The Executive Board and members of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) would like to welcome you to our website. 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) 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.

2016-2017 Call for Papers

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is now accepting speaker proposals for its 2016-17 programs. Proposals are being sought for monthly general meetings September 2016 through May 2017, monthly education classes September 2016 through May 2017, a one-day fair to be held 29 October 2016, and a two-day conference to be held 31 March - 1 April 2017. All events are held in Fairfax County, which is in northern Virginia, just west of Washington, D.C. Topics may include any genealogical subject such as court records, ethnic research, military records, methodology, migration, writing, colonial research, problem solving, or beginning, intermediate, or advanced research. Additional information, including submission guidelines, are available here or by using the Call for Papers link to the left.

Proposed Bylaws Change

Information about a proposal to amend the bylaws to change the name and focus of the Project Chair’s position will be presented at the October 22nd membership meeting. The Executive Board is recommending that the name of the current Projects Chair be changed to the External Relations Chair and that the focus of the position be changed from projects to outreach with other organizations and groups. The proposed recommendation will be submitted to the membership for a vote at the November 19th Society membership meeting. If you are unable to attend the October 22nd membership meeting and have questions about this proposal, please contact President Janet Bailey at president@fxgs.org.

FxGS Fieldtrips Planned

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce upcoming field trips for members. Additional details, including registration, for each field trip is available here.
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.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Trip to the DAR Library
No American Revolutionary War ancestors?  No problem!  The DAR Library is one of the nation’s premier genealogical research centers with a variety of resources covering topics from the Colonial period through the 20th century.  Some of the collections of interest include nearly 30,000 family histories; collections supporting Jewish, African American, American Indian and Huguenot research; a printed collectionof early 20th century city directories and pre-1860 directories on microfiche.  A particularly valuable resource is the database containing supporting ocumentation for over 300,000 DAR applications.  The applications are being digitized and catalogued and may be accessed in the Seimes Technology Center on-site. Read about conducting genealogical research at the Library and access the Library catalog at http://www.dar.org.

Fairfax Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2290, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-2290

Upcoming Events
12/01/2015 - 9:45 am
Trip to the Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC
12/05/2015 - 1:00 pm
Shine a Light on the Past!
Daughters of the American Revolution Library, 1776 D Street, N. W. Washington, D. C. 20006-5303
12/07/2015 - 10:30 am
Beginner's SIG
City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA