Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
  Hollin Hall Entrance
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Using Genealogy to Tell the Story of New York City's Irish Famine Immigrants
Tuesday, September 21
Using Genealogy to Tell the Story of New York City's Irish Famine Immigrants  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration required)
 
Presenter: Tyler Anbinder, Ph.D,  Professor of History, George Washington University 
 
Description: Genealogy is being used more and more to write history, and in this case the Great Famine and the Irish immigrants’ impact in New York City. Professor Tyler Anbinder, in collaboration with a genealogist, has tracked down several thousand famine immigrants through ancestry.com and similar sources, and is using the life stories of those several thousand people to write a group biography of the Famine generation in New York.
 
Registration:
  • All active MVGS members will receive an email with Zoom registration instructions before the meeting. Handouts for members will be posted in the Members Only section of the website prior to the presentation.
  • Nonmembers may attend one meeting for free each year. Nonmembers find event registration and membership information here. 
Speaker Bio: Author of City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York. Tyler Anbinder is a specialist in nineteenth-century American politics and the history of immigration and ethnicity in American life. His most recent book, City of Dreams (2016), is a history of immigrant life in New York City from the early 1600s to the present.  Before that, in 2001, he published Five Points, a history of nineteenth-century America's most infamous immigrant slum, focusing in particular on tenement life, inter-ethnic relations, and ethnic politics.  His first book, Nativism and Slavery (1992), analyzed the role of the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic Know Nothing party on the political crisis that led to the Civil War. 
 
Professor Anbinder has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and held the Fulbright Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Utrecht. He has won awards for his scholarship from the Organization of American Historians, the Columbia University School of Journalism, and the journal Civil War History. He also served as a historical consultant to Martin Scorsese for the making of The Gangs of New York. His is currently writing a book tracing the lives of several thousand Irish Famine immigrants who moved to New York City in the 1840s and '50s. That project's digital history component, created with research assistance from more than two dozen GW students, has already been completed and can be found at http://beyondragstoriches.org.


Thursday, September 23
Research in Washington DC: Using the National Archives  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
TBD
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK MASON
 
Once we know the status of HHSC, we'll be able to enter a final time and location.
 
Many changes in how to do research have taken place at the National Archives.  Some records are now available online and others still must be researched onsite.  What is the best way to accomplish your research needs?
 
To register for this class, please send an email with the date and title of the class, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 



French North American Research
Tuesday, October 19
French North American Research  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration required)
 
Presenter: Daniel Lilienkamp, JD
 
Description: The population of New France was much smaller than that of the English Colonies in North America, but its vast territorial expanse left imprints from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Hudson Bay. Learn what records were created by these early French settlers in Le Canada [Québec], Pays des Illinois, La Louisiane, L'Acadie, and Pays d’en Haut. You will also learn about the Huguenots and their records. The Huguenots were  French protestants who fled persecution in their homeland for a life in the English colonies.
 
Registration:
  • All active MVGS members will receive an email with Zoom registration instructions before the meeting. Handouts for members will be posted in the Members Only section of the website prior to the presentation.
  • Nonmembers may attend one meeting for free each year. Nonmembers find event registration and membership information here. 
Biography: Daniel R. Lilienkamp, J.D. earned a BA in History from Texas Lutheran University and a J.D. from Tulane University. He has been researching his own family for more than twenty years. He is the Reference Specialist at History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library where he has worked for the past fourteen years. He regularly speaks at local, regional, and national conferences where he uses expertise in African American, German, Swiss, Alsace & Lorraine, French Canadian (Quebec), Appalachian and Ohio Valley genealogy to demonstrate sound research practices and the use of complex sources.


Thursday, October 21
Introduction to Scottish Research  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
TBD - Hopefully HHSC will be open
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK MASON
 
Once HHSC status is known, we'll be able to determine a place.
 
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 date and title of the class, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Saturday, October 23
"Tell It Like It Was!" - MVGS' 5th Annual Genealogy Conference  (Conference)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Virtual Conference via Zoom


Thursday, October 28
Family Tree Maker - Beginner's Class - NEW DATE  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 217 HHSC hopefully
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK GEARHART
 
This class will only be held if HHSC is open; it will not be offered via Zoom.     
 
Class will cover Getting Started, Entering Media and Data, and Maintaining and Sharing Your Tree.  This will be aimed at beginners.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the date of the class, the title of the class, your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 



Tuesday, November 9
Using and Understanding Virginia Court Records  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TBD
INSTRUCTOR:  SHARON HODGES
 
In order to locate records relating to your Virginia ancestor, it is important to understand the court system in the state/colony at the time your ancestor resided there.  It is also important to understand the types of records created by those courts and where those records can be found today, including why you should look for loose papers filed with the courts. 
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the date and title of the class, along with your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Migration Trails West
Tuesday, November 16
Migration Trails West  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM Meeting (Registration required)
 
Presenter:  Jacob Eubanks, Associate Librarian at St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO
 
Description: This talk looks at colonial migration patterns west - examining possible routes individuals might have taken to migrate from east to west. The focus will be on ancestor settlers who left the colonies for the Northwest Territory or the western reaches of colonial North Carolina and Virginia (Kentucky and Tennessee).  The talk will cover about a 200 year period from the late 17th to late 19th centuries and look at the development of footpaths, roads, trails, railroads etc. Many of these follow the modern roadways we know today - but their development impacts when and where folks migrated.  
 
Registration:
  • All active MVGS members will receive an email with Zoom registration instructions before the meeting. Handouts for members will be posted in the Members Only section of the website prior to the presentation.
  • Nonmembers may attend one meeting for free each year. Nonmembers find event registration and membership information here. 
 
Speaker Bio: Jacob Eubanks, MLS, is the Assistant Manager of History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library. Jacob is an expert in westward U.S. migration. He regularly lectures on the use of sources including maps, deeds, military, probate, court, and church to resolve challenging and often complex genealogical queries. Jacob is a regular contributor to PastPorts Newsletter and serves as Editorial Director of the Missouri State Genealogical Association. He was previously the Local History and Genealogy Librarian at the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas.



Thursday, December 9
Family Tree Maker - an Advanced class - NEW DATE  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
TBD
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK GEARHART
 
Class will only be held if HHSC is open.  Stay tuned.
 
Class will cover a Review of Family Tree Maker 2019 improvements, Attendee Questions and Comments.  Class is focused on advanced users.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the date of the class, the title of the class, your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 



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.
 
Registration:
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 ancestortracks.com 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.