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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Fall Fair Registration

Join fellow Fairfax Genealogical Society members and other researchers for the Fairfax Genealogical Society 2022 Fall Fair: Digging for Gems. On October 22, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. Eastern until 2:00 p.m. Eastern, well-known international genealogy speaker Lisa Louise Cooke will present three topics: "The Genealogist's Google Search Methodology," "How to Reopen and Work a Cold Case," and "Three Cool Cold Cases Solved: Strategies for Identifying Photos." Additional information, including registration, is available on our Fall Fair page.
 

 

September and November 2022 Newsletters Available

The September and November 2022 issues of the FxGS newsletter are now available in the Member's section.

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.



May 2022 Meeting Recordings Now Available!

The recordings of our May membership and education 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.
 


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
December 5, 2022
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night December 9th from 7:00 pm ...

January 3, 2023
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Tuesday night January 3rd from 7:00 pm ...

February 6, 2023
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night February 6th from 7:00 pm ...

March 6, 2023
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night March 6th from 7:00 pm ...

March 18, 2023
Save the Date: 2023 Spring Fair
As a genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator, and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of ...