Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

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

On 20 December, 12:00 noon, the Society shows its appreciation to the membership by having an annual holiday event with food and fun.  We will be handing out awards to the people who have donated their time to make MVGS such an outstanding organization.  We will also give out some absolutely wonderful door prizes to audience members (you must be present to win).  We will end with a lovely pot-luck banquet and enjoy each other’s company.
With reference to the pot-luck holiday banquet; board members will provide ham, buns, chicken, coffee and paper products, but we need you to bring one of your favorite casseroles, salad, veggie plate, dessert, soft drinks, cooler, or whatever else you might enjoy (do not forget serving utensils).
Our party starts at noon, and we always need help setting up, so coming early is a good thing.

Lock-In Reminder

On 7 January 201Lock-In Key7 MVGS will be conducting its second annual lock-In, starting at 8:30 AM at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA.  Doors will be "locked" at 9:10AM.
The purpose of the lock-In is to gather a group of ancestry enthusiasts into one area for six hours, present them with twelve different presentations, from which they choose four to attend.  Bring a sack lunch, along with a drink, and at noon we will divide into United States regional areas, where everyone has the opportunity to discuss ancestor locations, research problems, and just get to know each other.  Note there is no microwave or refrigerator available for lunch so attendees should pack accordingly.
Fees for members is $20; non-members $25.  Additional information containing session descriptions is located HERE and also under the "EVENTS" tab, then scrolling down to "Saturday, January 7, 2017."  A Lock-In registration form may be found by clicking HERE.

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.

MVGS Writing Contest Winner

The fall event of our anniversary year was a writing contest. Fifteen members submitted stories about their ancestors. A committee of fellow members evaluated all the entries and the winner was:
Claire Kluskens, with a story entitled “Rev. William McCullar Was the Star Witness in a Murder Trial in 1812.”
Second place went to Sharon MacInnes with “Brunswick Tavern” while third was a tie between Sharon Hodges “My Black Sheep and a Wonderful Memory” and Jim Drewry for “A Timely Blue-Grey Friendship.”

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 8
New England
Researching your Roots in Rhode Island Facilitator:  Linda MacLachlan   Do you have ancestors from the Rhode Island area?  Come listen to this hour and half webinar by Maureen Taylor.  
December 12
FxGS Methodology
NOTE CHANGE OF TIME DUE TO PREVIOUSLY-BOOKED LIBRARY PROGRAM! Digging into FamilySearch Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes   FamilySearch is such a comprehensive site, but how much of it do you use? You probably know about the Family Trees posted by ...
December 19
No Meeting - Holidays Instructor:  Bob Dunfield   Enjoy your Holiday festivities.    
December 20
Holiday Party
NOTE THE MEETING STARTS ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN NORMAL   Every December the Society shows its appreciation to the membership by having an annual holiday event with food and fun.  We will be handing out awards to the people ...
December 26
No Meeting - Holidays   Instructor:  Jon Marie Pearson.