Victoria Genealogical Society
MONTHLY SPEAKER SERIES MEETINGS

Our VGS "Speaker Series" is all about monthly, genealogy-related gatherings,
each with one or more speakers who will inform, educate and entertain you.

*** NEW MEETING LOCATION - EFFECTIVE OCTOBER, 2016 ***

Doors open at 7:00 pm and each event starts at 7:30 pm
on the 2nd Thursday of the month (except Jul and Aug) at the
ST. AIDAN’S CHURCH HALL,
3703 St Aidan's Street, Victoria, BC
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NOTE: Alternate locations may sometimes be needed.
Please check individual meeting announcements for change notices.

Admission is free for VGS members, and by donation for visitors and the general public.

MEMBERSHIP NOTICE: Our new membership year starts on July 1.
Membership dues can be paid at these monthly meetings, at our Genealogy Learning and Research Centre, or online.

 

VGS Speaker Series -  Next Gathering

8 FEBRUARY 2018 - PROUD HERITAGE: DESCENDANTS OF UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS IN EARLY VICTORIA

SPEAKER: Yvonne von Ruskenveld

As Victoria grew from its fort days, settlers arrived from across British North America. Among those who came from the east were some who proudly traced their ancestry to the original United Empire Loyalists. The Loyalists were settlers in the 13 Colonies who stayed loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolution. As a reward, they received land in what is now eastern Canada. Yvonne Van Ruskenveld will introduce us to notable UEL descendants who made their mark in Victoria.

Yvonne Van Ruskenveld has been fascinated by local history since she arrived in Victoria in 1990. Recently retired from a career as a freelance writer and editor, she is now able to indulge in her passion by researching and sharing the stories of Victoria’s past residents. She is a long-time member of the Old Cemeteries Society, presenting tours on a wide range of topics, including women’s history, gold rushes, symbolism, and epitaphs, among others. She is also a member of the Victoria Historical Society and the Western Front Association—Pacific Coast Branch, where she has given talks on World War I subjects such as local soldiers memorialized on their families grave markers, Canadian prisoners of war and the Cyclist Corps.

 

Doors open at 7:00 pm and each event starts at 7:30 pm
on the 2nd Thursday of the month (except Jul and Aug).  This meeting will be held at the
ST. AIDAN’S CHURCH HALL,
3703 St Aidan's Street, Victoria, BC
View Map

Come early to view the displays and the sales table,
and to network with other genealogy enthusiasts. 
We hope to see you there!

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A Glance Ahead

VGS monthly "Speaker Series" meetings are held September through June each year (none in July and August).
Speakers present on a wide variety of topics that will appeal to
those interested in genealogy, heritage and history.



8 MARCH 2018 - TBA

 


Information on further monthly meetings will be posted as soon as available.

Do you have any ideas for guest speakers?
Please contact us at vgs@victoriags.org

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Visit our PAST MEETINGS page for details on previous presentations.