Victoria Genealogical Society

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


  • 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.


Advanced registration for VGS Workshops is required.  Please register early to avoid disappointment as seating is limited.  Contact us at, 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.


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 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.



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



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 ( or President, Pat Acton ( 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!


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.



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.