Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  We The People

MVGS 2019 Genealogy Conference

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"Immigration and Naturalization; 1607 Until Today

August Meeting Discussion:  The one and only thing that is shared by every American is that we are either an immigrant or a descendant of an immigrant. If you descended from an early British or Irish ancestor, he/she might appear in a land record as a “headright”?  or does he/she appear on an indentured servant or convict list? How about a German ship list? If your ancestor came after 1820, have you checked the Customs Lists? Do you know how to find immigrants who came through Castle Garden and Ellis Island, Galveston and San Francisco? If you haven’t been successful with U.S. records, have you checked Canadian border crossings? Do you know what the dreaded “L.P.C” and “SI” notations on ship manifests meant? And, finally, do you know where your ancestors’ naturalization records might be?
Sharon MacInnes is a Certified Genealogist with over forty years of family research experience focusing on Pennsylvania and land records. She is the author/compiler of eight volumes in a series covering the earliest landowners of various Pennsylvania counties. She is CEO and maintains a website at on which is posted 19th-Century Pennsylvania landowner maps and atlases as a service for researchers.
She is an alumna of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (now Gen-Fed); the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR); and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) where she also taught the Pennsylvania track for two years. She was awarded her certification from the Board of Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).
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Library Catalog Always 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 24
Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends Part 2
Instructor:  Chuck Mason.   This is Part 2 of the class.  Part 1 was on Aug 15th.   In Part 1 you learned how to gather and evaluate evidence to solve a problem about an ancestor.  Session 2 will include a ...
September 28
MVGS 4th Annual Conference
"FINDING ROOTS-RESEARCHING IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD"   MVGS has changed our "Lock-In" event to a "Conference" and the timeframe from spring to fall.  The venue is basically the same, just a name change.  WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT VENUE THIS YEAR ...
October 2
MVGS Methodology SIG: To Be Determined
Instructor:  Charles S. Mason, Jr.   The subject matter is being developed.  Contact Chuck M.  
October 3
New England SIG: Early Connecticut Records
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan   Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: “The Barbour Index and Beyond,” the subject of a book being published by Linda MacLachlan.  
October 7
Entering Information onto Find A Grave Workshop
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.   Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.   Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the ...