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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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November 2018 Programs

Jews in Ukraine, 1915We hope you will be able to join us for presentations by Lara Diamond at the monthly program meeting on Thursday, November 15th, and by Anne Bolen at the monthly education program meeting on Saturday, November 17th. 
 
General Program Meeting – Journey Through Ukraine presented by Lara Diamond
Please note the change in meeting location and starting time.
The November Society program meeting will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. 
 
For security reasons registration is required. You can register at https://www.jccnv.org/. There is a registration fee to help pay the costs for security and facility maintenance. The advance registration fee is $5.00 with the promo code FXGS1. Registration at the door is $10.00. If you have questions or prefer to register with a person, you can contact Shari Burman at the JCC. Her phone number is 703-537-3068. 
 
Upon request the Fairfax Genealogical Society will reimburse FxGS members the $5.00 early registration fee for those members attending this meeting. Your request can be submitted to the FxGS Treasurer at treasurer@fxgs.org after the meeting.
 
Lecture Description:
Learn about a September 2016 voyage of discovery through what was Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary when the speaker’s ancestors emigrated--but which is now all in Ukraine. From the farmlands of Volhynia (where her family members are still remembered!) to overgrown cemeteries in the middle of Podolia; from the rural villages of the Carpathian Mountains to modern Lviv, Lara will show you what modern-day Ukraine looks like, what is left of Jewish Ukraine, and what she discovered relating to her own family. 
 
Presenter: Lara has been researching her family for 25 years and has traced all branches of her family multiple generations back in Europe using Russian and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her research is in modern-day Ukraine, plus some Belarus and Poland. She recently assumed leadership of Jewish Gen’s Subcarpathian SIG and also runs several town-focused projects. She blogs at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com
 
Education Program Meeting - Why You Should Share Your Own Story and Tackling Oral History Interviews on Your Own presented by Anne Bolen
 
The November education program meeting will be held at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, Saturday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m.
 
Lecture Descriptions:
Tracing Genealogy Forwards: Why You Should Share Your Own Story
Families used to have extensive written documents from which to construct their history. But in today’s world, telephone and web-based communication have largely replaced those valuable historical records. This presentation will show how personal stories can help provide context for understanding our times, and how bringing history to life can benefit both the storyteller and the listener.
 
Tackling Oral History Interviews on Your Own
This is a “how-to” presentation about capturing the best stories through the oral history interview process. Topics will include interview environments, question suggestions, tackling difficult topics, and what to do once the recording stops. This presentation is aimed at genealogists of all ages and skill levels and those simply interested in family history.
 
Presenter: With over 25 years in the museum and archives field, Anne Bolen is passionate about preserving our national and community stories. Her work towards understanding the personal side of history and collecting interviews for schools and museums inspired her to found her own company which records memories and experiences for individuals and their families.
 
Please note: For those attending the meetings at the Dunn Loring Fire Station, remember that the overflow parking for the fire station is at the adjacent Kilmer Middle School. To avoid being towed, do not park in the parking lots of any of the nearby businesses.



Call for Presentations

for the Fairfax Genealogical Society
2019-2020 Programs
 
The Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) is now accepting speaker proposals for its 2019-20 programs. Information regarding the proposal solicitation can be found on the Call for Presentations page while list of the previous 2012-2019 FxGS monthly programs can be obtained by clicking here.
 
Proposals will be accepted for monthly general meetings September 2019 through May 2020, monthly education classes September 2019 through May 2020, a one-day fair to be held 26 October 2019, and a two-day conference to be held 3-4 April 2020. All events are held in Fairfax County, which is in northern Virginia, just west of Washington, D.C. Honorariums will be given to all speakers, additional information can be found in the call for papers solicitation.
 
The Society is always looking for new and exciting topics that span the range of genealogy and family history research. Topics may include any facet of genealogical research. Subjects should draw on the lecturer’s areas of expertise, yet be broad enough to appeal to a general audience. The deadline for submitting proposals for any of these events will be 1 March 2019.
 
The Fairfax Genealogical Society was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1974 to provide educational opportunities to the genealogical community; to promote cooperation and support among genealogists; to encourage sound genealogical methods, standards of accuracy, and scholarly research; and to aid those doing research in the national capital area. The Society has over 400 members, who meet for lectures, educational programs, workshops and field trips.



Gen-Fed 2019 Details Announced

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) 2018, held July 16–21 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., was another great week of learning and camaraderie. Attendees used words like exceptional and excellent and amazing to describe the experience but this comment best captures the unique quality of Gen-Fed:

“It was such a privilege to embed ourselves for the week in the nation’s attic.”

Even with a busy program schedule, many participants had tangible research success, as documented on the Tales of Discovery page.

The next Institute is set for July 29–August 2, 2019, with an optional visit to the DAR Library on Saturday, August 3. Details are here. Online registration will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Tuition has been set at $550. Two scholarship opportunities are still available: the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship (December 31, 2018 deadline) and the AncestryProGenealogists Scholarship (November 30, 2018 deadline). Read about both opportunities here.

To receive more announcements about next year’s program, enter your email address in the “subscribe” box on the bottom right of the institute website, http://www.gen-fed.org.




November 2018 Newsletter Available

The November 2018 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. A sampling of the highlights include:
  • 2018 Fall Fair A Success
  • Scenes from the Fall Fair
  • A Mistaken Ancestor
  • FxGS 2017-18 Volunteers
  • Special Interest Groups

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




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
11/17/2018 - 10:00 am
Why You Should Share Your Own Story and Tackling Oral History Interviews on Your Own
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
11/17/2018 - 11:00 am
Getting Stuff out of our Attics and Basements...and into a Proper Repository
Juanita E. Thornton /Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
11/18/2018 - 11:30 am
Jewish Aspects of Arlington Cemetery
Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA