Mount Vernon Genealogical Society - Founded 1991
Founded 1991

1500 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308

Save the Date!

29 October 2022
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
2022 Annual Fall Conference
Serving the Nation: Our Military, Families, and Communities
Keynote Speaker:  Rebecca W. Koford, CG, CGL  
Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112
Watch our website in the coming months for more details!

1950 Census - Participate!

We are excited to announce that the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society has joined the 1950 US Census Community Project to help index the recently released 1950 U.S. Census.  The Project, a joint initiative between FamilySearch, Ancestry, and other leading genealogy societies and organizations, is coordinating efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and to create a comprehensive index that will be searchable online.  By joining this Project, MVGS members will be an essential part of this monumental grassroots effort that will put one of the richest genealogical data sets in the world online, complete, and searchable forever.
The project involves reviewing indexes that have been created by computers using artificial intelligence and where necessary making any needed corrections.  The three phases of the review are: the name review (already begun); the household review (will start very soon), and the header review (will start after the household review gets going).  Basically, you will be asked to look at what the optical scanners say the entry on the actual enumeration sheet is – and either agree, provide a needed correction, or say you cannot do either.  You will be able to do this at home at your convenience – anytime day or night!  Here is a link to the free 30-minute FamilySearch University Webinar I personally watched this past week that describes this whole effort is easy-to-understand terms. Check it out.
I have set up a Family Search group for the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society.  Please go to the following link and register to join the group.
Now that you are part of the group, simply go to, click on “Start Now” and you are on your way to being part of this historic effort.  The more of us that help (thousands are already doing so), the sooner everyone will be able to enjoy having easy access to this information. 
Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to the impact this resource will have on researchers in our area and so many others.
Jeff Welch
Secretary/Treasurer, MVGS

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

August 9
CANCELLED - Genealogy Roundtable
INSTRUCTOR:  Janice Reid   CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SIGN UPs.  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 ...
August 16
“What You Can Find In Railroad Records”
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 ...
September 12
Entering Information onto Find A Grave
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 ...
September 13
The Silent, The Invisible, and the Unimportant: Finding Female Ancestors
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, ...
September 20
"The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America"
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 ...