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The Fairfax Genealogical Society was presented the Archivist's Achievement Award by the National Archives for scanning 8,000 pages of pension files of Company A, 2nd Colored Troops Infantry Regiment, which was organized in Arlington, VA in 1863. Susan Zweighaft, who coordinated this effort with the National Archives, received the award. Thanks to all of you who volunteered to be part of this effort. Please see the next issue of the FxGS Newsletter for all of the names.
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Published On 7/1/2023
Information to members and prospective members on payment options for renewal and joining.
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Published On 5/23/2023
Work to compile a list of properties around Virginia that are associated with an instance, reference, or event related to the Underground Railroad, or the general seeking of freedom from bondage.
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Special Events

Published On 8/17/2023
after a series of exploratory meetings, the Boards of Directors of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) and the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) have each voted to propose the merger of the societies into a single genealogical society. The FxGS vote to approve this merger will take place Thursday, Sept 21st at the (Evening/Zoom) Education Meeting. More detailed information, and a set of FAQs, has been posted on our website.
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Published On 4/18/2023
Knock It Out of the Park! Research Bases to Run in DC!

Hold the date for Fairfax Genealogical Society's Fall Workshop 2023, Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is planned to be a hybrid (in person and Zoom) workshop, with speakers from the National Archives, Library of Congress, and the DAR. More details to follow.
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SIG Happenings

Published On 9/19/2023
This month we had a lively discussion covering various topics. From this discussion have come a few interesting topic ideas for future meetings, including navigating various genealogy websites and search engines, how to find records that are not online, reading old German script, performing cemetery analysis to find relationships, genealogy tourism to find new information and sharing research success stories and German family history discovery.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Published On 9/13/2023
The Innovation Hub has announced that, starting October 1, they will be open five days a week. (Currently they're open only Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). Current volunteers: The current fall schedule will stay in place, but remember, if these dates don't work for you, you can always make your own appointment ( and go in on a day that works for you. Let them know that you're with FxGS and they'll have a pension file pulled and ready for you.

Susan Zweighaft leads this initiative. Once you sign up for a group scan, please remember that your confirmation from her likely will be your only reminder.
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Published On 5/20/2023
We couldn't have a society without your help. Click on Read More for a link to our "Thank You" presentation.
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Member Meetings

Published On 5/19/2023
Thanks to Chris Barbuschak for a great presentation. Links to the handout and the recording are on the event listing on the event calendar.
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The Fairfax Genealogical Society Newletter was awarded first place in the National Genealogical Society’s 2023 Newsletters Competition. Our congratulations to the editors: Caroline Brethauer, Stephanie Glotfelty, and Ruth Sando, for the tremendous job they did this year!
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Published On 5/1/2023
The May 2023 FxGS Newsletter is now available! See who the candidates are for the Board and learn about everything from living history and slavery in Great Britain to the return of two SIGs and a glimpse of Fall meeting topics. We hope you enjoy the last issue of this newsletter volume.

Members will receive an email with a link to allow them to download the newsletter.
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Published On 4/15/2023
Do you have a genealogy story that you would like to share as an article in the FxGS Newsletter? To do so, email your article to
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Fairfax Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 2290

Merrifield, Virginia 22116-2290