Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Monday, June 4
Using Family Search.org  (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 Search.org website more effectively.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptop, 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 albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Wednesday, June 6
MVGS Methodology SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
Subject To Be Determined
 


Thursday, June 7
New England SIG: Using New England Probate Records  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
Live broadcast: 31 May 2016
 
Presented by: David Allen Lambert

Description: In this webinar Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert discusses how to get the most out of probate records with special emphasis on those resources available at the NEHGS library and archives and online at AmericanAncestors.org
 


Monday, June 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.
 


Researching Ancestors Who Came Out of Slavery
Tuesday, June 19
Researching Ancestors Who Came Out of Slavery  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG
 
Description:  Although her focus is on African American families who came out of slavery, LaBrenda emphasizes that the methodology and standards of evaluation are the same for every community. Also for these families, many of the relevant records are the same for families of Western European descent. Thus, in addition to providing what she believes is a useful review of the Genealogical Proof Standard, she hopes to enlighten the audience with information that is relevant to any genealogical research.
 
LaBrenda has been a Board-certified genealogist since 2015. She focuses on African American families with roots in the South. She was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2016 and is a frequent speaker at national and local venues. She earned a BA in government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and has both a law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law.
 
She took first place in the category for published authors in the 2013 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors “Excellence-in-Writing Competition,” and has also been published in the BCG blog as well the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. While practicing law she authored several editions of her family history as well as two church histories, and in 2016 she published a guide and selected finding aids for researching African Americans in South Carolina.
 


Thursday, June 21
Everything FTM Follow-On  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 217
Instructor: Charles Gearhart
 
2016 and 17 were hectic years for us Family Tree Maker (FTM) users.  First Ancestry.com ceased supporting FTM and all our hearts sunk becasue we had all our ancestry data in that program.  Finally one of Ancestry's sub contractors, Software Mackiev, took on the task of upgrading and maintaining the software.  There are many changes to their 2017 version.  Last year the FTM users met several times to follow Mackiev's progress and review the changes.  These 2018 sessions will consist of "playing" with the software and answering questions.  You can be a new user or a seasoned pro, all are welcomed.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Thursday, June 21
Beyond the Census: Using Census Information  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
The answers given to the Federal Census questions can be used to locate other records of your ancestors.  With the census information, you will be able to search for vital records, military records, immigration records, naturlaization records, land records, and probate records.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, July 2
Entering Information onto Family Search 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 familiy tree on the FamilyiSearch.org website.  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 albreedlove@comcast.net


Monday, July 2
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
TO BE DETERMINED
 


Thursday, July 12
Richmond Virginia Genealogical Resources  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Instructor:  Amy Breedlove
 
Class will primariy cover resources at the Library of Virginia, online and onsite, and the Virginia Historical Society.  Other nearby sources may be included as well.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Monday, July 16
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.
 


Understanding Your Ancestry--Genographic Project Results to Date.
Tuesday, July 17
Understanding Your Ancestry--Genographic Project Results to Date.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Dr. Miguel Vilar, Ph D
 
Description:  More than 830,000 people have already taken part in National Geographic’s groundbreaking Genographic Project, a quest to map the genetic journey of humans. Find out what migratory routes your ancestors took and how they left their mark on your DNA.  Also find out about the GENO 2.0 Next Generation Ancestry Migration Kit.
 
Dr. Vilar is the Lead Scientist, Genographic Project, National Geographic Society.
 
 



Thursday, August 2
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
Subject To Be Determined
 


Monday, August 6
Entering Information onto Family Search 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.  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 albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Tuesday, August 7
FULL - Hands-on-the-Question - researching with a plan, Part 1  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Facilitator:  Janell Blue
 
This hands-on course is limited to two participants plus Ms Blue and consists of two one-hour sessions.  It is designed to assist in developing a research plan to address a specific genealogical problem.  At the first meeting, you will formulate a genealogical question and a research plan.  Participants will be assigned homework specific to their project and then discuss the progress at a follow-up session.  This is ideal for researchers with beginning or moderate experience levels.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Thursday, August 9
10 Ways to Publish Your Work  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 217
Instructor:  Sharon MacInnes
 
Sharon will present varying ways to publish your family history.  
 
To register, please send an email with your name and the class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Monday, August 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.
 


Thursday, August 23
FULL - Hands-on-the-Question - researching with a plan, Part 2  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Facilitator:  Janell Blue
 
This is the follow up to August 7th session.
This hands-on course is limited to two participants who attended the 7 August session plus Ms Blue and consists of two one-hour sessions.  It is designed to assist in developing a research plan to address a specific genealogical problem.  At the first meeting, you would have formulated a genealogical question and a research plan.  Participants would have been assigned homework specific to their project and then will discuss the progress at this follow up session.  This is ideal for researchers with beginning or moderate experience levels.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net