Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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Conference Registration Fee
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23 October 2021
MVGS 5th Annual Genealogy Conference
This is a virtual conference held via Zoom.
**  Within 3 days following payment, you will receive a Zoom registration link.
**  After you have registered on Zoom, you will receive a confirmation with the actual conference link.
 
Questions may be addressed to: webmaster@mvgenealogy.org
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Time Slot #1<br>Session 1A:<br>  Writing Family History Time Slot #1
Session 1A:
Writing Family History
10:40 - 11:30
Paul Phelps
A good story involves getting started by finding a unifying theme and determining purpose, scope and more.  Paul will provide ideas for writing your story to make it interesting for a reader.
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Time Slot #1<br>Session 1B:<br> Fairfax CTY Virginia Room Digital COVID-19 Archive & Oral Histories Time Slot #1
Session 1B:
Fairfax CTY Virginia Room Digital COVID-19 Archive & Oral Histories
10:40 - 11:30 
Suzanne Lapierre
Hear about both the Fairfax County Public Library Virginia Room's COVID-19 and Oral Histories projects. In April, 2020, Virginia Room staff initiated a project to collect digital artifacts, such as stories and images, to preserve the experiences of Fairfax County residents in real time during the pandemic. The goal was to gather a broad range of perspectives- from first responders and essential workers to children, people sickened with COVID-19 and those quarantining at home- to record a fuller version of this period in history. This type of project is part of a larger trend toward “participatory archiving.” See some of the contributions and hear about the collecting process and lessons learned. Also receive an overview of the Virginia Room’s oral histories collection. Tips on how best to submit your own genealogical research, oral histories, and other items to local history archives will also be included.
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Time Slot #2<br>Session 2A:  Tools for Getting Your Story Straight Time Slot #2
Session 2A: Tools for Getting Your Story Straight
1:10 - 2:00
Janell Blue
Overwhelmed with loose documents and unverified trees?  Janell will show how the Family Tree Maker app can organize data, provide timelines, citation summaries and more.  Also, learn how Scrivener and Evernote apps can provide a visual and documentary repository for your research documents and store narratives in a flexible manner.   
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Time Slot #2<br>Track 2B: Using Photography to Tell Your Family Story Time Slot #2
Track 2B: Using Photography to Tell Your Family Story
1:10 - 2:00
Barbara Orbach Natanson
It is said that pictures paint a thousand words.  Find the words for the story behind an old photo.  Who were the people in the picture, did their attire hint at the occasion and era?  Could the photographer’s signature help place the town?  Did the setting indicate their occupation or interests? Learn tips and tools for photographic storytelling.
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Time Slot #3<br>Track 3A: Mapping the Neighborhood to Understand our Ancestors' Lives Time Slot #3
Track 3A: Mapping the Neighborhood to Understand our Ancestors' Lives
2:10 - 3:00
Chuck Mason
Where did our ancestors live, shop, work, attend church. Did they live near a country or state line?  Was there a church nearby? Was it predominately mining or farming or rural or urban? Genealogists use maps of many different kinds to locate and track their ancestors.Coordinating the information found in our ancestors' records with maps can reveal a great deal for telling a more in-depth family story.
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Time Slot #3<br>Track 3B: Publishing Your Family Story Time Slot #3
Track 3B: Publishing Your Family Story
2:10 - 3:00
Linda MacLachlan and Arthur Johnson
Sharing your written story can take many forms from informal booklets or a journal article to acceptance by a publisher.  In this panel, hear from published authors about their experiences.  They will provide tips on preparing a document for publication and also answer your questions.    
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