March 20: Update on Spring Conference

Fairfax Genealogical Society's primary concern is the health and well-being of our membership.  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have canceled the Spring Conference scheduled for 3-4 April 2020 at the Sheraton Reston.  As we resolve issues caused by canceling the Spring Conference, a separate e-mail will be sent to registrants on Eventbrite about refunds and other relevant information.
Additionally, until further notice, we will continue to hold monthly membership and educational meetings in an online format.  Instructions for connecting online for upcoming membership and educational meetings will be sent in a separate email.
We will communicate all future updates on cancellations and postponements through email and on our website ( 
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.  We will keep you up-to-date as these plans evolve in the coming days and weeks!


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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FxGS's Char McCargo Bah Named to Reparations Team

Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced on September 5, 2019, that it would begin a reparations program targeted specifically towards descendants of enslaved persons who worked on the campus and of African Americans who were employed by the seminary during the Jim Crow era. VTS has put together a reparations research team to locate descendants of those who worked at the Seminary from 1827 to 1951. In the fall of 2019, three professional genealogists were added to the team: Char McCargo Bah, Nathania (Nay) Branch-Miles, and Elizabeth Drembus.
Bah is a native Alexandrian who worked on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery Project and who is working on the Ramsay Homes’ Descendant Project. She is a member of FxGS and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and they are chapter members of Prince George’s AAHGS. In addition to conducting archival research with the aim of documenting descendants’ connections to VTS, the team will be reaching out to descendants in order to research their families’ records and oral traditions regarding their ancestors’ experiences at the Seminary. For additional information on this program, you can read the full release at (Photo from

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 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, VA. Meetings begin on March 16 and will occur on the 3rd Thursday of every other month (complete schedule here). For more information, contact SIG leader and Virginia Room librarian Laura Wickstead at

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,


January 2020 Newsletter Available

The January 2020 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. Included in this issue:
  • Thank you to our volunteers!
  • FxGS Donations to the Virginia Room
  • A remembrance of our friend, Chuck Novak
  • Information on the Spring Conference

If you have research, a story, a trip report, or a photograph that you'd like to share with your fellow members, please email

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Upcoming Events
04/06/2020 - 7:00 pm
CANCELED: Family History Writing SIG
Tysons-Pimmet Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.
04/13/2020 - 7:00 pm
FxGS Executive Board Meeting
Conference Call
04/14/2020 - 1:00 pm
CANCELED: Irish SIG: General Discussion and Problem Solving
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015