Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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Monday, December 4
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 214 Holllin Hall Senior Center
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan
 
Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the FamilySearch.org website more effectively. The workshop will be taught in room 214, the MVGS Research Center. The class is limited to 12 attendees. There are 7 PC’s in the room that people can use. The remaining 5 people will need to bring their own laptops.

Please bring a copy of the handouts with you to class, or have them handy on your laptops to use.

 

To register for this workshop, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at  albreedlove@comcast.net 

 



Wednesday, December 6
Research in Washington, DC Using the DAR Library, the BLM, and DC Area Lesser Known Facilities  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
The DAR Library is not just for researching your Revolutionary War Ancestors.  The collection contains a wealth of information about families from the Revolution to the 21st Century.  The Bureau of Land Management has custody of millions of federal land records that can be searched online.
 
Many small libraries like Collinwood, Mt. Vernon, Family History Centers, public libraries in the area house collections for genealogical research.  What collections might assist you in your research?
 


Thursday, December 7
New England SIG: Looking After the Poor; Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
A recent webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
 


Monday, December 18
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.
 


MVGS Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 19
MVGS Holiday Party  (General Meeting)
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Facilitator: Janell Blue
 
Description: Please come to our Holiday Party.  In addition to all the great food dishes that will be brought by our members, attendees will be asked to bring or wear items that identify their ancestral country of origin.  They may also wish to bring food that is typical of that country.  Members will be given an opportunity to sign-up and to give a brief re-cap of their cultural history, things they remember from their childhood about their immigrant grandparents, or how they discovered their ancestry, etc. 
 



Wednesday, January 3, 2018
MVGS Methodology SIG  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Instructor:  Chuck Mason
 
Subject To Be Determined
 


Monday, January 8, 2018
New England SIG: Looking After the Poor; Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 214
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
A recent webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
 


Monday, January 15, 2018
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.
 


Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes
 
Description:  Ancestry.com is an essential tool for genealogists; quite a few things have changed, particularly in the areas of searching and online trees.
 
Sharon is a Certified Genealogist with over forty years of family research experience focusing on Pennsylvania and land records. She is co-coordinator and instructor of Pennsylvania course for Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and author/compiler of eight volumes in a series covering the earliest landowners of various Pennsylvania counties. She maintains a website at http://ancestortracks.com on which is posted 19th-Century Pennsylvania landowner maps and atlases as a service for researchers. Sharon is an alumna of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives; the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR); and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She specializes in Pennsylvania research and land records.
 



Thursday, February 1, 2018
New England SIG:  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McLean Family History Center
Moderator: Linda MacLachlan
 
Subject To Be Determined
 


Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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, February 8, 2018
Everything FTM Follow-On  (Training and Education)
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 becasue 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 welcome.
 


Monday, February 19, 2018
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.
 


A Federal Family Tree
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
A Federal Family Tree  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Malissa Ruffner, JD, MLS, CG
Description:  In her presentation, Malissa will share textual record finds that have shed new light on her family tree and inspire you to visit (or re-visit) the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, D.C.
     
Malissa holds degrees in law and library science. After working in a variety of fields, she heeded the call of genealogy in 2009, becoming a Board-Certified Genealogist® in 2014. She is the director of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), formerly known as the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), held annually at the National Archives (NARA) in Washington, D.C. She has served on the Executive Board of the Maryland Genealogical Society since 2012 and was recently appointed managing editor of its journal, a scholarly publication issued three times a year. She is currently working for the Georgetown Memory Project, tracing descendants of slaves sold by Jesuit Maryland plantations in 1838.
 
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official records repository of the United States government. Gen-Fed presents a unique opportunity to explore holdings unavailable elsewhere. Federal records document a wide variety of interactions between ordinary citizens and their government—in some cases providing unique genealogical information, and in others, biographical and contextual detail that enriches understanding of our ancestors’ lives. Formerly known as the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), the institute has been a leader in genealogical education since its founding in 1950.
 
The Maryland Genealogical Society Journal is published three times annually.  It includes over 500 pages per year of Maryland source records, family histories, “how-to” articles to improve genealogical research skills, book reviews, and other features. The Journal is a must for anyone researching their heritage in the state of Maryland.