Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

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

Inclement Weather

It's that time again when Mother Nature gets excited and decides to disrupt us humans.  Did you realize our February monthly meetings for 2015 and 2016 were cancelled because of bad weather?
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Let's presume you are scheduled for a SIG group meeting or a census training session today at Hollin Hall, and when you get up it is snowing.  Do you get dressed and prepare for the class or stay home and miss the class?
The answer is fairly simple – check the status of the Fairfax County Government and school system.  If the Government or schools are closed or delayed, all "scheduled" activities (that's MVGS and your SIG class) will not meet.
I gave you the simplistic answer, but if you want to read the Hollin Hall inclement weather policy just click HERE.
If you are not sure call the Senior Center at 703-765-4573 to verify closing information.

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.

Hollin Hall Elevator

The Hollin Hall elevator is now being replaced.  Upon entry you will be greeted with construction. You can read the Fairfax County letter regarding the replacement 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

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  NARA Guides
NARA Guides
February 21
German SIG: "Naturalization Data from 1906 Onwards"
Moderator: Robert Dunfield   Standing meeting of the German Special Interest Group. Date moved due to the President's Day Holiday. February’s presentation will be getting Naturalization Data from USCS from 1906 onwards, with a general discussion of location and law ...
February 21
This Forgotten Land: Unique Civil War Stories and Sites South of Alexandria
Presenter: Don Hakenson   Lecture Description: Did you know that the shopping center at Rose Hill is on an 18th-century plantation of the same name? And that the house was the site of a raid by Confederate Col. John S. Mosby ...
February 24
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 for this T&E session please click HERE.   ...
February 27
Midwest SIG - Resources for Reserching the Midwest States
Moderator - Jon Marie Pearson   Just because you don't live in the Midwest States that your ancestors came from, doesn't mean that you can't find out information about them. There ae several resources that are available that you can ...
March 1
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 ...