Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  Charles Belfield First American Ancestor

MVGS June Monthly Meeting

The June monthly meeting of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society topic was "Sons of the American Revolution."   Paul Walden (current President) and Dave Thomas from the George Washington Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), based in Alexandria, VA, discussed procedures for joining SAR and the SAR library in Louisville, KY.
Pictured above is Michael Brownell, 1st VP for programs and Janell Blue MVGS secretary presenting Mr. Thomas and Mr. Walden with their certificates of appreciation.

Our Research Center is Brighter

The last week of May 2017 found the MVGS Research Center (RC) getting a new view on the world.  We had new windows installed; along with the rest of Hollin Hall Senior Center that is.

Those of you who have been to our RC know that we have windows along the West side of the room. Not a big thing unless you also know that we have tables with seven computers, their peripheral equipment, connecting cables and a very heavy safe all under those windows.  Hollin Hall did have movers to assist, but we wanted to ensure our computers were carefully relocated. Thanks to our members Leo Dougherty and Larry Dempsey we made sure that our computer equipment was cared for and properly reconnected.  I believe the heavy safe stayed in its original location, under the windows, during replacement.

Hollin Hall is not a new building.  It housed school classes beginning in the fall of 1949 as part of a national response to the post-World War II baby boom. By 1981, the baby boom was over, and the Mount Vernon community population had matured. The school was closed and on 31 Jan 1983, the building surged back to life as the Hollin Hall Senior Center, with 35 seniors using three rooms. Today, that daily population averages over 200, with diverse activities in 17 rooms and even a child care center.

We now have white vinyl trim, double pane windows to look out onto the central courtyard of the building, that is until our computer users close the blinds because it will make it easier to view the computer screens.  They do make the room cleaner and brighter looking; should also help the heating and cooling bill.

Library Catalog Now Online!

The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society library catalog has now been ported to the website as a fully functional interactive on-line application. The cataloging system software in the Research Center was no longer supported by the developer.
You now have access to all the information in our library holdings from anywhere you have internet connectivity. A number of features, not found in the index system previously online, are now available to members and the public. Searches by “Subject”, “Location” and “Media Type” can now be made on almost 2800 holdings in the library. Further searches can then be done on “Title”, “Author” and “Call Number”. Once the desired list of records is found they can be “printed” to a PDF document by clicking on the “PDF List” icon.  Additionally, each record can be viewed and printed by clicking on the “eye” icon. Clicking on the “Broom” icon will clear the information in the selection or search box. In addition to searching the database for individual records by "Call Number", "Title", and "Author", the entire database or any filtered selections can be sorted by "Call Number", "Title", or "Author" by clicking on the word at the top of each column.
Clicking on the “View Categories” icon provides another method of search for desired material. Categories of holdings can also be filtered by “Subject”, “Location”, and “Media Type”
The library catalog will always be current now because library accessions are available for viewing as soon as they are put into the online system. Previously the indexes were only updated periodically.
This additional Society benefit would never have been possible without the hard work of volunteers who planned and executed the library database conversion; thank you Jeanne Wilson, Anne Barber, and Gerry Ward.
You can find the library catalog HERE

Dotted Divider Line
  NARA Guides
NARA Guides
July 3
July 18
Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Assembling Sources to Reconstruct Real-Life Events
Presenter:  John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.   Description:  The biographical facts we discover about our ancestors did not happen in a vacuum. Our ancestors were born, lived and died in specific physical circumstances at specific moments in time. To reconstruct their ...
July 20
Our Ancestors Didn't Live Alone
Instructor:  Chuck Mason   Our ancestors did not go through life alone. They had family, neighbors, and other acquaintances. We must examine all our ancestor’s immediate family, collateral family, and associates to understand our ancestors and their lives.  For ...
August 7
Entering information onto the Family Tree on
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan   Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto family trees on the website.  The workshop will be held in room 214, the MVGS Research Center  The class is limited to 12 ...
August 10
PICASA - An Electronic Image Organizer and Viewer
Instructor: Charles Gearhart   Picasa was a free image organizer and viewer for organzing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo sharing website.  On February 12, 2016, Google announced it was discontinuing support for Picasa Desktop and Web Albums, effective ...