Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
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Upcoming Closures at HHSC
  • MVGS Research Library will be closed on 21-25 November for Thanksgiving. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, 29 November.
  • Hollin Hall Senior Center will be closed on November 24th & 25th for Thanksgiving.


Field Trip/Road Trip SIG
Saturday 28 January 2023
Library of Congress
Join a group of fellow genealogists and family historians from the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society in a research trip to the Library of Congress!
The next quarterly meeting of the Field Trip/Road Trip SIG will be on SATURDAY 28 January 2023. The usual meeting day for the FT/RT SIG is the fourth Friday each quarter. But due to the last day of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy falling on that Friday, the outing will be moved to SATURDAY 28 January.
Parking is scarce on Capitol Hill but the Library of Congress is accessible by Metro, less than a 1/2 mile walk from the Capitol South Metro Station. We will meet at the Library and have a brief orientation from one of the librarians. We will then research together or separately with possible communal snack and lunch breaks. 
The meeting time for our orientation is dependent on the number of attendees and how many people need new Reader Cards in order to gain access to the reading rooms. Reader Cards are valid for only two years. Anyone attending the outing can register and obtain a Reader Card in person at the Library prior to the outing or on the day of the outing. Information on Reader Cards can be found at 
If you would like to join the Field Trip/Road Trip SIG for the 28 January outing to the Library of Congress, or if you have questions or comments, please contact Stephanie Campbell at More detailed information will be sent to those expressing interest in attending. 

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December 5
Using Workshop
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan   The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to use the website more effectively.  The workshop is limited to 8 people.   In order to search records on you will need to create ...
December 8
Research in Washington, DC: Using the Library of Congress
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.   ...
January 9
Entering Information onto FamilySearch's Family Tree
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda MacLachlan    The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the website.  Workshop is limited to 6 folks.   Please remember to create a free account, if you ...
January 19
Using Photos and Other Images to Enhance Your Family Story
INSTRUCTOR:  Leo 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 ...
January 23
Virginia SIG - First Meeting of the Group
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 ...