Victoria Genealogical Society

This page offers you access via links to VGS online data indexes,
and also lists our major collections found in our VGS Resource Centre.

Our Resource Centre page contains further details on our library holdings.
You can also search our library catalogue online!


VGS Online Indexes

VGS Library Collection Catalogue

On-line search window by title, author, keyword or subject, which provides detail and call numbers of the 335 linear feet of books, journals, maps, cemetery booklets etc., and the over 245 CDs available at the Victoria Genealogical Society Resource Centre and Library.  This catalogue contains close to 5000 titles.


VGS Newspaper Events Indexes - Births, Marriages, Deaths, Social Events, and more

NewThis is a volunteer produced index of obituaries, births, marriages, engagements, change of name notices, anniversaries, and other social events, created from a large assortment of newspaper clippings.  A list of types of events and abbreviations is provided.

Entries are included from across Canada, although primarily from the Victoria BC area.  A list of newspapers and their locations is provided.

With over 58,000 entries so far, please check out our new Newspaper Events Index.


VGS Burial and Cemetery Indexes - for Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, BC, Canada

The goal of these indexes is to to provide genealogy researchers an avenue to search cemeteries located primarily on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, BC, Canada - all in one place.  We include a list of 46 cemeteries covered to date.  The associated burial listings contain over 100,000 names!  Search the online burial indexes for the name you are looking for, then visit our Resource Centre in person or send us a query for the remainder of the information we have on file for that burial.


VGS Members Surname Interest (MSI) Index

This index contains family surnames being researched by members of the Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS) - helping you connect with others researching the same surnames.  Click on the link above to access the index data.

This index now contains member submissions up to and including 18 May 2016 and now contains 856 records.

VGS Members wanting to submit their surnames to the index can download our VGS MSI Form in PDF or DOC format.  Further instructions are included on page 2 of the form.

Pioneers Index for Greater Victoria - Settlers and Early Residents before 1910.

Biographical clipping from newspapers, magazine articles and notes indexed in binders, covering pioneer families from the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Also available at the VGS Resource Centre.

Last updated : August, 2012
It now includes over 5500 unique names found in 793 clippings.

Book Indexes

Pioneer Women of Vancouver Island, 1843 - 1866 Surname Index -
A book by N. de Bertrand Lugrin, published 1928, and held at the VGS Resource Centre.  Surnames indexed.

Wild Roses at their Feet Surname Index -
A book by Elizabeth Forbes Published 1971, contains recollections of life in early Victoria.  Surnames indexed.

VGS Journal Index

An index of Victoria Genealogical Society Journals from 1979 to today.  The index is organized by person names, events, article titles, book titles reviewed, and more.


Other indexes are held in our Resource Centre collection.
If you are unable to visit us, please check out our VGS queries page for assistance.


Resources Available at the VGS Resource Centre

  • The Library version of is available to VGS members and Resource Centre visitors.
  • British Columbia Vital Event Registration Records: Births: 1872 - 1903, Marriages: 1872 - 1934, Deaths: 1872 - 1988.   Registration records are on microfilm.  Index is on the BC Vital Events website.
    (Note: 1989 death registrations are indexed (names, dates, places), but we do not have registrations to copy.)
  • Burial and Cemetery Indexes from 46 cemeteries, including over 100,000 names (see above for indexed names).
  • Database with Kings County, Nova Scotia Burials and Marriages.
  • Current and past Journals from Genealogical Societies.
  • PEI Cemeteries.

Visit our VGS Resource Centre page for additional information on our resources and services.
Also search our library catalogue online