Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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2018 MVGS Writing Contest

Stories have been submitted, evaluators have graded the papers and winners will be announced at the 16 October monthly meeting. 

September Monthly Meeting

Victor S. Dunn has been a Board-certified genealogist since 1999.  He is coordinator and instructor of the Virginia Research Track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).  Vic won the 2014 Mosher Award for Colonial Virginia Research and is the Official Genealogist of the Order of First Families of Virginia.
He is a contributor to major genealogical publications including feature articles in the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Quarterly and NGS Newsmagazine, Northern Virginia Genealogy, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter.
Mr Dunn spoke about how to make the most of your time on a research trip to a courthouse, library or other repository.  Pre-trip planning and use of electronics were discussed.

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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October 16
DNA Test Comparison and What You Can Do With Your Test Results.
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett   Testing your DNA for genealogical research is an ever increasing topic of discussion. However, most people do not know exactly what they could get from testing or which of the four major DNA tests to choose. In ...
October 23
Overview of NEHGS and NYG&B Websites and Resources
Instructor:  Amy Breedlove   NEHGS is the New England Historic and Genealogical Society in Boston and NYG&B is the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York. [Their full titles wouldn't fit in the event title space.   A description of ...
October 28
The Wrong Side Of History: Loyalists In The American Revolution
Dr. Richard Bell, Historian, The University of Maryland at College Park   Dr. Bell, a tenured associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his B.A. from the University of Cambridge. His research ...
November 5
Using Family
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan     Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Family website more effectively.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptop, etc.  Note - ...
November 5
New England SIG:
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan   TO BE DETERMINED