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). 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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February Meeting Recordings Now Available!

The recordings of our February meetings are now available to watch. Join Dr. Richard Bell as he discusses his book, which is described as “a gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice, reminiscent of Twelve Years a Slave and Never Caught.” Additionally, Bobbi Bowman will present “Freedom Snatchers." An African-American woman, who has always run away from the pain of slavery, took a trip to a rural Virginia courthouse. That trip led to the discovery of an unknown great, great grandfather’s long and historic fight for freedom.  Using a genealogist’s tools, Bowman pieced together his story that explained how her family survived slavery in Virginia.
 
To watch these videos, along with all of our other videos beginning in April 2020, log-in to the Member's Only section of the website and 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.
 



January 2021 Newsletter Available

The January 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.




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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Did you know that the shopping you do on Amazon.com can benefit the Fairfax Genealogical Society? Amazon.com operates AmazonSmile which lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Fairfax Genealogical Society or another registered charity of your choice.
 
 
 


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Fairfax Genealogical Society (ID #: 52-1382196) is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your donation may be deductible for federal income tax purposes in accordance with IRS rules and regulations. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
 
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Fairfax Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2290
Merrifield, Virginia
22116-2290


Upcoming Events
04/21/2021 - 1:00 pm
Mid-Atlantic SIG
ZOOM Meeting
04/22/2021 - 7:30 pm
"Virginia Room Resources: Online & On the Shelf" with Elaine McRey
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)
04/24/2021 - 10:00 am
"Searching for Genealogical Materials in Archival Collections" by Chis Barbuschak
ZOOM Meeting (Webinar)