Welcome 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, 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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Fall Fair Registration

Join fellow Fairfax Genealogical Society members and other researchers for the Fairfax Genealogical Society 2022 Fall Fair: Digging for Gems. On October 22, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. Eastern until 2:00 p.m. Eastern, well-known international genealogy speaker Lisa Louise Cooke will present three topics: "The Genealogist's Google Search Methodology," "How to Reopen and Work a Cold Case," and "Three Cool Cold Cases Solved: Strategies for Identifying Photos." Additional information, including registration, is available on our Fall Fair page.


FxGS Members Honored for Support to NGS

Congratulations to FxGS members Janet Bailey, Frances Millhouser, Connie Jeremiah, and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS, FVGS, for receiving the Lou D. Szucs Distinguished Service Award which recognizes exemplary contributions to the mission of National Genealogical Society. When NGS moved to new offices in 2017, the paper archives of the society were stored in a basement that flooded in 2021. Janet, Frances, Connie, and Shirley dedicated more than 300 hours through the summer and fall of 2021 to the preservation of these documents. They dried and organized over forty bankers boxes of documents during the pandemic, providing all the necessary work needed to save these historical items of the Society. What a terrific way to support our genealogical community!

FxGS Mourns Death of Former Board Member

It is with great sadness that the Fairfax Genealogical Society announces the death of member Jackie Petersen. Jackie had been an active member of FxGS for a number of years. She served on the Board of Directors as Corresponding Secretary from 2018 until 2020. She was also an active member of the Conference Committee from 2016 until 2020. Jackie's enthusiasm for genealogy and kind spirit endeared her to members of the Board and the committees on which she served.
In addition to FxGS, Jackie was an active member of the American Library Association, Virginia Library Association, Library in Digital Environment, Daughters of the American Revolution, National Genealogical Society, and the Virginia Genealogical Society. FxGS sends condolences to her family in Virginia and Kentucky, where she is originally from. Services will be held in Kentucky. Her complete obituary is available at Legacy.com.

May 2022 Newsletter Available

The May 2022 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.

April 2022 Meeting Recordings Now Available!

The recordings of our April membership and education meetings are now available to watch. These sessions and their associated handouts are available on the Member's Only section of the website. After you log in, select the Video Library page.
As a reminder, archived recordings are only available to FxGS members as an exclusive benefit of membership. The videos should not be shared or posted.

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/.


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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

Upcoming Events
October 3, 2022
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night October 3rd from 7:00 pm ...

October 20, 2022
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
FxGS Membership Meeting - Book Talk: Gourdvine
REGISTRATION: Click Here for Zoom Registration   Tim Kilby’s book Gourdvine Black and White: Slavery and the Kilby Families of the Virginia Piedmont was awarded the 2022 Phillis ...

October 22, 2022
Save the Date: 2022 FxGS Fall Fair
The 2022 FxGS Fall Fair speaker will be well-known international genealogy speaker Lisa Louise Cooke, the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history ...

October 24, 2022
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
African American SIG: “Using DNA Tests to Identify Enslaved Parents”
This presentation by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is based on “Parents for Isaac Garrett of Laurens County, South Carolina: DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition,” which won the ...

November 7, 2022
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night November 7th from 7:00 pm ...