA