Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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Wednesday, September 6
Using Fold3 in your Genealogy Research  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 218
Instructor:  Sharon MacInnes
 
NOTE 2nd ROOM CHANGE
 
Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  Additional types of records on Fold3 are:  Naturalization Records, Interactive Census (1860 & 1930), City Directories, Native American Records, Historical Photos; and Homestead Records. 
 
To register for this class, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Monday, September 11
Everything FTM  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 am
Hollin Hall Room 216
Moderator: Charles Gearhart
 
CLASS REOPENED AS OF 15 AUGUST.
 
NOTE NEW ROOM CHANGE
 
This Family Tree Maker study group meeting will concentrate on the windows version.  Users may bring their laptops, and issues, to a round table type meeting where we will discuss user questions, discoveries, lessons learned and some new stuff from fellow users.
 
The class will be basic enough for the beginner to get a fast start, and also connect a few dots for the experienced user.
 
We will first demonstrate all the FTM 2017 changes/improvements and then spend the remainder of the class with attendee "how to" questions.
 
To register for this T&E session please click HERE.
 


Monday, September 11
Using and Evaluating Mug Books for Family History Research  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
NOTE DATE CHANGE
 
What are “mug books?” These were county histories published in the last part of the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. They are called mug books because people submitted information and pictures (their own “mugs”) of their families, and then bought copies of the books. Much of the information provided on their early ancestry is suspect. However, for people living at the end of the nineteenth century, data on immediate family members is usually accurate. Some of these “mug books” are being published on county websites.
 


Monday, September 18
Writing Family History  (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.
 


A Christmas Flight: Aviation Pioneer, Dr. William Christmas.
Tuesday, September 19
A Christmas Flight: Aviation Pioneer, Dr. William Christmas.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Mary Lipsey
 
Description:  Mary wrote "A Christmas Flight: Aviation Pioneer Dr. William Christmas" a story that chronicles her research of Dr. William Wallace Whitney Christmas, who was born in North Carolina in 1865.   Dr. Christmas became the third American to build and fly an airplane, when he flew in secret in 1908 in Fairfax Station, VA . His invention ailerons is used on over 90% of airplanes today.  Later, he built and flew planes at College Park, Maryland and then moved on to Mineola NY.  She will talk about her research and writing the book, which I think will be tremendously interesting. Mary drew heavily from newspapers and other primary sources and found out that Dr. Christmas was kind of an “oddball.” Those are lessons in genealogy our members will appreciate.  She will also have copies of her book for sale.  
 
Mary Lipsey spent 29 years teaching seventh-grade American History at Lake Braddock Secondary School.  She has been a volunteer docent for the National Museum of American History since 1980 and for the National Archives since 2004.  In addition to writing A Christmas Flight, she is the co-author of Braddock’s True Gold: 20th-Century Life in the Heart of Fairfax County.  She serves on the Fairfax County History Commission and is past president of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc., which works to preserve and protect family cemeteries in Fairfax County.
 


Thursday, September 21
Locating and Using Guardianship Records  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 

In the male dominated world of the 19th century, a widow had to be appointed the guardian of her own children by the court.  Children were often left inheritances by their grandparents or other relatives.  In some states, parents were prohibited access to their children’s legacies and a guardian was appointed.  The laws governing guardianships vary from state to state and time-period to time-period.  The records documenting guardianships vary as well.  Guardianship records may contain a wealth of genealogical information and lead to other records.  This class will address how to locate and use these records.

 

To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net 

 

 




Monday, October 2
Entering information onto the family tree on FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 214 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan
 
Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto family trees on the FamilySearch.org website. The class will be taught in room 214, the MVGS Research Center. The class is limited to 12 attendees. There are 7 PC’s in the room that people can use. The remaining 5 people will need to bring their own laptops.

 

Please create your own account on FamilySearch.org BEFORE you come to class.  The website will email your password and account info to your home email.

 

 

Please bring the handouts with you to class, or have them handy on your laptop to use.

 

To register for this workshop, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 

 

 



Monday, October 2
A Guide to Connecticut Resources  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
A recent webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
 


Monday, October 16
Writing Family History  (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.
 


Behind The Ivied Walls
Tuesday, October 17
Behind The Ivied Walls  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
Description: Genealogists use courthouse records, go to archives and to libraries, but often forget that colleges and universities may hold the answer to many questions.  Learn what types of records might be found behind the ivied walls.
Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer. She has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years. Sharon 
 
Sharon is a graduate of the NGS American Genealogy Home Study Course and of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives. She has been a guest numerous times on Fairfax Cable Channel 10 program Tracing Your Family Roots. She has also taught genealogy courses through the Fairfax County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Fairfax Adult Education program. She is a past president of MVGS.
 


Thursday, October 19
Mapping the Neighborhood to Understand Our Ancestors' Lives  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 

Where did our ancestors live, shop, work, attend church, and go for recreation?  Coordinating the information found in our ancestors records with maps of the area and time-period where they lived can reveal a great deal about their lives.

 

To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 

 



Monday, October 23
English Resources Available in the US  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 201 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Amy Breedlove
 

This class will explain the various online resources available here in the US that can be used in doing your English genealogy research.

 

To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 

 




Thursday, November 2
A Guide to Connecticut Resources  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
A recent webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
 


Monday, November 6
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 214 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan
 

Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the FamilySearch.org website more effectively. The workshop will be taught in room 214, the MVGS Research Center. The class is limited to 12 attendees. There are 7 PC’s in the room that people can use. The remaining 5 people will need to bring their own laptops.

 

Please bring a copy of the handouts with you, or have them handy on your laptops to use.

 

To register for this workshop, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 

 

 



Wednesday, November 8
An Overview of DNA Testing and Its Use in Genealogy  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 216 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Jim Logan
 

NOTE ROOM CHANGE AS OF 21 AUG

 

An overview of each of the three basic types of DNA tests (Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal), including an introduction of the genetics, illustration of test reports, and examples of their use in genealogy.   It is designed to clarify the differences in the three types of test and help address people’s confusion about this topic.  

 

To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 

 



Tuesday, November 14
Comparing Genealogy Databases and Getting the Most Bang for your Buck  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 217 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Sharon MacInnes
 
This class will compare a variety of genealogy databases to determine how helpful they are to you.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 
 


Realistic Visionary, A Portrait of George Washington.
Tuesday, November 21
Realistic Visionary, A Portrait of George Washington.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Dr. Peter Henriques
 
Description: It was not simply by chance that George Washington was America’s greatest leader, although good fortune certainly played a role, Professor Henrique’s book, Realistic Visionary, A Portrait of George Washington, examines the unique set of personality traits and variety of talents that enabled Washington to achieve success that would not have seemed possible given the obstacles he faced.  As an example of his successful leadership, Professor Henriques will discuss Washington's relationship with several elite women.
 
Dr Henriqes received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 1971 and is Professor of History, Emeritus, from George Mason University. He taught American and Virginia history with a special emphasis on the Virginia Founding Fathers, especially George Washington.
 
His most recent book, "Realistic Visionary: A Portrait of George Washington," published by the University of Virginia Press came out in paperback in 2008. His other books include "The Death of George Washington: He Died as He Lived." and a brief biography of George Washington written for the National Park Service. His current book project is entitled, “America’s Atlas: The Leadership of George Washington and other Essays.”
 
A member of both the Editorial Board for the George Washington Papers and of the Mount Vernon committee of George Washington Scholars, he regularly conducts Leadership Institutes at Mount Vernon for various government and private groups and is involved in various teacher seminars conducted by Mount Vernon and other educational institutions. He presented the Distinguished Lecture Series at Colonial Williamsburg, 2011-12, and was the 2012 winner of the George Washington Memorial Award given by the George Washington Masonic Memorial Association. For the past several years he has been the Scholar in Residence for Mount Vernon’s “Weekend with George Washington” open to Virginia teachers.