Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
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Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex Field Trip

The Fairfax Genealogical Society has arranged a field trip on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10AM to Noon, and are inviting MVGS members.
The Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc. will conduct a tour of several of the cemeteries, talking about the history and significance of the markers.
More information may be found HERE.

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

2nd Annual MVGS Lock In

On 7 January 2017 the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society conducted its second annual Lock-In.  If you remember, the 7th was the day that the Alexandria area received about an inch of snow.  When the doors were “locked” it was just starting to snow; I am sure some of our potential attendees decided to stay home.
There were a total of 45 ancestry enthusiasts who attended.  A majority of the people were from MVGS, with a few from Fairfax Genealogical Society as well non members from neither.  The final count showed that 12 who signed up did not attend, with four people paying at the door.
The purpose of the Lock-In was to gather ancestry enthusiasts into one area for six hours, present them with 12 different presentations from which they could attend four.  Everyone brought a sack lunch and sat at regional tables where they could discuss individual ancestry stories and concerns.  After lunch drawings were held for some nice doorprizes - winners included:
Jan Young - 3 month subscription to Ancestry
Bobbie Leamer - 3 month subscription to Ancestry
LaMond Averett - 1 year subscription to
Jim Bina - 1 year subscription to
Edith Lorah - 1 year subscription to Ancestry Academy
Jennifer Halsey - Family Tree Maker CD
Congratulations to all the prize winners and a big thank you to those who ventured out in the snow.  Also a special thank you to the Lock-In volunteer instructors; Charles S "Chuck" Mason, Sharon MacInnes, Sharon Hodges, Carol Petranek, Jim Fisher, Jon Marie Pearson and Chuck Gearhart.
A great way to start the New Year.

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NARA Guides
April 28
Genealogy Roundtable
Instructor:  Sharon Hodges   [6 attendee limit]    Topics of your choice.  Informal discussion group - learn from each other, trade tips, share your successes and brick walls.   To register, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at ...
May 1
Everything FTM
Instructor: Charles Gearhart   This Family Tree Maker study group meeting will concentrate on the windows version.  Users may bring their laptops, and issues to a round table type meeting where we will discuss user questions, discoveries, lessons learned and ...
May 1
New England SIG: New England Probate Records
Moderator:  Linda MacLachlan   A webinar discussing New England probate records.  
May 3
MVGS Methodology SIG - Solving Research Problems and Dead Ends
Instructor:  Chuck Mason   Do you have an ancestor who you cannot find, or conflicting evidence about an ancestor?  Learn how to gather and evaluate evidence to solve the problem.  Sessions will include hands on problem solving workshop and help ...
May 8
FxGS Methodology: Social Security Records
Presenter: Sharon Hodges   NOTE CHANGE OF TIME AND VENUE! Our regular Kings Park Library meeting room has been coopted for the library's annual book sale!   Sharon Hodges will explain the Social Security Death Index and beyond. She'll talk about ...