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.

The Fairfax Genealogical Society
presents our 13th Annual Fall Fair,
a full day with
Anne Gillespie Mitchell,
Ancestry.com's "Ancestry Anne"
Sponsored by
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

September Newsletter Available

The September 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:
  • "Persistence Pays Off When Climbing Those “Brick Walls"" by Joan Wyman
  • "Three Generations of My Maternal Ancestors" By John Gross McLuckie

  • Upcoming Events, including the Fall Fair

For those looking for the print edition, It should be hitting your mailboxes no later than September 20. If you have a story, trip report or photograph that you'd like to share with your fellow members, please email newsletter@fxgs.org.

Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room

On Friday October 14, the Virginia Room at the City of Fairfax Regional Library will remain open until 11 p.m. for Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room.  “Lite” because this is an evening of just research. Virginia Room staff will be available to guide you, the family historian, to resources both in the library and online. Unlike previous Late Night events, there will be no classes, no tours, no special presentations, just researchers and resources. Two experienced Genealogy Help Desk volunteers will be available from 5:00pm – 8:00pm to provide one-on-one guidance to anyone who signs up at the event. Virginia Room staff will be at the desk all evening to assist as needed. 
Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room is a special evening for researchers who can’t make it to the library during the week and for researchers who can’t ever get enough library time. Enjoy a quiet and productive evening at the library using the collections and online databases for your Virginia, national and international genealogy research.
Because Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room is held after regular library hours, researchers must register and must arrive before 6 p.m. Registration will open on September 16, one month before the event. Please register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or by calling (703) 293-6227 x6.  This event will be held in the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street in Fairfax, Va.  There is ample free parking in the underground garage beneath the Library.
Join us on October 14 for Late Night “Lite” in the Virginia Room and discover the wealth of resources that are available to you!

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!

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
10/26/2016 - 7:30 pm
What a Photograph Tells Us: Black Soldiers Fight for Equality on the Battlefield and in the Hospital
Alexandria Historical Society at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
10/27/2016 - 7:30 pm
Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Started!
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room G-107, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA
10/29/2016 - 9:00 am
13th Annual Fall Fair with Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Ancestry.com's "Ancestry Anne"
NVCC Annandale Campus Ernst Community Cultural Center 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale