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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Brick Walls Wanted! - Due October 1

On 22 October 2020, the program for our Members meeting will be called “Brownies and Brick Walls”. Our panel of experts, Charles “Chuck” J. Mason, Jr., Pamela Moore, and Kelly McMahon Willette, will discuss brick walls submitted by our members and recommend new research strategies. We are asking for FxGS members who are interested to submit your biggest brick wall. Our panel will review them and select a few for discussion. 
Below are some guidelines on what kind of information should be included. 
  1. Make sure your brick wall is on a specific topic. Provide detail in describing who, when, and where. A broad statement like “Can not find my Smith’s in Virginia” will not be useful. A brick wall description that starts “Trying to identify the father of James Fitzgerald who died in Fairfax County, VA in 1845” is more helpful.
  2. Clearly state any research you have already performed to try to bust through the brick wall. List each source and what you found. Feel free to attach copies of the key documents. Also, be sure to include those sources that you searched without finding anything.
  3. It would help to include a portion of the family tree to provide context for the brick wall. However, do not include unnecessary information; include only what would be useful in solving that specific brick wall.
  4. Put the information in a logical order. Using a timeline can be very effective. For example: if you are trying to locate an ancestor, a timeline showing each known location for that ancestor would be very helpful in suggesting possible research angles.
Please forward your brick wall description to programs@fxgs.org no later than October 1. You may also mail them to P.O. Box 2290, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-2290.

Meeting Recordings

Beginning with the March 2020 sessions, monthly meeting recordings are available to FxGS members in the Members' Only section if permission has been provided by the speaker. To watch these videos, please log-in to the Member's Only section of the website and select the Session Recordings page.

September 2020 Newsletter Available

The September 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.

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.

March 20: Update on 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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Fairfax Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2290
Merrifield, Virginia

Upcoming Events
10/05/2020 - 7:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
10/12/2020 - 7:00 pm
FxGS Executive Board Meeting
ZOOM Meeting
10/21/2020 - 1:00 pm
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Proof and Surprises for Alfred Coats
ZOOM Meeting