Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  2016 Holiday Party

Library Catalog Now Online!

The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society library catalog has now been ported to the website as a fully functional interactive on-line application. The cataloging system software in the Research Center was no longer supported by the developer.
You now have access to all the information in our library holdings from anywhere you have internet connectivity. A number of features, not found in the index system previously online, are now available to members and the public. Searches by “Subject”, “Location” and “Media Type” can now be made on almost 2800 holdings in the library. Further searches can then be done on “Title”, “Author” and “Call Number”. Once the desired list of records is found they can be “printed” to a PDF document by clicking on the “PDF List” icon.  Additionally, each record can be viewed and printed by clicking on the “eye” icon. Clicking on the “Broom” icon will clear the information in the selection or search box. In addition to searching the database for individual records by "Call Number", "Title", and "Author", the entire database or any filtered selections can be sorted by "Call Number", "Title", or "Author" by clicking on the word at the top of each column.
Clicking on the “View Categories” icon provides another method of search for desired material. Categories of holdings can also be filtered by “Subject”, “Location”, and “Media Type”
The library catalog will always be current now because library accessions are available for viewing as soon as they are put into the online system. Previously the indexes were only updated periodically.
This additional Society benefit would never have been possible without the hard work of volunteers who planned and executed the library database conversion; thank you Jeanne Wilson, Anne Barber, and Gerry Ward.
You can find the library catalog HERE

Hollin Hall Elevator

The Hollin Hall elevator is now operational - new carpet, panelling and lighting - looks nice.

2nd Annual MVGS Lock In

On 7 January 2017 the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society conducted its second annual Lock-In.  If you remember, the 7th was the day that the Alexandria area received about an inch of snow.  When the doors were “locked” it was just starting to snow; I am sure some of our potential attendees decided to stay home.
There were a total of 45 ancestry enthusiasts who attended.  A majority of the people were from MVGS, with a few from Fairfax Genealogical Society as well non members from neither.  The final count showed that 12 who signed up did not attend, with four people paying at the door.
The purpose of the Lock-In was to gather ancestry enthusiasts into one area for six hours, present them with 12 different presentations from which they could attend four.  Everyone brought a sack lunch and sat at regional tables where they could discuss individual ancestry stories and concerns.  After lunch drawings were held for some nice doorprizes - winners included:
Jan Young - 3 month subscription to Ancestry
Bobbie Leamer - 3 month subscription to Ancestry
LaMond Averett - 1 year subscription to
Jim Bina - 1 year subscription to
Edith Lorah - 1 year subscription to Ancestry Academy
Jennifer Halsey - Family Tree Maker CD
Congratulations to all the prize winners and a big thank you to those who ventured out in the snow.  Also a special thank you to the Lock-In volunteer instructors; Charles S "Chuck" Mason, Sharon MacInnes, Sharon Hodges, Carol Petranek, Jim Fisher, Jon Marie Pearson and Chuck Gearhart.
A great way to start the New Year.

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March 31
Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring 2017 Conference
The Fairfax Genealogical Society invites you to mark your calendar for its annual spring conference, “Finding Elusive Ancestors - Tools and Techniques for the Search.” This event will be held at the Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, ...
April 3
Entering information onto Find-A-Grave
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April 5
MVGS Methodology SIG - Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends
Instructor:  Chuck Mason   Do you have an ancestor who you cannot find, or conflicting evidence about an ancestor?  Learn how to gather and evaluate evidence to solve the problem.  Sessions will include hands on problem solving workshop and help ...
April 6
New England SIG: New England Historic Genealogical Society Study Projects
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan   A webinar on all 4 of NEHGS's study projects, two of which feature information on pre-1700 settlers, one on Western Massachusetts heads of households in 1790 and one pre-1742 Vermonters.   To register for this class ...
April 10
FxGS Methodology SIG: Your Personal Digital Library, Educational Opportunities, Newspaper Research
Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes In this session, we'll explore how to create your own personal digital library, what the best educational opportunities are for you, and how to conduct newspaper research.   NOTE: Sharon MacInnes needs to "retire" from the ...