Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  Research Time

Joint Program With Martha Washington Library

On Monday, September 17, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society and Martha Washington Library will provide a joint program to the general public on the resources of the Virginia Room, City of Fairfax Regional Library.  This FREE program will be presented at 7-8:30 pm at the Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22307.  Laura Wickstead, Librarian of the Virginia Room, will discuss the numerous resources available for genealogists.
The Virginia Room maintains a collection rich in regional history and genealogy, as well as local and state government information and legal resources.  The staff collect the historical record of the people, associations, events and places of Fairfax County, Virginia.  In addition to these local history resources, researchers can use the Virginia Room’s print holdings and online databases to research genealogy from all 50 states.  Other resources available for use are: maps, an extensive photographic archive, manuscript collections, local newspapers, and rare books. 
Click HERE for the Martha Washington flyer with contact information.

August Monthly MVGS Meeting

Dr. Alan Kraut discussed the History of Ellis Island, with emphasis on the Medical Inspection of Immigrants.
Ellis Island was a primary entry point for immigrants.  Travelers were inspected by the ship line before departure and again when they arrived in America.  Examiners followed a routine in this examination, with passenger's feet traveling upward, with the eyes as the last to be inspected. In this way, lameness, deformity, defective eyesight are detected.  Cases not deemed fit to travel are sent to the hospital.  Cases with some disability likely to make them a public charge are certified and sent to a board of special inquiry. Minor defects, such as anemia, loss of an eye/finger etc., are recorded on the alien's card.
Dr. Alan Kraut is University Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member of the School of International Service at American University.  He is also a Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute and the President of the Organization of American Historians.
MVGS members may click HERE to see a video of his presentation.

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
September 25
Solving Research Problems with the Genealogical Proof Standard(GPS)
Instructor:  Chuck Mason   NOTE DATE HAS CHANGED The Genealogical Proof Standard was introduced at the 1999 NGS Conference in Richmond, VA.  Researchers at all levels of research experience now use what more experienced and professional researchers first used.  Fully ...
October 1
Entering Information onto Find A Grave
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan    Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find-A-Grave website.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring a laptop, etc.   In addition to ...
October 3
MVGS Methodology SIG:
Instructor:  Chuck Mason   Subject To Be Determined  
October 4
New England SIG:
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan   A recent webinar on Searching Databases on  
October 11
Everything FTM Follow-On
Instructor: Charles Gearhart   2016 and 17 were hectic years for us Family Tree Maker (FTM) users.  First ceased supporting FTM and all our hearts sunk because we had all our ancestry data in that program.  Finally one of Ancestry's ...