Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
 
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Monday, July 11
Entering Information onto Familysearch's Family Tree  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 214, HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  The workshop is limited to 8 people.
 
In order to enter information onto the family tree or 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.
 
In lieu of a handout, use this link:  https://www.familysearch.org/en/help/helpcenter/family-tree
 
There is also a general handout titled "Calling Famsearch for Help" available on the Training Forum portion of the MVGS website.
 


Tuesday, July 12
WWI and WWII Draft Registration Records: A Comparison  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201, HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  Chuck Mason
 
Over 24 million men born between 1872 and 1900 registered for the World War I draft.  Those same men were required to register during World War II for the fourth draft, known as the "old man's draft."  What do these two draft registrations reveal about your ancestors?  How to find information for the other five WWII registrations will also be included.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the name and date of the class, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


Thursday, July 14
Planning a Research Trip  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201, HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  CHUCK MASON
 
Planning research trips, both locally and long distances are critical to successful research.  What to do before you go?  What to take with you?  What to do on the trip?  What to do when you return?  All contribute to a successful research trip.  Facilities covered include libraries, archives, churches cemeteries, courthouses, funeral homes, and newspaper resources.
 
For folks going on the field trip to the DAR, this class will help you get the most out of your visit.  The class is open to everyone though, not just those going to the DAR.
 
To register for the class, 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.
 


William Costin:
Tuesday, July 19
William Costin: "A Tribute to Worth by his Friends"  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual Presentation via Zoom
Speaker: Steve Livengood
 
Synopsis: Looking at the remarkable record of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington's mixed-race (presumable) Grandson and his role in Capitol Hill, Washington and US history.
 
Bio: Steve Livengood is the Chief Guide of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, a private not-for-profit organization chartered by the United States Congress to develop enhanced experiences related to the history of the Capitol Building and the institutions that have been housed there.  His specialty is interpreting the building with historical background on the meaning of activities and artworks as the icons of representative democracy, seeing familiar things from a more informed perspective.  
 
Mr. Livengood began giving tours of the Capitol for his Member of Congress from Kansas in 1965.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University.  After experiencing the risks of good citizenship in Vietnam, he used his GI Bill benefits as Doctoral Candidate in Recent U.S. Political and Social History at Emory University.  He has worked in various capacities in the political and policy circles in Washington, culminating with his work for the Capitol Historical Society since 1994.  He has been given the Tourism Industry Award by the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC for his work in promoting the interpretation of the Capitol building by professional city guides.  In 2021 he was selected for the board of the National Association for Olmsted Parks and for the Steering Committee for Olmsted 200, the bicentennial celebration of the genius of landscape architecture. 
 
Nonmembers are welcome to this free presentation. Please read the non-member attendance guideline at:
https://mvgenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=111.  
Email us at contact-us@mvgenealogy.org for the meeting link.



Monday, August 1
Entering Information onto Familysearch's Family Tree 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 post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website.  The workshop is limited to 8 people.
 
In order to enter information onto the family tree or 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.
 


Tuesday, August 9
Genealogy Roundtable  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  Janice Reid
 
Note:  Attendance will be limited to 5-6 folks.  
 
Topics of your choice.  Informal discussion group - learn from each other, trade tips, share your successes and brick walls.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the name and date of the class, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 


“What You Can Find In Railroad Records”
Tuesday, August 16
“What You Can Find In Railroad Records”  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual Presentation via Zoom
Speaker: Amanda Morris
 
Topic:  “What You Can Find In Railroad Records”
 
This talk will be about ways to identify and document railroad service, including helpful resources to check.  It will also provide some historical context for what our ancestors did on the railroad and help to make sense of some of the confusing terminology one may encounter.  Finally, there will be a brief discussion of the goals of this new lineage society and the membership process.
 
Amanda Morris is the founder of the National Society Descendants of American Railroad Workers.  She has been doing genealogical research for over twenty years.  She is an active member of several lineage societies including NSDAR, DUVCW, USD 1812, and NSDOAF.  Her specialties include the southern United States, Jewish Genealogy and of course finding those railroad ancestors!



Monday, September 12
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 214, HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan
 
The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to add information onto the Find A Grave website.  The workshop is limited to 8 people.
 
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.
 


Tuesday, September 13
The Silent, The Invisible, and the Unimportant: Finding Female Ancestors  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201, HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  Chuck Mason
 
Our female ancestors lived in the shadown of her male relatives, her father, her husband and her sons.  They were often Silent, creating few if any records of their own.  Invisible, often mentioned only by title, (daughter, wife, and mother) or if we are lucky by their given name.  More often, they were not mentioned at all, the Unimportant.  Identifying female ancestors often presents a challenge to the genealogist, but it can be done.
 
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
 


Tuesday, September 20
"The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America"  (General Meeting)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual Presentation via Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Joshua Rothman
 
Synopsis: Domestic slave trade in America, with a base in Alexandria, VA

Bio:  Joshua D. Rothman is professor of history and chair of the Department of History at the University of Alabama. He is the author of three books about the history of American slavery: Notorious in the Neighborhood: Sex and Families across the Color Line in Virginia, 1787-1861 (2003), Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson (2012), and, most recently, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America (2021).
 
Nonmembers are welcome to this free presentation. Please read the non-member attendance guideline at:
https://mvgenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=111.  
Email us at contact-us@mvgenealogy.org for the meeting link.



Monday, October 3
Entering Information onto Find A Grave  (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 add information onto the Find A Grave website.  The workshop is limited to 8 people.
 
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.
 


Thursday, October 20
Researching North Carolina Ancestors  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201, HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  Amy Breedlove
 
The class will look at North Carolina's settlers, migration in and out of the state, settlement patterns, and some of its history.  The class will also cover what types of records you may find for your North Carolina ancestors, and where to look for them them, both in person, and on-line.  
 
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.
 
 
 



Monday, November 7
Using FamilySearch.org Workshop  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 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.
 


Tuesday, November 8
Testate and Intestate Estates  (Training and Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Room 201, HHSC
INSTRUCTOR:  Chuck 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 family?  Depending on the records created, you can learn a great deal of information about your ancestor from probate records.
 
To register for the class, please send an email with the name and date of the class, and your name and phone number to Amy Breedlove at albreedlove@comcast.net.
 



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.