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). 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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2020 Spring Conference Registration Now Available

Registration is now available for the 2020 FxGS Spring Conference. For more information, visit Eventbrite.
If you are an FxGS member, don't forget to log-in to the Member's Only section to obtain your discount code! Additional information will be posted to FxGS.org very soon!


January 2020 FxGS Programs

Join us for our upcoming meetings!
Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax CountyFriday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Don Hakenson will present Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County. The story of John Singleton Mosby is the story about a band of Confederate cavalrymen known as the Forty-third Battalion Virginia Cavalry or Mosby’s Rangers. This unit conducted military combat guerilla operations into Northern Virginia, behind enemy lines, especially Fairfax County, and became recognized by the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps as the most feared and successful guerilla unit in the history of modern warfare.
Saturday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m.
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Carol Kostakos Petranek will present two sessions. The first, Alien Registration Files, will examine the information available on immigrants who planned to remain in the U.S. for 30 days or longer following the passage of the Alien Registration Act of 1940. Aliens were issued a card which they had to carry at all times. Files have extensive genealogical information such as naturalization documents, photographs, affidavits, correspondence and application documents which were completed by the alien.
In the second session, Using U.S. Records to Find Your Original Surname and Village of Origin, Carol will discuss how genealogical research in foreign countries demands that you have the original surname of your ancestor and his/her exact village of origin. Many immigrants Anglicized, shortened, and even changed their names in the U.S. They usually gave their birthplace as the larger town or city closest to their village. This presentation will discuss which U.S. records can help you find these two facts which are vital for research in "the old country."


Rest in Peace, Chuck Novak (1947 - 2019)

It is great sadness that the Fairfax Genealogical Society shares the passing of longtime member Chuck Novak on December 13, 2019. Chuck was a fixture for many years on the FxGS Board of Directors, most recently serving as Conference Chair. Beyond his tangible contributions, his humor, positive spirit, and love of genealogy made the Society a better organization.
Born on October 21, 1947, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania he was the son of the late Charles Anthony Novak, Sr and the late Hannah Ann Hoffman-Novak.

Chuck worked as an IT Manager for the Federal Government for 35+ years. More recently he was an election officer with Fairfax County Office of Elections.  Prior to his time with the government, Chuck served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1967-1971 where he received a National Defense Service Medal. He enjoyed spending time and vacationing with this family as well as gardening and landscaping. He was also actively involved in the National Genealogical Society where he was a past president of the Virginia Chapter.  Chuck also was instrumental in the creation of Reston Youth Baseball where he served as its inaugural commissioner in 1976 and leading that organization in the following years.  He was a faithful servant of Christ and a long-time member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, VA holding titles such as Clerk of Session and Elder.  He also had an unbridled passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles Anthony Novak, Sr and Hannah Ann Hoffman-Novak. He is survived by his wife Candace; his children, Alan Novak (Jan) and Erin Novak Ritter; his grandchildren, Stacy, Benjamin, Jackson and Nathan; his siblings, Michael Novak (Susan), Pam Andrew (Butch) and Debbie Bailey (Ron). He is also survived by many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

 A final memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 11 AM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 651 Dranesville Road, Herndon, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

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 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA. Meetings begin on March 16 and will occur on the 3rd Thursday 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/.


November 2019 Newsletter Available

The November 2019 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. Included in this issue:
  • A recap with photos of the 2019 Fall Fair
  • A summary of FxGS projects by John Turbyfill, 1st VP for Programs
  • A list of books that FxGS has recently purchased, thanks to your donations, for the Virginia Room
  • Practical approached to DNA research by Genetic Genealogy SIG Leader Janet Hall Werner

If you have research, 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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Upcoming Events
01/21/2020 - 1:00 pm
German SIG: A Trip Recap to Saxony
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
01/24/2020 - 7:30 pm
Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
01/25/2020 - 10:00 am
1) Alien Registration Files 2) U.S. Records to Find Your Original Surname and Village of Origin
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA