VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
~ WE COVER THE WORLD ~

The Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS) was established in 1978.
We are located in Victoria BC Canada.

Celebrating 40 years

OUR MISSION: To support and promote family history research in Victoria,
across Canada and around the world.

Have a Wonderful Christmas Time from our friends at the Victoria Genealogical Society

The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre, Victoria Genealogical Society

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WE'VE NOW MOVED TO THE ROYAL OAK SHOPPING CENTRE.

Our VGS GENEALOGY LEARNING & RESEARCH CENTRE is a welcoming place where you can:

LEARN HOW TO RESEARCH -
attend our genealogy workshops and seminars

LEARN FROM OTHER MEMBERS -
network at our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Speaker Series meetings

LEARN BY DOING -
research your family history, build your family tree



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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

News bulletins and announcements from VGS and beyond.

CHRISTMAS BREAK AT THE VGS LEARNING CENTRE

Posted 12 Dec 2017

CHRISTMAS BREAK - SCHEDULE CHANGE

The Genealogy Learning & Research Centre will be CLOSED over the holiday season.
The Centre will be closed on Saturday, December 16th
and will re-open on Tuesday January 2nd, 2018.

WE WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
A JOYFUL AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.

 

DEC 14 CHRISTMAS SOCIAL - BRING FINGER FOOD TO SHARE

Posted 12 Dec 2017

In keeping with tradition, we will have an extended social time at the December Speaker Series meeting. If you can, please bring finger food (appies or desserts) to share. Come and visit with your fellow genealogy enthusiasts and celebrate the season with us!

In addition, our speaker will be Jamie Graham, talking about Victoria's Historic Police Charge Books and Graham Family Stories.  More details can be found on our VGS meetings page.

 

 

FINDMYPAST NOW AVAILABLE AT THE VGS CENTRE

Posted 4 Dec 2017

FindMyPast logo Your Executive has recently added FindMyPast World Library subscription to the list of benefits of membership in the VGS!  We have long offered Ancestry to our members, and that will continue to do so at our VGS Centre.  And now we are so excited to also offer FindMyPast to double your online database options.

We have taken on this online research service as a one-year trial and will decide based on feedback whether to continue after. Please come in and use the computers at the Centre or bring your laptop and use the Centre’s WIFI to access this amazing resource. (WIFI access to the FindMyPast website functions the same onsite as our ongoing Ancestry subscription.)

FindMyPast (FMP) has exclusive collections that cannot be found anywhere else online. Based in the UK, it's original focus was records of the British Isles.  It's ever growing collection now includes so much more.  It is the source for:

  • scans of original vital records
  • extensive passenger lists of ships leaving the UK and Ireland for Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand
  • key military collections
  • pre-WWII 1939 Register of 41 million people in England and Wales
  •  census records from England, Wales and Scotland 1841-1911.
  • the largest online collection of parish records from the 1500s. - the largest online collection of Irish parish records
  • the complete Griffith’s Valuation
  • exclusive land records
  • Court records and Petty Sessions Order Books from 1842-1913.
  • plus collections from Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. And much more!

For those who are familiar with FMP, we regret to advise that the Library subscription does not include the extensive historical newspaper collection. Newspapers are available with a personal subscription.

Come to the Centre to try out this new resource!  If at all possible, please bring your own laptop or tablet to ensure ready access.  We are anticipating lineups at our 2 computers!

 

NEW  VGS WEBINARS EXPAND YOUR LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Posted 1 Dec 2017

VGS Webinars are a new offering brought to you by your Executive and Family Tree University. The VGS has purchased a number of these webinars on topics in which our members have shown a strong interest, but for which we’ve historically had trouble finding workshop presenters.   Our first webinar was held on November 4, 2017 to great acclaim, so Monica has scheduled more in the coming months.

Because they are usually only 60 minutes in length, they cost less than a full workshop. However, we do invite members to stay after the presentation to discuss what they’ve learned and network with other members.

These webinars are now included in our VGS workshops schedule.  Keep an eye out for the green highlighting - it means there's a webinar happening!

For more information on upcoming webinars, please visit our events page which contains our recently updated Workshops & Webinars schedule.

 IMPORTANT: pre-registration is still required for webinars
Webinar cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members

 

GRAND OPENING NOV 18 - THERE'S LOTS TO CELEBRATE!

Victoria Genealogical Society celebrating 40 yearsPosted 4 Nov 2017

We are excited to invite you to our GRAND OPENING on Saturday, November 18th.  Come join the party!  Please note that there  will be NO WORKSHOP that day.

We will be hosting this Grand Opening in celebration of our new and re-named location, "The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre" in the Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre: 209 - 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria BC.. We are also celebrating VGS's 40th anniversary year.

Please drop by 1:00-4:00pm on November 18, 2017 and say Hi. There will be door prizes, refreshments and surprises. Please bring your friends to see what we are all about.

Come see what all the fuss is about!

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Posted 31 Oct 2017

Happy Halloween from Victoria Genealogical Society

 

NOVEMBER SCHEDULE CHANGES - WEBINAR & OPEN HOUSE

Posted 24 Oct 2017

Our schedule of Saturday events in November has now been adjusted to accommodate our first hosted Webinar in our new home, and our Grand Opening / Open House.  Dates are different from those previously published. These are the new details:

WEBINAR - November 4
The VGS is trying out a new way of sharing information!  Please join us for our first webinar, "Undiscovered Collections in Online Libraries"  from Family Tree University, for viewing at our VGS Genealogy Learning and Research Centre.  This webinar will be our Saturday workshop for November 4th, from 10 am to noon. The webinar will be held at our new Learning & Research Centre and is just over an hour. We invite you to stay after to discuss what you've seen with your fellow researchers!

Registration is required as usual. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Limit of 15 people -
please email workshop@victoriags.org to register.

REMEMBRANCE DAY - NO WORKSHOP on November 11

OPEN HOUSE - November 18
To celebrate our new location and our Grand Opening, we're reserving this date so you can come and see what all the fuss is about!  Details aren't yet finalized, but we'll post new information as it becomes available.  Mark your calendars!

WORKSHOP - 25 November - NOW FULL
Allison Bond's popular workshop "MAKING YOUR OWN FAMILY HISTORY BOOK " has once again sold out!  As our workshop capacity is now set at 15, we recommend you register early for future workshops to avoid disappointment.

 

OUR NEW VGS LOCATION

Posted 17 Oct 2017

We're happy to be settling in at our new location in the Royal Oak Shopping Centre here in Victoria BC, and are now welcoming visitors and holding workshops and special interest group meetings at "The Genealogy Learning & Research Centre" (address also at the top of this page).  Here's what we look like now!

Inside The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre", Victoria Genealogical Society, Victoria BC Canada

Please visit us!

 

VGS CENTRE CLOSED FOR THE DAY - SATURDAY 21 OCT 2017

Posted 16 Oct 2017

We will be closing The Genealogy Learning & Research Centre on Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 to allow volunteers to attend the VGS Genealogy seminar scheduled for that same day.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, October 23.

 

VGS SEMINAR TICKETS - NOW SOLD OUT

Posted 16 Oct 2017

Our upcoming VGS Genealogy Seminar on 21 Oct 2017 is now SOLD OUT! If you want to be put on our wait list, please contact us at seminar@victoriags.org.

Thanks to all who support this event.

 

VGS SEMINAR TICKETS ALMOST SOLD OUT!

Posted 9 Oct 2017

If you haven't already got your ticket for our VGS part-day genealogy seminar coming up on October 21st, you'll need to act fast.  As of this afternoon, 71 of the 80 tickets have been sold!  This has been an amazing response considering that tickets have only been on sale for less than a month.  Thanks for your support.

You can still register online, as well as learn all the details, on our Seminar page.  Or sign up by visiting us at our brand new location - The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre -  in the Royal Oak Shopping Centre.  We open tomorrow, Tuesday October 10, noon to 3pm.  Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis.

The lucky winner of a free ticket to the seminar from the early bird draw is Jacquie Vickers.  Congratulations Jacquie!

 

Posted 3 Oct 2017

We've moved and our old location on Alston Street IS NOW CLOSED. However, due to the delay in shelving delivery, we cannot open our new location in the Royal Oak Shopping centre until Tuesday, October 10 following Thanksgiving (not Oct 3 as previously advertized).

We are still very busy moving boxes and stocking shelves. But our new sign is now on our door.  Thank you Jim!

Thanks everyone for your patience.

Stocking shelves at the VGS Genealogy Learning and Research Centre, Victoria BC Canada  Door sign - The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre, Victoria Genealogical Society

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR VGS SEMINAR on 21 OCT 2017

Posted 17 Sep 2017

You may have noticed that this year's seminar is rather late in being announced. This is due to the need to make our impending move the priority this year. However, we are happy to present a partial-day seminar which will be October 21st from 9am to 1pm. (Registration from 8:30 am).

VGS Genealogy Seminar 2017 poster thumbnailAs you can see, this year's annual seminar is fast approaching, so get your tickets while you can! We are selling fewer seats this year to ensure a comfortable experience for everyone at the venue, so make sure to buy early to avoid disappointment. As an added incentive, those who register by September 30th will be put in a draw to receive free seminar admission!

Admission will include morning coffee/tea/water and a midday break including coffee/tea and wonderful snacks from Judy's Snack Shack catering (those of you who attended last year will remember her amazing goodies!). We will also have door prizes to win!

Our title this year is "Next Steps: Using New & Traditional Resources to Further Your Research". We have three sessions from two amazing speakers: Victoria's own Dave Obee, journalist, editor-in-chief of the Times Colonist, and highly accomplished genealogist and speaker, and Susanne Sulzberger, Reference Archivist with the Vancouver office of Library and Archives Canada.

** DON'T FORGET: All who register by September 30th will be
put in a draw to win FREE seminar admission!

Please check out our seminar page for further information on the seminar and instructions on how to register. We would love to see you there!

 

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT OUR NEW LOCATION & LOGO

Posted 10 Sep 2017

Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre, Victoria BC VGS members should have recently received our monthly e-newsletter by email, including an important message from our VGS President Pat Acton.  Excitement has been growing over the summer in anticipation of our move to a new location at the end of September.  The new lease has been signed, and hard working volunteers have been busy packing over the summer.   But we are still open for business at our current Alston Street Resource Centre until the completion of the workshop on Saturday, September 30th.

The new location, opening October 3rd [revised to Oct 10], comes with a new name:
The Genealogy Learning & Research Centre
#209-4475 Viewmont Avenue
Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre
Victoria V8Z 6L8

Be sure to come and visit us!

New Logo for Victoria Genealogical SocietyAlong with our new location comes a new look for our branding as well.  Pat explains that: "as we continue to grow our online presence we needed to design a new logo using vector graphics for a sharper online image."

As the image for the new logo may not have been visible to all members via email, I'll give you a sneak peak here.  Pat's comment on the logo: "I love the twist on the conventional genealogy tree, by having a more human-like characteristic with arms open wide to embrace the entire family tree. I hope everyone likes it as much as I do."  We hope you like it too!

Don't be surprised if, over the next few weeks, you see this new logo appear on this website, on forms, in social media etc.

VGS members should refer to their e-newsletter for further details.

 

VGS TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL LIBRARY EVENT - SEPT 16, 2017

Posted 9 Sep 2017

Researching your Family History?  Want to learn about writing your family Story?  On September 16, 2017, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the Royal BC Museum is sponsoring this event at the Greater Victoria Regional Library, Central Branch.  "Meet genealogists and learn how they share their research with family members and the public through social media, self-published accounts and more."

Our very own VGS Journal Editor, Kathleen Lowe, will be one of the presenters.

Registration is required.  For more details, please visit https://www.gvpl.ca/event/researching-family-history-writing-your-story/

 

VGS STARTING OUR 40TH YEAR - POSITIVE CHANGES AHEAD

Posted 6 Sep 2017

Our 2017-2018 VGS year is now underway. This will be our 40th birthday year, as well as an exciting and positive year for our Society.  We are very thrilled with our plans for the coming year!

To start the year off, our VGS Resource Centre at Alston Street re-opened as of September 5th, at regular hours - visit our Resource Centre page for details and directions.

When you walk in you will notice that there have been changes and that the VGS is definitely an organization on the move to a new home.

However, many things are still the same:

  • Wifi and internet searches (and free access to Ancestry) are of course free to VGS paid up members (have you renewed YOUR membership?)
  • Wifi access is available for your laptops – as it was before. Two PCs are available for searches for members who do not have laptops.
  • VGS friendly volunteers are available to help you with your ancestral research and internet searches.
  • Saturday morning workshops will start again for the 2017-2018 season.   The first workshops are scheduled for Sept 23rd and Sept 30th at our Alston Street address.  Watch for the "Resourcefully Yours" email bulletins  for more details, or visit our workshop page.
Our anticipated move to our new home in the Royal Oak Shopping Centre will occur effective October 1, 2017. That's next month!  Details will be sent to members in the very near future.

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2016-2017 SEASON PRESENTERS!

Posted 13 Aug 2017

The Victoria Genealogy Society is extremely grateful for the efforts of this past year’s workshop presenters and speakers, who volunteer their time for the society and both entertain and educate us on so many aspects of genealogy and local history.

The workshop presenters for the 2016/17 season were as follows:

  • Allison Bond:
    • Making Your Own Family History Book
  • Elaine Fraser:
    • Google Earth: A Geography & History Tool for Genealogists
  • Gerry Poulton:
    • Ancestry.com Search Strategies
    • FamilySearch.org Search Strategies
  • Heather Shave:
    • Across the Pond
    • Beginning Scottish Research
    • English Poor Law and Workhouses
    • Scotland Beyond ScotlandsPeople
    • Beginning English Research
  • Joe Carr:
    • Paperless Genealogy
  • Kathleen Lowe:
    • Writing Biographies of Your Ancestors
    • Drop in Writing Sessions
  • Keith Holden:
    • Identifying Military Uniforms in Old Photographs
  • Melanie Arscott:
    • Introduction to Quebec Research
  • Merv Scott:
    • This Isn’t Your Mother’s Genealogy: Put Twitter to Work for You
    • 10 Steps to Success: An Introduction to Genealogy
  • Sarah Hamster:
    • Organizing Your Research & Using Genealogy Forms
    • Getting Organized to Start Your Family History
    • Proving Your Genealogy
  • Tim Duncan:
    • Interpreting DNA Testing Results: A Primer
  • Wilf Bruch:
    • Stories in Stone: Clues to Family History in Cemeteries

Speakers for our monthly Speaker Series meetings for the 2016/17 season were as follows:

  • Kate Humble: A Man’s Home is His Castle
  • Yvonne von Ruskenveld: Connecting with Our Foremothers: Learning About the Lives of Women Over 100 Years Ago
  • Nick Russell: Glorious Victoria Homes
  • Karen Hoshal: Black Pioneers of the Area
  • Bonnie Campbell: The Jewish Pioneer Merchant and The Nlaka'pamux Basketmaker : My Research Journey to Discover Their Remarkable Story
  • Frances Backhouse: Panning for Golden Nuggets of Klondike History
  • Joanne Barnard; Melanie Arscott: Members’ Night Speakers
  • Mark Zuehlke: Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons: British Remittance Men in the Canadian West

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!

 

VGS RESOURCE CENTRE SUMMER CLOSURE

Posted 17 Jul 2017

*** IMPORTANT CHANGE ***

Please be aware that the VGS Resource Centre is NOW CLOSED until the end of August 2017 so that we can properly prepare for the upcoming move. If members have any special requests for access, please contact our Librarian, Cathie MacKenzie (librarian@victoriags.org) or President, Pat Acton (president@victoriags.org) to discuss.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding with this closure, as this will make it possible for us to move to our new facility and get back up and running as quickly as possible. We look forward to welcoming you to the new space!

 

CANADA DAY - VGS RESOURCE CENTRE CLOSED

Posted 28 June 2017

Canadian Flag

On July 1, 2017  we hope you'll be out and about celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. 

Our VGS Resource Centre will be closed that day in honour of this special national holiday, 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CANADA!

 

 

 

LONG WEEKEND - RESOURCE CENTRE CLOSED, HIGHLAND GAMES

Victoria Highland Games Association LogoPosted 18 May 2017

Our VGS Resource Centre will be closed this Victoria Day Long Weekend (May 20-22). But please come visit us at our VGS booth at Victoria’s 154th Annual Highland Games and Celtic Festival.  This three-day event is held at Topaz Park, Blanshard at Finlayson, kitty corner to the Mayfair Mall in Victoria BC. 

 If you think you have Scottish ancestry, this is the place to be this weekend.

 

 

 

MEMBER SPEAKERS NEEDED FOR UPCOMING MEMBERS NIGHT

Posted 1 May 2017

If you're a VGS member and are willing  to do a short presentation at our upcoming Speaker Series meeting on Thursday, 11 May 2017, Monica would really love to hear from you!

Members presentations don't have to be formal - they can be in any format and about any genealogical-related topic that you like.  Power point slide shows are NOT a requirement!  You can talk about your family stories, perhaps about those high achievers or travelers or black sheep in your family tree.  Or talk about your own travels for family research or about some of those brick walls you've been able to knock down.  We're all interested!

Members and guests are also encouraged to bring items for shorter "show and tell" segments.  What's your favorite family touchstone?

Time is running short, so if you are willing to participate, or have further questions about what is involved, please contact Monica at vp@victoriags.org as soon as you can.

 

CHANGE TO NEXT WEEKEND'S GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Posted 5 April 2017

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the "Making Genealogy Exciting" workshop for this Saturday. However, we have had the opportunity to offer the "Making Your Own Family History Book" workshop by Allison Bond again. This workshop was held back in January and was a sell out so we're pleased to be able to offer it again.

To register, please email workshop@victoriags.org as soon as possible.

8 APRIL 2017 - MAKING YOUR OWN FAMILY HISTORY BOOK

PRESENTER: Allison Bond

Ever wonder how you can make those documents, photos and information available to family members? Learn the steps to completing a family history book - including how to prepare, organize, and assemble the book, as well as how to choose and use the best platform. You will learn some of the challenges and see a sample of a completed book, as well as one under development.

This is a practical workshop for those thinking about putting their documents together for their family members.​


FEBRUARY MEETING CANCELLED

Posted 9 February 2017

Tonight's February Speaker Series meeting has been cancelled due to weather and road conditions.  Please be safe.

 

SNOWING AGAIN - CHECK YOUR EMAILS ON THURSDAY

Posted 4 February 2017

Our next Speaker Series meeting is schedule is for Thursday, February 9, 2017.  With the current snowy conditions, we ask that you please check your emails by Thursday (Feb 9th) noon to learn if the Speakers' Series meeting will continue that evening.

While we hope the snow and ice will stay away to allow us to have the meeting, everyone's safety is our main concern.

 

VGS Reaches Fundraising Goal for Smile Cards!

Posted 4 February 2017

Thrify Smile Card - fundraising for Victoria Genealogical Society We are excited to report that our Thrifty Food's Smile Card Fundraising Program has been a resounding success again this year and our Goal has again been reached! Congratulations to all our members and friends who participated by taking and using one of our Smile Cards. With over 100 Smile Cards being used by our members and friends we reached our goal limit of $3,000 set by Thrifty Foods.

If you have balances remaining on your Thrifty Smile Cards they still work so use up them up.

Don't throw away your Smile Cards as we plan to apply for funding under their new program year beginning in May. Watch for further news on this website.

PLEASE DON'T RETURN YOUR SMILE CARDS TO THRIFTY FOODS.

If you have any other questions about the Thrifty Foods Smile Card Program, please email Merv Scott at Projects@victoriags.org

 

Identifying Military Uniforms in Old Photos - Learning Opportunity

Posted 30 January 2017

Do you have a picture of a family member in military uniform (Canadian and/or British), but have no idea what branch of service it's from?

Interested to learn more about the military stories of your relatives?

Then Saturday, February 11th is your chance to let Major (Retired) Keith Holden, Canadian Forces Medical help at his workshop, "Identifying Military Uniforms in Old Photographs", at the VGS Resource Centre!  Keith has an impressive amount of military knowledge and wowed those who attend his workshop last time it was held.  Don't miss this opportunity!

Don't have any pictures for identification but are interested in military history? You're more than welcome to register as well to see the results of Keith's photo analysis!

Photos need to be sent to Keith ahead of time to give him time to research each one.  A reminder that the deadline to send your photographs is this Saturday, though we may be able to consider taking photos a day or two later if people have trouble getting them submitted in time.

Cost and  detailed information can be found on our VGS Workshops page.
Register by emailing: workshop@victoriags.org



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VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
~ LEARNING TOGETHER ~

The Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS), located in Victoria BC Canada,
was established in 1978 as a non-profit, volunteer-run society.
 
VGS's first aim is to further the study of genealogy -
the exciting search for one's ancestors and family history.

Our VGS Learning and Research Centre contains a a unique collection,
plus access to ancestry.com
to help you with your genealogy research.

Are you interested in researching your heritage and family tree?
Are you looking for others who share your enthusiasm for genealogy?
Are you looking for resources and help with your genealogy research?

We can help!  Learn more about us.  We hope you'll join us!