Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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MVGS April Monthly Meeting

Carol Petranek spoke on "Whats New on Family Search." is the world's largest free family history website and is constantly being updated, with her lecture highlighting many of the recent changes.
Family Search is the repository of millions of records, both U.S. and foreign countries. It is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It has a research wiki, a robust family tree, free online classes, and social media connections. Her presentation provided an update on the specific steps to effective searching of its contents, including indexed, non-indexed, and microfilm. She also provided an overview of the collaborative FamilyTree.
Carol serves as a Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers as a Genealogy Aide in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch /Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. She is a Research Specialist in Hellenic (Greek) Genealogy supporting this community through her participation in websites, conferences and lectures. Carol gives presentations on various genealogy topics, and writes and edits personal and family histories.

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
June 4
Using Family
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan    Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Family website more effectively.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptop, etc.  Note - ...
June 6
MVGS Methodology SIG:
Instructor:  Chuck Mason   Subject To Be Determined  
June 7
New England SIG: Using New England Probate Records
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan   Live broadcast: 31 May 2016   Presented by: David Allen Lambert Description: In this webinar Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert discusses how to get the most out of probate records with special emphasis on those resources available ...
June 18
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 19
Researching Ancestors Who Came Out of Slavery
Presenter:  LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG   Description:  Although her focus is on African American families who came out of slavery, LaBrenda emphasizes that the methodology and standards of evaluation are the same for every community. Also for these families, many ...