Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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“Who Worked Here: Uncovering their Names and their Descendants”
Tuesday, June 16
“Who Worked Here: Uncovering their Names and their Descendants”  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING & PRESENTATION (Details will be sent separately to members)
Presenter: Char McCargo Bah, Professional Genealogist

Description: This lecture will discuss the ways of identifying individuals who worked on plantations (free and enslaved), who worked at institutions, for the State and County prior and after the civil war. The lecture will include setting up a research plan, uncovering the local history, identifying the local churches, cemeteries, social institutions, schools and bonding with the community. Genealogical tools that will be discuss are throwing out the oral history and replacing it with a social conversation, using maps and other genealogical tools to uncover the individuals in a community.
 
Char has been a genealogy researcher since 1981. She is CEO and founder of FindingThingsforU, LLC. She a historical investigator, lecturer, and freelance writer who has been featured in numerous TV programs and several newspapers. She is the author of a genealogical column called “Char’s Corner” and is a former board member of the Virginia Genealogical Society. Char has also completed a PBS documentary.
 
Two of her genealogical success stories were finding out that a German client was a relative and being selected for a documentary with the Ellis Island Foundation.
 
Char was the City of Alexandria’s genealogist on the Alexandria Freedmen and Contraband Cemetery and received the 2009 Alexandria Special History Award.  She received the “Living Legend of Alexandria” award in 2014. She is the co-author of “African Americans of Alexandria, VA: Beacons of Light in the 20th Century” and is currently working on her second book. 
 
Her research specialties are: adoption; African Americans; civil war; federal records; historical sites; House Historian; land records; Library of Congress; migration; neighborhood reconstruction; forensic studies; and court records.
 


Thursday, June 25
Google Photos  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 217 HHSC
Instructor:  Charles Gearhart
 
THIS CLASS MAY HAVE TO BE RESCHEDULED.  STAY TUNED.
 
As ancestry enthusiasts we are data collectors and especially keepers of those old photos, marriage and birth certificates.  We can store our media as scans on our computer, on a removable hard drive or use one of the now many "cloud" systems.  Google Photos [GP] aims to be our one-stop shop for all our photos.  Its capabilities allow one to store, search, enhance, create folders, share specific folders, and even add to existing folders, or allow others to collaborate and add their own photos to the folder you have invited them to.  The price is also right.  If you have Google Photos already on your laptop computer or cell phone, bring it to this class and follow along with the instructor as the class discusses individual techniques.  If you just want to get an introduction to GP, that's fine.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, July 6
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 214
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.
 
This class was originally planned for 4 May. 
 
Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Familysearch.org website more effectively  
Workshop is limited to 10 people. 
 
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.
 


Eastern European Research
Tuesday, July 21
Eastern European Research  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING & PRESENTATION (Details will be sent separately to members)
Presenter: Mary Ann Evan, Genealogy Researcher
 
Mary Ann Evan got her start in genealogy by listening as a child in Cleveland to the stories her grandparents told about “the old country.” She began tracing their paths back to their ancestral villages. in 1990, and has since then visited all four of those villages and has found living relatives in three of them (for the fourth, it’s just a matter of time!).
 
She has been volunteering at the Washington, DC, Family History Center, in Kensington, Maryland, for more than 25 years, and has had the opportunity to work with and learn from people of diverse backgrounds researching all over the United States and in many countries of the world.
 
Mary Ann has made presentations at local family history conferences and is presently facilitating an Eastern European Focus group at the Family History Center. She has also made research trips to Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
 
In her professional life, Mary Ann started as a teacher and in the early 1980s moved into information technology. She is recently retired from Pepco, where her last 20 years were spent working in computer security.
 


Thursday, July 30
Shush! It is a Secret. Did your Ancestor Belong?  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 HHSC
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
The Freemasons was formed in 1717 in London and came to colonial America.  Many other so called secret or fraternal organizations were formed in the 18th and 19th centuries.  These societies were social, benevolent, service, ethnic, trade, religious, and political organizations.  Did your ancestor belong and if they did can you find their records?
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net



Monday, August 3
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 214
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.
 
This class was originally planned for 1 June.
 
Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.   Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  
 
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, phone number, workshop name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Tuesday, August 11
Gone to Texas  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 HHSC
Instructor:  Janell Blue
 
News of abundant land, freedom and adventure lured some of our German ancestors to Texas.  Find out more about where they went and what they found.
 
To register for this class, please send an email with your name, phone number, and the date and name of the class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 
 
 


Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records.
Tuesday, August 18
Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING & PRESENTATION (This is subject to change based on status of COVID-19 closings)
Presenter: Linda MacLachlan, Author, Past President MVGS.

Description: If the Barbour Index is unquestionably the starting point for Connecticut research, we can now say with equal confidence that it must share the spotlight with a new publication: Linda MacLachlan’s Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: The Barbour Index and Beyond. The product of a 10-year examination of Connecticut vital records, this identifies the original sources of the millions of early Connecticut vital records abstracted in the Barbour Index. It names hundreds of books, manuscripts, and articles not referenced by Barbour, and points the researcher to thousands of additional sources for early Connecticut births, deaths, and marriages. Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records is, in fact, a complete inventory of Connecticut vital records, and no collection can be complete without it.
 
Finding Early Connecticut Records contains a town-by-town bibliography of both Barbour’s actual sources for the information in his Index and all vital records not in the Barbour Index that may be in church and cemetery records, town records, and published sources. For each town we are given the Family History Library (FHL) film numbers for derivative and original sources that have been microfilmed, and other source information for those that have not. These town chapters also note (in bold face) discrepancies and other town records that Barbour did not abstract. Later sections list other sources for birth, marriage, and death information, such as church records, cemetery transcriptions (including those found in the famous Hale Collection), and available print sources, including secondary compilations of town vital statistics from multiple sources.

This new reference work, available in both print and hardcover editions, also includes equivalent information for six other pre-1851 Connecticut towns that Barbour did not index: Cromwell, Easton, New Britain, New Fairfield, Seymour, and Trumbull. Many of the vital records substitutes cited in the work and not included by Barbour quote the applicable catalog description of the record’s contents. A final component of each chapter includes compilations of divorce records and Bible records, as well as compilations containing Connecticut vital records. A work as complex as this one would not be complete with a substantial Introduction explaining the history and nature of the Barbour Index and its limitations, and a detailed subject index.


Tuesday, August 25
Tracing Jewish Roots  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
online on zoom
Instructor:  Mary-Jane Roth and Sheila Wexler
 
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 9 JUNE.
 
Whether you identify as Jewish or not, you may be researching a Jewish famiy member, or a DNA test may indicate some Jewish ancestors.  In this class, members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW) will use slides and personal stories to describe what is unique about doing research on Jewish families.  They will discuss cultural hints, languages, uses of and complications with DNA, and finding elusive records in archives and dedicated on-line sites.  There will also be time for Q&A.  JGSGW, with over 300 members, is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. with a focus on educating and enabling individuals to research their Jewish roots.
 
A link to access the online session will be sent to attendees ahead of time, along with any handouts if there are any.  A request - if the 1-3 timeslot is a problem, and 10-12noon would be better, please let Amy know ASAP.  If it's a problem for enough folks, we'll change it.  Thank you.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, and the name and date of the class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Thursday, August 27
Family Tree Maker [FTM] 2019 Plus  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 217 HHSC
Instructor:  Charles Gearhart
 
There have been several Family Tree Maker courses presented to MVGS members over the past several years.  This class will be an advanced user's review of all the new improvements in the latest version plus any other aspect that the class would like to discuss.  If you have FTM on your laptop bring it to class. 
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net



Monday, September 14
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree  (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 post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.   Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  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@comcast.net.
 


Thursday, September 24
Citing your Sources  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 HHSC
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
It is critical to Cite your Sources as you Find Them!  Citations should tell anyone looking at your work where they can locate documents and records you used and allow them to evaluate your information.  How do you cite these sources?
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class name and date, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, October 5
Entering Information onto Familysearch's Family Tree  (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 post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  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.  If you already have an account, please bring the id and password with you.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, workshop name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Thursday, October 29
Understanding the Hidden Clues in Records  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 HHSC
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
Our ancestors were governed by laws that may have restricted the records they could create.  At what age could they be witnesses, own property, vote, make a will, and marry?  Understanding the law can assist in understanding the lives of our ancestors.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, November 2
Entering Information onto Find A Grave 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 add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 10 folks.
 
To enter info on Find A Grave, you will need 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.
 


Thursday, November 12
File Storage and Printing Tips  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 217 HHSC
Instructor:  Carol Campbell
 
Strategies for organizing your files on your computer and printing shortcuts that allow you to integrate pictures or objects into text documents or slideshows.  Key words:  File folders, subfolders, screenshot, clipboard, cut-and-past, snipping tool.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, December 7
Entering Information onto Find A Grave 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 add information onto the Find A Grave website.  
Workshop is limited to 10 people. 
 
To enter info on Find A Grave, you will 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.