Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
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1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
 
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Planning Genealogy Research Trips
Tuesday, July 16
Planning Genealogy Research Trips  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Senior Center - Room 112

Speaker: Lea Edwards

Planning a genealogy research trip is a journey even before you arrive at the

destination, whether it is a county archive,

library, genealogy society, or a local museum. Consider what family lines/surnames

to research, high level goals, specific research questions, cluster of counties in a

region, organizations, types of records to focus on, maps, how to give a librarian

specific enough information without drowning him/her in data, and so on.

Sometimes as you contact a library or genealogy society, they’ll give you

online collections to explore that you didn’t know about. So, starting

several months in advance helps you turn over all those stones before you arrive

onsite.


 

What will genealogists learn from this presentation? In this session, Lea will

share her experiences on research trips in Georgia and South Carolina, with slides

that can be used as a checklist as you prepare for your own research journeys.

Lea Edwards of Fairfax, Virginia, is a member of the Fairfax County Genealogical

Society Education Committee, the Lineage Research Chair for the Fairfax Chapter

DAR, and has been running a Genealogy SIG for her DAR chapter for four years.

She retired in 2019 and began her search of family lines back to the 1700s and

1600s in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.

Lea was a Federal Government contractor for 20 years as a strategic

planning/organizational development facilitator and trainer. Before that she

had worked for the American Red Cross for 16 years, with a focus on public

health and safety programs, later corporate planning and evaluation. She has

lived in Northern Virginia since 1980, having grown up in Wilmington, Delaware.

She has a BS in Nursing and Masters in Health Education and Adult Learning.



Monday, July 22
Virginia Special Interest Group [SIG]  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TBD

We will have a SIG meeting on 22 July.  The topic will be Ports in Colonial Virginia.  Location TBD.  Please check this website in mid July.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net

Thanks.

 


Tuesday, July 23
Fifteen Research Shortcuts used by Professional Genealogists  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC, Room 217
INSTRUCTOR CHUCK MASON
 
Professional genealogists seem to have some great shortcuts to fall back on when they do
their research. But what are those shortcuts?
 
Come to the class to find out and hopefully improve your research at the same time. 
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name and phone number
and the class name and date to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 


Thursday, July 25
Facebook Workshop for Genealogists  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  JO PEARSON
 
Unlock the power of Facebook for your genealogy research!  Learn how to create and manage
a genealogy-focused Facebook page or group, best practices for posting and sharing, and how
to use Facebook events to organize virtual meetups or collaborative research sessions.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, the class date
and title, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net .
Thank you.
 
Once you've registered, a reminder email will be sent to you a few days ahead of
the class with the zoom link and any handouts, etc.



Monday, August 5
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 on Familysearch, 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.
 
 


The Koblitz Ancestral Journey
Tuesday, August 20
The Koblitz Ancestral Journey  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hollin Hall Senior Center - Rm 112

Speaker: Gary Koblitz

My interest in tracing my paternal family began when I was

in my 60s with very little information to begin with, due to

family circumstances. I have determined that my paternal

lineage traces back many generations – probably centuries – in

an area that is now largely the State of Saxony. Also, I knew

very little about branches of my American paternal

relationships, who descended from my immigrant

grandfather and his brother. I have succeeded in

identifying them – over 50 persons spread over four generations.

What will genealogists learn from this presentation?

My goal is to convey some pathways to success in tracing

one’s ancestry and family descendants, even starting

late in life and with a plethora of unknowns. Most of my

formative years were spent in a small town in northeast

Connecticut. I graduated from Penn State in 1967

and immediately went to work for the federal government

as an intelligence analyst, where I had a 40-year career.

I have lived in Northern Virginia the entire time My wife and

I raised a son and daughter, and we have three grandchildren.

I was always actively involved in my children’s activities,

and I have played many civic roles in my communities.



Thursday, August 22
Instagram for Genealogists  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  JO PEARSON
 
Discover how to use Instagram to share your family history through photos and stories.
This workshop will guide you in setting up a genealogy-focused Instagram account,
creating engaging posts and Stories, and using Instagram Reels to share quick tips and
historical snippets.
 
To register, please send an email with your name and phone number, the class date
and name, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.
 
Once you've registered, a reminder email will be sent to you a few days before the
class with the zoom link and any handuots, etc.  


Monday, August 26
Virginia Special Interest Group [SIG]  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
TBD
We will have a SIG meeting on this date.  Topic and location to be determined.
Please check this website in June or July for updates.  If you have any questions,
please send an email to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you. 



A Day in the Life: Experiencing Your Ancestors Stories Using Cultural History
Saturday, September 7
A Day in the Life: Experiencing Your Ancestors Stories Using Cultural History  (Conference)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society

"Not a Conference” Fall Conference

 

It’s like time traveling with your ancestors!

Have you ever wondered about a typical day in the life of your ancestors?

What did they do for work? What did they do for play? What did they want?

What did they believe?

 

Would you like to travel back in time to walk in their shoes and see the world

as they saw it?  This year’s immersive program combines the intrigue of time

travel with the richness of cultural history to offer a most unique genealogical

perspective. Which ancestor will you visit first?

 

Join us at our 2024 Annual Conference to expplore the genealogical art of time

travelling. Esteemed speakers will share how historical research methods can

provide intriguing  insights into the lives of our ancestors.

 

Our keynoter, John Colletta, has been called "one of America's most popular

genealogical lecturers."  He will discuss the types of historical research that

can help us understand the day-to-day lives of our ancestors.  Find our more

about Dr. Colletta at: https://www.wondrium.com/john-phillip-colletta

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Monday, September 9
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 informaiton 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 the workshop.
 
To register for the workshop, please send an email with your name and
phone number, the workshop name and date, to Amy Breedlove at
 


Tuesday, September 24
LinkedIn for Genealogy  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  JO PEARSON
 
LinkedIn isn't just for job seekers - it's a valuable tool for genealogy
networking and collaboration. This class will help you optimize your
LinkedIn profile, join genealogy-related groups, and connect with
other professionals and enthusiasts in the field.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name and
phone number, the class date and title, to Amy Breedlove at
 
Once you've registered, a reminder email will be sent to you a
few days before the class with the zoom link and any handouts.


Wednesday, September 25
Every Genealogy Journey Rests on Maps  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTORSHARON MACINNES
 
Sharon MacInnes will explain how she uses a variety of maps in her research.
Examples of different maps include:  topographical maps, migration trail maps,
19th-century maps and atlases showing landowners, Birdseye maps, fire insurance
maps, Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, Google Earth, warrantee
maps, and railroad maps.
She'll also explain Township/Range/Section maps.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name and phone number,
and the class name and date, to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
Thank you.



Monday, October 7
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
AmyBreedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net .
Thank you.


Tuesday, October 22
TikTok for Genealogy  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  JO PEARSON
 
Engage with a younger audience on TikTok!  This workshop will guide you
through setting up a TikTok account, creating short, captivating videos
related to genealogy, and using trends and hashtags to reach a broader
audience interested
in family history.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with your name and
phone number, class date and title, to Amy Breedlove at
albreedlove@comcast.net.
 
Once you've registered, a reminder email will be sent to you a
few days before the class with the zoom link and any handouts.


Friday, October 25
Where Did I Put That?: Lessons in Organizing Our Work  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
HHSC, Room 201

INSTRUCTOR: JANET BAILEY

This Educational Event will be a cross between an old fashioned quilting bee

[where we share our designs, ideas, successes, and failures], and a

collaborative seminar on organizing our research, our files, and our writing.

I am hoping it will be a comfortable way to share our experiences and learn

from one another!   

As your "teacher" I will start the discussions and send you information on

what you can bring to the first class.  I am hoping this twist on the regular

CLASS experience will help us to benefit from shared ideas that will help

move our research forward.  If we want to meet again, something will be

set up at that time.

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, November 4
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
in the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
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Friday, November 15
Researching your French Ancestors from Home  (Training and Education)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
ZOOM
INSTRUCTOR:  AMY BREEDLOVE
 
Do you have ancestors that originated in France?  If so, come learn about
France, what's unique about it that could affect your genealogy research,
how and what types of records were created, where and how to find and
access them, and much more.
 
To register, please send an email with the class name and date, as well
as your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at
albreedlove@comcast.net.  Thank you.



Monday, December 2
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.