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.

 

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 - THANKSGIVING WEEKEND  - NO WORKSHOP

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 – VGS ANNUAL SEMINAR - NO WORKSHOP

Visit our seminar page for details  Registration now open!

28 OCTOBER 2017 – 10 STEPS TO SUCCESS: AN INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY

PRESENTER: Merv Scott - OF INTEREST TO NEW MEMBERS


Finding your ancestors has never been easier but with all the research tools available it can get a little overwhelming. This workshop is designed for those new to genealogy but the not-so-new might enjoy a little refresher too.

Join Merv Scott as he provides the principles to guide your research and leads you through a step-by-step process towards genealogy success. This session is full of hints and tips about the common mistakes that beginners make with their genealogy research. Hear about the latest trends in technology, how to put the internet to work for you and more!

 

4 NOVEMBER 2017 - TBA

Details coming soon.

11 NOVEMBER 2017 – REMEMBRANCE DAY - NO WORKSHOP

A good day to acknowledge all veterans in your family tree.

 

18 NOVEMBER 2017 - MAKING YOUR OWN FAMILY HISTORY BOOK

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. ​

 

25 NOVEMBER 2017  – TBA

Details coming soon.

 

2 DECEMBER 2017 - ENGLISH POOR LAW & WORKHOUSES

PRESENTER: Heather Shave

The Poor are always with us – and they did leave records!
Were your ancestors poor? Or did they work with the poor?

There is a good chance that some of your ancestors will appear in the records of the poor as about 30% of the English population was considered to be poor at any one time – and there are often more records of the poor than those who were better-off.

  • What are these records and what can they tell us?
  • What are the differences between the records of the poor of England, Scotland, and Ireland?
  • How can these records be accessed?

Learn about Removal Orders, overseers accounts, pauper apprentices, Parochial Boards, workhouses and many others.

 

9 DECEMBER 2017 – WRITING BIOGRAPHIES OF YOUR ANCESTORS

PRESENTER: Kathleen Lowe

You’ve been researching your ancestors for months or maybe years. You have reams of information including charts and graphs. It’s been a rewarding process, but all you have to show for your work is a dry list of names, dates and places. What you actually want is a story that tells others what the person’s life was about. Your genealogy program can even supply you with a ready­made outline. But how do you take all that raw data and turn it into a biography, even a short one?

This workshop will present ways of stringing together genealogy data into a story by creating transitions, adding context, and applying themes. Bring a genealogy report for one of your ancestors to use as an outline or use a sample provided. Worksheets will be provided for the exercise sessions.

Kathleen Lowe is a Victoria­ based writer and corporate communicator. In her 25 ­year career she’s worked as a staff writer for a business publication, a contract writer for a tourist magazine, the managing editor for a career publication, and a radio journalist. Her background also includes reorganizing a West African development agency’s publishing department, and helping establish a pilot Community Learning Centre in Ghana. Kathleen has more than 100 articles published in print publications and on websites.

For more information about her work visit: www.kmlowe.com.

For more information about her ancestors visit: lowebaderancestry.blogspot.com

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK - NO WORKSHOPS

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday

6 JANUARY 2018 - THIS ISN'T YOUR MOTHER'S GENEALOGY - PUT TWITTER TO WORK FOR YOU

PRESENTER: Merv Scott

This is a repeat offering of this very popular and extremely informative workshop, for those of you who missed it or want to take it again!

Do you sometimes think you are wasting good time surfing the internet for information, hoping to stumble across something of interest? Ever wonder if there was a better way? Maybe it's time to see how Twitter can be put to work for you.

This is an introductory workshop aimed at people not currently using Twitter or people who consider themselves to be Twitter newbies. This workshop is not aimed at Twitter experts, although the focus on genealogy may bring some benefits to even Twitter power users. At this workshop we will cover the following:

  • the basics of Twitter and Twitter terminology
  • tips on how to use Twitter for genealogy
  • getting started on Twitter and sending your first Tweet
  • finding your friends, following/joining them and sending person-to-person Tweets
  • finding genealogy sites important to you
  • having your favourite genealogy sites stream news live to you, without having to look them up
  • holding discussions with like-minded people on topics or geographical areas you are researching
  • viewing/joining free online discussion groups on topics of interest to you
  • and more!

You may bring your laptop or mobile device if you wish, but this isn’t required.

 

13 JANUARY 2018 - ACROSS THE POND

PRESENTER: Heather Shave

You've found your immigrant ancestor! And she or he came from England or Ireland or Scotland. What can be done to narrow the search down to a county, and preferably to a parish?

What do you need to know to proceed further?

Research strategies and techniques that can be used to find the place of origin will be discussed. While the examples used will be from the British Isles, the same techniques are applicable to other countries.

 

21 FEBRUARY 2018 - TBA

More details coming soon.

3 FEBRUARY 2018 - ANCESTRY.COM SEARCH STRATEGIES - OF INTEREST TO NEW MEMBERS

PRESENTER: Gerry Poulton

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!

 

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.