Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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Tuesday, September 25
Solving Research Problems with the Genealogical Proof Standard(GPS)  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
NOTE DATE HAS CHANGED
The Genealogical Proof Standard was introduced at the 1999 NGS Conference in Richmond, VA.  Researchers at all levels of research experience now use what more experienced and professional researchers first used.  Fully understanding and using the GPS can assist in solving both simple and the most complex genealogical problems.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 



Monday, October 1
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (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.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring a laptop, etc.
 
In addition to registering for the workshop itself, you will need to set up an account on Find-A-Grave.  Remember to bring your account id and password with you to class.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, the class subject, and whether you're bringing a laptop to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Wednesday, October 3
MVGS Methodology SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
Subject To Be Determined
 


Thursday, October 4
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
A recent webinar on Searching Databases on AmericanAncestors.org.
 


Thursday, October 11
Everything FTM Follow-On  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 217
Instructor: Charles Gearhart
 
2016 and 17 were hectic years for us Family Tree Maker (FTM) users.  First Ancestry.com ceased supporting FTM and all our hearts sunk because we had all our ancestry data in that program.  Finally one of Ancestry's sub contractors, Software Mackiev, took on the task of upgrading and maintaining the software.  There are many changes to their 2017 version.  Last year the FTM users met several times to follow Mackiev's progress and review the changes.  These 2018 sessions will consist of "playing" with the software and answering questions.  You can be a new user or a seasoned pro, all are welcomed.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


Monday, October 15
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.
 


DNA Test Comparison and What You Can Do With Your Test Results.
Tuesday, October 16
DNA Test Comparison and What You Can Do With Your Test Results.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Shannon Combs-Bennett
 
Testing your DNA for genealogical research is an ever increasing topic of discussion. However, most people do not know exactly what they could get from testing or which of the four major DNA tests to choose. In this lecture Shannon will discuss the various DNA tests on the market, who sells them, and how you can use the results in your genealogy research. Various examples will be discussed including a case-study. Shannon will also tell you  how to get maximum value from your DNA test and how you might benefit from an upgrade from the basic test package.
 
She will also present an introduction on "GEDMatch," a program that allows people who have had their DNA tested by various companies to come together and compare their information.
 
Shannon is an award-winning author, presenter and lecturer on topics ranging from genealogy methodology to DNA. She is 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 has also completed the Boston University genealogy certificate program and the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies in American Records from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is currently enrolled in the genealogy master’s program at Strathclyde University, in Glasgow, Scotland.
 


Tuesday, October 23
Overview of NEHGS and NYG&BS Websites and Resources  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Instructor:  Amy Breedlove
 
NEHGS is the New England Historic and Genealogical Society in Boston and NYG&BS is the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York. [Their full titles wouldn't fit in the event title space.
 
A description of what's available from the two organizations and their two websites and how to get the best out of them will be covered.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


The Wrong Side Of History: Loyalists In The American Revolution
Sunday, October 28
The Wrong Side Of History: Loyalists In The American Revolution  (Conference)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fairfax City Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030-2155
Dr. Richard Bell, Historian, The University of Maryland at College Park
 
Dr. Bell, a tenured associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his B.A. from the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the history and culture of the United States between 1750 and 1877.
 
A dynamic speaker, he received the 2017 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Regents to acknowledge exemplary faculty achievement in teaching.  He is also a Trustee of the Maryland Historical Society, an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
 
Fairfax City Regional Library is located at 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030-2155, and opens at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Free parking is available in the garage under the library.
 



Monday, November 5
Using Family Search.org  (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 use the Family Search.org website more effectively.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptop, etc.  Note - I-Pads and phones don't work for this class.
 
There's been a change at Family Search and you now have to have an account (it's free) to do anything - even search.  So, please set up an account before you come to class, if you don't already have one, and remember to bring your account id and password with you to class. 
 
There are handouts for this class.  Please remember to bring a copy with you, or have it available on your laptop if you're bringing one.  Thank you.
To register, please send an email with your name, the class subject, and whether you're bringing a laptop, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net 
 


Monday, November 5
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
TO BE DETERMINED
 


Thursday, November 15
Church Records for Genealogical Research  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 201
Instructor:  Chuck Mason 
 
Many of the early settlers of the American Colonies came to find religious freedom.  The church was an important part of our ancestors' lives.  In small communities it was often the center of their social lives.  The records kept vary from one denomination to another.  Even the denominations that kept very few records can play a very critical part in documenting our ancestors, especially in the time-period before vital records began.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and class subject to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net
 


The Germanic French: Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families
Tuesday, November 20
The Germanic French: Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
 
This lecture explains how a significant population of German-speakers came to reside in France and explores the peculiarities of researching ancestors of Alsace, Lorraine, and Elsass-Lothringen. It discusses when, why and how people from these areas came to the United States during the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. Research challenges include: records kept in French, German and Latin; shifting national borders; peculiar surnames; and Catholic, Protestant and Jewish residents. Indispensable Websites are reviewed, as well as books and manuals, and the large body of records available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
 
John Philip Colletta 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 half-time 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 the author of several books, many articles, and a 15-lesson genealogy course. His books will be available for sale after the lecture.
 



Monday, December 3
Using Family Search.org  (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 Family Search.org website more effectively.  The class is limited to 12 people; 6 of those will need to bring their own laptops, etc.  Note - I-Pads and phones don't work for this class.
 
There's been a change at Family Search and you now have to have an account (it's free) to do anything - even search.   So, please set up an account before you come to class, if you don't already have one, and remember to bring your account id and password with you to class.
 
There are handouts for this class.  Please remember to bring a copy with you, or have it available on your laptop if you're bringing one.  Thank you.
To register, please send an email with your name, class subject, and whether you're bringing a laptop, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net


Thursday, December 6
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
Subject To Be Determined