Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Monday, February 18
German SIG: "Under Development"  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library
Speaker: TBD
 
For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at mark.b.lazaroff@gmail.com 
 


Monday, February 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.
 


Protecting Your Privacy In the On-Line Genealogy World.
Tuesday, February 19
Protecting Your Privacy In the On-Line Genealogy World.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Bruce deGrazia, JD, CISSP
 
Discussion:  Under development.
 
Bruce is Director and Professor (Program Chair) of the Cyber Security Management and Policy Program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
 
Before joining the university, Bruce held positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Cummins Engine Company, and United Technologies Corporation. He served in the Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps and was Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Quality in the Clinton Administration.
 
A graduate of DePaul University with a degree in History, Bruce received a master's in archaeology from the University of London and then returned to DePaul for a degree in International Law. He holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology from UMUC and  is an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway, University of London.
 
He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) qualification considered the gold standard in the information security field.  This certification trains one to become an information assurance professional including all aspects of Information Technology (IT) security.
 



Monday, March 4
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. 
The 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 laptops.  I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.
To actually 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, workshop subject and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Tuesday, March 12
GEDMatch Basics  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Shannon Combs-Bennett.
 
In this class learn how to use the free DNA analysis platform GEDMatch.  We will cover transferring raw data, tools, tips, and if possile all through a live demonstration.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Tell Your Ancestor’s Story by Writing, Documenting and Sharing
Tuesday, March 19
Tell Your Ancestor’s Story by Writing, Documenting and Sharing  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Angela Packer McGhie, CG®
 
Discussion:  Preserve your research and your family heritage by writing biographical sketches of your ancestors. This can be done by documenting family stories or pulling details from records where there are few family stories for an ancestor.

Angela Packer McGhie serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and on the board of the ProGen Study Group. Following her passion for genealogy education, she teaches in the Boston University Genealogy Research certificate program and at four genealogy institutes.

Angela is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has published in the APG Quarterly and the NGS Magazine.
 



Monday, April 1
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 limitied to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use, but if the workshop is full, at least 4 people will need to bring laptops.  I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.
 
To enter information onto Find A Grave, you need to have 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.
 


2019 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference
Friday, April 5 through Saturday, April 6
2019 Fairfax Genealogical Society Spring Conference  (Conference)
Reston Sheraton, 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA
 
MVGS members may receive a discount by using the discount code AFF2019, and will receive $10 off of the 2-day registration fee.  If you are only able to attend 1 day, use the code AFF2019oneday to get $5 off.
 
Details may be found at https://fxgs.org/cpage.php?pt=61 
 
Register HERE for the FFX Genealogical Society's 2019 Spring Conference
 


Using U.S. Records to Find Your Original Surname and Village of Origin
Tuesday, April 16
Using U.S. Records to Find Your Original Surname and Village of Origin  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:   Carol Kostakos Petranek
 
Discussion:  As descendants of immigrant ancestors, it is simply a matter of time before our U.S. research ends and we must continue our quest in our ancestral village. Depending on your country/countries of origin, it may be impossible to research successfully in "the old country" if you do not know your original ancestral surname and village of origin. This presentation will explore which U.S. records can be used to find this vital information.

Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as an assistant 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 the FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of probate and estate records and a volunteer for Greek records preservation at MyHeritage.
 


Thursday, April 18
Storing Media on Google Photos  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Charles Gearhart.
 
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 is the replacement for a program called Picasa, which many of us dearly loved.  Google Photos 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, bring it to this class and follow along with the instructor as the class discusses their individual techniques.  If you don't have a laptop, that's fine.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 



Monday, May 6
Using Familysearch.org Website Workshop  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 214
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.
 
Purpose of the workship 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 will need to bring 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 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.
 


Thursday, May 16
History of Germany from the 30 Years War [1618-1648] to the Formation of the 2nd Reich, 1871  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Robert Dunfield.
 
Class will cover the history of Germany from 1618-1871 and how the history is relevant to your genealogy research.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Finding a German Heimat (Hometown or Village) Online
Tuesday, May 21
Finding a German Heimat (Hometown or Village) Online  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  James M. Beidler
 
Discussion:  This lecture will show researchers how to trace their German roots online and explore their Germanic heritage from the comfort of their computer. This lecture highlights important German genealogy resources on popular websites, including Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org as well as lesser-known sites like Archion.de. Readers will learn how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy, including how to get around language barriers and navigate the various German states that have existed throughout the centuries. Additionally, readers will learn the best websites to consult to help answer key German genealogy questions, from unpuzzling
place-names to locating living relatives in the old country.
 
Jim Beidler is considered a go-to person for German genealogy articles and lectures. He has written two books on researching the genealogy of German-speaking peoples. He also has expertise in the genealogy of the people of his native Pennsylvania, newspapers, and land  records. He has been the editor of Der Kurier , the MAGS quarterly journal, since 2004.
 
Jim writes for a weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society . He is also an instructor for online Family Tree University . He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.  He is also a frequent contributor to other periodicals, such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine.  He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of many genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, he also sits on Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project . He previously was a copy editor for 15 years for The Patriot-News newspaper in Harrisburg, PA.

Jim was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY with a BA in Political Science.

Jim’s most recent book, Trace Your German Roots OnLine, is an ideal companion to his Family Tree German Genealogy Guide . This book has the tools you need to take your German genealogy research to the next level. Both books will be available for purchase after the lecture.
 



Monday, June 3
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 to use.  If the class 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.
 


Thursday, June 6
Essentials of Eastern European Genealogical Research  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 201
Instructor:  Mary Ann Evan.
 
This session begins with necessary background information on history, administration, boundary changes, languages, religions, and ethnicity in Eastern Europe, and their implications for research.  The second part covers the information on immigrant ancestors that is needed for conducting genealogical searches in this area, and where to find this information in U.S. records.  In the third part, research strategies and resources are covered, as well as the research process itself.
 
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, June 13
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 2017, demonstrating and discussing the tree-building tools and integrated Web searching methods.  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.
 


Books He Wrote for the DAR and Their Importance
Tuesday, June 18
Books He Wrote for the DAR and Their Importance  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
THIS PRESENTATION IS NOT FINALIZED.  PLEASE STAND BY FOR A FIRM MEETING DATE…
 
Presenter:  Eric G. Grundset, MLS, Former Director, DAR Library
 
Discussion:  “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 Revolution, is now compiled into seven oversized volumes focusing on eight key states—nearly 5,000 pages of explicitly cited materials. Grundset’s coverage of books, periodicals, manuscripts and maps—in print, online and buried in archives—embraces all regions, ethnic groups, and churches, as well as individual families and political and military leaders.”
 
Eric 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. 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).
 



Monday, July 1
Entering Information onto Family Search's Family Tree 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 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 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.
 


Tuesday, July 9
Eastern European Genealogical Research in Poland and Hungary  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 201
Instructor:  Mary Ann Evan.
 
This session provides an in-depth treatment of genealogical research in these two countries.  It builds on the session held on 6 June on "Essentials of Eastern European Genealogical Research" and shows how the material covered in that session can be applied to two specific locations within Eastern Europe.  Because of the historical changes in administrative boundaries, it may also be helpful to those doing research in countries that border Poland and Hungary.  Handouts will list resources for other Eastern European countries not included in the presentation.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Under Development
Tuesday, July 16
Under Development  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
THIS PRESENTATION IS NOT FINALIZED.  PLEASE STAND BY FOR A FIRM MEETING DATE…
 
Presenter:  Sharon Hodges, Past President, MVGS
 
Discussion:  
 
Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer, Sharon has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years. She is the author of several articles for the NGS Magazine as well as being a speaker at monthly meetings for various genealogical societies in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In 1997, Sharon completed the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course for which she was a grader for almost ten years. She is also a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Now Gen-Fed) of the National Archives and is a frequent guest on Tracing Your Family Roots on Fairfax Channel 10.

Sharon is a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Genealogical Society and Past President of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. She specializes in Northern New Jersey, District of Columbia, Southern Maryland, and Northern Virginia research.
 



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.
 


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.
 


Under Development
Tuesday, August 20
Under Development  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Sharon MacInnes, Ph.D, CG ®
 
Discussion:
 
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.
 


Under Development
Tuesday, September 17
Under Development  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  John Philip Colletta, Ph.D, FUGA
 
Discussion:  
 
John is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers.  Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. He received his Ph.D. from Catholic University.

Today Dr. Colletta 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. He lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He has also taught for Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program. He is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA).
 
Dr. Colletta is the author of several books, many articles, and a 15-lesson genealogy course. His books will be available for sale after the lecture.