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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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
If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, please email again.
Registrations are always confirmed.
15 APRIL 2017 - NO WORKSHOP
ENJOY YOUR EASTER WEEKEND
22 APRIL 2017 - GOOGLE EARTH: A GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY TOOL FOR GENEALOGISTS
PRESENTER: Elaine Fraser
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 placemarks to map burial sites in a cemetery. The options of what you can do are endless!
Google Earth is a powerful software program that can be used on PC, Mac and Linex platforms. This introduction to using Google Earth as another Genealogy tool will only begin to touch on the full scope and possibilities of the program. Content in this workshop will cover using the program on the PC and will address:
- how to download, install and set the program up
- how to use the Navigation tools to move around the earth
- the major components found in the Google Earth Window
- the purpose and function of each of the tools in the Menu Bar
- and, time permitting, a demonstration of a very comprehensive file on the WW2 exploits of an Air Force pilot
The handout for this workshop will have examples, helpful hints and a resource list for finding help on the Internet. If you bring a USB drive you will be able to download the resource list. This will hopefully spare you from the dreaded task of entering URL addresses on your keyboard.
Join us this Earth Day to learn how to use the versatile Google Earth program to find new and interesting ways learn more about your ancestors!
29 APRIL 2017 - STORIES IN STONE: CLUES TO FAMILY HISTORY IN CEMETERIES
PRESENTER: Wilf Bruch
Why visit cemeteries and use cemetery records?
Family historians often overlook cemeteries and cemetery records in their research, particularly if they already have birth and death dates. However, a visit to a cemetery and use of its records can provide much, much more information. A visit can also lead to previously unknown family members and living ancestors. Come to Wilf’s workshop to find out how cemeteries can add to your family story.
Topics covered will include:
- Beyond the Death Certificate
- Society records and research
- Newspaper obituaries
- Local archive records
- A cemetery visit
- How, when and why
- Surprises you may find
Wilf’s passion is the preservation and appreciation of old cemeteries. He has been volunteering with the Old Cemeteries Society for some twenty years and knows the cemetery very well. He has led or been involved in most of the restoration and recording projects at Ross Bay Cemetery and The Old Burying Ground over that time period. He delights in helping people discover their ancestor’s final resting place and has a few stories to share of his own experiences!
6 MAY 2017 - SCOTLAND BEYOND SCOTLANDSPEOPLE
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.
13 MAY 2017 - BEGINNING ENGLISH RESEARCH
PRESENTER: Heather Shave
New to English research? This session is the first of three on English records.
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 1811; and wills after 1858. The contents of the 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 period are online. Different sources for the records, some free and some commercial will be discussed as well.
20 MAY 2017 - NO WORKSHOP
See You At The HIGHLAND GAMES!
27 MAY 2017 - FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SEARCH STRATEGIES
PRESENTER: Gerry Poulton
We will explore the FamilySearch.org website together, and look into the functions which are available, including:
- uploading your tree, photos, stories, documents, etc.
- searching records and submitted genealogies
- chatting through the blog, learning through Wiki
- getting help: research assistance, videos and guides
Questions as we move through will be most welcome!
3 JUNE 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!
10 JUNE 2017 – IDENTIFYING MILITARY UNIFORMS IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHS
PRESENTER: Keith Holden
Do you have old photos in which the identification of a military uniform would lead to expanding a family story?
Major (Retired) Keith Holden, Canadian Forces Medical, long time VGS member (#499), and military history enthusiast will identify the uniforms in your old photos.
Military uniforms, which have have long served as national identifiers, were originally intended to make recognition of the enemy in the field relatively straightforward. To this day uniforms, standardised and distinctive, identify such things as country of service, regimental affiliation and rank. The number, placement and style of medals, ribbons, cap badges, stripes and other accoutrements forms a language easily understood by military personnel – but is a foreign language to others.
If you are in this second group, share your photos with Keith and have him translate the “language of the uniform”.
If you would like to be part of this workshop:
- Register at firstname.lastname@example.org and include scanned copies of photographs you would Keith to examine.
- Limit of 2 photographs per person; it is possible only one photograph may be discussed in the workshop depending on time available and the total number of photographs submitted.
- Photos should be limited to Canada and/or British uniforms, they can be Army, Navy or Air Force.
- Scanned photographs should be received no later than Saturday, June 1, 2017 to give Keith time to review the photos. (Photos received earlier will enjoy more of Keith’s scrutiny time)
17 JUNE 2017 - PROVING YOUR GENEALOGY
PRESENTER: Sarah Hamster
You’ve got all the names and dates, some from family, some from the internet and some from old fashioned paper research. But are they true? How do you prove your information?
- Genealogical Standard Proof - what is it and what does it mean?
- What is proof?
- Primary information vs secondary information
- Original vs derivative sources
- How many sources constitute proof?
- How to analyze all your evidence
Learn how to verify information and be sure that the family history you pass on to later generations is well researched and accurate.
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.