Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Inclement Weather

It's that time again when Mother Nature gets excited and decides to disrupt us humans.  Did you realize our February monthly meetings for 2015, 2016 and January 2019 were cancelled because of bad weather?
Let's presume you are scheduled for a SIG meeting, a census training session or the monthly meeting today at Hollin Hall, and when you get up it is snowing.  Do you get dressed and prepare for the class or stay home and miss the class?
If you desire to check the status of the Fairfax County Government click HERE
If you want to read the Hollin Hall inclement weather policy just click HERE.
If you desire to call the Senior Center to check their status, their number is 703-765-4573.

"Reflections Around the Tree"

On 18 December MVGS held their annual Christmas party.  The party theme, as this article indicates, centered around the Christmas tree.

Maureen Cunningham had her party room “engineering drawing” taped to the conference room door, so there was no discussion about how to set up the room.  This year we had two tables next to each other, able to seat ten people, with white tablecloths, a silver runner down the middle and a lantern holding a candle with glittering stones around.
Everyone brought favorite recipies from their home country, or gramma's table, and a separate area was set up for the Christmas memorabelia.
Linda MacLachlan won the most "unusual" (a small paper tank tree ornament) and "ethnic" (a handpainted goose egg from Hungary).
Chuck Gearhart won the "vintage" award with his late 1800s horse sleigh bells.
2018 outstanding volunteer awards were presented:
          Jeannie Wilson for her research center data entry assistance over the years, keeping accurate records of our hundreds of books.
          Jeff Welch (left) for his MVGS treasurer duties, fill-in moderator at monthly meetings, scouting efforts and overall volunteerism.
          Pat MacDonnell for her many years as hostess committee chair.
MVGS started a new award this year to acknowledge our senior members by giving a LIFETIME membership to:
          Ann Hanley for her 26 years of continuous membership and
          Al Romaneski for his 25 years.

2018 MVGS Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 MVGS writing contest winners.  First place went to George McKittrick for his "Visiting God’s Mother;" second was Jim Drewery for "Doctor, Soldier, Founder;" and third was Chuck Gearhart's "Oat Farming in the Forties & Fifties."  Pictured with their ribbons are Chuck, George and Jim.

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
February 18
German SIG: "Under Development"
Speaker: TBD   For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at   
February 18
Writing Family History SIG:
Instructor:  Paul Phelps   Participants will learn that writing family history is a different and equally challenging proposition, but one with satisfactions and discoveries of its own.  The idea is to get something on paper, even if it's just a ...
February 19
Protecting Your Privacy In the On-Line Genealogy World.
Presenter:  Bruce deGrazia, JD, CISSP   Discussion:  Under development.   Bruce is Director and Professor (Program Chair) of the Cyber Security Management and Policy Program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).   Before joining the university, Bruce held positions ...
March 4
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.  The workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If ...
March 12
GEDMatch Basics
Instructor:  Shannon Combs-Bennett.   In this class learn how to use the free DNA analysis platform GEDMatch.  We will cover transferring raw data, tools, tips, and if possile all through a live demonstration.   To register, please send an email ...