Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
 
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Monday, December 5
Using FamilySearch.org Workshop  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 214, HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.  The workshop is limited to 8 people.
 
In order to search records on Familysearch.org you will need to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available on the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
 


Thursday, December 8
Research in Washington, DC: Using the Library of Congress  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 217
INSTRUCTOR:  Chuck Mason
 
This class is intended to help folks get ready to do the field trip to the Library of Congress in late January, but you don't have to go on the field trip to take the class.
 
In November 2013 the Local HIstory and Genealogy Reading Room was moved to the Main Reading Room.  How have this and other changes at the Library affected the way you research in the many reading rooms?
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 



Monday, January 9, 2023
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.  
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available in the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
 
 


Thursday, January 19, 2023
Using Photos and Other Images to Enhance Your Family Story  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 201
INSTRUCTORLeo Dougherty
 
The purpose of this presentation is to help identify and use photos and other images to better tell your family story.  Photos of ancestors add a human dimension to their story.  We'll explore possible public sources for your ancestors' photos.   The possibilities are not limited to photos of people but also places where they lived, the ships that brought them here, where they served in the military, and other life events.  In addition to photos there are a variety of types of images that can be useful from historical publications.  We will discuss the wide range of sources available for finding these materials and how to include them in our family history document.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.


Monday, January 23, 2023
Virginia SIG - First Meeting of the Group  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
The first meeting of the Virginia SIG will be an in-person meeting from 1-2pm, with the option to go longer if needed, in the Research Library, room 214.  At the meeting, we'll talk about how we want to proceed, what topics we want to look at, what meetings might be on zoom, etc.  
 
The purpose of the Virginia SIG is to bring together folks interested in Virginia, to learn about her genealogy related topics and resources; to share knowledge with each other; to help each other with brick walls, technology challenges; and whatever else folks want to address/do.  Meetings are planned for the 4th Mondays of each month from 1-2pm in the Research Library.
 
You don't have to register, but if you have any questions, or want to let folks know you're coming, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  



Monday, February 6, 2023
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the Family Search.org website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available on the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
 


Thursday, February 16, 2023
Celebrating American History - A Heritage to be Proud Of  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 217
INSTRUCTORCarol Campbell
 
This class will follow the story of an African-American family from the 19th century to the present.  Attendees will see how technology and genealogy research plays an important role in uncovering families' heritage that otherwise would be lost.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 



Monday, March 6, 2023
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
In order to enter information onto Find A Grave, you will need to set up a free account before the workshop date  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 


Thursday, March 23, 2023
Using Maps to Enhance Your Family Story  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 201
INSTRUCTOR:  Leo Dougherty
 
Historic maps can help illustrate our immigrants' origins and their journey to and within America.  For example, property maps can show where they lived and possibly explain marriage patterns  Maps can show where your veteran ancestors served.  We will discuss the wide range of sources.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 



Monday, April 3, 2023
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
In order to enter information onto Find A Grave, you will need to set up a free account before the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 


Thursday, April 13, 2023
Maryland Colonial Immigration  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 201
INSTRUCTOR Sharon Hodges
 
Class ties in to the MVGS Field trip on April 28th.  
 
Maryland was populated, not only by settlers wishing to move to the colony, but also by those brought against their will.  This presentation discusses indentured servants, redemptioners, apprentices, ethnic and religious grops that populated Maryland during colonial times.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.



Monday, May 1, 2023
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.  
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available on the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.


Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Historians Can Help You Learn About Your Family History  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTORJo Pearson
 
Historians have reasons to be a great source of information regarding your family history  They often have access to official documents such as marriages, births, land records and death records that provide more details than you even knew existed.  Historians can also offer tips and ideas that are unique to their area of expertise that might not come from a typical history book.
 
To register for this class, please send an email with the class name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.



Monday, June 5, 2023
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available in the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
 


Thursday, June 15, 2023
On-Site Research at the Library of Virginia  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 201
INSTRUCTORAmy Breedlove
 
Ties in to MVGS Field trip in late July 2023. 
 
In preparation for the MVGS field trip to the Library of Virginia in late July 2023, this class will cover the on-site resources available at the Library, procedures for doing research there in-person, and related information to ensure a productive research trip.  
 
You don't have to attend the class to go on the field trip, and you don't have to sign up for the field trip to attend the class.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.



Monday, July 10, 2023
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available on the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.


Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Great Aunt Della Died - Did You Inherit Anything?  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 201
INSTRUCTORChuck Mason
 
Did your ancestor leave a will?  If not how was their property disposed of and who received what?  What records were created and what can they tell you about your ancestor's life and their family?  Depending on the records created you can learn a great deal of information about your ancestor from probate records.
 
To register for this class, please send an email with the class name and date, your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 



Monday, August 7, 2023
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Please remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please rememeber to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available on the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
 



Monday, September 11, 2023
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
In order to enter information onto Find A Grave, you will need to set up a free account before the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 


Thursday, September 14, 2023
City Directories: More Than A Listing of Names  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 201
INSTRUCTORSharon Hodges 
 
For records that have been around since the late 1700's, city directories are one of the most overlooked resources by genealogists.  These books tell a great deal about our past by including the names and information about residents as well as businesses. With a city directory a genealogist can get a picture of a community.  But there is so much more that can be learned by using city directories, not just where someone lived between federal censuses.  Learn what other hidden treasures can be found by using city directories.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.



Monday, October 2, 2023
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
In order to enter information onto Find A Grave, you will need to set up a free account before the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 


Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Property Records: A Metes and Bounds Hands-On Workshop  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 201
INSTRUCTORStephanie Campbell 
 
In this class, you will learn property terminology used in state-land states, including metes, bounds, chains, and poles.  You will learn how to draw property boundaries using metes and bounds. 
 
A short supply list will be posted here as we get closer to the class.  It will include things like a drawing compass, graph paper, etc.
 
For those attending the MVGS General Meeting from 1-3pm you may want to bring a lunch.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.



Monday, November 6, 2023
Using FamilySearch.org  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 214
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan 
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the Familysearch.org website more effectively.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.
 
Pleae remember to create a free account, if you don't already have one, ahead of the workshop date.  Please remember to bring your user id and password with you.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with the workshop name and date, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 
There is another handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available in the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
 


Thursday, November 9, 2023
Truth or Consequences - Every Source of Info Must be Evaluated  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC Room 201
INSTRUCTORChuck Mason 
 
Even primary sources can contain mistakes.  Secondary sources are notorious for mistakes.  How does one evaluate primary sources, secondary sources, direct evidence, indirect evidence, and use the Genealogical Proof Standard?
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the class name and date, your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.