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.

 

 

***   NEW: VGS WEBINARS   ***

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.

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 the following workshop schedule.  Keep an eye out for the green highlighting!

 IMPORTANT: pre-registration is still required for webinars as well as workshops - workshop@victoriags.org
Webinar cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members

 

 

VGS Workshops & Webinars

Registration required for workshops and webinars: workshop@victoriags.org

 

Come to a VGS workshop or webinar, 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!  Webinars usually run about 1 hour, but are often followed by a discussion period for those attending.  Both are open to both VGS members and non-members.  Pre-registration is required for all events as space is limited - workshop@victoriags.org.

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

WORKSHOP & WEBINAR FEES

  • Regular workshops (5 to 15 people maximum): fees are $15 for members and $25 for non-members
  • Webinars (15 people maximum): fees are $5 for members and $10 for non-members
  • All monies received from workshop and webinar fees go directly to the VGS. Workshop speakers and our Learning Centre volunteers provide their time and expertise to these events in aid of VGS fundraising efforts.  Thank you for your support.

 

REGISTRATION and LOCATION

Advanced registration for VGS Workshops and Webinars is required.  Please register early to avoid disappointment as seating is limited.  Contact us at workshop@victoriags.org, or sign up at our Learning Centre.

Please let us know if you are NOT able to attend the workshop or webinar as we often have a waiting list.

 

All VGS genealogy workshops and webinars are held at
THE GENEALOGY LEARNING & RESEARCH CENTRE
209 - 4475 Viewmont Avenue
Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre, Victoria BC  Canada

10 am to 12 noon (unless otherwise specified).
Please arrive no later than 9:45 am.

For further information and directions, visit our Learning Centre page.

 

WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS - IMPORTANT NOTICE

When attending a workshop or webinar, please arrive before 9:45 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, 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 & WEBINARS

IMPORTANT: When signing up for these events 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.

To put your name on a waitlist, please use workshop@victoriags.org.

 

28 APRIL 2018 - BEGINNING ENGLISH GENEALOGY - FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

PRESENTER: Heather Shave - OF INTEREST TO NEW MEMBERS

New to English research? Then this workshop is for you!

Learn about the basic records that cover the second half of the nineteenth century – Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) which started in 1837, the census from 1841 to 1911, and wills after 1858. The contents of each type of record will be covered, how to search for the records, and how to make the best use of the information.

Most of the records (except for the actual Civil Registration records) for this time are online. Different sources for the records, some free and some commercial will be discussed as well.

 

5 MAY 2018 - SCOTLAND BEYOND SCOTLANDSPEOPLE - FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

PRESENTER: Heather Shave

What records are available for Scotland besides the census, civil registration and parish records? Scottish Poor Law records, land records, and tax records are some of the sources which can be used.

  • What is a “Service of Heirs”? A retours? A sasine?
  • What can be found in the Kirk Session Records?
  • What about occupation records?

Location of records, including websites will be given in this highly informative workshop

 

12 MAY 2018 - TOP 10 TOOLS FOR SOCIAL HISTORY and SECRETS TO TRACING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS - FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

***    VGS DOUBLE WEBINAR    ***
TWO 30 MINUTE FAMILY TREE UNIVERSITY WEBINARS

1. TOP 10 TIPS FOR SOCIAL HISTORY

The lives of famous figures from the past like Susan B. Anthony or Thomas Jefferson can certainly make for intriguing reading material, but what really piques the genealogists' interest is social history: Stories of our ancestors' day-to-day lives. Take this video course for the 411 on how social history can enhance your genealogy.

Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Duration: 30 minutes

You should take this webinar if:

  • You have a passion for history
  • You want to know more about the lives of your ancestors
  • You’re interested in adding context to your family research

What you’ll learn:

  • What is social history
  • How social history can be incorporated into your family history
  • Must-have resources for discovering social history

About the Presenter:

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women's studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines and of several books, Putting the Pieces Together and Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) as well as From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012). Her current research interests include social history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women's lives.



2. SECRETS TO TRACING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS


From maiden names mysteries to great-grandmas named “Mrs.”, researching your female forebears is full of challenges. In this class, you’ll learn tools and tactics to overcome those dead ends and uncover your female ancestors’ stories.

Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo
Duration: 30 minutes

You should take this webinar if:

  • You’re struggling to hunt down the females in your family tree
  • You know a little bit about your female ancestors, but have hit a brick wall in your research
  • You have yet to begin searching for the women in your family, but don’t’ know where to start

What you’ll learn:

  • Learn about key records for locating maiden names
  • Discover unique resources for uncovering your female ancestors’ stories
  • General tips and tricks for finding those elusive females

About the Presenter:

Eastern European genealogy specialist Lisa A. Alzo received the Association for Women in Slavic Studies 2002 Mary Zirin Prize for excellence in scholarship, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. Her books include Three Slovak Women (Gateway Press), Slovak Pittsburgh (Arcadia) and Cleveland Slovaks (with John T. Sabol, Arcadia). She’s written numerous articles for genealogy publications, including regular contributions to Family Tree Magazine, and blogs regularly at The Accidental Genealogist. A genealogist for 20 years, Lisa has taught genealogy courses for more than a decade, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, genealogical and historical societies.

19 MAY 2018 - NO WORKSHOP - HIGHLAND GAMES


VGS volunteers will be manning a display at the Highland Games again this year.
Hope to see you there!



26 MAY 2018 - MAKING YOUR OWN FAMILY HISTORY BOOK - FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

PRESENTER: Allison Bond

This workshop is back by very popular demand – register early to avoid disappointment!

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. ​

 

2 JUNE 2018 - IRELAND BY INTERNET - SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS

PRESENTER: Barb Doell

This workshop is being offered again due to popular demand! Join Barb in learning how to use the internet to find your Irish ancestors. The internet is the main source of genealogy information today. Some information is true, some made up, some free and some on pay websites. There are a wide variety of websites for almost everything.

Barb will take us to Ireland via the net and show us numerous websites for genealogy. Some of the information and how to search using the site can be used for any country, i.e. the Familysearch.org website

Come and join us to research Ireland online – you never know what might be out there waiting for you!

 

9 JUNE 2018 - USING POWERPOINT TO CREATE COMPELLING PRESENTATIONS

PRESENTER: Monica Sheridan

Have you been wanting to learn how to use PowerPoint to create dynamic presentations? Or do you know the basics but are looking to learn techniques to improve the effectiveness of your message and convey information in an engaging way?

You will learn the main features of PowerPoint, how to create a new presentation, use design, transition and animation features, and run your slide show. We will also cover the features that go into creating a compelling presentation and how to avoid common pitfalls. Feel free to bring your laptop to follow along as you learn!

16 JUNE 2018 - ANCESTRY.COM SEARCH STRATEGIES

PRESENTER: Gerry Poulton - OF INTEREST TO NEW MEMBERS

Due to high demand, this is an encore presentation of this workshop which was offered in February. Spaces will fill up fast so register quickly!

New to genealogy? Unsure of how to use Ancestry.com? Frustrated with searches in Ancestry that generate thousands of results? Want to become more sophisticated in your searching? Then this is the workshop for you!

We will explore how to more efficiently use Ancestry.com, including:

  • the use of wildcards
  • how to narrow down your search
  • use of the "advanced search" page and "exact match"
  • saving or printing records
  • searching from a different angle
  • ... and much more!

SUMMER BREAK


VGS Workshops will resume in September 2018.   Enjoy your summer.

 

Additional VGS Workshops and Webinars will be announced as available.
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.