Victoria Genealogical Society
GENEALOGY & VGS NEWS Archive - 2020

Archive of news bulletins and announcements from VGS and beyond.
Our most recent news articles are located on our VGS Home page.

(in reverse chronological order)

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Merry Christmas from the Victoria Genealogical Society, 2020



Posted  20 Sep 2020

VGS Event Registration Process - Paid, Free, Members Only



PAID EVENTS: VGS EventBrite events page
Members: get your discount PROMO CODE in your green VGS Member's e-Newsletter.

FREE EVENTS: Event Information on the VGS Website Meetings Page

Get your registration link in your green VGS Member's e-Newsletter (bi-weekly).

WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?  Visit our VGS Website Membership page.


New Workshop Fees  and Eventbrite Payment System Announced

Posted  29 Aug 2020

The Victoria Genealogical Society continues to work hard to adapt to the new requirements we all face today. To this end, the society is embracing technology that will allow us to grow and improve our services to our members and others in an increasingly virtual world.

For our VGS online workshops and other events, we have now implemented the online EventBrite registration and event management service, in combination with Zoom to host the online meetings. This enables us to automate registration, payment, attendance and reminder notice processes, and to reach more potential attendees. The old workshop registration form has been removed from our website.

Over the summer we have held numerous FREE ONLINE VGS EVENTS including workshops and speaker meetings, thanks to the combined efforts of our Events Team, our Zoom Team, our Website Team and Correspondents. This has been amazingly successful, and has also allowed us to hone our skills and procedures surrounding Eventbrite registrations and Zoom content delivery.

We will now be using Eventbrite to securely process your event payments online during the online registration process. Payments can be made online by credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.

  • Online Workshop Fees for VGS Members: $12.00 + service fee  (PROMO CODE REQUIRED)
  • Online Workshop Fees for Non-Members: $20.00 + service fee

Members MUST enter a coupon or “PROMO CODE” to receive the reduced member rate.


We have prepared detailed instructions on
how to register and pay for VGS Events using Eventbrite.

IMPORTANT: You do NOT need to set up your own Eventbrite account (with a username and password) to REGISTER and PAY for an event, but many Eventbrite prompts will encourage you to do so. There are benefits to having your own Eventbrite account but it is NOT required.

An Eventbrite TICKET for an ONLINE event is simply a page that contains a link to the Zoom meeting. As we will be including this link in subsequent emails to you, you do not need to access an Eventbrite account to get your "ticket".

During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, and likely beyond, we will continue to offer our events online to a potentially wider audience. Thank you for joining us in this exciting journey.


VGS FREE Summer Events & Eventbrite Implementation

Posted  30 Jul 2020

VGS has been VERY busy this summer as we continue to offer FREE ONLINE workshops and events  for the benefit of both VGS members and non-members . We are hosting these meetings using the popular ZOOM online meeting software. The response so far has been truly amazinng, thanks to the large number of you who attended, and to our hard working volunteers who make it all happen.

More FREE events are scheduled for August 8th, 13th, 22nd and 29th.  Check out the details on  our new VGS Eventbrite page OR in our VGS e-newsletters.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for all posted events.  Don't miss this opportunity!

For our VGS  online workshops and other events, we are now using our new EventBrite registration and event management service online (in combination with Zoom to host the online meeting content).  The old workshop registration form has now been removed from the website.

Our Eventbrite registration process has now been further improved after experiencing some glitches with our July 18th delivery.  We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience this may have caused you.  It's a learning curve for everyone.

Here's how our updated Eventbrite registration process now works:

  • REGISTRATION LINKS - People wanting to attend one of our VGS events will now click on a registration link provided in one of our VGS e-newsletters OR on this website OR on our VGS Eventbrite page. This takes you to the registration page for a specific VGS  event, scheduled in our VGS Eventbrite account.
  • REGISTER ONLINE FOR EVENTS - The first registration page provides the event details, so you can check that you have the right event.  Press the REGISTER button.  On the next page, enter your name and email address (perhaps twice) to identify yourself and to order a ticket for this event.  It is possible to buy a ticket for someone else.  Press this second REGISTER button.

    NOTE: When applicable, your PAYMENT will also be handled by Eventbrite (on our behalf) during this stage. 
    NOTE: You do NOT need to set up an Eventbrite account (with a user name and password) to REGISTER for an event, but many prompts encourage you to do so. And there are benefits to doing so.
    NOTE: A TICKET" for an ONLINE event is simply a page that contains a link to the Zoom meeting.  As we will be including this link in subsequent emails to you, you do not need to access an Eventbrite account to get your "ticket".
  • THANK YOU PAGE - Upon successful registration, you will be taken to a Thank You page. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS IN THIS PAGE.  Instead, please follow the "IMPORTANT" instructions near top of this thank you page: WAIT FOR YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL.
  • ORDER CONFIRMATION EMAIL - Go to your email program and look for an confirmation notice from   Open but DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS that are automatically included in this letter. Instead, SCROLL ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM  where you will find your Zoom Meeting link or address (no need to click on it yet).   Optionally, you can copy/paste this Zoom address into your online calendar or safe location of your choice for easy reference on meeting day.
  • REMINDER LETTER #1 - This will be sent to you 24 hours before the event and will include your Zoom meeting link and details.
  • REMIINDER LETTER #2 - This will be sent to you 2 hours before the event and will again include your Zoom meeting link and details.
  • JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING -  Find your Zoom Meeting links in one of several places (as discussed above).  The Zoom meeting is now  just one click away!  We suggest you join in 10 or 15 minutes early to verify your connection.  If you encounter problems at this stage, our Zoom Team is ready to assist.

We appreciate that new technology can be challenging for many. So we will continue to learn and grow as we make further improvements to our new event management process, to make this new online reality work for us all.  This is an important step forward for our society.

Why not register today for an online VGS learning experience!



Posted   6 Jun 2020

One of the many advantages of membership in VGS is the networking opportunities with other like-minded VGS members.  This is especially evident at our VGS Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.  And during these times of social distancing when online video meetings is the new norm, interest in our VGS SIGs is on the rise.  Dates are sometimes changing, frequency is increasing, and the number of topics is growing in number.  People are staying connected, sharing tips and ideas, and continuing to learn and research.

Attending a ZOOM meeting is as easy as click on an invitation link in an email.  If it is your first time using ZOOM, you will be prompted to download and install a small ZOOM app to your device.  In order to receive a meeting link, you must be a current VGS members AND be on the mailing list for each SIG you are interested in.

VGS members who want to try out any of our SIGs, please send a email to our SIG Director at and she will forward your request to the appropriate SIG leader(s).

Here's a quick list of VGS SIG meetings being offered via ZOOM THIS MONTH. 

>>>  JUNE  2020  LINEUP  <<<

Current Zoom SIG meetings FOR VGS MEMBERS ONLY:

  • USA ........... June 8 & 22 at 10:00 am (Monday)
  • Irish ............ June 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 10:30 am (every Friday)
  • DNA ........... June 1 & 15 at 1:30 pm (Monday) - includes DNA Adoption SIG
  • CSI ............. June 16 at 7:00 pm (Tuesday)
  • England ...... June 10 & 24 at 2 pm (Wednesday)
  • Ontario ....... June 17 at 10:30 am (Wednesday)
  • Scottish ...... June 2 & 16 at 10:30 am (Tuesday)

Why not give them a try?



Posted   1 Jun 2020





VGS Centre Opening "By Appointment Only" Starting 19 May 2020

Posted  18 May 2020

Ever mindful of the necessary COVID-19 restrictions and evolving guidelines to keep our members safe, the VGS Board of Directors has approved a limited opening of our VGS Centre BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

LOCATION: VGS, The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre
209-4475 Viewmont Avenue
Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre
Victoria, BC Canada V8Z 6L8

START DATE: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
TIME RANGE: 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
DAYS OPEN: Depends on availability of Genie Buddies and desired bookings.

For your safety and the safety of our Genie Buddies, appointments will be restricted to 2 individuals or couples, so that we can maintain adequate social distancing.

Only 1 or our 2 computers is available for use due to their proximity, so it's best if you can bring your own laptop or device.

Bring your own beverages if desired, as none will be offered at the Centre.

The Centre will be carefully sanitized after each visit.

It's good to be back!


COVID-19 Update - Continuing Closures

Posted  19 Apr 2020

COVID-19 is causing unprecedented uncertainty in our world. Daily bulletins and announcements identify the changes in society that we are all required to make in response to this pandemic. The Victoria Genealogical Society continues to support wellness and safety in our community:

  • The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre will remain CLOSED until further notice.
  • ALL workshops, webinars, etc. are CANCELLED until further notice.
  • All general members’ meeting at St. Aidan’s United Church CANCELLED until further notice.
  • All SIG group members should check with your SIG leader – some online group meetings have been possible.

Additional information about the following will be available as soon as possible:

  • The AGM meeting, usually held in June, has been POSTPONED. Meeting details will be announced.
  • Membership renewal details for 2020-2021 will be announced.
  • Online meeting technology, for large and small groups, is being investigated.
  • Upgrades to our website and email are ongoing. Access may become temporarily interrupted, but we will try to keep down time to a minimum.
  • Thrifty’s Smile Card Program continues until April 25th, 2020. If you are stocking up on groceries, please continue to use your VGS Thrifty’s Smile card.
  • We will be constantly reviewing the situation and continuing to provide up to date information as we can.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience at this time.

Pat Acton
President, Victoria Genealogical Society


COVID-19 and Victoria Genealogical Society Closures

Posted  17 Mar 2020

The Victoria Genealogical Society is committed to providing a safe research and volunteer environment. Unfortunately, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting unparalleled conditions and circumstances that we must take very seriously so that we all stay well and safe.


To support wellness and safety, we are initiating the following CLOSURES and CANCELLATIONS which will be in place UNTIL AT LEAST April 14th (after the Easter weekend). We will resume activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre is CLOSED. The first day of closure is Tuesday, March 17th.
  • ALL workshops, webinars, etc. are CANCELLED effective Saturday, March 21st.
  • The April 9th general members’ meeting at St. Aidan’s United Church is CANCELLED.
  • All SIG group meetings are CANCELLED effective Tuesday, March 17th. (unless you have been otherwise advised – please check with your SIG leader)

We will be constantly reviewing the situation and continuing to provide up to date information as we can.

If you have questions please use the contact form provided on the VGS website. This email account is monitored.

Please Do NOT phone the Centre as there will be no one there to take your call or questions.

COVID-19 Trustworthy Sources

A note about COVID-19 information sources: While the media has been quick to provide real-time updates on the spread of the virus, we highly recommend you rely on trusted and respected health services when researching and communicating about the novel coronavirus. These include:

Thank you for your understanding and patience at this time.

Pat Acton
President, Victoria Genealogical Society


VGS Learning Centre Closed During Snowy Weather Conditions

Posted  14 Jan 2020

Due to snowy road conditions, our Learning Centre is closed at least for today - Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020.

 While these poor weather conditions last, please call ahead if you're planning to visit us to ensure we're open. Safety of you and our volunteers comes first. 250- 360-2808.


Happy New Year - Join In The Fun!

Posted  3 Jan 2020

Happy New Year from the Victoria Genealogicial Society, Victoria BC Canada

Here at VGS we're ramping up for the New Year with an exciting lineup of genealogy events for the Winter and Spring season.  Please join us.

We are very happy to welcome back the dynamic speaker Kate Humble for your January 9th meeting.  She will regale us with tales of past "Egos and Eccentrics" from the Oak Bay area of Greater Victoria. More details can be found on our VGS meetings page.

Our Saturday workshop schedule is filling fast, starting on January 11th when Melanie will share her extensive knowledge of Quebec research to beginners and experienced researchers alike.  If your tree contains relatives who lived in or passed through Quebec, Canada, you'll want to join Melanie Arscott as she helps introduce you to a variety of English records available for researchers, and some of the key words that will help decipher the clues in the French records. The emphasis will be on the English population along the Saint Lawrence River. To register, or learn about our full workshop lineup, please visitt our VGS  Workshop page for our full workshop lineup.

Our Learning Centre reopens on Saturday January 4th, resuming our regular schedule after the holiday break.  We encourage VGS members to consider volunteering at the Centre.  You'll be able to  meet and help visitors, socializing and sharing your knowledge and experiences with them.  Or perhaps you would be willing to help out in other ways?  Visit us at the Centre our contact our Learning Centre Director to discuss the possibilities.

Wishing you all success in your family research in 2020.



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