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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September Education Meeting

The first Education meeting for the 2021-2022 season will be on September 25 from 10am - 12pm. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in genealogy is the seemingly illegible handwriting in our ancestors’ records.  Whether you struggle to navigate colonial penmanship that doesn’t even look like English or wrestle with contemporary documents that are poorly written, a few good strategies can make all the difference.  We’ll look at more than 20 techniques to help you figure out what the chicken scratches on the page say as well as what the style of writing might reveal about our ancestors.

Our speaker, Pam Vestal, is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. After 20 years as a professional writer, Pam turned her full attention to her longtime love of genealogy. Her articles have appeared in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and FGS' Forum Magazine and she lectures all over the country.

2021 Fall Fair Announced!

The National Archives in Washington DC is an essential research site for genealogists. After being closed for months during the pandemic, the Archives is opening on a limited basis, by appointment only. Take this virtual opportunity via Zoom to learn from an expert about the keys to researching military records, land records, and the NARA’s online resources, and be better prepared when you next visit the National Archives, either online or in person.

Saturday, October 9, 2021
9:15 am EDT - 1:30 pm EDT
The presenter Rebecca Whitman Koford, Certified Genealogist®, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, is the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and Director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) held annually at the National Archives in Washington DC. Koford also is the Course Coordinator for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) and has been an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG.)

September 2021 Newsletter Available

The September 2021 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.

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.

April Meeting Recordings Now Available!

The recordings of our April 2021 meetings are now available to watch. Join the librarians from the Virginia Room at the City of Fairfax Regional Library as they present two sessions - "Searching for Genealogical Materials in Archival Collections" and "Virginia Room Resources: Online and On the Shelf." These sessions and their associated handouts are available on the Member's Only section of the website. After you log in, select the Session Recordings 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 have canceled all in-person events until further notice. We will continue to hold monthly membership and educational meetings in a webinar format.  Instructions for connecting online for upcoming membership and educational meetings will be sent to members only.
We wish you and your families health and well-being throughout this period.  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/.


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P.O. Box 2290
Merrifield, Virginia

Upcoming Events
09/23/2021 - 7:30 pm
FxGS Membership Meeting: From County Cork to Skagit County with Michael Hurley
ZOOM Meeting
09/25/2021 - 10:00 am
FxGS Education Meeting - Deciphering Handwriting with Pam Vestal
ZOOM Meeting
Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Virtual Fall Conference