Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Thursday, December 3
File Storage and Printing Tips - please note NEW DATE  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
via ZOOM
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

Monday, December 7
Entering Information onto Find A Grave Workshop  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 214
It is likely that this workshop will be cancelled since HHSC hasn't re-opened.  Stay tuned.
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

“Winter Holiday Memories”<br>MVGS Annual Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 15
“Winter Holiday Memories”
MVGS Annual Holiday Party  (Special Event)
1:00 pm
Online via Zoom
MVGS will hold a virtual holiday party this year via Zoom. And for this party, we need you to make preparations! Here’s the plan:
Start reflecting on past holiday seasons - the scents, the flavors, the music, treasured holiday photographs, and beloved family traditions. What is one of your favorite winter holiday memories? What happened? What made it special? Then prepare to share your stories and photographs at our Holiday Party.
Want to decorate your Zoom backdrop to enhance the festive spirit? Go for it!! What about all those Christmas sweaters and ties? Wear them!! Get creative! Get festive!
Then on the 15th, we invite you to have a favorite dessert to enjoy during the meeting as well as a glass of Holiday Cheer to raise when Janell offers a toast. All will be merry and bright!
Please RSVP by 11 December
using the Web Contact Form

Your Family in Print
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Your Family in Print  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue To be Determined
Presenter: Sharon MacInnes, Former Vice President and Board Member of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society.

Description: "Your Family in Print" is a practical presentation on finding and downloading books (county histories and family histories) and articles, newspapers, manuscripts, etc. from different websites, libraries, and repositories.  
Sharon MacInnes retired after teaching English and United States History in Fairfax County Public Schools. As a Foreign Service spouse prior to settling in Virginia, she lived in Japan, Korea, England, Jordan, Israel, and southern Africa, teaching in several of those locations. Her life as a world wanderer sharpened her desire for roots and sparked an obsession in genealogy.
She is now a Certified Genealogist with over forty years of family research experience focusing on Pennsylvania and land records. She is co-coordinator and instructor of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and author/compiler of eight volumes in a series covering the earliest landowners of various Pennsylvania counties.
Sharon is CEO and maintains a website at on which is posted 19th-Century Pennsylvania landowner maps and atlases as a service for researchers.
She is an alumna of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (now Gen-Fed); the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) which is now located at the University of Georgia in Athens; and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She earned her Masters and Ph.D. from American University.

Section 27 and Freedman's Village in Arlington National Cemetery
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Section 27 and Freedman's Village in Arlington National Cemetery  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue to be Determined
Presenter: Ric Murphy, National Vice President for History, for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and is an educator, historian, lecturer, and award-winning author.

Description: Section 27 and Freedman's Village in Arlington National Cemetery From its origination, Arlington National Cemetery's history has been compellingly intertwined with that of African Americans. This book explains how the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the home of Robert E. Lee and a plantation of the enslaved, became a military camp for Federal troops, a freedmen's village and farm, and America's most important burial ground. During the Civil War, the property served as a pauper's cemetery for men too poor to be returned to their families, and some of the very first war dead to be buried there include over 1,500 men who served in the United States Colored Troops. More than 3,800 former slaves are interred in section 27, the property's original cemetery.
In his writings, Ric Murphy explores the roles and rich contributions made by African Americans in United States history, for which he has received over twenty awards. He has served in elected and appointed positions within state and local governments, and has taught and lectured at the post-secondary level. He has served as Chairman of the Board of several private and community based organizations; on numerous national, local and not-for-profit Boards of Directors; on countless Advisory Boards to community-based organizations and not-for-profits; and has received numerous national awards for his public activism and community work. His family lineage dates to the earliest colonial periods of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and of Jamestown, Virginia. Mr. Murphy’s lineage has been evaluated and accepted by several heredity societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution; the National Society of the Sons of Colonial New England; the Sons of the American Revolution; the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War; and the Sons and Daughters of the U. S. Middle Passage. Mr. Murphy was a Fellow at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government; and he has a Masters in Urban Affairs from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting and Presentation will be held via ZOOM
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.
Description: While Facebook is the world’s largest online social network with more than 1.2 billion users, did you know that it can be leveraged as a genealogy research “work horse” to help find your ancestors?  In this session you’ll go beyond the basics of setting up a Facebook account and simply posting status updates or playing games. The focus is on developing the following skill set for genealogy research:
  • Using the Search function to locate living relatives and others researching your same surnames.
  • Locating Facebook Groups and Pages related to your genealogy research, especially geographical locations and specific ethnic groups, as well as surname groups.
  • Creating a Facebook Group to facilitate collaboration and participant interaction around a specific genealogy topic such as a Surname Group or a One Place Study Group.
  • Creating a Facebook Page to advertise a genealogy society, an event and more.
  • Understanding the difference between a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group and why you might use one instead of the other as well as when it is best to use both.
  • Protecting your privacy and ensuring an enjoyable Facebook experience when researching genealogy.
What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history.
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Abundant Genealogy and also runs the popular Genealogy Bargains and DNA Bargains websites!
Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.