Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  Charles Belfield First American Ancestor
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Monday, July 16
Writing Family History SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Paul Phelps
 
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.
 
More information about this class may be obtained from the instructor, by clicking HERE.
 


Understanding Your Ancestry--Genographic Project Results to Date.
Tuesday, July 17
Understanding Your Ancestry--Genographic Project Results to Date.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Dr. Miguel Vilar, Ph D
 
Description:  The National Geographic’s groundbreaking Genographic Project is a quest to map the genetic journey of humans. It provides an unprecedented view into our deep ancestry. When our ancestors first migrated out of Africa around 60,000 years ago, they met other homimin species and interbred. The Genographic Project uses DNA analysis and cutting-edge technology to answer fundamental questions about where we originated and how our ancestors came to populate the Earth. It will help you find out what migratory routes your ancestors took and how they left their mark on your DNA.  The Deep Ancestry Report reveals the anthropological story of your ancestors—where they lived and how they migrated.
 
The DNA analysis conducted by the National Geographic Society is intended to determine what migratory routes your deep ancestors followed, on which branch of the human family tree you belong, and what your regional affiliations are. Starting from Africa some 150,000 years ago, we provide a customized map detailing the journey of your ancestors that brought you to where you are today. Using customized photographs, videos and news stories, stories of how your ancestors migrated from region to region are provided and your DNA is matched to dozens of regions around the world, identifying your most recent heritage.
 
You will also find out about the GENO 2.0 Next Generation Ancestry Migration Kit. More than 950,000 people have already taken part in the Genographic Project- unlocking the mysteries of their deep ancestry going as far back as 200,000 years
 
Dr. Miguel Vilar is a molecular anthropologist and a science writer. His fieldwork has taken him to remote places throughout the South Pacific, East Africa, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean. In the laboratory, he researches the modern genetic diversity of human populations from Melanesia, Micronesia, North and Central America, and the Caribbean. Miguel has published in several anthropology and genetics journals, as well as popular science magazines..
 
 
 



Thursday, August 2
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 3:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
Webinar with Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert discussing "NEHGS Early Military Resources:  Colonial Wars to War of 1812."
 


Monday, August 6
Entering Information onto Family Search Family Tree  (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 the family tree on the FamilySearch.org website.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptops, etc.  Note - I-Pads and phones don't work for this class.
 
There's been a change at Family Search and you now have to have an account (it's free) to do anything - even search.  So, please set up an account before you come to class, if you don't already have one, and remember to bring your account id and password with you to class.
There are handouts for this class.  Please remember to bring a copy with you, or have it available on your laptop, if you're bringing one.  Thank you.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, class subject, and whether you're bringing a laptop, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Thursday, August 9
10 Ways to Publish Your Work  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 217
Instructor:  Sharon MacInnes
 
Sharon will present varying ways to publish your family history.  
 
To register, please send an email with your name and the class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Tuesday, August 14
Hands-on-the-Question - researching with a plan, Part 1  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Facilitator:  Janell Blue
 
THE DATE FOR THIS CLASS HAS BEEN UPDATED.  THIS CLASS HAS BEEN FILLED.
 
This hands-on course is limited to two participants plus Ms Blue and consists of two one-hour sessions.  It is designed to assist in developing a research plan to address a specific genealogical problem.  At the first meeting, you will formulate a genealogical question and a research plan.  Participants will be assigned homework specific to their project and then discuss the progress at a follow-up session.  This is ideal for researchers with beginning or moderate experience levels.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Monday, August 20
Writing Family History SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Paul Phelps
 
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.
 
More information about this class may be obtained from the instructor, by clicking HERE.
 


History of Ellis Island, with emphasis on the Medical Inspection of Immigrants.
Tuesday, August 21
History of Ellis Island, with emphasis on the Medical Inspection of Immigrants.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Dr. Alan Kraut, University Professor of History, American University.
 
Dr. Kraut is University Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member of the School of International Service at American University. He is also a Non-resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Currently, he is the President of the Organization of American Historians, the largest professional organization of American historians. He specializes in U.S. immigration and ethnic history, and the history of medicine in the U.S. and the American Civil War. He co-directs American University's Civil War Institute.
 
He is the prize-winning author or editor of nine books. Most recently he has co-edited Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping the Nation's Immigration Story (2013). His best known volumes include: Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the "immigrant Menace" (1994); The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921 (2nd ed. 2001); and Goldberger's War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003). His research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Institutes of Health. He is a frequent consultant on PBS and History Channel documentaries.
 
Dr. Kraut is the past president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and currently chairs the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee. He is an elected fellow of the prestigious Society of American Historians and has been the recipient of the American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award. His degrees are: Ph.D, History, Cornell University; MA, History, Cornell University; BA, History, Hunter College, CUNY.
 


Thursday, August 23
DATE WILL CHANGE. FULL - Hands-on-the-Question - researching with a plan, Part 2  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Facilitator:  Janell Blue
 
THE DATE FOR THIS CLASS WILL CHANGE - MOST LIKELY TO SOME TIME IN OCTOBER.  THE NEW DATES WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS WE KNOW THEM
The session is FULL. 
 
This is the follow up to August 14th session.
This hands-on course is limited to two participants who attended the 7 August session plus Ms Blue and consists of two one-hour sessions.  It is designed to assist in developing a research plan to address a specific genealogical problem.  At the first meeting, you would have formulated a genealogical question and a research plan.  Participants would have been assigned homework specific to their project and then will discuss the progress at this follow up session.  This is ideal for researchers with beginning or moderate experience levels.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net



Monday, September 3
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
TO BE DETERMINED
 


Monday, September 10
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan  
 
Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find-A-Grave website.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring a laptop, etc.
 
In addition to registering for the workshop itself, you will need to set up an account on Find A Grave.  Remember to bring your account id and password with you to class.  
 
To register, please send an email with your name, class subject, and whether you're bringing your own laptop to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Monday, September 17
Joint Program With Martha Washington Library on Virginia Room Resources  (Conference)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Martha Washington Library
On Monday, September 17, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society and Martha Washington Library will provide a joint program to the general public on the resources of the Virginia Room, City of Fairfax Regional Library.  This FREE program will be presented at 7-8:30 pm at the Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, VA 22307.  Laura Wickstead, Librarian of the Virginia Room, will discuss the numerous resources available for genealogists.
 
The Virginia Room maintains a collection rich in regional history and genealogy, as well as local and state government information and legal resources.  The staff collect the historical record of the people, associations, events and places of Fairfax County, Virginia.  In addition to these local history resources, researchers can use the Virginia Room’s print holdings and online databases to research genealogy from all 50 states.  Other resources available for use are: maps, an extensive photographic archive, manuscript collections, local newspapers, and rare books.
 


Efficient and Effective On-Site Research Strategies
Tuesday, September 18
Efficient and Effective On-Site Research Strategies  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Victor S. Dunn, CG.
 
Discussion:  Learn how to make the most of your time on a research trip to a courthouse, library or other repository from a full-time professional genealogist.  Pre-trip planning and use of electronics will be discussed.
 
Vic has been a Board-certified genealogist since 1999.  He is coordinator and instructor of the Virginia Research Track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).
 
Vic won the 2014 Mosher Award for Colonial Virginia Research and is the Official Genealogist of the Order of First Families of Virginia. He lectures at national, state and local genealogy conferences.
 
He is a contributor to major genealogical publications including feature articles in the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Quarterly and NGS Newsmagazine, Northern Virginia Genealogy, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter. 
 
Vic is a past board member of the Virginia Genealogical Society and past trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  He also past treasurer and board member of the National Genealogical Society and past vice-president of the Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society.
 
He has testified in Virginia and West Virginia courts and is recognized as an expert witness in probate and estate matters. Vic has done extensive study of Virginia land records, including land platting using Deedmapper and reconstructing ancestral neighborhoods.
 
Vic received his B.S. and M.S. at Virginia Tech.
 


Tuesday, September 25
Solving Research Problems with the Genealogical Proof Standard(GPS)  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
NOTE DATE HAS CHANGED
The Genealogical Proof Standard was introduced at the 1999 NGS Conference in Richmond, VA.  Researchers at all levels of research experience now use what more experienced and professional researchers first used.  Fully understanding and using the GPS can assist in solving both simple and the most complex genealogical problems.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, October 1
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (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 add information onto the Find-A-Grave website.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring a laptop, etc.
 
In addition to registering for the workshop itself, you will need to set up an account on Find-A-Grave.  Remember to bring your account id and password with you to class.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, the class subject, and whether you're bringing a laptop to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Thursday, October 4
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
Subject To Be Determined
 


Thursday, October 11
Everything FTM Follow-On  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 217
Instructor: Charles Gearhart
 
2016 and 17 were hectic years for us Family Tree Maker (FTM) users.  First Ancestry.com ceased supporting FTM and all our hearts sunk becasue we had all our ancestry data in that program.  Finally one of Ancestry's sub contractors, Software Mackiev, took on the task of upgrading and maintaining the software.  There are many changes to their 2017 version.  Last year the FTM users met several times to follow Mackiev's progress and review the changes.  These 2018 sessions will consist of "playing" with the software and answering questions.  You can be a new user or a seasoned pro, all are welcomed.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net