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.

Upcoming April Programs

From the Ashes––A Burned County Case Study
Friday, April 28 at 7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Sarah R. Fleming
How do you get around brick walls created by burned courthouses? In spite of Graves Co., Kentucky, courthouse fires in 1864 and again in 1887, Sarah was able to piece together sufficient indirect evidence to determine the parents of one of her great-great grandfathers. The presentation will cover the strategies and records used.
Preserving Family Heirlooms
Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Tina Beaird
Attendees are given a brief history of paper manufacturing and photography while learning how to store and preserve these valuable family heirlooms for future generations. Tina also gives hints and tips for preserving historic and modern scrapbooks. Tina brings supplies and demonstrates how to use them to prolong the life of your family treasures.

Volunteers Wanted!

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is seeking interested volunteers to represent FxGS at our booth during the Fairfax County 275th Birthday History Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 17. Members interested in assisting are encouraged to email President Janet Bailey at president@fxgs.org. For more information on the History Fair, visit http://www.fxva.com/275/.

New Fieldtrips Scheduled!

Field Trip Coordinator Susan Zweighaft has been busy arranging several great field trips this Spring. Remaining trips include:
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on May 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Please visit the Event Calendar for additional information.

March Newsletter Available

The March 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:
  • Victory on the budget for the Library of Virginia
  • "Old Gravestones Found on my Travels" by Lee James Irwin

  • An overview of the upcoming 2017 Spring Conference, featuring D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

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

Congratulations Sharon Cook MacInnes!

Congratulations are in order to FxGS member Sharon Cook MacInnes. Nicki Peak Birch, CG, the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, recently announced that Sharon has earned the credential of a Certified Genealogist (CG). Being certified by BCG involves the completion of a professional portfolio that can take up to a year to create. As an associate of BCG, Sharon has mastered the knowledge and skills that exemplify the standards by which all genealogists can pattern their work. Congratulations Sharon!
Additionally, FxGS member Darlene Hunter successfully renewed her credentials. Darlene was originally certified on 3 December 1991. Congratulations Darlene!

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
04/24/2017 - 1:00 pm
Organizing Genealogy Notebooks
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
04/25/2017 - 7:00 pm
Using U.S. Land Records to Solve Family History Puzzles
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA
04/28/2017 - 7:30 pm
From the Ashes––A Burned County Case Study
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA