Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
  Hollin Hall Entrance

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, many of our Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings have been cancelled until further notice.  We will continue to update this section with changes and news about the situation.  To see the most current information please go to the Events Page.
Below are details about the four MVGS Special Interest Groups that meet on a regular basis.  We look forward to rejoining them in the near future!

German Special Interest Group
The German SIG exists to explore German speaking immigrant ancestors and their lives.  Presentations are given primarily by members of the SIG who can share their experiences and discoveries. Meetings are normally scheduled on the third Monday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday) from 1-3 PM at the Pohick Regional Library.  For additional information contact Bob Dunfield at

Methodology Special Interest Group
This SIG meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:30 PM in the MVGS Research Center.  Unlike other SIGs that cover geographic areas, programs will not relate to a specific geographic area, but to the many ancestry research sources and methods.  Reminder notices announcing the topic for the month as well as any handouts will be emailed prior to each meeting.  To be included on the email list, send an email to Chuck Mason at  Please include your name, email address, and telephone number in your email.  MVGS and Fairfax Genealogical Society members are welcome.

New England Special Interest Group
The New England SIG concentrates on pre-Civil War research in all the New England States, plus New York.  Meetings alternate monthly between the MVGS Research Center, Hollin Hall Senior Center, and the McLean Family History Center (MFHC), 2034 Great Falls Street, in Falls Church.  Meetings are held at 1PM on the first Monday at Hollin Hall (unless it falls on a holiday) from 1:00-3:00PM at the research center, and alternately on the first Thursday night at 7PM in MFHC.  The instructor may be contacted at

Writing Family History Special Interest Group
Updated - Now on Zoom! This group is intended for genealogists who may have done a lot of research but have written little or nothing.  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 paragraph or a page, and then have other beginning writers suggest ways to make it clearer and more interesting.  The emphasis will be on storytelling rather than scholarship, but we’ll also include questions of evidence and documentation.  Meetings will be on the third Monday of each month at 3:00 PM (regardless of holidays); Paul Phelps will instruct and may be contacted at