Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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From the Newsletter...

Other Than Virginia
This is the first installment of a new column in the MVGS Newsletter.  Other Than Virginia is devoted to news about a helpful resource at a genealogical society or library.  
 
“Searching for More Details to Add to Your Family Research?”
By Jayne Jester Reed Tuohig
 
At times when researching my early 1700’s Jester family history, references were made on some family web sites and Ancestry.com charts which showed little proof.  The comments of my early Jesters, who supposedly arrived from Scotland, were vague with no direct link to a source document.  So, I tended to put off corroborating those details. 
 
Recently, a few Jester family trees on Ancestry.com reported specific references from the two volumes of the Biographical and Genealogical History of Delaware by Bill Reamy. While searching location and access to the books, I found a wonderful research resource on the web: 
The Delaware Genealogical Society (DGS) https://delgensoc.org/index.php.  “The Delaware Genealogical Society was founded in 1977 with about 40 charter members.  We now have almost 400 members from about 40 states.”
 
The web site is packed with searchable data which had been digitized.
 
The “Newsletter Index and Archives” Tab is extensive; and. searching is easy.  You can view Volume Index, Name Index and Subject Index to identify the Newsletter Volume number, Issue #, Page #.  Each Index is separate and PDF accessible.
 
The “Delaware Genealogical Society Journal” Tab is interesting to browse.  DGS began publication in 1980, twice a year (April and October).  The web site reports that each issue contains 32 pages of articles and an index.  “Journals from October 1980 are available to Members in the Journal Archives.  The Journal Index for 2018-current has not been included in the Master Journal Person and Subject Indices.”
 
The “Research” Tab contains projects as well as research articles. The DGS also establishes projects to publish various publications.  An example is the Delaware Families 1787 to 1800.  Projects & Titles from each issue are noted in the Subject Index.
 
While searching Indexes for early 1700s Jester Surnames, I found over 20 references to a Jester surname.  The Delaware Genealogical Society web site includes multiple Indexes from which to research your family surname, a particular subject, or location in Delaware.  The subject index is not limited to Delaware.  There are many references to neighboring states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.  Like our Mount Vernon Genealogical Society web site, “Members Only” with password, provides extensive access to the digitized documents.  If you have identified multiple resources, you can then decide whether a membership to access the document is required. 
 
 
 
 

Library Catalog Always Online!

The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Library Catalog is now online as an interactive application. 
 
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. 
 

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EVENTS
December 9
Family Tree Maker - an Advanced class - CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK GEARHART   CANCELLED.  Class will cover a Review of Family Tree Maker 2019 improvements, Attendee Questions and Comments.  Class is focused on advanced users.      
December 21
Cancelled
There will be no General Meeting this month.  Have a safe and happy holiday season!
January 18
Hatched, Matched, and Dispatched: Vital Records and Alternatives
Presenter:  Sharon MacInnes   Description:  Today’s topic is a refresh on vital records and the myriad sources of finding birth, marriage, and death dates before statewide registration or when an event wasn't recorded. Alternative sources might include Social Security records (Death ...
February 15
Document Analysis: Digging Into Details
Presenter:  Angela Packer McGhie   Description:  Seek the story behind the document by studying the background and context. Assess the reliability of the source and the information it contains. This session will walk step-by-step through analyzing a variety of documents.    ...
February 22
Introduction to Scottish Research
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK MASON     This class will present an introduction to researching your ancestors who came from Scotland.  What do you need to know about them before you start researching in Scotland?  What records are available in Scotland?  Where ...