MVGS meets at the Hollin Hall Senior Center from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month. Access to the Center, which is operated by Fairfax County, is open, free of charge to all individuals who attend an MVGS event. Except for December, monthly meetings always feature a speaker presenting a genealogical or historical topic. Recent presentations have included topics on DNA, methodology, case studies, immigration, data base updates, African American research and historical events to name a few. A social is provided after the presentation with refreshments provided by volunteers. As a member, you have access to a recording of the presentation and any related handouts available on the members-only portion of the website.
The Research Center is normally open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It contains over 3,000 books and periodicals covering a range of locations and topics of interest to genealogists. There are computers with access to a number of genealogical databases. An online, searchable catalogue of holdings may be found on our website or available in the center.
Training and Education classes are provided by our members to assist other members with their research. All of the classes are held at the Hollin Hall Senior Center during weekdays. Recent classes included topics such as entering info using FamilySearch.org, how to organize and manage your research, accessing early church records and small group research help. Members can sign up on-line for classes.
The MVGS Newsletter, published bi-monthly, is e-mailed to members with both current and back issues available on the “Members Only” section of the website. The newsletter contains information about upcoming lectures, training classes and SIGS. It also contains both informational and instructional articles of interest to genealogists. On alternate months, you will also receive an electronic bulletin of upcoming genealogical events throughout Fairfax County and beyond.
The MVGS website, www.mvgenealogy.org, contains the latest information on upcoming events including monthly presentations, SIG meetings and training classes. There is also information about l other local repositories and a link to National Archives Research Guides. The “Members Only” section contains the newsletter, access to previous presentations, program handouts, a membership roster and link to the surname project database.
Special Interest Groups:
Special Interest Groups are established when a group of members with similar interests get together. Our members currently have access to SIGS on Methodology, Writing, German, Midwest and New England. Each group usually meets monthly for two hours where a member of the SIG makes a presentation. Meetings are held at various locations in the area, depending on the topic.
All of these benefits are available to our members for $20 for an individual and $25 for a family (2 family members). Membership runs from January through December. A big benefit for a small amount!