Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Thursday, February 1
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, February 5
Entering Information onto the 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 trees on the Family Search website.  The workshop is limited to 12 people, if 6 people bring their own laptops/tablets, etc.
 
You will need to sign up for an account on Family Search and get a password BEFORE you come to the workshop.  Remember to bring your password with you. 
 
There are handouts for the workshop.  The attachment included here contains multiple documents.  Please bring a copy to the workshop with you.  Thanks.  
 
To sign up for the workshop, please send an email with your name and the class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.


Wednesday, February 7
MVGS Methodology SIG  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
"Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends"
 
Do you have an ancestor who you cannot find or conflicting evidence about an ancestor?  Learn how to gather and evaluate evidence to solve the problem.  Sessions will include hands on problem solving workshop and help to resolve one of each student’s personal research problems.
 


Thursday, February 8
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 because 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 welcome.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Thursday, February 15
The Decennial Census of Population  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Full Title: The Decennial Census of Population:  a Brief History of the Questions Asked and Demographic Profiles at the Small-Area Level
Instructor:  Cam Gibson
 
This class looks at the decennial census of population from two perspectives.  The first is a brief history of the census and includes the following:  the origin of the census in the U.S. Constitution, a discussion of changes over time in the questions asked, major changes in the census including the shift from the household to the indiviudual as the unit for data collection starting in 1850, and the introduction of sampling starting on a small scale in 1940.  The second perspective is to provide an example of how information from census schedules (available online and on microfilm) can be aggregated to show demographic characteristics for small areas of interest.  The example shown is the Mt Vernon area in 1940, including the unincorporated communities of Belle Haven, New Alexandria, Gum Springs, and Springbank.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 
 


Monday, February 19
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.
 


A Federal Family Tree
Tuesday, February 20
A Federal Family Tree  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Malissa Ruffner, JD, MLS, CG
Description:  In her presentation, Malissa will share textual record finds that have shed new light on her family tree and inspire you to visit (or re-visit) the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, D.C.
     
Malissa holds degrees in law and library science. After working in a variety of fields, she heeded the call of genealogy in 2009, becoming a Board-Certified Genealogist® in 2014. She is the director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), formerly known as the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), held annually at the National Archives (NARA) in Washington, D.C. She has served on the Executive Board of the Maryland Genealogical Society since 2012 and was recently appointed managing editor of its journal, a scholarly publication issued three times a year. She is currently working for the Georgetown Memory Project, tracing descendants of slaves sold by Jesuit Maryland plantations in 1838.
 
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official records repository of the United States government. Gen-Fed presents a unique opportunity to explore holdings unavailable elsewhere. Federal records document a wide variety of interactions between ordinary citizens and their government—in some cases providing unique genealogical information, and in others, biographical and contextual detail that enriches understanding of our ancestors’ lives. Formerly known as the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), the institute has been a leader in genealogical education since its founding in 1950.
 
The Maryland Genealogical Society Journal is published three times annually.  It includes over 500 pages per year of Maryland source records, family histories, “how-to” articles to improve genealogical research skills, book reviews, and other features. The Journal is a must for anyone researching their heritage in the state of Maryland.
 



Friday, March 2
Genealogy Roundtable  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Rom 214
Facilitator:  Sharon Hodges
 
Topics of your choice.  Informal discussion group - learn from each other, trade tips, share your successes (and brick walls).  Class is limited to 6 people.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


MVGS 2017 Annual Lock-In
Saturday, March 3
MVGS 2017 Annual Lock-In  (Conference)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
SAVE THE DATE - WE ARE WORKING ON MORE INFORMATION.
 
SNOW DATE 17 MARCH 2018
 
MVGS MEMBERS WHO RENEW THEIR 2018 MEMBERSHIP (INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY) BEFORE 1 JANUARY 2018 WILL SAVE $5.00 ON THEIR CONFERENCE FEE.
 


Monday, March 5
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (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.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptops, etc.
 
In addition to registering for the workshop itself, you will need to set up an account on Find A Grave before you come to class.  Remember to bring your account id and password with you to class.
 
When you register, please indicate whether you will bring your own laptop or not.  To register, please send an email with your name and the class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 
 
 


Wednesday, March 7
MVGS Methodology SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
Subject To Be Determined
 


Creating a Family History of Lasting Value
Tuesday, March 20
Creating a Family History of Lasting Value  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Tom Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
 
Description:  Most genealogists want to prepare family histories that future generations will cherish. Not all
succeed. Many genealogies contain only “harvested” information, which our descendants will be
able to obtain themselves (perhaps more easily than we can today). Some of that information likely is wrong. We begin to create worthwhile and accurate family histories by collecting and sharing family stories and DNA test results—information that might soon disappear. Our research progresses from that starting point toward the goal of a printed, computerized, or online family history. If we pay attention to four factors: biography, accuracy, documentation, and explanation—our history will be irreplaceable.
 
Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was
clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing
the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of reliably tracing his ancestors and fully understanding their lives. He eventually became an
award-winning writer, a Board-certified genealogist, and editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly which he has co-edited for the past 15 years.
 
He is the author of two textbooks: Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He is a professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Tom  speaks at week-long genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences. He writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and problem solving.
 



Monday, April 2
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (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.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptops, etc.
 
In addition to registering for the workshop itself, you will need to set up an account on Find A Grave before you come to class.  Remember to bring your account id and password with you to class
 
When you register, please indiate whether you will bring your own laptop or not.  To register, please send an email with your name and the class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Wednesday, April 4
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, April 5
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
Subject To Be Determined
 


Whats New on FamilySearch
Tuesday, April 17
Whats New on FamilySearch  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Carol Kostakos Petranek
 
Description:  FamilySearch.org is the world's largest free family history website and is constantly being updated. This lecture will highlight many of the recent changes.
 
Family Search is the repository of millions of records, both U.S. and foreign countries. It also has a research wiki, a robust family tree, free online classes, and social media connections. This presentation will provide an update on all features of the website, such as specific steps to effective searching of its contents, including indexed, non-indexed, and microfilm. There will also be an overview of the collaborative FamilyTree.
 
Carol serves as a Co-Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers as a Genealogy Aide in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. She is a Research Specialist in Hellenic (Greek) Genealogy and supports this community through her participation in websites, conferences and lectures. Carol gives presentations on various genealogy topics, and writes and edits personal and family histories.