Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  Thank You Bill Noel

MVGS October Monthly Meeting

The October MVGS meeting welcomed back our past president Sharon Hodges.  She spoke on "Behind The Ivied Walls."  Genealogists use courthouse records, go to archives and to libraries, but often forget that colleges and universities may hold the answer to many questions.  She discussed what types of records might be found behind the "ivied walls."  Her handout was a wealth of links and suggestions for researching higher education facilities.  The picture at left is an impromptu conversation, after her presentation, between Sharon and MVGS member John Cross explaining his experiences while researching the University of Virginia.

Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer. She has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years.

Our Research Center is Brighter

The last week of May 2017 found the MVGS Research Center (RC) getting a new view on the world.  We had new windows installed; along with the rest of Hollin Hall Senior Center that is.

Those of you who have been to our RC know that we have windows along the northwest side of the room. Not a big thing unless you also know that we have tables with seven computers, their peripheral equipment, connecting cables and a very heavy safe all under those windows.  Hollin Hall did have movers to assist, but we wanted to ensure our computers were carefully relocated. Thanks to our members Leo Dougherty and Larry Dempsey we made sure that our computer equipment was cared for and properly reconnected.  I believe the heavy safe stayed in its original location, under the windows, during replacement.

Hollin Hall is not a new building.  It housed school classes beginning in the fall of 1949 as part of a national response to the post-World War II baby boom. By 1981, the baby boom was over, and the Mount Vernon community population had matured. The school was closed and on 31 Jan 1983, the building surged back to life as the Hollin Hall Senior Center, with 35 seniors using three rooms. Today, that daily population averages over 200, with diverse activities in 17 rooms and even a child care center.

We now have white vinyl trim, double pane windows to look out onto the central courtyard of the building, that is until our computer users close the blinds because it will make it easier to view the computer screens.  They do make the room cleaner and brighter looking; should also help the heating and cooling bill.

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

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NARA Guides
NARA Guides
October 23
English Resources Available in the US
Instructor:  Amy Breedlove   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} This class will explain the various online resources available here in the US that can be used in doing your English genealogy ...
November 1
Research in Washington, DC Using the National Archives and the Library of Congress
Instructor:  Chuck Mason   Many changes in how to do research have taken place at the National Archives.  Some records are now available online and others still must be researched onsite.  What is the best way to accomplish your research ...
November 2
New England SIG: A Guide to Connecticut Resources
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan   A recent webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  
November 6
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the website more effectively. The workshop will be taught in room 214, ...
November 8
An Overview of DNA Testing and Its Use in Genealogy
Instructor:  Jim Logan   NOTE ROOM CHANGE AS OF 21 AUG   An overview of each of the three basic types of DNA tests (Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal), including an introduction of the genetics, illustration of test reports, and ...