Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Sunday, October 20
Telling Your Story, Leaving a Legacy  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm
B’nai Israel Hebrew Congregation, 6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
Explore the idea of preserving your own story. Historians and families used to have letters and diaries to construct their family history. In a world gone digital, how will we pass on our experiences and life lessons?

Come hear Anne Bolen, owner of an oral history recording service, explain why your story matters and how to make sure it isn’t lost. The presentation will include a fun exercise to demonstrate how to tell your story.
 
More information HERE
 


Monday, October 21
German SIG: Virginia Room German Sources  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library
Speaker: Chris Barbauschak, Virginia Staff Librarian
 
Review of the Virginia Room’s holdings of German books, aids, and possible records. 
 
 
 


Monday, October 21
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.
 


Tuesday, October 22
Overview of Doing Genealogy Research in Ireland  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Paul McFarland.
 
As of 3 Sep class is full, but there will be a waiting list in case there are cancellations.
You may have been told that researching Irish genealogy is very difficult, if not downright impossible.  Like all ethnic genealogy, Irish research is difficult.  But, it definitely is not impossible.  Most people can start with some knowledge of their Irish roots, even if only an ancestor's family name, when they start looking.  While it is true that a lot of priceless records were lost in the 1922 fire at the Public Record Office in Dublin, there are many, many more sources of information than you have probably been led to believe.  That doesn't mean finding your ancestors is as easy as ABC; it just means it is not impossible.  But where to start?  This presentation will give you some starting points to help you with your research.  You will learn that almost all Irish research can be conducted right here in the US and that going to Ireland to do research before exhausting all resources in the US will be a wasted research trip but a lovely vacation.  The lecture will provide you with an orientation to the many newer Irish resources which are available sometimes in Ireland and often, on Ancestry or Family Search, which are expanding the available knowledge base.  
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Fairfax Genealogical Society Fall Fair
Saturday, October 26
Fairfax Genealogical Society Fall Fair  (Conference)
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Dunn Loring Fire Station
Speaker: Sharon MacInnes, Ph.D, CG ®
 
For all the necessary information and registration forms click HERE
 



Monday, November 4
Using Familysearch.org Workshop  (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 use the Familysearch.org website more effectively  
Workshop is limited to 10 people.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the workshop is full, at least 4 people will need to bring their laptops.  I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.
 
To do anything on Familysearch.org you need a free account.  If you don't already have one, please set one up ahead of time and remember to bring the id and password with you to the workshop.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, workshop name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comast.net.
 


Monday, November 4
New England SIG: Early Connecticut Records  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan
 
Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: “The Barbour Index and Beyond,” the subject of a book being published by Linda MacLachlan.
 


Tuesday, November 12
Overview of Genealogy Research in Ohio  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Janice Reid.
 
The purpose of this class is to provide the participant with suggested resources for finding genealogical information on ancestors who lived in Ohio.  Discussion will cover repositories, on-line resources, vital records, and other sources within Ohio.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Genealogy, DNA, and Unknown Parentage Cases: Strategies for Success.
Tuesday, November 19
Genealogy, DNA, and Unknown Parentage Cases: Strategies for Success.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Shannon Combs-Bennett
 
Discussion:  Whether you are adopted or simply do not know the parentage of an ancestor there are strategies for using DNA with your genealogy to bring greater success in these cases. In this lecture you will learn tips for successfully incorporating your DNA results into traditional genealogy research, how to reach out to matches, plus learn about the pitfalls and setbacks which can come with this type of research.
 
Shannon is an award-winning author, presenter and lecturer on topics ranging from genealogy methodology to DNA. Shannon has a BS in Biology with an emphasis in genetics from Indiana University. She also completed the Boston University certificate program, earned her PLCGS – American Records from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and is currently enrolled in the Glasgow University of Strathclyde masters program studying Genealogical, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies.
 


Thursday, November 21
Church Records for Genealogical Research  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 201
Instructor:  Chuck Mason.
 
Note - This class was originally scheduled in Nov 2018 but was cancelled due to snow.  
Many of the early settlers of the American Colonies came to find religious freedom.  The church was an important part of our ancestors' lives.  In small communities it was often the center of their social lives.  The records kept vary from one denomination to another.  Even the denominations that kept very few records can play a very critical part in documenting our ancestors, especially in the time-period before vital records began.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, December 2
Using Familysearch.org Workshop  (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 Familysearch.org website more effectively.  
Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the workshop is full, at least 4 people will need to bring their own laptops.  I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.
 
To do anything on Familysearch.org you need to have a free account.  If you don't already have one, please set up an account ahead of time and remember to bring the id and password with you to the workshop.
 
To register, please send an emaily with your name, phone number, workshop name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Monday, December 2
African American Genealogy Study Group  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, Meeting Room 1&2

Instructor:  Steve Walker

 

Join fellow genealogists researching African American ancestors in this facilitated study group.  Share your brick wall challenges and research success stories.  We'll learn from each other.  Centreville & Virginia Room program.

 

Follow the Virginia Room genealogy program HERE.

 



Thursday, December 5
New England SIG: Early New England Research  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan
 
Webinar entitled "Top Ten Published Resources for Early New England Research."
 


MVGS Annual Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 10
MVGS Annual Christmas Party  (General Meeting)
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
 
 
 
NOTE that the 2019 party will be conducted one week earlier, on the 2nd Tuesday of December and also we start at noon.
 



Monday, January 6, 2020
New England SIG: Early New England Research  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan
 
Webinar entitled "Top Ten Published Resources for Early New England Research."