Welcome 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, 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). We invite you to join us for our next program and, of course, we would love for you to consider membership in our Society.
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May 2022 Newsletter Available

The May 2022 issue of the FxGS newsletter is available in the Member's section. This edition contains some wonderful news and stories from FxGS events and our Special Interest Groups.

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

April 2022 Meeting Recordings Now Available!

The recordings of our April membership and education meetings are now available to watch. These sessions and their associated handouts are available on the Member's Only section of the website. After you log in, select the Video Library page.
As a reminder, archived recordings are only available to FxGS members as an exclusive benefit of membership. The videos should not be shared or posted.

African American Genealogy is Newest FxGS SIG

FxGS is pleased to welcome the African American Genealogy Special Interest Group, started by the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, into the Society as the newest Special Interest Group. The SIG will explore areas of research unique to the African American community, including how using census records, Reconstruction and Freedman Bureau records, plantation records, slave schedules, and other record groups can reveal information about African American ancestors.

The African American Genealogy SIG will meet via Zoom from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meetings will occur on the 3rd Monday of every other month (complete schedule here). For more information, contact SIG leader and Virginia Room librarian Laura Wickstead at laura.wickstead@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Image source: Ritton, E. D., photographer. (ca. 1880) African American baseball team, Danbury, Connecticut. Connecticut Danbury, ca. 1880. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008677253/.


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

Upcoming Events
June 1, 2022
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Genetic Genealogy SIG
Topic and additional information will be posted closer to the event.   Are you interested in DNA as a tool to help trace and ...

June 6, 2022
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG
We invite you to join us for the FxGS Family History Writing SIG online Zoom meeting on Monday night June 6th from 7:00 pm ...

June 13, 2022
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
African American SIG: “Strategies and Techniques on African American Slave Research”
Learn how to spot the clues which help to identify multiple enslavers and follow the enslaved families who were separated by wills and moved ...

June 15, 2022
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Mid-Atlantic SIG: Almost Heaven, Researching West Virginia Ancestors
The June Mid-Atlantic SIG meeting is planned for June 15. Lisbeth Williams will present, "Almost Heaven, Researching West Virginia Ancestors."   You are required to ...

September 19, 2022
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
African American SIG: “Using Scholars to Leverage Your African American Research Success”
    REGISTRATION: Click Here for Zoom Registration For inquiries about the African American Genealogy group, contact Laura Wickstead, sophialaura@gmail.com.   Speaker Bio: Timothy N. Pinnick ...