Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Monday, August 5
Entering Information onto Family Search's Family Tree 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 post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  
Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the workshop is full, at least 4 people will need to bring their laptops.  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, phone number, workshop name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Monday, August 5
African American Genealogy Study Group  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, Meeting Room 1&2

Instructor:  Steve Walker

 

Join fellow genealogists researching African American ancestors in this facilitated study group.  Share your brick wall challenges and research success stories.  We'll learn from each other.  Centreville & Virginia Room program.

 

Follow the Virginia Room genealogy program HERE.  Two more of these meetings are planned for 7 October and 2 December.

 



Monday, August 5
New England SIG: "Summer Vacation"  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center, 2034 Great Falls St, Falls Church VA
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan
 
We will continue in September, enjoy the summer.
 
 


Wednesday, August 7
MVGS Methodology SIG: "Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps – Record Group 35”  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Charles S. Mason, Jr.
 
The CCC was established to provide vocational training and employment for youth, some war veterans and American Indians.  How did these programs change our ancestor’s lives?  Was one of your ancestors a CCC worker?
 


Thursday, August 15
Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends Pt 1  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 201
Instructor:  Chuck Mason.
 
This will be a 2 part class on advanced methodology research.  
Do you have an ancestor who you cannot find or conflicting evidence about an ancestor?  In Session 1 you will learn how to gather and evaluate evidence to solve the problem.  Session 2 will include a hands-on problem solving workshop.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Monday, August 19
German SIG: "Summer Vacation"  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library
Speaker: N/A
 
No meetings until September
 
For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at mark.b.lazaroff@gmail.com 
 


Monday, August 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.
 


MVGS Writing Contest
Tuesday, August 20
MVGS Writing Contest  (Conference)
 
 
ONLY ONE MORE DAY UNTIL THE MVGS WRITING CONTEST DEADLINE
 
10pm on 21 Aug 2019
 
 


Tuesday, August 20
"Immigration and Naturalization from 1607 Until Today"  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Sharon MacInnes, Ph.D, CG ®
 
Discussion:  The one and only thing that is shared by every American is that we are either an immigrant or a descendant of an immigrant. If you descended from an early British or Irish ancestor, he/she might appear in a land record as a “headright”?  or does he/she appear on an indentured servant or convict list? How about a German ship list? If your ancestor came after 1820, have you checked the Customs Lists? Do you know how to find immigrants who came through Castle Garden and Ellis Island, Galveston and San Francisco? If you haven’t been successful with U.S. records, have you checked Canadian border crossings? Do you know what the dreaded “L.P.C” and “SI” notations on ship manifests meant? And, finally, do you know where your ancestors’ naturalization records might be?
 
Sharon is a Certified Genealogist with over forty years of family research experience focusing on Pennsylvania and land records. She is the author/compiler of eight volumes in a series covering the earliest landowners of various Pennsylvania counties. She is CEO and maintains a website at http://ancestortracks.com on which is posted 19th-Century Pennsylvania landowner maps and atlases as a service for researchers.
 
Sharon is an alumna of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (now Gen-Fed); the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR); and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) where she also taught the Pennsylvania track for two years. She was awarded her certification from the Board of Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).
 
She was Program Chair for Mount Vernon Genealogical Society for three years and coordinated the German SIG and Methodology SIG for Fairfax GS for many years. She currently teaches a 12-week course “Genealogy 101 Boot Camp” in Silver Spring and is on the Education Committee of the National Genealogical Society.
 



Monday, September 9
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.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the workshop is full, at least 4 people will need to bring their laptops.  I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.  
 
To enter information on Find A Grave, you need to have a free account.  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.
 


Monday, September 16
German SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library
Speaker: TBD
 
Subject matter under development and meetings to resume in September 
 
For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at mark.b.lazaroff@gmail.com 
 


The Books He Wrote for the DAR and Their Importance.
Tuesday, September 17
The Books He Wrote for the DAR and Their Importance.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Eric G. Grundset, MLS, Former Director, DAR Library
 
Discussion:  An avid genealogist, he has published eleven books including ​Research in Virginia​ for the National Genealogical Society, ​African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War ​(2001) and with Steven B. Rhodes ​Genealogical Research at the DAR, Washington, D.C., 2nd edition ​(2004).  “Our field’s most important bibliographic work to appear in the past decade is Eric G. Grundset’s series of source guides to the American Revolutionary era. To say that Grundset’s work is comprehensive is an understatement. His lifetime of study, across a career as Library Director and Director of Publications for the National Society Daughters of the American"
 
Eric joined the staff of the DAR as Library Director in 1983 and retired in 2018 after 35 years service. He has served as a former board member and vice president of the National Genealogical Society, as well as a board member and president of the Virginia Genealogical Society. 
 


Tuesday, September 24
Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends Part 2  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 201
Instructor:  Chuck Mason.
 
This is Part 2 of the class.  Part 1 was on Aug 15th.  
In Part 1 you learned how to gather and evaluate evidence to solve a problem about an ancestor.  Session 2 will include a hands-on problem solving workshop. 
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


MVGS 4th Annual Conference
Saturday, September 28
MVGS 4th Annual Conference  (Conference)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
REMINISCE, DISCOVER, PRESERVE
 
MVGS has changed our "Lock-In" event to a "Conference" and changed the timeframe from spring to fall.  The venue is basically the same, just a name change.
 
Classes will be presented on 28 September from 9AM until 3:15PM.
 
Tell your friends...
 
As our flyer states "Stay Tuned."
 



Monday, October 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 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the workshop is full, at least 4 folks will need to bring their laptops. I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.  
 
To enter info on Find A Grave, you will need a free account.  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.


Monday, October 7
African American Genealogy Study Group  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, Meeting Room 1&2

Instructor:  Steve Walker

 

Join fellow genealogists researching African American ancestors in this facilitated study group.  Share your brick wall challenges and research success stories.  We'll learn from each other.  Centreville & Virginia Room program.

 

Follow the Virginia Room genealogy program HERE.  One more of these meetings is planned for 2 December.

 



Thursday, October 10
Everything Family Tree Maker [FTM]  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Charles Gearhart.
 
Family Tree Maker [FTM] software makes it easier than ever to "discover" your family story, "preserve" your legacy and "share" your unique heritage with friends and relatives.  This class will review the "Windows" version of FTM 2019, yes I said 2019, demonstrating and discussing the additional/modified tree-building tools and integrated Web searching methods.  The latest 2019 version is to be introduced "summer of 2019."  If your FTM is on your laptop, bring it to this class and follow along with the instructor as the class discusses their individual techniques.  You can be a new user or a seasoned pro, all are welcome.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.


Tuesday, October 22
Overview of Doing Genealogy Research in Ireland  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Paul McFarland.
 
You may have been told that researching Irish genealogy is very difficult, if not downright impossible.  Like all ethnic genealogy, Irish research is difficult.  But, it definitely is not impossible.  Most people can start with some knowledge of their Irish roots, even if only an ancestor's family name, when they start looking.  While it is true that a lot of priceless records were lost in the 1922 fire at the Public Record Office in Dublin, there are many, many more sources of information than you have probably been led to believe.  That doesn't mean finding your ancestors is as easy as ABC; it just means it is not impossible.  But where to start?  This presentation will give you some starting points to help you with your research.  You will learn that almost all Irish research can be conducted right here in the US and that going to Ireland to do research before exhausting all resources in the US will be a wasted research trip but a lovely vacation.  The lecture will provide you with an orientation to the many newer Irish resources which are available sometimes in Ireland and often, on Ancestry or Family Search, which are expanding the available knowledge base.  
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.



Monday, November 4
Using Familysearch.org 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 use the Familysearch.org website more effectively  
Workshop is limited to 10 people.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the workshop is full, at least 4 people will need to bring their laptops.  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@comast.net.


Tuesday, November 12
Overview of Genealogy Research in Ohio  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Janice Reid.
 
The purpose of this class is to provide the participant with suggested resources for finding genealogical information on ancestors who lived in Ohio.  Discussion will cover repositories, on-line resources, vital records, and other sources within Ohio.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.


Thursday, November 21
Church Records for Genealogical Research  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 201
Instructor:  Chuck Mason.
 
Note - This class was originally scheduled in Nov 2018 but was cancelled due to snow.  
Many of the early settlers of the American Colonies came to find religious freedom.  The church was an important part of our ancestors' lives.  In small communities it was often the center of their social lives.  The records kept vary from one denomination to another.  Even the denominations that kept very few records can play a very critical part in documenting our ancestors, especially in the time-period before vital records began.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, December 2
Using Familysearch.org 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 use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.  
Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the workshop is full, at least 4 people will need to bring their own laptops.  I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.
 
To do anything on Familysearch.org you need to have 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.


Monday, December 2
African American Genealogy Study Group  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Centreville Regional Library, Meeting Room 1&2

Instructor:  Steve Walker

 

Join fellow genealogists researching African American ancestors in this facilitated study group.  Share your brick wall challenges and research success stories.  We'll learn from each other.  Centreville & Virginia Room program.

 

Follow the Virginia Room genealogy program HERE.