Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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April Monthly Meeting

Angela Packer McGhie presented a very enlightning presentation on preserving your research and family heritage by writing biographical sketches of your ancestors.  This can be done by documenting family stories or pulling details from records where there are few family stories for an ancestor.  She showed the approximately 50 attendees some of her personal stories and how they were developed.
Angela serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and on the board of the ProGen Study Group.

MVGS 2019 Writing Contest

We’re looking for short, no more than 3 page papers, written by our members that tell the reader about someone or an activity they participated in, regarding a person in the author’s family tree.
Entries are due by 10pm on 21 Aug 2019.
Questions?  Click HERE

Library Catalog Always 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.

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NARA Guides
NARA Guides
April 1
Entering Information onto Find A Grave Workshop
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.   Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website. Workshop is limitied to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use, but if ...
April 3
MVGS Methodology SIG:
Instructor:  Charles S. Mason, Jr.   Subject matter under development   Contact Chuck M for details.  
April 4
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan   A new American Ancestry program is now available, free at  It interfaces with's Family Tree permitting the user to maintain an online copy of their family tree which they alone may modify.   Learn more ...
April 5
2019 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference
  MVGS members may receive a discount by using the discount code AFF2019, and will receive $10 off of the 2-day registration fee.  If you are only able to attend 1 day, use the code AFF2019oneday to get $5 off. ...
April 15
"German Genealogy Research"
Speaker: Mark Lazaroff   Genealogical research challenges of ancestors from East Prussia and West Prussia.   For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at