Welcome!

Welcome 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, 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). We invite you to join us for our next program and, of course, we would love for you to consider membership in our Society.
 
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Spring Fair Registration Open

 
The 2022 FxGS Spring Fair will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022. The Ulster Historical Foundation will present six sessions to help you dive deeper into Irish research. In-person and virtual options are available. For more information, visit our Spring Fair page.

 

The History of NoVA's Segregated Libraries

It's a story never before fully examined until the staff of the Virginia Room at the City of Fairfax Regional Library researched the history of Northern Virginia's segregated libraries. Join the Virginia Room staff and the FxGS African American Genealogy Group virtually on January 24 to learn how area libraries failed to serve Black residents.
 
Virginia Room staff, Suzanne LaPierre and Chris Barbuschak researched the history of Northern Virginia’s segregated public libraries. In addition to investigating FCPL’s own association with segregation, they examined the situation in Northern Virginia as a whole, including the library systems in the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and the counties of Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William. In this presentation, learn how FCPL and other Northern Virginia libraries failed to serve Black residents– a story that has never been fully examined before.
 
Find the in-depth report here:

To register for the event, please click this link. For inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, Virginia Room Librarian at Laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov.
 
Photo: Statue of Jennie Dean, founder of the Manassas Industrial School, and surviving arch of the Carnegie Building which housed the library. Photo by S. LaPierre.

January 2022 Newsletter Available

The January 2022 issue of the FxGS newsletter is available in the Member's section. This edition contains some wonderful news and stories from FxGS events and our Special Interest Groups. Articles include:
  • Meet the Fairfax Genealogical Society Board
  • New Video Library Available to Members
  • Join us for our Spring Fair
  • Identifying An Old Tintype
  • An Overview of Virginia’s Independent Cities

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



Oct and Nov Meeting Recordings Now Available!

The recordings of our October and November membership meetings are now available to watch. These sessions and their associated handouts are available on the Member's Only section of the website. After you log in, select the Video Library page.
 
As a reminder, archived recordings are only available to FxGS members as an exclusive benefit of membership. The videos should not be shared or posted.
 


Status of FxGS Events

Fairfax Genealogical Society's primary concern is the health and well-being of our membership.  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we will continue to hold monthly membership and educational meetings in a webinar format. Some Special Interest Groups have begun to meet in person, at the discretion of the SIG leader. If you have questions about the status of a specific SIG, please contact them directly.
 
We wish you and your families health and well-being. We look forward to helping you continue your collective passion for genealogy in a safe environment.


African American Genealogy is Newest FxGS SIG

FxGS is pleased to welcome the African American Genealogy Special Interest Group, started by the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, into the Society as the newest Special Interest Group. The SIG will explore areas of research unique to the African American community, including how using census records, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, plantation records, slave schedules, and other record groups can reveal information about African American ancestors.

The African American Genealogy SIG will meet via Zoom from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meetings will occur on the 3rd Monday of every other month (complete schedule here). For more information, contact SIG leader and Virginia Room librarian Laura Wickstead at laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Image source: Ritton, E. D., photographer. (ca. 1880) African American baseball team, Danbury, Connecticut. Connecticut Danbury, ca. 1880. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008677253/.


 

Do you shop on Amazon.com?

Did you know that the shopping you do on Amazon.com can benefit the Fairfax Genealogical Society? Amazon.com operates AmazonSmile which lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Fairfax Genealogical Society or another registered charity of your choice.
 
 
 

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Fairfax Genealogical Society (ID #: 52-1382196) is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your donation may be deductible for federal income tax purposes in accordance with IRS rules and regulations. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
 
The Fairfax Genealogical Society has a Twitter account, @FxGenSoc! Follow us for the latest happenings from our society meetings, education sessions, and events!
 
 
Fairfax Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2290
Merrifield, Virginia
22116-2290

Upcoming Events
02/02/2022 - 7:00 pm
Family History Writing and Genetic Genealogy SIG Joint Meeting: The Father of James Robert White
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
02/08/2022 - 7:00 pm
FxGS Board Meeting
02/10/2022 - 10:30 am
Beginners Special Interest Group: Military Records for Genealogy
ZOOM Meeting (Registration Required)