Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308

Save the Date!

29 October 2022
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
2022 Annual Fall Conference
Serving the Nation: Our Military, Families, and Communities
Keynote Speaker:  Rebecca W. Koford, CG, CGL  
Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112
Watch our website in the coming months for more details!

1950 Census - Participate!

We are excited to announce that the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society has joined the 1950 US Census Community Project to help index the recently released 1950 U.S. Census.  The Project, a joint initiative between FamilySearch, Ancestry, and other leading genealogy societies and organizations, is coordinating efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and to create a comprehensive index that will be searchable online.  By joining this Project, MVGS members will be an essential part of this monumental grassroots effort that will put one of the richest genealogical data sets in the world online, complete, and searchable forever.
The project involves reviewing indexes that have been created by computers using artificial intelligence and where necessary making any needed corrections.  The three phases of the review are: the name review (already begun); the household review (will start very soon), and the header review (will start after the household review gets going).  Basically, you will be asked to look at what the optical scanners say the entry on the actual enumeration sheet is – and either agree, provide a needed correction, or say you cannot do either.  You will be able to do this at home at your convenience – anytime day or night!  Here is a link to the free 30-minute FamilySearch University Webinar I personally watched this past week that describes this whole effort is easy-to-understand terms. Check it out.
I have set up a Family Search group for the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society.  Please go to the following link and register to join the group.
Now that you are part of the group, simply go to, click on “Start Now” and you are on your way to being part of this historic effort.  The more of us that help (thousands are already doing so), the sooner everyone will be able to enjoy having easy access to this information. 
Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to the impact this resource will have on researchers in our area and so many others.
Jeff Welch
Secretary/Treasurer, MVGS

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”.
  • We are now linking our book reviews to the description field of the books that have been reviewed.
  • 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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NARA Guides
NARA Guides

July 11
Entering Information onto Familysearch's Family Tree
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan   The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the website.  The workshop is limited to 8 people.   In order to enter information onto the family ...
July 12
WWI and WWII Draft Registration Records: A Comparison
INSTRUCTOR:  Chuck Mason   Over 24 million men born between 1872 and 1900 registered for the World War I draft.  Those same men were required to register during World War II for the fourth draft, known as the "old man's ...
July 14
Planning a Research Trip
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK MASON   Planning research trips, both locally and long distances are critical to successful research.  What to do before you go?  What to take with you?  What to do on the trip?  What to do when you return?  ...
July 19
William Costin: "A Tribute to Worth by his Friends"
Speaker: Steve Livengood   Synopsis: Looking at the remarkable record of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington's mixed-race (presumable) Grandson and his role in Capitol Hill, Washington and US history.   Bio: Steve Livengood is the Chief Guide of the U.S. ...
August 1
Entering Information onto Familysearch's Family Tree Workshop
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan   The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the website.  The workshop is limited to 8 people.   In order to enter information onto the family ...