Welcome

The Executive Board and members of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) would like to welcome you to our website. We hope your visit will be rewarding and we encourage you to click on the Menu Titles at left to navigate through the offerings. Only a few of our features are not open to the general public, those items being reserved for membership. We hope you will come back again and, of course, we would love for you to consider membership in our Society.
 
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). That having been said, the area is home to many important historical and genealogical gems. Further, 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) and its library. We invite you to explore this website for more information and to join us for our next program.

Fall Fair Registration Now Open

The Fairfax Genealogical Society will hold our annual Fall Fair on November 7, 2015. The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, will join us to explain how we can add a little law to our genealogical toolkit. Additional information, including registration, is available on our Fall Fair page.
 
 
 
 

New Fall Fieldtrips Planned

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce three upcoming field trips for members. Additional details, including registration, for each field trip is available here.
 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Trip to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
In addition to the well-known military records dating from the Revolutionary War, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) houses many other collections on a wealth of  topics.  Some examples include Congressional Records, Ship Passenger Arrival Records, Land Records and Native American Records. Go to www.archives.gov to learn about these collections and more. Besides their on-site holdings, NARA offers access to several online database including Ancestry and Fold3.
 
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Trip to the Virginia Room
 
While the Virginia Room is renowned for its extensive collections pertaining to regional history, there are also many other items of interest to the researcher working beyond the borders of the Commonwealth.  For instance, the Virginia Room maintains books relevant to German and Jewish research, books about general genealogical research techniques as well as many genealogical society newsletters and magazines.  Access to several subscription databases is provided including American Ancestors, Ancestry and Accessible Archives, a database of 18th and 19th century newspapers and magazines.
 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Trip to the Library of Congress
This trip will focus on collections in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room as well as the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room. After orientations in each of these areas, we will break for lunch in the cafeteria on the sixth floor of the Madison Building. The afternoon will be free for you to pursue your own research at the Library.
 

Upcoming Events
09/14/2015 - 7:00 pm
FxGS Executive Board Meeting
Kilmer Middle School Classroom B116, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027
09/15/2015 - 1:00 pm
Beginning DNA
Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Ave., Alexandria, VA
09/24/2015 - 7:30 pm
Beginning DNA
Kilmer Middle School Lecture Room, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22027