Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

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

"Finding Records of Claims Against the Federal Government:"  (Claire Kluskens)  The idea of looking for ancestors in records of claims against the U.S. Federal Government (or against foreign governments) would be an afterthought, at best, for most researchers. Yet, they can contain valuable data.  French Spoliation Claims before 1800 may contain ancestral information.  Civil War Claims against the Office of the Quartermaster General could be another source.  Several unique areas for investigation will be discussed.
"How Much is “A Helpin’? Finding Family History in Your Own Kitchen:"  (Anne Bolen)  Have you realized how much family history and knowledge is shared through food traditions? Generations can connect with each other and pass down important skills by teaching and learning in the kitchen. Our family recipes tell us about our cultural traditions and personal history. Come learn some ways to pass down your knowledge to the next wave of cooks in your family.
"Digging for Roots Just Down the Road at the Library of Virginia:"  (James Drewry)  Learn about the wealth of Virginia genealogical resources contained at the Library of Virginia, including State and County wills and administration documents, marriage information, land records, tax records, manuscripts, maps, periodicals, and Civil War, Revolutionary War, and colonial military records.  Also learn how to access these resources online and on site. 
"Daughters of the American Revolution Library:"  (Elizabeth J, Ernst MLS)  An introduction to the history and mission of the DAR Library, and an overview of its collections and holdings.  Find out how to access some of these from the comfort of your own home – as well as which features are only available inside the building, as well as some of the recent changes new digital features.
“Pension Fraud-Thieves, Scoundrels, Imposters and the Lure of Money:”  (Claire Kluskens)  Civil War and later pension laws helped veterans and their families, but also provided opportunities for fraud and misconduct by attorneys, impostors, justices of the peace, notaries public, postmasters, and others. The “Law Division” of the Bureau of Pensions amassed some 30,000 administrative files, ca. 1862-ca. 1933, that are fascinating and increasingly accessible to researchers.
“Genealogy & Maps: A Perfect Marriage for Tracking Ancestors:” (Sharon MacInnes) will discuss the use of maps in genealogy research; using different examples including Bureau of Land Management General Land Office records, Library of Congress and other available repositories.
"Research in Washington DC Using the Library of Congress:"  (Charles S. Mason Jr., CG)  In November 2013 the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room was moved to the Main Reading Room.  How have this and other changes at the library affected the way you research in the many reading rooms?
“Finding Genealogy Gems at the Maryland Historical Society:”  (Francis O'Neill and Catherine Mayfield)  Do you have ancestors who lived or worked in Maryland? Learn how to use the unparalleled genealogical collections of the Maryland Historical Society, which has been collecting family history materials since 1844. Whether you’re researching to join a hereditary society, looking into African American genealogy, or simply interested in Maryland history and people, we’ve got something for you.
“Living in George Washington’s Backyard: Discovering Your Connection to Mount Vernon and the Washingtons:”  (Samantha Snyder)  This presentation will identify resources at Mount Vernon that assist genealogists in discovering or identifying their connections to the Washingtons.
"Uncover Your Ancestors at the Local County Court:"  (Victoria Thompson) The Fairfax Circuit Court Historic Records Center holds court records that date from the founding of Fairfax County in 1742 through the early 20th century.  This presentation will provide an overview of the records in our custody, including, but not limited to: probate records, land records, vital records, chancery cases, court judgments (term papers), military, public buildings, elections, and tax records. We will particularly address immigration/citizenship records in the custody of Fairfax Court. We will also give some helpful tips for researchers who would like to visit the Historic Records Center.  Their website is: