Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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German SIG:
Monday, November 19
German SIG: "My Trip to Posen"  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library
Speaker: Janell Blue
Janelle will present the results of her recent German genealogy research trip to Posen (now Poland).
For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at 

The Germanic French: Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families
Tuesday, November 20
The Germanic French: Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
This lecture explains how a significant population of German-speakers came to reside in France and explores the peculiarities of researching ancestors of Alsace, Lorraine, and Elsass-Lothringen. It discusses when, why and how people from these areas came to the United States during the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. Research challenges include: records kept in French, German and Latin; shifting national borders; peculiar surnames; and Catholic, Protestant and Jewish residents. Indispensable Websites are reviewed, as well as books and manuals, and the large body of records available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. He received his Ph.D. from Catholic University.
Today Dr. Colletta teaches diverse audiences nationwide how to reconstruct their family’s past from scraps of information found in old written records, maps, newspapers, photographs, tombstones and heirlooms.  He lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He has also taught for Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program. He is the author of several books, many articles, and a 15-lesson genealogy course. His books will be available for sale after the lecture.

Monday, December 3
WORKSHOP IS FILLED AS OF 15NOV - Using Family  (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 use the Family website more effectively.  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

Wednesday, December 5
MVGS Methodology SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
Subject To Be Determined.  Contact Chuck M for details.

Thursday, December 6
New England SIG: Searching Journals on  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
NEHGS has made several important journals—the Register, The Mayflower Descendant, The American Genealogist, Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, and The Virginia Genealogist to name a few—available as searchable databases on  Come to the class and learn how you can use these journals at no cost in our Research Center.

Monday, December 17
German SIG: "Under Development"  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library
Speaker: TBD
For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at 

MVGS Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 18
MVGS Christmas Party  (General Meeting)
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Coordinator:  Maureen Cunningham
The first use of Christmas trees as they're known today dates back to the 1500's.  Some claim the tree originated in Germany in the mid 1500's, others claim it was Latvia in the early 1500's, and a few even believe in a legend that St. Boniface created the Christmas tree in the 7th century.  
The theme for 2018 will be “Reflections Around the Tree”. The initial announcement will be given at our October meeting, followed by an article in the November/December newsletter.  Maureen Cunningham, will have the sign-up sheet at the November meeting.
Members will be asked to bring a meaningful holiday decoration or ornament to display, followed with voting by the membership for winners in three categories: unusual, vintage and ethnic. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category.
Members will also be requested to bring an ethnic dish for the festive tables AND a non-perishable food item for donation.The Board will provide ham and rotisserie chicken.
Stay tuned for more details.