Time To Renew!

As the FxGS calendar year comes to an end on June 30, we encourage our existing members to renew your membership. Membership dues fund the wide variety of educational and outreach activities that the society has become well known for. To renew your membership, please log-in the Member's Site and click on "Profile." A "Renew Membership" button will walk you through the very easy steps.


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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Alert! FxGS Membership Meetings Moving to Fridays

Due to scheduling conflicts, FxGS is changing the standard date and location of our general monthly meetings from Thursday evenings at Kilmer Middle School to Friday evenings at the Dunn Loring Fire Station. The Saturday morning education classes will continue to be held at the Dunn Loring Fire Station. Mark your calendar!
  • Friday, April 27 Membership Meeting, Dunn Loring Fire Station
  • Friday, May 18 Membership Meeting, Dunn Loring Fire Station


Upcoming April Programs

Hitting Pay Dirt: Gold in the NARA Homestead and Land Case Files
Friday, April 27 at 7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station
2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Sharon MacInnes
The Bureau of Land Management distributed the land of the 30 Federal Land States and has posted online the patents, or certificates of final title, for most of them. The patents finalize the first transfer of public domain land from the federal government to private individuals, including women and former slaves. These patents, however, are only the final document in an often years long process, and a Case File should exist in the National Archives for each of them. Case Files often contain incredible information about your ancestors: military service, specifics about “improvements” they made to the land before receiving final title, and often family information or immigration proof. Even the thinnest Case File at least locates a person in time and place and may include signatures on receipts. Two million abandoned claims that were filed but never completed also have Case Files. We’ll discuss how to access both the indexed and unindexed Case Files at the National Archives. They have never been microfilmed. These records precede the deeds in county courthouses.
Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical and Archival Research
Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station
2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Brooke Schreier Ganz
Are you tired of being told by archives, libraries, and government agencies that the genealogical records you want are "unavailable" to the public, are only available behind a paywall, or are only available to view if you can visit them onsite or during limited hours? We were too, so we figured out how to do something about it. We're Reclaim The Records, a new not-for-profit activist group of more than 3200 genealogists, researchers, historians, and journalists. We use state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to obtain copies of previously inaccessible archival record sets. We use these laws to force the government to hand over copies of genealogical records to the public, often for the first time ever. Then we then freely publish all the records we win online, as open data without any copyrights, paywalls, or usage restrictions. This presentation will walk through the history and legal basics of FOI laws, and will teach researchers how to file their own requests for any genealogical or archival records they may want to see returned to the public domain.


March 2018 Newsletter Available

The March 2018 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. A sampling of the highlights includes:
  • President's Message: Getting To Know Each Other...
  • Joseph Green, 1844-1916, Company D, 6th Regiment, US Colored Troops
  • In Memoriam: Past President Dorothy Corley Bishop
  • Spring 2018 Field Trips
  • News from the SIGS!

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 Fieldtrip Planned

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce an upcoming field trip for members. Additional details, including registration, is available here.
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

Upcoming Events
06/02/2018 - 10:30 am
Fieldtrip: Contrabands and Freedman Cemetery
1001 South Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
06/04/2018 - 7:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
06/12/2018 - 1:00 pm
Irish SIG
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015