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.

VGS offering free genealogy lookups at Highland Games

VGS offering free genealogy lookups at Victoria's Highland Games, May 19-21, 2018

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



JOIN VGS

2018-2019 Membership Renewal time now!

New members always welcome.

Network.   Learn.   Share.


22 Sept 2018
VGS GENEALOGY SEMIMAR

More details coming soon.

 


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Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS)
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

News bulletins and announcements from VGS and beyond.

VGS Merchandise Fundraiser

Posted 12 Jun 2018

As a VGS fundraising initiative, a limited number of useful products, enhanced with our VGS logo, are currently for sale at our Learning Centre.  They will also be offered for sale at our upcoming AGM and Speaker Series meeting this coming Thursday, June 14.

You can now purchase the following items while supplies last.:

  • USB Memory Sticks, 8GB - $12.00
     (aka Flash Drive, Thumb Drive...)
  • Mouse Pad - $10
  • Canvas Tote Bag - $20.00
  • T-Shirts, white, crew neck - $20
    (unisex sizing, limited sizes in stock)

If we don't have what you are looking for, please leave details, your name and email address on our request list at the Learning Centre, or contact Claudia at webmaster@victoriags.org. The following photos are not to scale.

VGS USB Memory Stick
VGS USB Memory Stick - 8 Gigabytes - $12.00

 

VGS Canvas Tote Bag 20.00
VGS Canvas Tote Bag - $20.00

 

VGS Mouse Pad 10.00
VGS Mouse Pad - $10.00

 

VGS T-Shirt 20.00
VGS White, Crew Neck T-Shirt - $20.00
(unisex sizing, limited sizes in stock)

 

Researching Ireland?  Space Available in June 2 Workshop

Posted 1 Jun 2018

The VGS Saturday workshop "Ireland by Internet" will be presented by Barb Doell at our VGS Centre on Saturday, June 2 from 10 am to noon. It is suitable for beginners, and an excellent way to become informed before tackling your Irish summer research project.  A limited number of seats are available.  Please contact Monica at workshop@victoriags.org to register!

 

Last Minute Opportunity - 2 Spots Open at Next VGS Workshop

Posted 23 May 2018

The ever popular and informative VGS workshop - MAKING YOUR OWN FAMILY HISTORY BOOK by Allison Bond - is scheduled for this coming Saturday, 26 May 2018, 10 am to noon, at our VGS Centre at the Royal Oak Shopping Centre.  It never fails to get rave reviews.

TWO SEATS HAVE BECOME AVAILABLE.  First come first served.  Don't miss out on this unexpected opportunity.  Contact Monica at workshop@victoriags.org to reserve one of these spots now.

 

VGS at Highland Games a Great Success!

Posted 22 May 2018

Crowds at the VGS tent, Victoria Highland Games 2018VGS's unique support at the Victoria Highland Games was a rewarding success

The 155th Victoria Highland Games (May 19-21) was yet another successful and well attended event with an estimated 25,000 attendees over the weekend. Each year the Games organizers try to offer something new for attendees and this year, the Victoria Genealogical Society was asked to provide Games attendees with real time, genealogical internet searches. The Games provided the VGS with two tents prominently situated on the edge of the 'main square' which turned out to be a wonderfully central location. The Games also provided VGS with electricity, tables and chairs while the VGS provided computers, a printer, other resources and materials, and the experienced volunteers to perform the internet searches. The VGS approached a couple of the big genealogy companies to provide free searches and thankfully ScotlandsPeople came through with the critical support needed to make this effort a success. Thank you ScotlandsPeople.

The Highland Games attendees were excited to see this service provided and even more excited to learn it was FREE. With 2 online computers, for 3 days, mostly at 15 minute intervals our VGS volunteers introduced many people to the fascinating world of family history research. In ScotlandsPeople credit terms we used 1,150 credits which means over 190 images were retrieved and a lot more free searches were conducted. Of course ScotlandsPeople wasn't the only internet resource used so you get the idea - our volunteers had a steady stream of customers throughout the weekend. Many times we got so busy (as shown in this photo) that we had to resort to a reservation system which seemed to work quite well.

None of this could have happened without our VGS volunteers (13) who worked in shifts of 4 (2 doing lookups while the other 2 were helping passerbys with their questions about family history). But it was the enthusiasm of our volunteers that made this weekend such a resounding success. There was a constant stream fun and laughter as customers were surprised to be connected to their previously lost or unknown family history.

We had better start planning soon for next year's Games because we will likely be asked to provide this service again!

Photos courtesy of Merv Scott.  Scroll down to view a short video clip, courtesy of Paul Ross.

VGS offering free genealogy lookups at Highland Games

VGS offering free genealogy lookups at Victoria's Highland Games, May 19-21, 2018

VGS display at Victoria Highland Games, May 2018

VGS display board at Victoria's Highland Games, May 19-21, 2018

VGS notice board at Victoria Highland Games, May 2018

VGS signs offering free genealogy lookups at Victoria's Highland Games, May 19-21, 2018

VGS new banner at Victoria Highland Games, May 2018

Our new collapsible banner getting attention at Victoria's Highland Games, May 19-21, 2018

A short video clip of VGS at the Highland Games, courtesy of Paul Ross.

 

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Scottish Research Help at the Highland Games

Posted 14 May 2018

Do you have Scottish Ancestry?  Not sure but would like to learn more?

Come to the 155th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival on May 19th to 21st , and visit our Victoria Genealogical Society information and display tent and say Hi to our volunteers. FREE on-line searches will be conducted using Scotlandspeople to get you started researching your Scottish family history.

Take in one of three daily Scottish Genealogy Research presentations ‘Tracing your Scottish Ancestors’ in the Heritage Tent.

For more information check www.victoriahighlandgames.com.

PLEASE NOTE:
During this Highland Games, our VGS Learning and Resource Centre, 209-4475 Viewmont Avenue, (Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre) WILL BE CLOSED on Saturday, May 19th to Monday, May 21st , and will re-open on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Come find out about the Victoria Genealogical Society at the Highland Games.

Victoria Genealogical Society offers family research help at the 2018 Victoria Highland Games

 

2 Spaces Only Left for Google Earth Workshop

Posted 16 Apr 2018

We have just had two spaces open up in next Saturday's Google Earth workshop - 21 Apr 2018 at 10am.

This introductory workshop will cover the basic components of Google Earth that will enable you to begin mapping your ancestor’s trail. Learn to create a map of the various places they lived or use descriptive place marks to map burial sites in a cemetery. The options of what you can do are endless!

*** First two emails requesting spots will get them. Register at: workshop@victoriags.org ***

Visit our Workshops page for more details.

 

New "CSI" SIG an Added Benefit for Members

Posted 7 Apr 2018 - Updated 18 Apr 2018

We are very pleased to announce a BRAND NEW Special Interest Group (SIG) for VGS Members, led by Melanie Arscott.  It is  called CSI - Crowd Sourced Intelligence and is based on her recent and very successful workshop of the same name.  It is a welcome new learning and networking opportunity for VGS MEMBERS ONLY, as a benefit of membership.

This SIG will meet at the Learning Centre on the 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm each month. This evening schedule will hopefully be accessible to more members.  The focus will be on researching items that have been donated to the VGS, which have an identifiable family connection (i.e. a name on them). Learn to pull out clues by careful observation, think logically about them and then search for answers in the many databases we have available to us all the while collaborating with others. The skills you learn here can then be applied to your own research - giving you more accurate results and building a clearer picture of your family. The aim is to return found items to their families, when possible.

 A special thank you to Melanie for her willingness to share her years of experience as genealogy researcher and facilitator with our VGS members.

Come and be amazed at what you can learn!

Visit our SIG page for more details on all our Special Interest Groups.

NEW - For quick access, SIGS for the current month are now also summarized
on our home page in the "What's Going On" side bar. ---->

 

Celebrations at March VGS Speaker Meeting

Posted 12 Mar 2018
Submitted by Merv Scott

Good fun at the last VGS Speaker Series on March 9. Presenter was Colin Neilson who spoke about his experience Hiking the Trail of 98 - The Chilkoot Trail. Mayor Atwell was in attendance (seen here with Colin and VGS President Pat Acton).

 And some Thrifty Foods Smile Cards users celebrated our reaching our fundraising goal this year. Thanks to all who participated.

Join us next month with Yvonne Van Ruskenveld's presentation "They Also Served - Animals of the Great War". April 12th, 7:30pm St Aidan's Lower Church Hall.

VGS Members at 9 Mar 2018 genealogy meeting raise their Thrify Smile Card

 

VGS President Pat Acton with Mayer Atwell and speaker Colin Neilson, 9 Mar 2018

 

New Hands-On CSI Workshop Gets High Praise

Posted 22 Feb 2018

Saturday, February 17th the VGS presented a brand-new workshop to 14 eager participants. "CSI: Genealogy" was created by long time member Melanie Arscott, who decided to try using “crowd sourced intelligence” to solve the mystery of the beautiful illustrated Bible, which was donated to the VGS.

Beautiful illustrated heirloom bible, subject of VGS research workshop

Melanie led the group in using a variety of resources, both online and in the VGS collection to try to determine the story of this Bible and the family it belongs to. Enthusiasm and participation was high as everyone worked as a group to piece the information together.

As shown, the final result was a wall-sized draft of a 4-generation family tree, created by the workshop participants with the use of large moveable post-it notes connected by felt pen lines on a large roll of paper. Melanie ended with a recap of the findings, and discussed possible next steps. Some of the most recent family members in the tree were identified, with the hope that they might still be living. The goal would be to locate and contact them in order to return this gorgeous old bible to the rightful family.

Wall mounted family tree draft created at VGS workshop

Participants had lots of great things to say:

  • "What a fantastic workshop experience. It was great to work as a team and very well done."
  • "Everyone was keen to find something relevant and the time flew by. Plus I think everyone took something away from it – learning while doing is always a good approach."
  • "What a neat idea for a workshop, it really appealed to my inner-Sherlock."
  • "The enthusiasm was infectious and I think we all did have a great time. It was an inspired subject for a workshop as we needed to do some lateral thinking, and the invaluable CSI Quick Links guide was so useful. I learned a lot and I’m sure the guide will be referred to frequently."

Group research workshop by Victoria Genealogical Society

Group research workshop by Victoria Genealogical Society

Group research workshop by Victoria Genealogical Society

Looking forward to offering this one again next season!

Schedule and details of our upcoming VGS workshops can be found on our events page.  

 

VGS Reaches Fundraising Goal for Thrifty Food's Smile Cards

Posted 6 Feb 2018

Thrifty Smile CardWe 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 PR@victoriags.org

 

 New Membership Incentive Announced - Tell Your Friends!

Posted 6 Feb 2018

Do you know any non VGS members who might be interested in a trial VGS membership? As of February 1st the VGS is offering a special membership incentive - NEW memberships for half price!

That's right. People who have NEVER held a membership with VGS can purchase a short term membership (ends June 30th, 2018) allowing them the opportunity to try us out. They would be entitled to all the benefits of a full membership including free access to The Genealogy Learning & Research Centre, free access to resources like FindMyPast and Ancestry, free access to SIG discussion groups, reduced fees for workshops, and more.

This incentive ends on April 30th.  We hope you pass the word around. Let your friends and colleagues know about this opportunity. Thank you!

 

VGS Learning Centre now Open 3rd Thursday Evening of the Month

Posted 14 Jan 2018

We have talked about what other services we could provide to the VGS members. Membership Director Rick Deegan has been the first to come up with a concrete solution to the suggestion of evening openings.

Rick Deegan and Centre Director Cathie MacKenzie have volunteered to be at The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM every 3rd Thursday of the month.

This will start this coming Thursday, January 18th.
The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre will be open from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
PLEASE COME BEFORE 8:00pm WHEN EXTERIOR DOORS ARE LOCKED.
Free for VGS members.  $5.00 for non-members.

Please drop in if you: would like time to do some research; have brick walls or ancestor search problems to discuss, have questions you would like to discuss with others.

The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre will be open on the evening of the 3rd Thursday of every month.  Our regular opening hours will also continue.

Our opening hours (Sept - June) at the VGS Centre are now:

  • Monday - Friday: 12 noon to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday: 12 noon to 4:00 pm.
  • Thursday evening (3rd Thursday ONLY): 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Come visit us at

The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre
209 - 4475 Viewmont Avenue
(Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre)
Victoria, BC, Canada



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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!