Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  Pat Trader and Cynthia Dailey Enjoy the Outer Banks Declaration
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Monday, October 5
CANCELLED - Entering Information onto Familysearch's Family Tree  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan.
 
CANCELLED since HHSC is still closed.
 
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.  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.  If you already have an account, please bring the id and password with you.
 
 
 


ASK THE PROs
Thursday, October 8
ASK THE PROs  (Special Event)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom
 
Have you ever had a genealogical question involving methodology, historical context, ethnicity, repositories, DNA, etc?   Would you like some tips that would help you find the answer but don’t know who to ask? 

We have the solution!  Starting in October, MVGS will host a new virtual program called “ASK THE PRO.”  Here’s how it works:  
 
Submit your question via the electronic forum using the following steps:
  • Sign in as a member on the MVGS webpage.
  • Go to the MVGS Forums page: https://mvgenealogy.org/forum.php
  • Locate the “ASK THE PRO” forum at the top of the page.
  • To ask your question, click on the plus sign in the black circle.
  • Enter a subject and a then type your question and a few details in the message box. 
  • Click Save.
Please keep your questions as straight forward as possible – if you are working on a brick wall, maybe
a few hints will help but remember we are not offering to solve your problem, only assist.  
 
A program coordinator will forward your question to a genealogist who is well-versed in your subject to develop a response.  Be sure to include your contact information in case more background is needed.
 
Your question and answer along with others will be presented at a bi-monthly virtual presentation starting this October.  This new program is open to all members so everyone can benefit from the Q&A. 
 
 


“Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia”<br>
Tuesday, October 20
“Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia”
  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM MTG & PRESENTATION
(Non-members may register via email to Webmaster@mvgenealogy.org)
 
Presenter: Kate Egner Gruber, Special Exhibitions Curator for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia

Description: Women’s lives and roles in early Virginia were rarely recorded, and seldom find their way into traditional narratives of the colony’s earliest years. Using historic documents, archaeological artifacts, and surviving material culture, this presentation brings to light—and to life—the Virginia Indian, English, and West Central African women who were very much a part of the story, and celebrates the women who were determined to survive and persisted, and ultimately left legacies of their triumphs,  trials, and tenacity for us today.
 
Kate earned her B.A. in historic preservation and classical humanities from the University of Mary Washington, and her M.A. in early American history from the College of William and Mary. Employed by the Foundation as a curator since 2013, Kate has contributed to the development of the permanent galleries at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, including the award-winning signature film, Liberty Fever. As special exhibition curator, Kate develops exhibitions for galleries at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement, including last year’s "Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia," which has been honored with a leadership in history award from the American Association for State and Local History.


Thursday, October 29
Understanding the Hidden Clues in Records  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Likely via ZOOM; Room 201 HHSC if held in person
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
THIS CLASS WILL LIKELY BE HELD VIA ZOOM.  THE TIME MAY SHIFT DEPENDING ON PARTICIPANTS' PREFERENCE.
 
Our ancestors were governed by laws that may have restricted the records they could create.  At what age could they be witnesses, own property, vote, make a will, and marry?  Understanding the law can assist in understanding the lives of our ancestors.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, November 2
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.
 
To enter info on Find A Grave, you will need 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.
 


Thursday, November 12
File Storage and Printing Tips  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 217 HHSC
Instructor:  Carol Campbell
 
Strategies for organizing your files on your computer and printing shortcuts that allow you to integrate pictures or objects into text documents or slideshows.  Key words:  File folders, subfolders, screenshot, clipboard, cut-and-past, snipping tool.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Germany to America: 18th Century Odyssey<br>
Tuesday, November 17
Germany to America: 18th Century Odyssey
  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM MTG & PRESENTATION
(Non-members may register via email to Webmaster@mvgenealogy.org)
 
Presenter: James M. Beidler, Genealogist and Author

Description: There are many stereotypes about the immigrants who came from German-speaking lands to America in the 1700s. This lecture uses the personal memoirs of the immigrants themselves to dispel the myths about why they came, what the voyage was like, and how they liked America. 
 
James M. Beidler is a research-reports editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists, author of four commercially published books, including The Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany. Beidler also writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column and blog (at www.roots-branches.com), and is a German Life magazine columnist.



Monday, December 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 people. 
 
To 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 and phone number, workshop name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comast.net.
 


“Winter Holiday Memories”<br>MVGS Annual Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 15
“Winter Holiday Memories”
MVGS Annual Holiday Party  (Special Event)
1:00 pm
Online via Zoom
MVGS will hold a virtual holiday party this year via Zoom. And for this party, we need you to make preparations! Here’s the plan:
 
Start reflecting on past holiday seasons - the scents, the flavors, the music, treasured holiday photographs, and beloved family traditions. What is one of your favorite winter holiday memories? What happened? What made it special? Then prepare to share your stories and photographs at our Holiday Party.
 
Want to decorate your Zoom backdrop to enhance the festive spirit? Go for it!! What about all those Christmas sweaters and ties? Wear them!! Get creative! Get festive!
 
Then on the 15th, we invite you to have a favorite dessert to enjoy during the meeting as well as a glass of Holiday Cheer to raise when Janell offers a toast. All will be merry and bright!
 
Please RSVP by 11 December
using the Web Contact Form
 



Your Family in Print
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Your Family in Print  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue To be Determined
 
Presenter: Sharon MacInnes, Former Vice President and Board Member of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society.

Description: "Your Family in Print" is a practical presentation on finding and downloading books (county histories and family histories) and articles, newspapers, manuscripts, etc. from different websites, libraries, and repositories.  
 
Sharon MacInnes retired after teaching English and United States History in Fairfax County Public Schools. As a Foreign Service spouse prior to settling in Virginia, she lived in Japan, Korea, England, Jordan, Israel, and southern Africa, teaching in several of those locations. Her life as a world wanderer sharpened her desire for roots and sparked an obsession in genealogy.
 
She is now a Certified Genealogist with over forty years of family research experience focusing on Pennsylvania and land records. She is co-coordinator and instructor of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and author/compiler of eight volumes in a series covering the earliest landowners of various Pennsylvania counties.
 
Sharon is CEO and maintains a website at ancestortracks.com on which is posted 19th-Century Pennsylvania landowner maps and atlases as a service for researchers.
 
She 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) which is now located at the University of Georgia in Athens; and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She earned her Masters and Ph.D. from American University.



Section 27 and Freedman's Village in Arlington National Cemetery
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Section 27 and Freedman's Village in Arlington National Cemetery  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue to be Determined
 
Presenter: Ric Murphy, National Vice President for History, for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and is an educator, historian, lecturer, and award-winning author.

Description: Section 27 and Freedman's Village in Arlington National Cemetery From its origination, Arlington National Cemetery's history has been compellingly intertwined with that of African Americans. This book explains how the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the home of Robert E. Lee and a plantation of the enslaved, became a military camp for Federal troops, a freedmen's village and farm, and America's most important burial ground. During the Civil War, the property served as a pauper's cemetery for men too poor to be returned to their families, and some of the very first war dead to be buried there include over 1,500 men who served in the United States Colored Troops. More than 3,800 former slaves are interred in section 27, the property's original cemetery.
 
In his writings, Ric Murphy explores the roles and rich contributions made by African Americans in United States history, for which he has received over twenty awards. He has served in elected and appointed positions within state and local governments, and has taught and lectured at the post-secondary level. He has served as Chairman of the Board of several private and community based organizations; on numerous national, local and not-for-profit Boards of Directors; on countless Advisory Boards to community-based organizations and not-for-profits; and has received numerous national awards for his public activism and community work. His family lineage dates to the earliest colonial periods of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and of Jamestown, Virginia. Mr. Murphy’s lineage has been evaluated and accepted by several heredity societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution; the National Society of the Sons of Colonial New England; the Sons of the American Revolution; the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War; and the Sons and Daughters of the U. S. Middle Passage. Mr. Murphy was a Fellow at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government; and he has a Masters in Urban Affairs from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts.



Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting and Presentation will be held via ZOOM
 
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.
 
Description: While Facebook is the world’s largest online social network with more than 1.2 billion users, did you know that it can be leveraged as a genealogy research “work horse” to help find your ancestors?  In this session you’ll go beyond the basics of setting up a Facebook account and simply posting status updates or playing games. The focus is on developing the following skill set for genealogy research:
  • Using the Search function to locate living relatives and others researching your same surnames.
  • Locating Facebook Groups and Pages related to your genealogy research, especially geographical locations and specific ethnic groups, as well as surname groups.
  • Creating a Facebook Group to facilitate collaboration and participant interaction around a specific genealogy topic such as a Surname Group or a One Place Study Group.
  • Creating a Facebook Page to advertise a genealogy society, an event and more.
  • Understanding the difference between a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group and why you might use one instead of the other as well as when it is best to use both.
  • Protecting your privacy and ensuring an enjoyable Facebook experience when researching genealogy.
 
What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history.
 
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Abundant Genealogy and also runs the popular Genealogy Bargains and DNA Bargains websites!
 
Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.