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). Given our location, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the Society incorporates into its general activities such fine research facilities as the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) library. We invite you to explore this website for more information and to join us for our next program. We hope you will come back again and, of course, we would love for you to consider membership in our Society.
 


Upcoming May Programs

Consular Records at the National Archives
Friday, May 19 at 7:30 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
Consular records hold numerous surprises for records created overseas. A few items are on ancestry.com, but there are many records with genealogical information “hiding” in the files. Note: Because this is such a large Record Group, examples of items that may be found will mainly be from Germany.
 
The Post Office and its Effect on American Settlement
Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 am
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station Hall, 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
For centuries, our universal mail system has strengthened the bonds of friendship, family, and community. Discover how the post office helped build communities and deliver the mail since the 1600s. (Left: Vienna Post Office. Fairfax County, Virginia, circa 1910.)


May Newsletter Available

The May issue of the FxGS newsletter is now available in the Member's section. This edition contains some wonderful photos, news, and stories. A sampling of the highlights includes:
  • Conference Wrap-Up 2017
  • "A Family Reunion" by Lee James Irwin

  • A profile of the Family History Writers' Special Interest Group

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



Only One Field Trip Left!

Field Trip Coordinator Susan Zweighaft has been busy arranging several great field trips this Spring. Remaining trips include:
  • Field trip to the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex in Alexandria on May 13 at 10:00 a.m. (rescheduled to this date due to rain)
Please visit the Event Calendar for additional information.


Volunteers Wanted!

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is seeking interested volunteers to represent FxGS at our booth during the Fairfax County 275th Birthday History Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 17. Members interested in assisting are encouraged to email President Janet Bailey at president@fxgs.org. For more information on the History Fair, visit http://www.fxva.com/275/.


Follow FxGS on Twitter!

The Fairfax Genealogical Society has a Twitter account, @FxGenSoc! Follow us for all of the latest happenings from our society meetings, education sessions and events!
 


 
 
Fairfax Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2290, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-2290


Upcoming Events
05/22/2017 - 1:00 am
Helping Connect with Cousins on Ancestry.com
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 217, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
05/22/2017 - 1:00 am
Planning Your Research Vacation
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, rm 214, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.
05/23/2017 - 7:00 pm
Genealogy Roundtable
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA