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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Conference Early Bird Pricing Ending Soon!

Early Bird Pricing for the 2018 Spring Conference ends soon!

FxGS Seeks Accounting Service

The Fairfax Genealogical Society (fxGS) is seeking a firm with a strong background in non-profit accounting and tax services for preparation of our annual tax filings and for financial review of our accounting practices. If you are aware of an accounting firm in Northern Virginia with a background in working for non-profit organizations, please direct them to the Request for Proposals, available here.
One hard copy of the proposal must be mailed to the Fairfax Genealogical Society, postmarked by March 1, 2018. An electronic copy of the proposal must also be submitted by March 1, 2018. Please submit the electronic document, including all attachments, and direct any questions to Treasurer@fxgs.org.


NGS is on the move!

Update your address books! Our friends at the National Genealogical Society have moved. Their mailing address is 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318. The telephone numbers remain the same. Tel. 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060.

And be sure to check out their website in the coming year as they work to upgrade and update their website. The new website will give members and the genealogical community fresh educational content to help everyone achieve their research goals and build strong and accurate family trees. Look for enhanced functionality, including a more robust search engine, new content, easier navigation, and improved integration.

NGS also has new publications and online courses planned for 2018, as well as research trips, and a blockbuster family history conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2-5 May 2018.


Upcoming February Programs

Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy
Thursday, February 22 at 7:45 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA
(Note: Location Change from Regular Meetings)
Presenter: Lara Diamond
Those whose ancestors married within the same community get many more DNA matches than the general population which are predicted to be much closer than they are, making utilizing DNA testing challenging. See why endogamy makes genetic genealogy more difficult with real-world examples of why false positives happen, plus learn methods to find cousins, even with endogamy. 
Photography for Genealogy
Saturday, February 24 at 10:00 am
(Snow Date: March 3 at 10:00 am)
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station
2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Gary Petranek
This presentation will focus on using photography in conjunction with your genealogy research. Topics covered will include photo quality, photo apps for phones and tablets, and tips on taking good tombstone photos. We will discuss how to upload photos to FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry Family Tree. We will take a look at tips for photo organization on a computer and how to share digital files with family members and other researchers. The class is aimed at genealogists of all skill levels.


January 2018 Newsletter Available

The January 2018 issue of the FxGS newsletter is now available in the Member's section. This edition contains some wonderful news and stories from FxGS events and our Special Interest Groups. A sampling of the highlights includes:
  • Looking Back . . . At FxGS!
  • Virginia Budget Includes Full Funding for Library of VA
  • “John Smith From Canada”
  • Spring 2018 Field Trips
  • Special Interest Groups

The print edition will hit mailboxes soon. If you have a story, trip report or photograph that you'd like to share with your fellow members, please email newsletter@fxgs.org.


FxGS Fieldtrips Planned

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce upcoming field trips for members. Additional details, including registration, for each field trip is available here.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Trip to the Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Office
20 M Street, S.E., Suite 950 Washington, DC 20003
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages public lands and resources from National Conservation Lands to our nation’s cultural resources to fish and wildlife habitat. BLM has records back to 1812 documenting homesteading and westward migration. Our field trip will begin with a tour of the relocation into the new facility followed by an opportunity to explore maps and data, including online records.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Trip to the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Research Center
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA
The Mount Vernon Genealogical Research Center offers a large genealogical library which includes basic and extensive references with some books and journals only available at the Research Center. The field trip will begin with a tour of the facility to acquaint the attendees with the books, journals, maps, manuscripts, CDs, videos, website and computers at the Research Center followed by an opportunity to conduct research.

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

Upcoming Events
03/19/2018 - 1:00 pm
German SIG: MAGS Database Overview
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015
03/19/2018 - 2:00 pm
Writing Family History
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
03/20/2018 - 1:00 pm
Creating a Family History of Lasting Value
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 112, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.