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.

2017 Spring Conference Registration Now Open!

FxGS is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 2017 Spring Conference, "Finding Elusive Ancestors - Tools and Techniques for the Search," being held 31 March and 1 April at the Westin Tysons Corner. Numerous lecturers, including D. Joshua Taylor, have a great lineup of topics and presentations. For more information, visit our 2017 Spring Conference page.

Upcoming March Programs

Research in the International Tracing Service (ITS) Collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum
Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Fairfax City Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax
NOTE: Information about the library, including directions, can be found on the library website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/fx/
For those who plan to use Chain Bridge Road, Rte. 123, to travel to the library, please be aware of the construction project on Chain Bridge road as it approaches Fairfax Blvd, Rte. 50, and allow for extra time due to lingering rush hour traffic and construction.
Dr. Diane Afoumado will discuss the ITS collection, which contains various documents such as camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications/ questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs. The USHMM staff helps people find their families and learn their fate using several millions of documents. The Holocaust Survivors and Victims’ Resource Center ensures that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations. This PowerPoint presentation will show how the Museum Research staff uses the ITS collection to help survivors, their families, and families of victims.

New Fieldtrips Scheduled!

Fieldtrip Coordinator Susan Zweighaft has been busy arranging three great fieldtrips for the Spring, including:
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution Library on March 7 at 10:00 a.m.
  • A tour of the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex in Alexandria on April 22 at 10:00 a.m.
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on May 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Please visit the Event Calendar for additional information.

March Newsletter Available

The March 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:
  • Victory on the budget for the Library of Virginia
  • "Old Gravestones Found on my Travels" by Lee James Irwin

  • An overview of the upcoming 2017 Spring Conference, featuring D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

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

Congratulations Sharon Cook MacInnes!

Congratulations are in order to FxGS member Sharon Cook MacInnes. Nicki Peak Birch, CG, the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, recently announced that Sharon has earned the credential of a Certified Genealogist (CG). Being certified by BCG involves the completion of a professional portfolio that can take up to a year to create. As an associate of BCG, Sharon has mastered the knowledge and skills that exemplify the standards by which all genealogists can pattern their work. Congratulations Sharon!
Additionally, FxGS member Darlene Hunter successfully renewed her credentials. Darlene was originally certified on 3 December 1991. Congratulations Darlene!

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
03/30/2017 - 7:30 pm
Research in the International Tracing Service (ITS) Collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum
Fairfax City Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA
03/31/2017 - 11:00 am
2017 Spring Conference
The Westin Tysons Corner 7801 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, Virginia 22043
04/03/2017 - 7:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
Thomas Jefferson Community Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA