Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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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.


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
A Focus on Virginia Records and Research [new title but same class]  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TBD
INSTRUCTOR:  SHARON HODGES
 
Information specific and unique to researching Virginia ancestors, understanding Virginia history, and using Virginia repositories.  Learn about the state and county court systems during the time of your ancestors, the types of records created by those courts, where the records can be found toay, and burned county information.  Other topics will include Virginia vital records, land boundary changes and disputes, immigration and naturalization, death and probate, and church records. 
 
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.


Wednesday, November 17
Introduction to Scottish Research - note the NEW DATE  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK MASON
 
NEW CLASS DATE
 
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.
 



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.