Victoria Genealogical Society
GENEALOGICAL EVENTS

VGS events are open to the general public as well as VGS members.
Please join us to learn more about genealogy and the pursuit of family history research.

 

VGS Workshops

Come to a VGS  workshop, learn, meet and/or make friends and take home tangible results.  Bring a friend to share in the fun!  Workshops are two hours long - a great value!  They are open to both VGS members and non-members.

If you have ideas for new workshops, or want to request a repeat of past workshops, please contact our VGS Workshop Planning coordinator at workshopplanning@victoriags.org.

WORKSHOP FEES

  • Regular workshops (5 to 25 people maximum): fees are $15 for members and $25 for non-members
  • All monies received from workshop fees go directly to the VGS. Both workshop speakers and Resource Centre volunteers provide their time and expertise to these workshops in aid of VGS fundraising efforts.

REGISTRATION and LOCATION

Advanced registration for VGS Workshops is required.  Please register early to avoid disappointment as seating is limited.  Contact us at workshop@victoriags.org, or sign up at the Resource Centre. Please let us know if you are not able to attend the workshop as we often have a waiting list.

All VGS genealogy workshops are held at our
VGS Resource Centre
947 Alston Street, Victoria BC  Canada
10 am to 12 noon (unless otherwise specified).
Please arrive no later than 9:50 am.

WORKSHOPS - IMPORTANT NOTICE

When attending a workshop please arrive before 9:50 am in order to sign in, get your cup of tea or coffee (by donation) and be seated so we can start promptly at 10 am. Late arrivals are a disruption to those who have arrived on time and expect to start on time.

Due to the large demand and attendance at our workshops, we are asking attendees to PLEASE email workshop@victoriags.org or phone (250)360-2808 when you are unable to make the workshop. Many of our workshops have a waiting list so your spot will soon be filled, but only if we know about your cancellation. No shows are lost revenue to the VGS.

Thank you for your consideration and attention to these items.

 

UPCOMING VGS WORKSHOPS

IMPORTANT: When signing up for workshops by email, please use workshop@victoriags.org.
If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, please email again.
Registrations are always confirmed.

 

SUMMER BREAK - JULY & AUGUST, 2017

Workshops have not been scheduled during the summer, but will resume some time in September.

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!

 

23 September 2017 – ORGANIZING YOUR RESEARCH & USING GENEALOGY FORMS

PRESENTER: Sarah Hamster - OF INTEREST TO NEW MEMBERS
LOCATION: 947 Alston Street, Victoria BC

Sarah Hamster has long been a practicing believer in organization and use of hard copy forms. Her methodical approach is aimed at both providing family history information to the current generation and to handing her research to a relative to be maintained in the future.

This workshop will be a combination of two of Sarah’s popular workshops on organizing and using forms, and the 2 hours will be divided into two parts as follows:

Goal of Part 1: How to manage the mountain of research notes, documents, photographs, and family mementos including:

  • Is there one right way to organize family history research?
  • Are there forms that can help with organization? (sample forms provided)
  • How to store paper records? File folders, envelopes, binder? (examples)
  • What can be done to organize both scanned and hardcopy family photos? (examples)
  • Reference number systems - should they be used? When? Which system?
  • How should source citations be included?
  • Suggestions on how to get started.

Goal of Part 2: How to use genealogical forms to best advantage including:

  • What are the main types of genealogical forms?
  • When should each type of form be used? (e.g. pedigree form versus family group sheet)
  • What are transcription/extraction forms and when should each be used?
  • How should completed forms be organized?
  • Are the interactive forms available on the internet practical?

A package of sample forms will be provided as part of the workshop.

 

30 September 2017 - GENEALOGY ON THE CHEAP: NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED

PRESENTERS: Melanie Arscott and Sarah Hamster
LOCATION: 947 Alston Street, Victoria BC

This workshop is being offered again due to popular demand!

Genealogy doesn’t have to be expensive. In this workshop we will explore free and inexpensive resources that are available on the internet, how to get great deals when setting up your family history home office, family tree software options and a number of other tips and tricks that are easy on the wallet.

 

7 October 2017 - NO WORKSHOP - THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Enjoy the holiday!

 

14 October 2017 – BEGINNING SCOTTISH RESEARCH

PRESENTER: Heather Shave

Scottish researchers have a great advantage with the ScotlandsPeople website. All Civil Registrations from 1855, Old Parish Registers, Catholic Registers, census records and others are all available on the one website.

Learn what is included in the birth, marriage and death civil registration records, in the parish records, and in the census. While Scotlandspeople is a pay site, there are other sources for these records which will be discussed. An in-depth look at Scotlandspeople and tips for getting good results will conclude the workshop.

 

21 October 2017 – ANNUAL SEMINAR - NO WORKSHOP

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON

Additional Resource Centre Workshops will be announced soon.
Watch this space for more information.

Other workshops and seminars are also offered through our outreach programs - check it out!

Information on our VGS past workshops are still posted for reference.

 

VGS PROGRAMS and SERVICES

The Victoria Genealogical Society also offers other seminars, workshops and services as part of our outreach programs and support services that may also be of interest. 

Please visit our Programs and Services page for more details.