Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Lock-In Reminder

On 3 March 2018Lock-In Key7 MVGS will be conducting its third annual lock-In, starting at 8:30 AM at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.  Doors will be "locked" at 9:10AM.
The purpose of the lock-In is to gather a group of ancestry enthusiasts into one area for six hours, present them with twelve different presentations, from which they may attend four.  Bring a sack lunch, along with a drink, and at noon we will divide into United States regional areas, where everyone has the opportunity to discuss ancestor locations, research problems, and just get to know each other.  Note there is no microwave or refrigerator available for lunch so attendees should pack accordingly.
Fees for members is $25; non-members $30.  Additional information containing session descriptions is located HERE.  A Lock-In registration form may be found by clicking HERE.
We delayed this years lock-in to later, making the assumption that the weather will be nice, BUT if mother nature decides to do something unseasonal, then our backup date is 17 March.

Inclement Weather

It's that time again when Mother Nature gets excited and decides to disrupt us humans.  Did you realize our February monthly meetings for 2015 and 2016 were cancelled because of bad weather?
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Let's presume you are scheduled for a SIG group meeting or a census training session today at Hollin Hall, and when you get up it is snowing.  Do you get dressed and prepare for the class or stay home and miss the class?
The answer is fairly simple – check the status of the Fairfax County Government.  If the Government is closed or delayed, all "scheduled" activities (that's MVGS and your SIG class) will NOT meet.  Hollin Hall will be CLOSED.
I gave you the simplistic answer, but if you want to read the Hollin Hall inclement weather policy just click HERE.
If you are not sure, call the Senior Center at 703-765-4573 to verify closing information.

MVGS Christmas Party

December was time for the MVGS Christmas Party.  This year’s theme was remembrances of Christmas past.  Attendees brought special dishes from their heritage and spoke of traditions and memories from their past.  Thanks to several volunteers the tables were decorated with seasonal items, poinsettias and “Merry Christmas” in foreign languages.  The food dishes and deserts brought by MVGS members were numerous and EXCELLENT.
Ms. Ann Hanley brought a personal display of her Christmas memories, to include a gingerbread cookie recipe, family pictures and other memories of Christmas.
Janell Blue read Finnish Christmas Traditions.
Chuck and Marianne Gearhart read about their Iowa childhood Christmas memories
Walter Page told the group about his father’s Santa Clause suit; which he now owns.
Harold McClendon read “Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause.”
It was an enjoyable dinner with awards to outstanding volunteers, and doorprizes.

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
February 1
New England SIG:
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan   Subject To Be Determined  
February 5
Entering Information onto the Family Search Family Tree
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.   Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family trees on the Family Search website.  The workshop is limited to 12 people, if 6 people bring their own laptops/tablets, etc.   ...
February 7
MVGS Methodology SIG
Instructor:  Chuck Mason   "Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends"   Do you have an ancestor who you cannot find or conflicting evidence about an ancestor?  Learn how to gather and evaluate evidence to solve the problem.  Sessions will include ...
February 8
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 sub ...
February 15
The Decennial Census of Population
Full Title: The Decennial Census of Population:  a Brief History of the Questions Asked and Demographic Profiles at the Small-Area Level Instructor:  Cam Gibson   This class looks at the decennial census of population from two perspectives.  The first is ...