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2019 MVGS Christmas Party
DO NOT FORGET THE ANNUAL MVGS CHRISTMAS PARTY
HOLLIN HALL ROOM 112
NOON 17 DECEMBER 2019
PLEASE BRING A DESSERT TO SHARE
SOME CASH FOR RAFFLE TICKETS
If you plan on attending go to the "MVGS Store" and record your attendance
November 2019 Monthly Meeting
Shannon Combs-Bennett; Genealogy, DNA, and Unknown Parentage Cases: Strategies for Success.
Discussion: Whether you are adopted or simply do not know the parentage of an ancestor there are strategies for using DNA with your genealogy to bring greater success in these cases. In this lecture you will learn tips for successfully incorporating your DNA results into traditional genealogy research, how to reach out to matches, plus learn about the pitfalls and setbacks which can come with this type of research.
Shannon is an award-winning author, presenter and lecturer on topics ranging from genealogy methodology to DNA. Shannon has a BS in Biology with an emphasis in genetics from Indiana University. She also completed the Boston University certificate program, earned her PLCGS – American Records from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and is a recent graduate of the Glasgow University of Strathclyde masters program studying Genealogical, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies.
If you are a member you have access to a video of her presentation after logging in.
2019 Writing Contest Winners
The winners of the 2019 writing contest were announced at the 15 October meeting and they are:
¨ 1st place was “Clara’s Life Before and After” by George McKittrick
¨ 2nd place was “Clues from Grandpa” by Janet Palfey
¨ 3rd place was “My Mother as an Artist” by John Cross.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted their entries. Another big thank you to Amy Breedlove who managed the contest and those “unknown” judges who graded the papers.
Remember that MVGS members are able to read these winning stories in the next three editions of the Society newsletter.
Library Catalog Always Online!
The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society library catalog has now been ported to the website as a fully functional interactive on-line application. The cataloging system software in the Research Center was no longer supported by the developer.
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”. Once the desired list of records is found they can be “printed” to a PDF document by clicking on the “PDF List” icon. Additionally, each record can be viewed and printed by clicking on the “eye” icon. Clicking on the “Broom” icon will clear the information in the selection or search box. In addition to searching the database for individual records by "Call Number", "Title", and "Author", the entire database or any filtered selections can be sorted by "Call Number", "Title", or "Author" by clicking on the word at the top of each column.
Clicking on the “View Categories” icon provides another method of search for desired material. Categories of holdings can also be filtered by “Subject”, “Location”, and “Media Type”
The library catalog will always be current now because library accessions are available for viewing as soon as they are put into the online system. Previously the indexes were only updated periodically.
This additional Society benefit would never have been possible without the hard work of volunteers who planned and executed the library database conversion; thank you Jeanne Wilson, Anne Barber, and Gerry Ward.
You can find the library catalog HERE.
JGSGW Presents Finding Relatives in Russian Empire Records for Non-Russian Speakers
Presenter: Lara Diamond, President, Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland Discussion: More and more Russian Empire records are becoming accessible online, but few are indexed. But for those who don’t speak Russian, browsing through the records in old-style Russian handwriting ...
German SIG: German Holiday traditions and Dumont Bildatlas city maps
Presenter: Bob Dunfield Discuss German Holiday traditions and a discussion how to use Dumont Bildatlas city maps for the larger German cities together with Kevan Hansen’s German Parish Registers. Bring your cameras or phones. Christmas cookies maybe found too. Contact ...
MVGS Annual Christmas Party
“An Olde Virginia Yuletide Celebration” A Lunch of Traditional Virginia Fare Will Be Provided Please Bring: Dessert To Share Canned Goods For Hollin Hall Food Donation Cash For Raffle Tickets - $1.00 Each or Six ...
Cancelled for January
The MVGS Methodology SIG is cancelled for January as it falls on the New Year's holiday.
Entering Information onto Family Search's Family Tree Workshop
Instructor: Linda MacLachlan. Purpose of the workshop is to learn how to post information onto the family tree on the Familysearch.org website. Workshop is limited to 10 folks. To do anything on Familysearch.org you need a free account. If ...