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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Conference Registration OPEN!

 
Registration is now open for the 2018 Spring Conference!
 



Upcoming January Programs

Spotlight on Alexandria Library, Local History and Special Collections Branch
Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 pm
Kilmer Middle School, Lecture Room G-107
8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Leslie Anderson
 
Alexandria was established as a seaport town in 1749 when Virginia’s early purpose was tobacco cultivation. It was the seat of Fairfax County and later a part of the District of Columbia. The Alexandria Library provides the highest quality of professional library services to researchers whose interests range from casual inquiries into their family history to professional writers and doctoral candidates researching specialized topics in local history.
 
Though the collection is deep and rich with material related to Alexandria, the Commonwealth’s cities and counties, and the District of Columbia, the library holdings include items about selected Southern states and some things that might surprise you. So, before you make that “trip across the river” to the National Archives or the Library of Congress come see the Alexandria Library!
 
 
Private Lives, Public Records & The 'Free Negro' Dilemma in Virginia
Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station
2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Leslie Anderson
 
1) Private Lives, Public Records: Reconstructing A Civil War-Era Community – The research began with an Excel spreadsheet and evolved into a blog that will be launched later this year. The 1st US Colored Cavalry was formed at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. The 1,000-man regiment consisted of free men, freedmen, and contrabands from the US and Canada. This presentation demonstrates the use of pension records, lesser-known documents (available in print and online), maps, photographs, and GoogleEarth.
 
2) The 'Free Negro' Dilemma in Virginia: Under-utilized Records for Blacks and Whites – Description of the origins of the free black population in Virginia and its impact on Virginia law. Attendees will learn how to locate city and county documents created in response to legislation passed by state government, for example, Free Negro registers, petitions to be re-enslaved, special tax lists, and requisitions for military and public use.
 

 


January 2018 Newsletter Available

The January 2018 issue of the FxGS newsletter is now 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 includes:
  • Looking Back . . . At FxGS!
  • Virginia Budget Includes Full Funding for Library of VA
  • “John Smith From Canada”
  • Spring 2018 Field Trips
  • Special Interest Groups

The print edition will hit mailboxes soon. If you have a story, trip report or photograph that you'd like to share with your fellow members, please email newsletter@fxgs.org.


 


FxGS Fieldtrips Planned

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce upcoming field trips for members. Additional details, including registration, for each field trip is available here.
 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Trip to the Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Office
20 M Street, S.E., Suite 950 Washington, DC 20003
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages public lands and resources from National Conservation Lands to our nation’s cultural resources to fish and wildlife habitat. BLM has records back to 1812 documenting homesteading and westward migration. Our field trip will begin with a tour of the relocation into the new facility followed by an opportunity to explore maps and data, including online records.
 
Friday, May 11, 2018
Trip to the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Research Center
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA
The Mount Vernon Genealogical Research Center offers a large genealogical library which includes basic and extensive references with some books and journals only available at the Research Center. The field trip will begin with a tour of the facility to acquaint the attendees with the books, journals, maps, manuscripts, CDs, videos, website and computers at the Research Center followed by an opportunity to conduct research.


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
01/25/2018 - 7:30 pm
Spotlight on Alexandria Library, Local History and Special Collections Branch with Leslie Anderson
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
01/27/2018 - 10:00 am
Private Lives, Public Records & The 'Free Negro' Dilemma in Virginia with Leslie Anderson
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
02/05/2018 - 6:30 pm
Resources for Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress
Main Reading Room, LJ-100 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.