Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Telephone:  (703) 768-4101
  Charles Belfield First American Ancestor

MVGS is 25 Years Old

May 1991, 25 years ago, at the suggestion of Hollin Hall management and assisted by a retired High School teacher named Mr. Bernard Hensley, it was decided that he would lead a small group of Northern Virginia ancestry enthusiasts in a class entitled "Tracing Your Roots."  The catalyst for MVGS was formed.
MVGS is 25 Years OldTo celebrate our anniversary year, your board is planning a year full of activities as listed below.  
JANUARY --  MVGS Lock-In - The anniversary year started with the January Lock-In, we gathered a group of ancestry enthusiasts into one area for six hours, presented them with nine different topical briefings, from which they selected three to attend.  We ended up with 78 registered individuals and a very successful endeavor.
MAY -- Your Ancestor is Memorable Because? - Starting in March, MVGS members will be asked to submit a personal statement regarding something outstanding about their ancestor using the prompt "My Ancestor is Forever Memorable Because _____."    During the weeks leading up to an 8 May deadline, members may submit their ancestor's noteworthy activity to  When the member arrives at the May meeting they will be asked to write a one/two-word hint on a sticker that will be placed on their back.  Other members will see the clue and attempt to guess.
On 17 May Dr. Tom Jones will present “Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?” Following his presentation everyone will enjoy birthday cake.  While one and all are socializing and enjoying their cake, they will be attempting to determine which members submitted an ancestor's accomplishment.  Those who did submit an ancestor’s unusual activity will wear their “clue” to assist in the hunt.  An example of an activity could be "My 4th great grandfather explored with Lewis and Clark" or “My great-grandmother was a suffragette” or “My ancestor was hung for horse-stealing.”  Appropriate clues may be “Sacagawea,”  “street marcher,” and “pony rope.”  Don’t make your clues too difficult.  Everyone will have a score sheet to keep track of their successful speculations.
JULY --  Pot Luck and Murder Mystery Play - A Murder Mystery titled “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Tories” will be held at Hollin Hall on the afternoon of Saturday 9 July.  A theater group will present a murder mystery in a theater-in-the-round environment to MVGS members and their guests.  Further information about the group may be found at .
NEWSLETTERS --  History of MVGS Series - Starting with the May/June newsletter the lead article will be a historical trace of the events, and particularly the names of the pioneering individuals who kept this 1991 fledgling organization afloat.  This series will continue for several editions giving the perspectives of past presidents and how we have grown.  A gigantic thanks goes to Mr. Jack Schleight, past historian, for having recorded the Society’s history through the year 2000.
Do not forget to read the May/Jun newsletter to find out what happened after Mr. Hensley's first presentation.
SEPTEMBER --  Writing Contest: "Believe it or Not" - The fall event of our anniversary year is a writing contest.  Members will submit stories of their ancestors to before the 5 September deadline.  A committee will evaluate all entries with winners announced at the 18 October general meeting.  Write an episode or event which brings your ancestor to life. Some possibilities are: a story of his or her survival (war, accident, fire, etc.), westward (or other) movement, a criminal or emotional/financial/locational devastation. Your entry should allow us to know your ancestor's character a bit better and should be interesting for a non-descendant to read. Include historical context and vivid description--engage your reader!  Further details under the "Events" tab.
DECEMBER --  2016 Holiday Party - Last but not least will be our Holiday party on 20 December.  In addition to great food, we will have a photo matching contest where an ancestor's photo will be matched to a picture of a MVGS member.  We are still working on the details.
There you have it.  A yearlong party to celebrate our 25th anniversary.  Plan on participating, join in the fun and meet new friends.  Yes, there are more details about these events, so stay tuned to this web site, attend the monthly meetings, read the newsletters and watch for emails with specifics.

Welcome to MVGS

You are now entering Mount Vernon Genealogical Society’s new home on the internet.
We know that you will find this to be information packed and an easy site to navigate.  The main menu is located along the left side with familiar tabs like Home, About Us, Research Center, Members and Surname Research.  New things to navigate include Forums, an Events page and others.  Go ahead and explore.
The right side of this site is our calendar of Events to include Training & Education, Conferences, Special Interest Groups, and monthly speakers.  The next upcoming event will appear near the top.  At midnight of the current events final day, it will automatically disappear and the next training or meeting will move to the top.
The bottom of our home page has three quick links, one to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a video taking you on a tour of our Research Center and our Facebook page.
For all you MVGS members you now will be able to determine your own personal login and password.  Once you are signed in, you will be able to see a list of your fellow members and our latest bi monthly newsletters.  Non members will be able to view our past archived newsletters.  Under the Members tab is a navigation tab called Profile.  This is your own personal profile, not visible to others.  Here you will find your address, phone number, email and current membership information.  Those who desired not to publish either address, phone number, or email should note that the appropriate box will not be checked. When a box is checked then the corresponding information will be displayed on membership lists available to other members.
Behind the scenes will be our webmaster, Bill Noel.  Previously he was basically the sole operator of our website.  This new site will have several administrators assisting Bill in keeping the site up to date and hopefully enjoyable to view.
We should mention that this site was developed and managed by the EasyNetSites Company.  They specialize in creating web sites just for genealogical organizations.  They currently have 90 clients and therefore definitely understand the needs and desires of ancestry buffs.
We will be informing you of some of the other facets of the web site as time progresses, but in the mean time go ahead and start clicking.  Be adventurous and investigate all the nooks and crannies of our new home.  Don’t forget to record your new login and password so you can come back later to see our latest news.

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  NARA Guides
NARA Guides
May 2
Instructor:  Linda MacLachlan Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the website more effectively. The class will be taught in room 214, the MVGS Research Center. The class is limited to 12 folks. There are ...
May 2
New England
Facilitator: Linda MacLachlan   Researching Your Connecticut Ancestors   Webinar by Marian Pierre-Louis of Fieldstone Historic Research. Learn how to research your Connecticut ancestors. Discover what records are available, where they are located and how to put them to the ...
May 4
Instructor:  Charles S. Mason, Jr.   Meeting is Postponed  
May 10
FxGS Methodology
Presenter: Sharon Cook MacInnes   Tech Tools for Today--Not for Genealogical Wimps!  Do you know how Evernote and its WebClipper can help you? Have you tried Google Drive and Google's many other useful tools? How about Dragon Naturally Speaking, screen captures, and ...
May 16
Beginners Facebook How To
Instructor:  Jon Marie Pearson Class will be held in the Research Center and limited to 12 people.  Please indicate when you sign up whether you will be bringing your own laptop or using one of the PC's in the ...