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.

7/25 Meeting - Jewish Genetic Genealogy

Please join us on July 25 for Jewish Genetic Genealogy – A Study in Endogamy at 7:00 pm at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA. This event is sponsored by the Fairfax Genealogical Society and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. The cost is $5 for FxGS or JCC members or $8 for non-members in advance. The cost is $10 at the door.
DNA results are especially complicated for Jews, who have largely "married within the tribe" for hundreds of years—a practice known as endogamy. This phenomenon, with variations, occurs in other populations including early American colonial. In this presentation, Israel Pickholtz will tackle this challenge head on. Since every family is different, rather than taking a "how-to" approach, he will demonstrate how he dealt with endogamy in his family and identify general lessons that apply to all DNA research. His goal is to inspire listeners and readers to say, "I can do this!" Following the talk, copies of his book, ENDOGAMY: One Family, One People, will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://fxgs.org/eventListings.php?nm=79#nm79er135.

Join Us For Our 2016 Fall Fair

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to present our
13th Annual Fall Fair, a full day with
Anne Gillespie Mitchell,
Ancestry.com's "Ancestry Anne"
Saturday, October 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Ernst Community Cultural Center
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia

Congratulations Bob Johnson, CG!

Congratulations are in order to FxGS member Robert Johnson, CG. Nicki Peak Birch, CG, the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists recently announced that Bob has earned the 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, Bob has mastered the knowledge and skills that exemplify the standards by which all genealogists can pattern their work. Congratulations Bob!

Welcome New Board Members!

At the FxGS Annual Meeting held on Friday, May 20, the following members were elected to office:
1st Vice President for Programs: Bob Dunfield replaces Sean Furniss
2nd Vice President for Membership: Jim Link replaces Barry Kline
Treasurer: Jan Fox replaces Theresa Casteel
Additionally, Sean Furniss has been appointed to Education Chair. The new positions are effective July 1, 2016, which is the start of the FxGS fiscal year. The Board wishes to thank Sean, Barry and Theresa for their outstanding service over the last several years. We welcome Bob and Jim to our board and look forward to working with them!

FxGS Member Honored By NGS

FxGS member Claire Mire Bettag has been honored with a Fellowship in the National Genealogical Society. Claire served as vice president of NGS from 2000 to 2002, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society’ Quarterly from 2003 to 2005 and has served on the NGSQ editorial board for many years. Please join us in congratulating Claire on this hard-earned recognition!

May Newsletter Available

The May issue of the FxGS newsletter is now available in the Member's section. This edition contains some wonderful photos and stories. A sampling of the highlights includes:
  • "What I Learned On My First Visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City" by Susan Krumhaus
  • "Relatives Hiding in Their Names" by Robin Van Mechelen

  • "Know About the Places You Plan to Research & Have a Back-Up Plan" by Amy Breedlove

  • "My Irish Luck in Salt Lake City" by Kathy Gist

For those looking for the print edition, It should be hitting your mailboxes no later than mid-May. If you have a story, trip report or photograph that you'd like to share with your fellow members, please email newsletter@fxgs.org.

Follow FxGS on Twitter!

The Fairfax Genealogical Society now 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
08/16/2016 - 1:00 pm
What’s So Special About Special Collections
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA
08/18/2016 - 7:00 pm
Genealogy 201: Beyond the Basics
Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109-2892
08/23/2016 - 10:00 am
Using Pinterest for Genealogy
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society at Hollin Hall, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA