Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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MVGS 2019 Conference

May Monthly Meeting

Presenter:  James M Beidler is considered a go-to person for German genealogy articles and lectures. He has written two books on researching the genealogy of German-speaking peoples. He also has expertise in the genealogy of the people of his native Pennsylvania, newspapers, and land  records. He has been the editor of Der Kurier , the MAGS quarterly journal, since 2004.
Presentation Description:  Show researchers how to trace their German roots online and explore their Germanic heritage from the comfort of their computer. This lecture highlighted important German genealogy resources on popular websites, including and as well as lesser-known sites like Attendees learned how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy, including how to get around language barriers and navigate the various German states that have existed throughout the centuries. Additionally, they learned the best websites to consult to help answer key German genealogy questions, from unpuzzling
place-names to locating living relatives in the old country.

MVGS 2019 Writing Contest

We’re looking for short, no more than 3 page papers, written by our members that tell the reader about someone or an activity they participated in, regarding a person in the author’s family tree.
Entries are due by 10pm on 21 Aug 2019.
Questions?  Click HERE

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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June 17
German SIG: "Summer Vacation"
Speaker: N/A   No meetings until September   For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at   
June 17
Writing Family History SIG:
Instructor:  Paul Phelps   Participants will learn that writing family history is a different and equally challenging proposition, but one with satisfactions and discoveries of its own.  The idea is to get something on paper, even if it's just a ...
June 18
Philip Reid, Enslaved and Free: Tracing Families of Color in the District of Columbia
Presenter:  John Philip Colletta, Ph.D, FUGA   Discussion:  In 1860 close to one out of every four residents of the District of Columbia was a man, woman or child of African descent. Of these people of color, about three-quarters were born ...
July 1
Entering Information onto Family Search's Family Tree Workshop
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.   Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the website.   Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  ...
July 3
MVGS Methodology SIG:
Instructor:  Charles S. Mason, Jr.   Subject matter under development   Contact Chuck M for details.