Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Thursday, August 3
Using and Evaluating Mug Books for Family History Research  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
What are “mug books?” These were county histories published in the last part of the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. They are called mug books because people submitted information and pictures (their own “mugs”) of their families, and then bought copies of the books. Much of the information provided on their early ancestry is suspect. However, for people living at the end of the nineteenth century, data on immediate family members is usually accurate. Some of these “mug books” are being published on county websites.
 


Monday, August 7
Entering information onto the Family Tree on FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan
 
Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto family trees on the FamilySearch.org website.  The workshop will be held in room 214, the MVGS Research Center  The class is limited to 12 attendees.  There are 7 PC's in the room that people can use.  The remaining 5  people will need to bring their own laptops.
 
Please create your own account on FamilySearch.org BEFORE you come to class.  The website will email your password and account info to your home email.
 
Please bring a copy of the handouts with you, or have them handy on your laptop to use.
 
To register for this workshop, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Thursday, August 10
PICASA - An Electronic Image Organizer and Viewer  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 217
Instructor: Charles Gearhart
 
Picasa was a free image organizer and viewer for organzing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo sharing website.  On February 12, 2016, Google announced it was discontinuing support for Picasa Desktop and Web Albums, effective March 15, 2016, and focusing on the cloud-based Google Photos as its successor.  Picasa Web Albums, a companion service, was closed on May 1, 2016.  Even though not supported, this program provides many great media enhancing features.
 
Picasa has file importing and tracking features, as well as tags, facial recognition, and collections for further sorting.  It also offers several basic photo editing functions, including color enhancement red eye reduction, and cropping.  This training session will discuss the capabilities of Picasa and the latest addtiion of Google Photos.
 
To register for this T&E session, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 
 


Finding Pre-and Post-Civil War Virginia Records, Including Plantation Records
Tuesday, August 15
Finding Pre-and Post-Civil War Virginia Records, Including Plantation Records  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Char McCargo Bah
 
Description:  This lecture will present a variety of records that can be used in searching for your ancestors.  These records will include pre and post-civil war records for free and enslaved people.  A sample copy of each record group will show the genealogical value to uncovering more information about your ancestors.  For each record group, a description of where to find the record will be discussed.  
 
Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC.  She has been a genealogist since 1981; she has appeared in numerous television interviews with CBS, FOX-5, Comcast, Public Broadcasting Services just to name a few and documentaries. She has received numerous awards in 2014, 2013, 2010, and in 2009 for her work in genealogy.  She was the City of Alexandria’s genealogist on the Alexandria Freedmen and Contraband Cemetery. She became a “Living Legend of Alexandria in 2014.” She is co-author of “African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.” Char has over 39 articles for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) in a column called “Char’s Corner”.  She is currently working on her second book which will be available in 2018; and, she has just completed a PBS documentary on the first African American NBA player as well as working with PBS on other projects.  The documentary is scheduled to air in late Fall 2017 or early 2018.  The title “The First to Make It.”
 


Thursday, August 17
Finding and Using Unusual Records  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 201 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Sharon Hodges
 
This class will address locating and using records such as insurance records, various licenses and their applications, etc. in your genealogy research.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, September 4
Using and Evaluating Mug Books for Family History Research  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
What are “mug books?” These were county histories published in the last part of the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. They are called mug books because people submitted information and pictures (their own “mugs”) of their families, and then bought copies of the books. Much of the information provided on their early ancestry is suspect. However, for people living at the end of the nineteenth century, data on immediate family members is usually accurate. Some of these “mug books” are being published on county websites.
 


Wednesday, September 6
Using Fold3 in your Genealogy Research  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 218
Instructor:  Sharon MacInnes
 
NOTE 2nd ROOM CHANGE
 
Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  Additional types of records on Fold3 are:  Naturalization Records, Interactive Census (1860 & 1930), City Directories, Native American Records, Historical Photos; and Homestead Records. 
 
To register for this class, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Monday, September 11
Everything FTM  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 am
Hollin Hall Room 214
Moderator: Charles Gearhart
 
NOTE ROOM CHANGE
 
This Family Tree Maker study group meeting will concentrate on the windows version.  Users may bring their laptops, and issues, to a round table type meeting where we will discuss user questions, discoveries, lessons learned and some new stuff from fellow users.
 
The class will be basic enough for the beginner to get a fast start, and also connect a few dots for the experienced user.
 
We will also track the progress of software MacKiev in their continuance of the FTM product.
 
To register for this T&E session please click HERE.
 


A Christmas Flight: Aviation Pioneer, Dr. William Christmas.
Tuesday, September 19
A Christmas Flight: Aviation Pioneer, Dr. William Christmas.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Mary Lipsey
 
Description:  Mary wrote "A Christmas Flight: Aviation Pioneer Dr. William Christmas" a story that chronicles her research of Dr. William Wallace Whitney Christmas, who was born in North Carolina in 1865.   Dr. Christmas became the third American to build and fly an airplane, when he flew in secret in 1908 in Fairfax Station, VA . His invention ailerons is used on over 90% of airplanes today.  Later, he built and flew planes at College Park, Maryland and then moved on to Mineola NY.  She will talk about her research and writing the book, which I think will be tremendously interesting. Mary drew heavily from newspapers and other primary sources and found out that Dr. Christmas was kind of an “oddball.” Those are lessons in genealogy our members will appreciate.  She will also have copies of her book for sale.  
 
Mary Lipsey spent 29 years teaching seventh-grade American History at Lake Braddock Secondary School.  She has been a volunteer docent for the National Museum of American History since 1980 and for the National Archives since 2004.  In addition to writing A Christmas Flight, she is the co-author of Braddock’s True Gold: 20th-Century Life in the Heart of Fairfax County.  She serves on the Fairfax County History Commission and is past president of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc., which works to preserve and protect family cemeteries in Fairfax County.
 


Thursday, September 21
Locating and Using Guardianship Records  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 

In the male dominated world of the 19th century, a widow had to be appointed the guardian of her own children by the court.  Children were often left inheritances by their grandparents or other relatives.  In some states, parents were prohibited access to their children’s legacies and a guardian was appointed.  The laws governing guardianships vary from state to state and time-period to time-period.  The records documenting guardianships vary as well.  Guardianship records may contain a wealth of genealogical information and lead to other records.  This class will address how to locate and use these records.

 

To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net 

 

 




Monday, October 2
Entering information onto the family tree on FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 214 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan
 
Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto family trees on the FamilySearch.org website. The class will be taught in room 214, the MVGS Research Center. The class is limited to 12 attendees. There are 7 PC’s in the room that people can use. The remaining 5 people will need to bring their own laptops.

 

Please create your own account on FamilySearch.org BEFORE you come to class.  The website will email your password and account info to your home email.

 

 

Please bring the handouts with you to class, or have them handy on your laptop to use.

 

To register for this workshop, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 

 

 



Monday, October 2
A Guide to Connecticut Resources  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
A recent webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
 


Behind The Ivied Walls
Tuesday, October 17
Behind The Ivied Walls  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
Description: Genealogists use courthouse records, go to archives and to libraries, but often forget that colleges and universities may hold the answer to many questions.  Learn what types of records might be found behind the ivied walls.
Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer. She has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years. Sharon 
 
Sharon is a graduate of the NGS American Genealogy Home Study Course and of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives. She has been a guest numerous times on Fairfax Cable Channel 10 program Tracing Your Family Roots. She has also taught genealogy courses through the Fairfax County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Fairfax Adult Education program. She is a past president of MVGS.
 


Thursday, October 19
Mapping the Neighborhood to Understand Our Ancestors' Lives  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 

Where did our ancestors live, shop, work, attend church, and go for recreation?  Coordinating the information found in our ancestors records with maps of the area and time-period where they lived can reveal a great deal about their lives.

 

To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net