Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Monday, December 17
German SIG: "Under Development"  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pohick Regional Library
Speaker: TBD
 
For further information contact Mark Lazaroff at mark.b.lazaroff@gmail.com 
 


MVGS Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 18
MVGS Christmas Party  (General Meeting)
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Coordinator:  Maureen Cunningham
 
The first use of Christmas trees as they're known today dates back to the 1500's.  Some claim the tree originated in Germany in the mid 1500's, others claim it was Latvia in the early 1500's, and a few even believe in a legend that St. Boniface created the Christmas tree in the 7th century.  
 
The theme for 2018 will be “Reflections Around the Tree”. The initial announcement will be given at our October meeting, followed by an article in the November/December newsletter.  Maureen Cunningham, will have the sign-up sheet at the November meeting.
 
Members will be asked to bring a meaningful holiday decoration or ornament to display, followed with voting by the membership for winners in three categories: unusual, vintage and ethnic. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category.
 
Members will also be requested to bring an ethnic dish for the festive tables AND a non-perishable food item for donation.The Board will provide ham and rotisserie chicken.
 
Stay tuned for more details.
 



Monday, January 7, 2019
Entering Information onto Family Search's Family Tree 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 post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website. 
Workshop is limited to 10 people.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use;  at least 4 people will need to bring their own laptops, if the workshop is full.  I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.
You need to have a free account on Familysearch.org to do anything - even search.  So if you don't already have an account, please set one up ahead of time and remember to bring the id and password with you to class.  
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, workshop subject and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.


Finding Records of Claims Against the Federal Government.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Finding Records of Claims Against the Federal Government.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter: Claire Kluskens
 
Discussion:  The idea of looking for ancestors in records of claims against the U.S. Federal Government (or against foreign governments) would be an afterthought, at best, for most researchers. Yet, they can contain valuable data.  French Spoliation Claims before 1800 may contain ancestral information.  Civil War Claims against the Office of the Quartermaster General could be another source.  Several unique areas for investigation will be discussed.
 
Claire has been a Senior Reference and Projects Archivist at the National Archives (NARA) in Washington, D.C. since 1992 and a genealogical researcher since 1976. She specializes in census, immigration, military, and other records of high genealogical value. Her geographic specialties are New York, Ohio, Vermont, the Midwest; and Washington, DC.
 
She has spearheaded the completion of more than 300 National Archives microfilm publications, and now manages digital projects. She lectures frequently and has published extensively in national, state, and local genealogical publications.
 
Claire received her BA in Economics/Political Science from Capital University and her law degree from Ohio State University. She is an alumna of the Gen-Fed program and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society. She is also a long-standing member of MVGS.
 



Monday, February 4, 2019
Entering Information onto Family Search's Family Tree 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 post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  
Workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room that can be used.  If the workshop is fulll, at least 4 people will need to bring their laptops.  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, phone number, workshop name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
Genealogy Beginner's Class  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 201
Instructor:  Janice Reid
 
The purpose of this class is to provide guidance to those relatively new to genealogy on how to start their research.  The class will cover an overview of the basics, getting organized, use of research sources, timesaving tips, and starting a genealogy project.  
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Protecting Your Privacy In the On-Line Genealogy World.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Protecting Your Privacy In the On-Line Genealogy World.  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Room 112
Presenter:  Bruce deGrazia, JD, CISSP
 
Discussion:  Under development.
 
Bruce is Director and Professor (Program Chair) of the Cyber Security Management and Policy Program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
 
Before joining the university, Bruce held positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Cummins Engine Company, and United Technologies Corporation. He served in the Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps and was Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Quality in the Clinton Administration.
 
A graduate of DePaul University with a degree in History, Bruce received a master's in archaeology from the University of London and then returned to DePaul for a degree in International Law. He holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology from UMUC and  is an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway, University of London.
 
He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) qualification considered the gold standard in the information security field.  This certification trains one to become an information assurance professional including all aspects of Information Technology (IT) security.
 



Monday, March 4, 2019
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. 
The workshop is limited to 10 folks.  There are 6 computers in the room for folks to use.  If the workshop is full, at least 4 people will need to bring laptops.  I-Pads and phones don't work for this workshop.
To actually 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, workshop subject and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019
GEDMatch Basics  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hollin Hall room 217
Instructor:  Shannon Combs-Bennett.
 
In this class learn how to use the free DNA analysis platform GEDMatch.  We will cover transferring raw data, tools, tips, and if possile all through a live demonstration.
 
To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, class subject, and date of class to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.