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.


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 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)



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?

Course content:

  • 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.



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.