Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
  Pat Trader and Cynthia Dailey Enjoy the Outer Banks Declaration
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Thursday, December 9
Family Tree Maker - an Advanced class - CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED  (Training and Education)
CANCELLED.  Class will cover a Review of Family Tree Maker 2019 improvements, Attendee Questions and Comments.  Class is focused on advanced users.

Tuesday, December 21
Cancelled  (General Meeting)
There will be no General Meeting this month.  Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Hatched, Matched, and Dispatched: Vital Records and Alternatives
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Hatched, Matched, and Dispatched: Vital Records and Alternatives  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Senior Center & Virtual Attendance via Zoom
Presenter:  Sharon MacInnes
Description:  Today’s topic is a refresh on vital records and the myriad sources of finding birth, marriage, and death dates before statewide registration or when an event wasn't recorded. Alternative sources might include Social Security records (Death Index, applications), obits, church and cemetery records, probate and military records, marriage bonds or consents, banns, census records, tax records, deeds, divorce decrees and petitions, coroner records, etc.  Even experienced researchers sometimes forget to look in these alternative records.
Speaker Bio:  Sharon MacInnes, is a former Vice President and Board Member of our Society. Sharon retired after teaching English and United States History in Fairfax County Public Schools. As a Foreign Service spouse prior to settling in Virginia, she lived in Japan, Korea, England, Jordan, Israel, and southern Africa, teaching in several of those locations. Her life as a world wanderer sharpened her desire for roots and sparked an obsession in genealogy.

She is now a Certified Genealogist with over forty years of family research experience focusing on Pennsylvania and land records. She is co-coordinator and instructor of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and author/compiler of eight volumes in a series covering the earliest landowners of various Pennsylvania counties.
Sharon is CEO and maintains a website at on which is posted 19th-Century Pennsylvania landowner maps and atlases as a service for researchers. She is an alumna of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (now Gen-Fed); the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) which is now located at the University of Georgia in Athens; and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She earned her Masters and Ph.D. from American University.

Document Analysis: Digging Into Details
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Document Analysis: Digging Into Details  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Presenter:  Angela Packer McGhie
Description:  Seek the story behind the document by studying the background and context. Assess the reliability of the source and the information it contains. This session will walk step-by-step through analyzing a variety of documents. 
Angela Packer McGhie is a professional researcher, lecturer and instructor. She is the coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and coordinator of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program from 2008-2014 and is now on the board of directors.
Angela is an instructor at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Virtual Institute on Genealogical Research. Angela has served on the Education Committee of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG. She is a contributing author for the APG Quarterly and was honored with a certificate of appreciation from the Association of Professional Genealogists for her leadership and service. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Introduction to Scottish Research  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This class will present an introduction to researching your ancestors who came from Scotland.  What do you need to know about them before you start researching in Scotland?  What records are available in Scotland?  Where are they kept and what is available online?
To register for the class, please send an email with the name and date of the class, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at

FREE! RootsTech 2022 Conference by FamilySearch
Thursday, March 3, 2022
FREE! RootsTech 2022 Conference by FamilySearch  (Conference)
REGISTRATION for the Conference is now open!