Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
 
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Monday, June 24
Virginia Special Interest Group [SIG]  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC, Room 214

The next meeting of the Virginia SIG will be on Monday, 24 June 2024

from 1-3pm in the Research Library,

room 214 at Hollin Hall Senior Center. We'll be talking about the Southeast corner of Virginia, i.e.,

the counties of Surry, Southhampton, Isle of Wight, Sussex, and Greensville, and what used to be

Norfolk,Princess Anne, Warwick, and Nansemond counties. We'll cover a little bit of the history

of the area,what types of records, resources, and repositories are available for the area, and

about any ancestors we had that were from, or in, that area in the past.

 

Since it won't be on zoom, there's no need to register, just come on by. If you have any questions,

please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net. Thank you.

 




PLACEHOLDER  Field Trip/Road Trip SIG to the National Labor Union Archives
Monday, July 1
PLACEHOLDER Field Trip/Road Trip SIG to the National Labor Union Archives  (Special Interest Group)
College Park, MD
The Field Trip/Road Trip SIG for a day of research at the National Labor Union Archives at the University of Maryland that was planned for 27 October 2023 has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.  This site will be updated once a new date has been decided on.  The 1 July 2024 date above is just a placeholder.
 
The Road Trip will include an introduction and an orientation to the Archives followed by a chance to do individual research. All research levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Times for the Road Trip are currently TBD. Presently, there is no class in conjunction with this Road Trip. The below information should be helpful for anyone interested in attending this outing. Be sure to save your spot for this Road Trip by contacting Stephanie Campbell at sjc8665@gmail.com.
 
The labor collections of the National Labor Union Archives at the University of Maryland consist of over 19,500 linear feet of archival material, and a library of 18,000 publications and 1,000 linear feet of labor journals and ephemeral publications. Included in the labor collections are the archives of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (formerly TWIU, BCT, and now BCTGM), the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA), the Cigar Makers International Union (CMIU), the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA), and the archives of the Samuel Gompers Papers Project. The University of Maryland is the official repository for records of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), selected records of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), and the merged American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industril Organizations (AFL-CIO), including administrative and staff departments. 
 
The transportation, shipbuilding, and railroad trades, and related businesses, are represented in the holdings of the Cuba Company archives, the International Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA), the Railway Employee's Departemnt, the Transportation Trades Department, and the Work Projects Administration in Maryland records. Additional trade union departments include: the Building and Construction Trades Department; Food and Allied Service Trades Department; Maritime Trades Department; Metal Trades Department; and the Union Label and Service Trades Department.
 
The following collections also represent international labor union activities; U.S. labor union activities, topics, strikes and other events; labor education; healthcare, Medicare; and the workplace environment: the International Union of Siderographers (1860s-present); National Organizers Alliance archive; American Federation of Women's Auxiliaries of Labor; the Baltimore Federation of Labor; the Bureau of Business Practice Collection; the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (including records of the African American Labor Center, American Institute for Free Labor Development, Free Trade Union Institute, and Asian-American Free Labor Institute); Natioanl Council of Senior Citizens; Working for America Institute; and Working America. 
 
Additional records for union programs and affiliate oraganizations include: the National Labor College; Union Privilege Benefit Program; Coalition of Labor Union Women; Frontlash; Center for Working Capital; International Labor Press; Labor Institute for Public Affairs; National Association of Working Women; and the National Capital Area Trade Union Retirees Club. It also includes Japanese print publications produced by grassroots labor unions during the first four years of the Allied Occupation, 1945-1949.
 
The collections also include extensive photo documentation of labor union activities from the 1940s to the present in the photographic negative and digital collections of Frank Alexander and Page One Photography, Inc. Collections of graphic images, over 10,000 audio tapes, several hundred films and videotapes, and over 2,000 artifacts are available for research and study.


Monday, July 1
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC, Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  LINDA MACLACHLAN
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account on Familysearch, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net .  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available on the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
 


Planning Genealogy Research Trips
Tuesday, July 16
Planning Genealogy Research Trips  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Senior Center - Room 112

Speaker: Lea Edwards

Planning a genealogy research trip is a journey even before you arrive at the destination, whether it is a county archive,

library, genealogy society, or a local museum. Consider what family lines/surnames to research, high level goals, specific

research questions, cluster of counties in a region, organizations, types of records to focus on, maps, how to give a librarian

specific enough information without drowning him/her in data, and so on. Sometimes as you contact a library or genealogy

society, they’ll give you online collections to explore that you didn’t know about. So, starting several months in advance

helps you turn over all those stones before you arrive onsite.

 

What will genealogists learn from this presentation? In this session, Lea will share her experiences on research trips in

Georgia and South Carolina, with slides that can be used as a checklist as you prepare for your own research journeys.

Lea Edwards of Fairfax, Virginia, is a member of the Fairfax County Genealogical Society Education Committee, the Lineage

Research Chair for the Fairfax Chapter DAR, and has been running a Genealogy SIG for her DAR chapter for four years.

She retired in 2019 and began her search of family lines back to the 1700s and 1600s in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.

Lea was a Federal Government contractor for 20 years as a strategic planning/organizational development facilitator and trainer.

Before that she had worked for the American Red Cross for 16 years, with a focus on public health and safety programs, later

corporate planning and evaluation. She has lived in Northern Virginia since 1980, having grown up in Wilmington, Delaware.

She has a BS in Nursing and Masters in Health Education and Adult Learning.

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Monday, July 22
Virginia Special Interest Group [SIG]  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TBD

We will have a SIG meeting on 22 July.  Topic and location TBD.  Please check this website in June.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thanks.

 
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Tuesday, July 23
Fifteen Research Shortcuts used by Professional Genealogists  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC, Room 217
INSTRUCTOR CHUCK MASON
 
Professional genealogists seem to have some great shortcuts to fall back on when they do their research.  But what are those shortcuts?  Come to the class to find out and hopefully improve your research at the same time. 
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name and phone number and the class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 


Thursday, July 25
Facebook Workshop for Genealogists  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  JO PEARSON
 
Unlock the power of Facebook for your genealogy research!  Learn how to create and manage a genealogy-focused Facebook page or group, best practices for posting and sharing, and how to use Facebook events to organize virtual meetups or collaborative research sessions.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, the class date and title, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove.comcast.  Thank you.
 
Once you've registered, a reminder email will be sent to you a few days ahead of the class with the zoom link and any handouts, etc.



Monday, August 5
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC, Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  LINDA MACLACHLAN
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account on Familysearch, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net .  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available on the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
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The Koblitz Ancestral Journey
Tuesday, August 20
The Koblitz Ancestral Journey  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Senior Center - Rm 112

Speaker: Gary Koblitz

My interest in tracing my paternal family began when I was in my 60s with very little information to begin with, due to family circumstances. I have determined

that my paternal lineage traces back many generations – probably centuries – in an area that is now largely the State of Saxony. Also, I knew very little about

branches of my American paternal relationships, who descended from my immigrant grandfather and his brother. I have succeeded in identifying them – over 50 persons

spread over four generations.

What will genealogists learn from this presentation? My goal is to convey some pathways to success in tracing one’s ancestry and family descendants, even starting

late in life and with a plethora of unknowns. Most of my formative years were spent in a small town in northeast Connecticut. I graduated from Penn State in 1967

and immediately went to work for the federal government as an intelligence analyst, where I had a 40-year career. I have lived in Northern Virginia the entire time

My wife and I raised a son and daughter, and we have three grandchildren. I was always actively involved in my children’s activities, and I have played many civic roles

in my communities.

 



Thursday, August 22
Instagram for Genealogists  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  JO PEARSON
 
Discover how to use Instagram to share your family history through phhotos and stories.  This workshop will guide you in setting up a genealogy-focused Instagram account, creating engaging posts and Stories, and using Instagram Reels to share quick tips and historical snippets.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, the class date and name, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 
Once you've registered, a reminder email will be sent to you a few days before the class with the zoom link and any handuots, etc.  


Monday, August 26
Virginia Special Interest Group [SIG]  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TBD
We will have a SIG meeting on this date.  Topic and location to be determined.
Please check this website in June or July for updates.  If you have any questions,
please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you. 



Saturday, September 7
A Day in the Life: Experiencing Your Ancestors Stories Using Cultural History  (Conference)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society

"Not a Conference” Fall Conference

It’s like time traveling with your ancestors!

Have you ever wondered about a typical day in the life of your ancestors?

Would you like to travel back in time to walk in their shoes and see the world as they saw it?

This year’s immersive program combines the intrigue of time travel with the richness of

cultural history to offer a most unique genealogical perspective. Which ancestor will you visit

first?

Watch the MVGS website and E-Bulletin in the coming months for more details and t

make your reservations to join the trip. History is fun!

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Monday, September 9
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC, Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  LINDA MACLACHLAN
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.  
 
In order to enter informaiton onto Find A Grave, you will need to set up a free account before the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you to the workshop.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with your name and phone number, the workshop name and date, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 


Tuesday, September 24
LinkedIn for Genealogy  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  JO PEARSON
 
LinkedIn isn't just for job seekers - it's a valuable tool for genealogy networking and collaboration.  This class will help you optimize your LinkedIn profile, join genealogy-related groups, and connect with other professionals and enthusiasts in the field.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name and phone number, the class date and title, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 
Once you've registered, a reminder email will be sent to you a few days before the class with the zoom link and any handouts.


Wednesday, September 25
Every Genealogy Journey Rests on Maps  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTORSHARON MACINNES
 
Sharon MacInnes will explain how she uses a variety of maps in her research.  Examples of different maps include:  topographical maps, migration trail maps, 19th-century maps and atlases showing landowners, Birdseye maps, fire insurance maps, Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, Google Earth, warrantee maps, and railroad maps.  She'll also explain Township/Range/Section maps.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name and phone number, and the class name and date, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.


Monday, September 30
ON HOLD - FIELD TRIP/ROAD TRIP SIG to the DAR Library  (Special Interest Group)
12:00 am to 12:01 am
DAR Library, Washington DC
Field Trip is currently on hold.  Dates and times above are NOT correct.  Periodically check this website for newer info.
 
The first Field Trip/Road Trip SIG event will be a day at the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] Library in Washington, DC.
 
More details to follow later. If you're interested in going, contact Stephanie Campbell at sjc8665@gmail.com.  Thank you.
 



Monday, October 7
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC, Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  LINDA MACLACHLAN
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
In order to enter information onto Find A Grave, you will need to set up a free account before the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net .
Thank you.


Tuesday, October 22
TikTok for Genealogy  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  JO PEARSON
 
Engage with a younger audience on TikTok!  This workshop will guide you through setting up a TikTok account, creating short, captivating videos related to genealogy, and using trends and hashtags to reach a broader audience interested in family history.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name and phone number, class date and title, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 
Once you've registered, a reminder email will be sent to you a few days before the class with the zoom link and any handouts.


Friday, October 25
Where Did I Put That?: Lessons in Organizing Our Work  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC, Room 201

INSTRUCTOR: JANET BAILEY

This Educational Event will be a cross between an old fashioned quilting bee [where we share our designs, ideas, successes, and failures], and a collaborative seminar on organizing our research, our files, and our writing.  I am hoping it will be a comfortable way to share our experiences and learn from one another!   

As your "teacher" I will start the discussions and send you information on what you can bring to the first class.  I am hoping this twist on the regular CLASS experience will help us to benefit from shared ideas that will help move our research forward.  If we want to meet again, something will be set up at that time.

To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net. Thank you.




Monday, November 4
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC, Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  LINDA MACLACHLAN
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net .  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available in the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
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Friday, November 15
Researching your French Ancestors from Home  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  AMY BREEDLOVE
 
Do you have ancestors that originated in France?  If so, come learn about France, what's unique about it that could affect your genealogy research, how and what types of records were created, where and how to find and access them, and much more.
 
To register, please send an email with the class name and date, as well as your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.



Monday, December 2
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC, Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  LINDA MACLACHLAN
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net .  Thank you
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available in the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.