Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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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 

 




Wednesday, November 1
Research in Washington, DC Using the National Archives and the Library of Congress  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
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?
 
In November 2013 the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room was moved to the Main Reading Room.  How has this and other changes at the library affected the way you research in the many reading rooms?
 


Thursday, November 2
New England SIG: 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, 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 the researcher.  The databases will include Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast. Also mentioned will be the resources included in Fold3, Newspapers.com, Genealogy Bank, NewspaperArchive.com, AmericanAncestors, Legacy FamilyTreeWebinars, as well as a couple of free sites; Rootsweb and WeRelate.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 
 


Monday, November 20
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.
 


Right Hand Man? Alexander Hamilton’s Relationship With George Washington: The Musical vs the Reality
Tuesday, November 21
Right Hand Man? Alexander Hamilton’s Relationship With George Washington: The Musical vs the Reality  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Dr. Peter Henriques
 
Description:  Professor Henriques believes that the collaboration between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton was the most important in the founding of our nation. What was the nature of their relationship? Were they intimate friends?  What caused Hamilton to resign from Washington's staff in a huff during the War and how did Washington respond? How influential was Hamilton on Washington's decisions as President? And what was their relationship after Washington's term in office? How accurate is the portrayal of their relationship in the musical, Hamilton?
 
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.
 



Monday, December 4
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 214 Holllin 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 to class, 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, December 6
Research in Washington, DC Using the DAR Library the BLM, and DC Area Lesser Known Research Faciliti  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
The DAR Library is not just for researching your Revolutionary War Ancestors.  The collection contains a wealth of information about families from the Revolution to the 21st Century.  The Bureau of Land Management has custody of millions of federal land records that can be searched online.
 
Many small libraries like Collinwood, Mt. Vernon, Family History Centers, public libraries in the area house collections for genealogical research.  What collections might assist you in your research?
 


Monday, December 18
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.
 


MVGS Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 19
MVGS Holiday Party  (General Meeting)
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Facilitator: Janell Blue
 
Description: Please come to our Holiday Party.  In addition to all the great food dishes that will be brought by our members, attendees will be asked to bring or wear items that identify their ancestral country of origin.  They may also wish to bring food that is typical of that country.  Members will be given an opportunity to sign-up and to give a brief re-cap of their cultural history, things they remember from their childhood about their immigrant grandparents, or how they discovered their ancestry, etc.