Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  2016 Holiday Party

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you the happiness of friends, the joy of a family, and the wonder of the holiday season.
Have a memorable Thanksgiving!

MVGS October Monthly Meeting

The October MVGS meeting welcomed back our past president Sharon Hodges.  She spoke on "Behind The Ivied Walls."  Genealogists use courthouse records, go to archives and to libraries, but often forget that colleges and universities may hold the answer to many questions.  She discussed what types of records might be found behind the "ivied walls."  Her handout was a wealth of links and suggestions for researching higher education facilities.  The picture at left is an impromptu conversation, after her presentation, between Sharon and MVGS member John Cross explaining his experiences while researching the University of Virginia.

Sharon is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer. She has been involved in genealogical research for over 25 years.

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

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  NARA Guides
NARA Guides
December 4
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan   Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the 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 ...
December 6
Research in Washington, DC Using the DAR Library, the BLM, and DC Area Lesser Known Facilities
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 ...
December 7
New England SIG: Looking After the Poor; Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records
Webinar Moderator: Linda MacLachlan   A recent webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  
December 18
Writing Family History SIG
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 ...
December 19
MVGS Holiday Party
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. ...