Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Friday, April 28
Genealogy Roundtable  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 214 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Sharon Hodges
 
[6 attendee limit] 
 
Topics of your choice.  Informal discussion group - learn from each other, trade tips, share your successes and brick walls.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 



Monday, May 1
Everything FTM  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 am
Hollin Hall Room 217
Instructor: Charles Gearhart
 
This Family Tree Maker study group meeting will concentrate on the windows version.  Users may bring their laptops, and issues to a round table type meeting where we will discuss user questions, discoveries, lessons learned and some new stuff from fellow users.  The class will be basic enough for the beginner to get a fast start, and also connect a few dots for the experienced user.
 
We will investigate the new 2017 version, look at FTM/Ancestry interaction and continue to track the progress of software MacKiev in their continuance of the FTM product.
 
To register for this T&E session please click HERE.
 


Monday, May 1
New England SIG: New England Probate Records  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan
 
A webinar discussing New England probate records.
 


Wednesday, May 3
MVGS Methodology SIG - Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
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 SIG member’s personal research problems.  This will be an ongoing topic between the January and April meetings.
 


Monday, May 8
FxGS Methodology: Social Security Records  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale
Presenter: Sharon Hodges
 
NOTE CHANGE OF TIME AND VENUE! Our regular Kings Park Library meeting room has been coopted for the library's annual book sale!
 
Sharon Hodges will explain the Social Security Death Index and beyond. She'll talk about the Social Security Applications and Claims Index on Ancestry and illustrate what information was given by the applicant on his/her Social Security Application. Don’t think Social Security applications concern only people who were born in the 20th century!  Many workers who were born in the 1880s and even the 1870s were still working when Social Security went into effect in 1936. Many death certificates don’t identify their parents, particularly the maiden name of their mothers, so Social Security applications may be the ONLY way you can find that information. Sharon will explain the importance of this set of records and how you can access them through filing through FOIA. I’m very grateful that she's squeezing in this presentation before she leaves for the NGS conference in Raleigh the next day.
 
NOTE: Sharon MacInnes needs to "retire" from the Methodology SIG in June due to increased professional responsibilities. If you can volunteer to lead this SIG, please contact her at smacinnes@cox.net.
 


Tuesday, May 16
German SIG: "German Cooking Class"  (Special Interest Group)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Burke Centre Library
Moderator: Robert Dunfield
 
We will once again discuss German Cooking.
 
The German SIG will be taking a summer break and will start again in September 2017. 
 
Contact SIG Leader Robert Dunfield at missingbranch@hotmail.com for any questions.
 


Let Me Tell You About Your Genes
Tuesday, May 16
Let Me Tell You About Your Genes  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett
 
Presentation Description:   The reason for taking a genetic genealogy (DNA) test will vary from person to person, but what most will have in common is confusion over what it all means.  In this two-hour presentation you will learn the basics of genetic genealogy and how you can use it as a tool in your research.  Shannon will cover the basics of each test, what the various companies offer you, the validity for ethnicity testing, as well as a few real-life examples of how to merge DNA and genealogy research.
 
Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award winning author, presenter and lecturer on topics ranging from methodology to DNA. She currently works as a staff genealogist at the National Society of Colonial Dames 17th Century in Washington D.C. Shannon has a BS in Biology with an emphasis in genetics from Indiana University. She also completed the Boston University certificate program, earned her PLCGS – American Records from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and is currently enrolled in the University of Strathclyde MSc program studying Genealogical, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies.
 


Monday, May 22
Midwest SIG - Planning Your Research Vacation  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Moderator - Jon Marie Pearson
 
Planning a vacation trip to do some genealogy research?  Before you go make sure you are prepared to make the most of your genealogy research trip.  Being prepared is key to making it possible to have a successful trip.  Come learn how planning can help, and share with others what you have done to make your past trips successful.
 


Monday, May 22
Helping Connect with Cousins on ancestry.com  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 217 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Jonmarie Pearson
 
Once you get your Ancestry.com DNA results you will suddenly be matched with tons of matches. Learn what you can do to learn more about how you’re related and how to connect with these new cousins. It is always fun to find new cousins, and who knows what else you might learn from those cousins! 
 
To register for this T&E session please click HERE.
 



Thursday, June 1
New England SIG: New England Probate Records  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan
 
A webinar discussing New England probate records.
 


Monday, June 5
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 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 laptop to use.
 
To register for this workshop, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Wednesday, June 7
MVGS Methodology SIG - Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
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 SIG member’s personal research problems.  This will be an ongoing topic between the January and April meetings.
 


Monday, June 12
FxGS Methodology SIG: Comparing the Major Genealogy Software Programs  (Special Interest Group)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, VA
Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes
 
We've lost some major software programs such as The Master Genealogist recently. Now that Family Tree Maker has changed hands, some of the confusion over genealogy software has abated. We will compare the major genealogy software programs for how user-friendly they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and what the future holds.
 
NOTE: This is the last Methodology SIG class by Sharon MacInnes due to increased professional responsibilities. If you can volunteer to lead this SIG, please (please, please) contact her at smacinnes@cox.net.
 


Thursday, June 15
Getting Started in Your Kentucky Research  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 201 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Jonmarie Pearson
 
Have you suddenly learned that you have ancestors that lived in Kentucky? Come and learn about ways you can begin researching and finding information about your Kentucky ancestors.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)
Tuesday, June 20
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenters:  Paul Walden and Dave Thomas
 
Description:  Paul and Dave will discuss procedures for Joining SAR and explain the SAR Library.  Prospective members must prove that they are descended from a patriot who served in the American Revolution and supported the cause for American Independence.  Proven service can include not just military service, but also government service, signing an Oath of Allegiance, providing supplies, or even paying taxes during the time period 1775-83.   They will explain sources for this information as well as hints in proving the lineage.  Paul and Dave have a wealth of experience in having helped over 50 people join the SAR.
 
The SAR Genealogical Research Library, in Louisville, Kentucky, contains over 55,000 items including family histories; local, county, and state records; and on-line genealogical databases. The Special Collections Room features museum-quality pieces relating to the early history of the United States and the American Revolution.
 
Paul Walden is the past Registrar and current President of the George Washington Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), based in Alexandria. The George Washington Chapter is the largest chapter in Virginia. Their website is www.gwsar.org.  Paul has been researching his family’s history for the past 20 years and has been a member of the SAR for seven years. He has proven his lineage to nine (9) of his own ancestors who served in the Cause for Independence. He has a degree in Business Administration from Emory University and a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from Georgia State University. He has been in the Federal Civil Service for the past 28 years and is currently the Chief of the Property Management Division with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
Dave Thomas graduated from the University of Florida and moved to Alexandria in 1978. He began a career in information technology (IT) infrastructure support and corporate management that would span 37 years with General Electric, Martin Marietta, and recently retired as a Regional IT Manager for Lockheed Martin.  Dave and his wife Carole, currently live in Woodbridge, VA. He currently serves as the George Washington Chapter’s Secretary and Registrar and Virginia Society Registrar. He has approved 79 new member & supplemental applications to date.
 
Dave’s mother, aunt and cousin are members of the DAR in Pittsburgh, PA. Dave is a descendent of Revolutionary War patriots George Simmers and Robert Elliott. Patriot George Simmers served as a private in the Pennsylvania Lancaster County militia from August 1776 through 1777, was engaged with the fortification of Ft. Lee, and participated in the Battle of Trenton and Battle of Brandywine. Patriot Robert Elliott served as a private in the Pennsylvania Westmoreland County militia, and fought in one of the last engagements of the Revolution in July 1782 at Hannastown, PA. Both men survived the Revolutionary War, with Robert Elliott documented as a charter member of the first church on the west bank of the Allegheny River in 1796.
 



Monday, July 3
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 laptop to use.
 
To register for this workshop, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Assembling Sources to Reconstruct Real-Life Events
Tuesday, July 18
Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Assembling Sources to Reconstruct Real-Life Events  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
 
Description:  The biographical facts we discover about our ancestors did not happen in a vacuum. Our ancestors were born, lived and died in specific physical circumstances at specific moments in time. To reconstruct their lives, therefore, the facts we discover about them must be “situated” in the proper historical context. Three 19th-century case studies drawn from "Only a Few Bones, a True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath" demonstrate how to use multiple sources to assemble vivid accounts of ancestral events and generate biographies that portray individualized ancestors.
 
Dr. John Coletta teaches diverse audiences nationwide how to reconstruct their family’s past from scraps of information found in old written records, maps, newspapers, photographs, tombstones and heirlooms. The detective work is challenging and fun. But creating a family tree is only half the goal. The other half is learning about your ancestors as men and women with personalities, character traits, motives and aspirations, joys and disappointments, just like you. His illustrated presentations use engaging case studies and real-life examples, and lots of humor, to show how to explore the world of your forebearers and write an account of their lives.
 


Thursday, July 20
Our Ancestors Didn't Live Alone  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 Hollin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
Our ancestors did not go through life alone. They had family, neighbors, and other acquaintances. We must examine all our ancestor’s immediate family, collateral family, and associates to understand our ancestors and their lives.  For instance, the information needed to answer our research question may not have been required when our direct ancestor's record was created, but another family member’s record may have contained the answer.   Different answers may have been given in different records to the same question. Looking at various family members’ records may resolve conflicts or confusion created by differing answers.  This class will offer ways to look at various family member’s records.
 
To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net