Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

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Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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Tuesday, August 11
Gone to Texas - Searching for Your German Ancestor
  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
online via ZOOM
Instructor:  Janell Blue
 
THIS CLASS WILL NOW BE HELD ON ZOOM [FREE]
 
News of abundant land, freedom and adventure lured some of our German ancestors to Texas.  Find out more about where they went and what they found.
 
To register for this class, please send an email with your name, phone number, and the date and name of the class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.   YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER SO I KNOW WHO TO SEND THE ZOOM LINKS TO.  THANK YOU.
 
 
 


Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records<br>
Tuesday, August 18
Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records
  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ONLINE MEETING & PRESENTATION (This is subject to change based on status of COVID-19 closings)
Presenter: Linda MacLachlan, Author, Past President MVGS.

Description: If the Barbour Index is unquestionably the starting point for Connecticut research, we can now say with equal confidence that it must share the spotlight with a new publication: Linda MacLachlan’s Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records: The Barbour Index and Beyond. The product of a 10-year examination of Connecticut vital records, this identifies the original sources of the millions of early Connecticut vital records abstracted in the Barbour Index. It names hundreds of books, manuscripts, and articles not referenced by Barbour, and points the researcher to thousands of additional sources for early Connecticut births, deaths, and marriages. Finding Early Connecticut Vital Records is, in fact, a complete inventory of Connecticut vital records, and no collection can be complete without it.
 
Finding Early Connecticut Records contains a town-by-town bibliography of both Barbour’s actual sources for the information in his Index and all vital records not in the Barbour Index that may be in church and cemetery records, town records, and published sources. For each town we are given the Family History Library (FHL) film numbers for derivative and original sources that have been microfilmed, and other source information for those that have not. These town chapters also note (in bold face) discrepancies and other town records that Barbour did not abstract. Later sections list other sources for birth, marriage, and death information, such as church records, cemetery transcriptions (including those found in the famous Hale Collection), and available print sources, including secondary compilations of town vital statistics from multiple sources.

This new reference work, available in both print and hardcover editions, also includes equivalent information for six other pre-1851 Connecticut towns that Barbour did not index: Cromwell, Easton, New Britain, New Fairfield, Seymour, and Trumbull. Many of the vital records substitutes cited in the work and not included by Barbour quote the applicable catalog description of the record’s contents. A final component of each chapter includes compilations of divorce records and Bible records, as well as compilations containing Connecticut vital records. A work as complex as this one would not be complete with a substantial Introduction explaining the history and nature of the Barbour Index and its limitations, and a detailed subject index.


Tuesday, August 25
Tracing Jewish Roots  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ONLINE ON ZOOM [Free]
Instructor:  Mary-Jane Roth and Sheila Wexler
 
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 9 JUNE AND WILL BE DONE VIA ZOOM.
 
Whether you identify as Jewish or not, you may be researching a Jewish famiy member, or a DNA test may indicate some Jewish ancestors.  In this class, members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW) will use slides and personal stories to describe what is unique about doing research on Jewish families.  They will discuss cultural hints, languages, uses of and complications with DNA, and finding elusive records in archives and dedicated on-line sites.  There will also be time for Q&A.  JGSGW, with over 300 members, is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. with a focus on educating and enabling individuals to research their Jewish roots.
 
A link to access the online session will be sent to attendees ahead of time, along with any handouts if there are any.  A request - if the 1-3 timeslot is a problem, and 10-12noon would be better, please let Amy know ASAP.  If it's a problem for enough folks, we'll change it.  Thank you.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, and the name and date of the class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER SO THAT I KNOW WHO TO SEND THE ZOOM LINKS TO.  THANK YOU.
 
 


Thursday, August 27
CANCELLED - Family Tree Maker [FTM] 2019 Plus  (Training and Education)
Instructor:  Charles Gearhart
 
CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED and will NOT be rescheduled.   We apologize for any inconvenience.  There have been several Family Tree Maker courses presented to MVGS members over the past several years.  This class was to have been an advanced user's review of all the new improvements in the latest version plus any other aspect that the class would like to discuss. 
 
 



Monday, September 14
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree  (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.  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@comcast.net.
 


Researching in the United Kingdom in Person and Online<br>
Tuesday, September 15
Researching in the United Kingdom in Person and Online
  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting and Presentation will be held via ZOOM
 
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett, Award-Winning Author and DNA Expert

Description: Do you have ancestry from England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland? If you are like most Americans the answer is yes. Just like researching here in the US, you need to have a basic ground work to research UK records. This lecture will focus on what is (and is not) available online as well as in person across the pond. Websites for easy access to records from home will be discussed as well as how to get in touch with local researches to help you with on the ground hunting. This lecture will be for all levels of research experience and be ready for a bit of a history lesson to boot. As we all know, genealogy and historical events often go hand in hand.
 
Shannon Combs-Bennett, MSc, QG (Qualified Genealogist), is an award-winning author and lecturer who writes and speaks to groups across the US and internationally on a variety of topics from genetic genealogy to methodology. Shannon earned her Bachelors of Science in biology with an emphasis in genetics from Indiana University and her Masters of Science in Genealogic, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She is the founder and owner of Trials and Tribulations (T2) Family History where she works with clients to solve their genealogical and genetic questions.


Thursday, September 24
Citing your Sources  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201 HHSC
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
It is critical to Cite your Sources as you Find Them!  Citations should tell anyone looking at your work where they can locate documents and records you used and allow them to evaluate your information.  How do you cite these sources?
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class name and date, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, October 5
Entering Information onto Familysearch's Family Tree  (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.  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.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, workshop name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


“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
Meeting and Presentation will be held via ZOOM
 
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
Room 201 HHSC
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
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
Meeting and Presentation will be held via ZOOM
 
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.