Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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From the Newsletter...

"DNA Doesn't Lie"
By Jeff Welch
My grandmother Zella was born on 24 October 1896 in the little town of Blue Rapids, Marshall County, Kansas. Her mother Frances was 15 years, 8 months old and unmarried.  Up until a month ago, I was certain who Zella’s biological father was – but guess what – I was wrong! And it was DNA testing with that led me to this revelation.  Let me walk you thru my process of discovery.

New! Book Club for Members

Join us to read and discuss non-fiction books of historical and genealogical value. Read about times, places and people to help provide context to your research and writing..... and enjoy the exchange of thoughts and ideas about the book with others.
Who:     Co-discussion leaders: Janell Blue and Gerry Ward. 
When:    Second Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to Noon.   
Where:   Zoom invite at least until Hollin Hall reopens
Join:      To register, Members should contact us at   
Here are the first books to discuss:
Feb:   The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough.
Mar:   The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly.
Apr:   After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture by Joseph Ellis. 
May:   Our Daily Bread: German Village Life 1500-1850 by Teva Scheer.
Jun:   Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy” by Nathaniel

MVGS Membership Renewals For 2022

The MVGS membership year ends 31 December 2021, with a renewal grace period of 2 months, until the end of February 2022.  

For 2022, membership dues will be  $30 for an individual; $35 for a family (individual +1). Lifetime memberships are also available: $250 for Individual; $300 for a Family.  Current members have two different methods to renew for 2022:
1. They may renew with paper and pay dues with a check or
2. Renew online by using the PayPal system by using the step-by-step instructions.
NOTE:  If you change your membership level (i.e. individual to family plan), you must complete a paper application form and mail it to the membership chair at the address on the form along with your check.

Library Catalog Always Online!

The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Library Catalog is now online as an interactive application. 
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”.
  • We are now linking our book reviews to the description field of the books that have been reviewed.
  • Once the desired list of records is found they can be “printed” to a PDF document by clicking on the “PDF List” icon. 

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NARA Guides
NARA Guides
The online renewal page is found in the Members Only section. You must login and go to your profile to renew online. Use the easy step-by-step instructions.

February 15
Document Analysis: Digging Into Details
Presenter:  Angela Packer McGhie   Description:  Seek the story behind the document by studying the background and context. Assess the reliability of the source and the information it contains. This session will walk step-by-step through analyzing a variety of documents.    ...
February 22
Introduction to Scottish Research
INSTRUCTOR:  Chuck Mason     This class will present an introduction to researching your ancestors who came from Scotland.  What do you need to know about them before you start researching in Scotland?  What records are available in Scotland?  Where ...
March 3
FREE! RootsTech 2022 Conference by FamilySearch
  REGISTRATION for the Conference is now open!    
March 12
Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) 2022 Spring Fair
  The Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) announces its 2022 Spring Fair to be held March 12, 2022, at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, virtual and on-site. (Northern Virginia Community ...
March 31
Alien Registration Records
INSTRUCTOR:  Sharon Hodges   Note:   Class time may change to the afternoon if we can get a room in HHSC or if we do it by Zoom.  Stay tuned.   Alien Registration records, including those for enemy aliens, provide an ...