Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Monday, February 4
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 that can be used.  If the workshop is fulll, 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, February 14
Genealogy Beginner's Class  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 201
Instructor:  Janice Reid
 
The purpose of this class is to provide guidance to those relatively new to genealogy on how to start their research.  The class will cover an overview of the basics, getting organized, use of research sources, timesaving tips, and starting a genealogy project.  
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


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.
 


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.