Monday, January 28, 2013

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies will provide a free online course for all conference attendees!

National Institute for Genealogical Studies
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies will provide a free online course for all attendees at the conference on 5 and 6 April! 

As leaders in online genealogical education, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies has offered genealogy courses and programs since 1997. They offer over 200 online courses and 8 certificate programs. Certificate programs are available in the records of the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and Germany. Also a Librarianship Certificate is available. Please view their website at for additional information.

The free online course is Connecting Families: Online and Virtually.
Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way families communicate. This course will highlight a few specific ways to use your computer and the Internet to build and strengthen family ties. Topics will include using multimedia techniques to preserve and share family photographs, build an online family tree, creating virtual family history tours/videos, creating online family newsletters, digitizing scrapbooks, publishing an online family history and creating and maintaining family websites, using communication tools such as Skype or FaceTime, and using social media (blogs, Facebook, and Twitter) to find long lost cousins, and stay in touch with relatives. 

This course is a complete course (not an abridged version) in the National Institutes for Genealogical Studies' program and has a value of $89.00.

A brochure and course gift certificate with sign up instructions will be included with each attendee's packet at registration.

Click on the Conference Tab to learn more about our conference

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Volunteers needed to help specify new Web look

Please consider volunteering to help determine the look and feel of the society's new website. No technical experience is necessary. We are just looking for input. Multiple alternatives will be investigated and we want your opinion.  Please contact Mary Trice by email at or leave contact information in comments.......Thanks....Mary

Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference

Mr. Washington's Neighborhood:
Researching in the Mid-Atlantic Area

Friday, April 5, 2013 ~ 2pm -8:15pm
Saturday, April 6, 2013 ~ 9am-3:45pm
Marriott Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Highway, Fairfax, Virginia

class sessions, speaker bios, directions and registration info.

Bible Transcription Project

The Projects Committee is pleased to announce that several members have submitted Bible transcriptions for publication in the FXGS Newsletter. Additional Bible transcriptions are always welcomed.
To that end, members of the Society are invited to submit their family Bible transcriptions for inclusion in the FXGS Newsletter. To the extent possible, the Bible transcriptions should be submitted electronically. Ideally, each submission should be limited to one page and include a brief citation to the Bible and its present whereabouts (if known), a brief description of the family that originally owned the Bible, and the name and e-mail address of the member making the submission.

War of 1812 Military Service

This database provides military and genealogical information on 1,655 individuals who were associated to Fairfax County, Virginia and served in the War of 1812. Information in the database was researched, compiled, and coordinated by David Whitman, Project Coordinator. Please direct any additions, corrections, updates, and questions to him at
Soldiers and Veterans Database
Download - the information in this file is arranged by company, and includes military service and genealogical information.
Muster Rolls and Pay Lists
There are two primary sources for the muster rolls and pay lists which cite Fairfax County participants in the War of 1812:
  • Fairfax County, Virginia Muster and Pay Rolls, The War, 1812-1814, 1817
    Photocopies of the original muster rolls and pay lists
  • Edith Moore Sprouse Papers, 1960-2003
    Transcriptions of the original muster rolls and pay lists
In the table below, we have summarized the information available from these sources, noted differences between sources, and provided links to authorized reproductions where available (in Adobe PDF format).
Virginia Unit
Company Captains
of Original
of Original
60th VA Regiment HQ60thMuster roll2
George Blincoe's Co57thMuster roll1Muster roll2Same roll
William Chick's Co60thMuster roll2
Thomas Coffer's Co57th, 60thPay list1Muster roll2Some different names
Nicolaus Darne's Co60th Muster roll2 
John DeBell's Co57th, 60thMuster roll1Muster roll2Different rolls – some different names
Charles Ford's Co60th Muster roll2 
George Graham's Co60th Muster roll2
George Gunnell's Co60th Muster roll2
George Hunter's Co4th, 60th Muster roll2
Price Jacob's Co56thMuster roll1
George Mason's Co60thMuster roll2Not labeled as a muster roll
George Millan's Co60thMuster roll2Not labeled as a muster roll
John Millan's Co60thMuster roll2
James Sangster's Co5th, 60thMuster roll2
George Simpson's Co60thMuster roll2,4
Pay list4
Same muster rolls and pay lists
Temple Smith's Co60thMuster roll2
Samuel Summers' Co60thPay list2
George Terrett's Co60thMuster roll2
Rezin Wilcoxen's Co60thMuster roll1
Pay list2
Muster roll3
Pay list3
Same muster rolls and pay lists
Sources cited:
1Fairfax County, Virginia Muster and Pay Rolls, The War, 1812-1814, 1817 (M 029) Collection, Rust Archive, Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA. Reproductions available on the FxGS Web site (facsimiles in Adobe PDF file format) are used with permission. Click here for more information.
2Edith Moore Sprouse Papers, 1960-2003, Accession #313, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, VA. Click here for more information.
3Northern Virginia Genealogy Magazine (Vol. 2, No. 1)
4Northern Virginia Genealogy Magazine (Vol. 3, No. 2)

Fairfax County Resources

Guide to Fairfax Genealogical Resources
The Guide is published by the Society's Projects Committee. Print copies are available in the Virginia Room, the Fairfax County Circuit Court Archives, and the Fairfax City Visitors Center. You may also download the Guide (PDF format).
Fairfax County Facilities
Virginia Room, Fairfax City Regional Library
Fairfax County Archives
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court
    4110 Chain Bridge Road, Room 315
    Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Phone: (703) 246-4168
  • Web Site:
  • E-mail:
  • Types of Records: Marriage info (1742 to mid 1800s); marriage records (1860s to 1957); birth and death info (1700s, 1800s); birth and death records (1912-1917); deed books (1742-1944); will books (1742-1948); tax records (1853-1920); court minute books (1749-1903); other early court files, pension records, war records, etc.
Fairfax County Circuit Court
  • 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Room 315
    Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Phone: (703) 691-7320
  • Web Site:
  • Types of Records: Land records (Room 328, 703-246-3029); Marriage records (Room 116, 703-246-4100); Probate records (Room 401, 703-246-4153)
LDS Family History Centers
Annandale FHC
Centreville FHC
McLean FHC
Mount Vernon FHC
Oakton FHC
Other Fairfax County Resources
Collingwood Library and Museum on Americanism
Fairfax City Museum and Visitor's Center
Gum Springs Historical Society
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Resource Center
Other Area Resources
Special Collections at the Barrett Branch of the Alexandria Library
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20408-0001
  • Phone: 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272)
  • Web Site:
Virginia Department of Health
  • Office of Vital Records
    P.O. Box 1000
    Richmond, VA 23218-1000
  • Phone: (804) 662-6200
  • Web Site:
  • Types of Records: Birth and death records (1853 to 1896; since June 14, 1912); marriage records (since 1853); divorce records (since 1918)
The Library of Virginia

Cemetery Project

Cemetery Project

Chaired by Judith Taylor McGarvey, the Society's Cemetery Project was inspired by the work done in the early 1970s by Jane Kirkpatrick Wall, one of the founding members of the Fairfax Genealogical Society. Recognizing the need to record gravestone inscriptions before they were destroyed by weather, vandalism, theft or development, she surveyed many of the county's cemeteries and graveyards, extracted information from extant gravestones and then donated her work to theVirginia Room of the Fairfax City Regional Library. Her surveys have been a valuable resource to genealogists researching in Fairfax County for over two decades.

In the mid 1980s, the Society decided to update and publish Jane Wall's work, and to survey other graveyards and cemeteries not included in her original project. The administration of the Fairfax County Public Library granted the Society permission to use Jane Wall's documents in our publications.

The Society began by locating all known surveys of Fairfax County cemeteries and comparing them to the Wall surveys. We are especially indebted to Carrie White Avery who conducted surveys in the early 1920s, Aurelia M. Jewell who conducted surveys in the late 1940s and early 1950s and to Brian Conley, Information Specialist in the Virginia Room, Fairfax City Regional Library, who has expended much effort to pinpoint the locations of the more than 350 burial locations in the county.

After all surveys were compared, each cemetery containing gravestones was surveyed again, and then checked again in the months before publication. All discrepancies between readings were carefully analyzed. If the surveyor felt that discrepancies arose because a new gravestone had been erected or there were other extenuating circumstances, the inscription from the older survey is included. If a gravestone was recorded in an early survey, and not found several years later (or is illegible), the extract from the earlier survey is included and we indicate the source of the information.

Unless otherwise stated, each cemetery in our volumes has been surveyed or resurveyed during the year preceding publication.

Of the many burial locations in the county, our main focus has been on those which have gravestones or markers with inscriptions, but information about cemeteries with unmarked graves is included as well, to provide as many clues as possible for the family historian.

Since the location of a burial site may be important to family research, we have given detailed directions to each cemetery. Please ask for permission to visit cemeteries which lie on private property.
Early in this project, Society members realized how difficult it is to avoid mistakes. We hope that by recognizing our fallibility we have minimized the misinformation we may pass along to our fellow researchers. We have checked, double-checked and triple-checked our surveys and investigated discrepancies with further field checks in order to report the most accurate information possible.

The inscriptions and other information presented are not primary evidence. We have gathered together a wealth of clues which we are eager to share with our fellow genealogists. We wish you much luck with your search!
Fairfax County, Virginia Gravestones
Ordering information may be found on the Society Shop page.
With the release of Volume VI, Society members, friends, and neighbors of the Fairfax Genealogical Society have completed a project which has spanned two decades. Our Society has recorded the information of genealogical significance on the gravestones in the over 350 noncommercial cemeteries in Fairfax County. The results have been compared with previous surveys and all discrepancies rechecked and verified. We have published this information in a six-volume series, Fairfax County, Virginia Gravestones.
These volumes began with the desire to share the cemetery surveys done by Society member Jane Kirkpatrick Wall during the 1970s. As the project progressed, it went through several permutations until eventually the Society decided to publish information about all of the known cemeteries in the county. We are grateful to the administration of the Fairfax County Public Library who granted the Society permission to use Jane Wall's documents in our publications.
We divided the county into five geographical areas based on postal zip codes and developed a volume of gravestone inscriptions for each area. These five volumes are:
  • Volume I, Northern Section: Great Falls, McLean, Oakton, Vienna
  • Volume II, Southern Section: Burke, Clifton, Fairfax Station, Springfield
  • Volume III, Central Section: Annandale, Fairfax City, Falls Church
  • Volume IV, Western Section: Centreville, Chantilly, Herndon, Reston
  • Volume V, Eastern Section: Fort Belvoir, Lincolnia, Lorton, Mason Neck, South Alexandria
  • Volume VI, Master Index with Corrections, Additions and Updates
Each volume contains descriptions and locations of all of the cemeteries in the geographical area as well as genealogical information extracted from all of the gravestones in all of the noncommercial cemeteries in the area. Each volume has a full-name index and Volume VI has a master full-name index to all six volumes.