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Welcome

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). 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.
 


Thank You Volunteers!

Each year, a number of people contribute their time and talents to making FxGS the great organization that it is. On behalf of Society President Janet Bailey and the entire Board of Directors, thank you for your efforts during our 2016-2017 program year!
 


The Fairfax Genealogical Society
presents our 14th Annual Fall Fair,
"So Many Gems, So Little Time,"
with
Diane L. Richard
 
It’s time to register for this year’s Fall Fair.  Diane L. Richard was one of our most popular speakers at the 2015 & 2017 Spring Conferences, and we are pleased to welcome her back to FxGS. Join us as Diane leads a virtual journey through the many different types of records that you might find in special collections and what makes them GEMS to genealogical researchers.
 
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Department

2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, Virginia
 


Upcoming October Programs

Looking for a Man Who Didn't Want to be Found
Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School, Lecture Room G-107
8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Diane L. Richard
 
Sometimes a person intentionally wanted to “disappear.” One such person was Midwestern scofflaw and bigamist Robert Lee Chamberlain. After living in Chicago, stealing church funds and abandoning his family, he rattled around the Midwest, subsequently lived in the Pacific Northwest, married a few times (without the benefit of divorce), and eventually died in New Mexico. His desire for a pension related to his World War I era National Guard service eventually unraveled his life. This is his 20th century odyssey — he was not some long ago scofflaw, but a relatively modern one!


September Newsletter Available

The September issue of the FxGS newsletter is now available in the Member's section. This edition contains some wonderful photos, news, and stories. A sampling of the highlights includes:
  • Genealogical Research on African Americans
  • Following My Ancestor’s Footsteps Along the Santa Fe Trail
  • Join Us for the FxGS Fall Fair

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



Follow FxGS on Twitter!

The Fairfax Genealogical Society has a Twitter account, @FxGenSoc! Follow us for all of the latest happenings from our society meetings, education sessions and events!
 


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


Upcoming Events
10/22/2017 - 2:00 pm
Friends of the Virginia Room: Getting the Most out of Google
City of Fairfax Regional Library, Conf. Rm. A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA.
10/25/2017 - 10:00 am
National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
Webinar
10/26/2017 - 7:30 pm
Looking for a Man Who Didn’t Want to be Found with Diane L. Richard
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA