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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November 2020 Newsletter Available

The November 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.




October Meeting Recording Now Available!

The recording of our October meeting, "Brownies and Brickwalls," is now available to watch. The slides and handouts are also posted. To watch this video, along with all of our other videos from March 2020 on, log-in to the Member's Only section of the website and select the Session Recordings page.
 
 



NGS Invites Nominations for its 2021 Awards

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) invites individuals, societies, and organizations to participate in its 2021 Awards and Competitions program. NGS annually recognizes excellence in the field of genealogy. This year it has expanded its program to reflect its merger with the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The deadline for submission of nominations is 15 December 2020.

The NGS Awards program recognizes scholarship, service, excellence, and achievement in the fields of genealogy, history, and biography by presenting awards to individuals, societies, and organizations. The Society’s competitions challenge individuals and societies!

“We encourage you to nominate an organization or an individual you work with, research with, or admire for an award.  We hope you will also consider participating in one of our competitions,” said Janet L. Bailey, chair of the awards committee and Past President of the Fairfax Genealogical Society. “There are so many outstanding individuals, societies, and organizations that deserve national recognition. We hope their peers will consider nominating them before December 15.”

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. On 1 October 2020, NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies merged, making support for genealogy societies, family history associations, and other organizations an important part of the NGS mission. We welcome your organization to the new NGS.


 


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/.


 


Do you shop on Amazon.com?

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
P.O. Box 2290
Merrifield, Virginia
22116-2290


Upcoming Events
12/02/2020 - 7:00 pm
Genetic Genealogy SIG
ZOOM Meeting
12/07/2020 - 7:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
ZOOM Meeting - Limited to SIG membership (its free)
12/14/2020 - 7:00 pm
FxGS Executive Board Meeting
ZOOM Meeting