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

Carol Kostakos Petranek presented a very complete discussion on finding our ancestral village. Depending on your country/countries of origin, it may be impossible to research successfully in "the old country" if you do not know your original ancestral surname and village of origin. This presentation explored which U.S. records can be used to find this vital information.  She showed the members, through her own Greek research, how different records may contain slightly different information or have that one obscure fact that fits perfectly into the puzzle.
Carol serves as an assistant director of the Washington, D.C.. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.. and volunteers as a genealogy aide in the Research Room. Carol is the volunteer coordinator for the FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of probate and estate records and a volunteer for Greek records preservation at MyHeritage.

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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May 20
German Genealogy Research
Speaker: Ashley Abruzzo   A presentation will be given called "Germanna 101," which is an overview of the Germanna Foundation and the early German immigrants to Virginia. Any remaining time will be used for an open discussion.   For further information ...
May 20
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 ...
May 21
Finding a German Heimat (Hometown or Village) Online
Presenter:  James M. Beidler   Discussion:  This lecture will show researchers how to trace their German roots online and explore their Germanic heritage from the comfort of their computer. This lecture highlights important German genealogy resources on popular websites, including and ...
June 3
Using Workshop
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.   Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the website more effectively.   Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room to use.  If the class is full, at ...
June 5
MVGS Methodology SIG:
Instructor:  Charles S. Mason, Jr.   Subject matter under development   Contact Chuck M for details.