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Genealogical databases, websites, and bibliographies to aid users in the pursuit of their family history and origins. Last Updated: Jul 13, 2024 4:01 PM

Now available: Family History Kits

The Family History Kits are our newest addition to the Library of Things

These kits include a set of cards with interview prompts, a digital voice recorder, and instructions on how to get started gathering your family history. Interview prompts are currently available in English, but Spanish and Korean will be added later this fall.

                           Family History Kit

Sponsored by the Friends of the Virginia Room, in support of

broader engagement and the preservation of our community’s unique and diverse culture.


  • Family History Kits may be borrowed for 2 weeks. They are renewable, if no one is waiting.
  • Backpacks may be placed on hold for pickup at the City of Fairfax Regional Library.
  • Fines accrue for late returns on this item.
  • We request this item be returned to a staff member inside the library instead of the book drop.
  • Please delete any digital files off the voice recorder before returning.


  • Replacement cost: $120.00 total 
    • Digital Voice Recorder $60.00
    • Digital Voice Recorder Case $10.00
    • Interview Prompt Cards $40.00
    • Getting Started Guide $10.00

Before you begin:

  • Read through the Getting Started Guide
  • Read through the interview prompt cards. Choose the most appropriate questions for your family interview session. Additional prompts are included in the Getting Started Guide
  • Familiarize yourself with the digital voice recorder. Links to user manual and videos below.
  • Genealogical charts, published by the National Archives, can be printed for free when picking up or dropping off the Family History Kit. Links included below.

How to use:


Free to download & print when picking up or dropping off the Family History Kit

Genealogical charts, published by the National Archives

Ancestral Chart

Family Group Sheet

My Family

Traditional Family Tree

Modern Family Tree


Blended Family Tree

Migration Journey

Migration Journey (U.S.) Map

Immigration Journey (World) Map

Family Record

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