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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FGS Conference Discount Available For FxGS Members

The Fairfax Genealogical Society has partnered with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) in hosting this year’s FGS conference to be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., NW, in Washington, DC from 21-24 August 2019.
FGS is offering FxGS members a 5% discount on their registration fee. To view the necessary discount code, visit the FxGS Member's Site at https://fxgs.org/members.php.
FGS needs many volunteers to help out during the conference week.  Volunteer activities include registration, bus monitors, room monitors, conference bag assembly, and many more. Many of the volunteer activities are for the week of August 19th, before the conference begins. See the opportunities here:  https://fgs.org/conferences/volunteer/
As an added incentive to volunteer, FGS is offering additional discounts, on top of an Early Bird 5% for all FxGS members, to those volunteers who agree to work for the following number of hours:
Less than 8 hours = no reimbursement
Minimum 8 and less than 12 hours = 20% [$269 – $53.80 = $215.20]
Minimum 12 and less than 16 hours = 40% [$269 – $107.60 = $161.40]
16 hours or more = 65% [$269 – $174.85 = $94.15]
The conference will offer speakers and sessions with topics on research techniques and resources of interest to individual researchers as well as sessions on organizational management of interest to society staff and volunteers. Details of the conference program may be found on line at https://fgs.org/annual-conference/
Are you interested in helping?  Please let us know if you plan to attend the conference (or even a portion of it), and if you would be willing to help by volunteering for one or more activities. As a co-sponsor, we would like to provide a number of volunteers to FGS. Let John Turbyfill, our 1st Vice President for Programs, know about your attendance and volunteerism at jturbyfill1776@gmail.com
Parking is very expensive at the hotel at $55 per day.  However, the hotel is less than 1/4 mile from the Woodley Park Metro Station on the Red Line.

May 2019 Newsletter Available

The May 2019 issue of the FxGS newsletter is available in the Member's section. This edition, the final for newsletter editor Janet Hall Werner, contains some wonderful news and stories from FxGS events and our Special Interest Groups. A sampling of the highlights include:
  • Genetic Genealogy – One Surprise
  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail by Anne Bolen
  • FxGS Spring Conference Recap
  • Announcing an African American Genealogy Study Group
  • Upcoming events, field trips, Special Interest Group reports, and more!

If you have a story, trip report or photograph that you'd like to share with your fellow members, please email newsletter@fxgs.org.

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Fairfax Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2290
Merrifield, Virginia

Upcoming Events
09/22/2019 - 11:00 am
Civil War Artifacts, Books and Memorabilia Show and Sale
8421 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031
09/27/2019 - 7:30 pm
A Whaleman’s Tale: From Rhode Island to Australia and Back
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
09/28/2019 - 10:00 am
Tell Your Ancestor’s Story by Writing, Documenting and Sharing
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA