Victoria Genealogical Society
PAST GENEALOGY SEMINARS

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.

 

Past VGS Seminars

 

Quick links to past seminars:  2017  ~  2016  ~  2015  ~  2014  ~  2013  ~  2012  ~  2011



2017 VGS SEMINAR - NEXT STEPS

VGS Genealogy Seminar 2017 - Next Steps - Using New and Traditional Resources to Further Your Research

2017 - VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR

 

"NEXT STEPS ~ Using New and Traditional Resources to Further Your Research"

Saturday, October 21, 2017   ~   8:30 am to 1:00 pm (doors open at 8:30 am)
[NOTE: new *** partial-day *** format]

St. Leopold Mandic Church, 4081 Gordon Head Road, Saanich, BC

Email: seminar@victoriags.org

 

graphic showing circular process in genealogyThis year's partial day seminar brings a fascinating combination of information and insight into both traditional methods of finding genealogical information, as well as ways and reasons to delve into the new and ever changing world of DNA research.

We are delighted to welcome Dave Obee who will present two sessions. Dave is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given over 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997. He is a highly sought after speaker and an expert genealogist who writes columns for Internet Genealogy magazine and Your Genealogy Today magazine, formerly Family Chronicle. Dave has also written about family history for Canada's History as well as Your Family Tree in the United Kingdom.

Dave is Editor-in-Chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972.

We are also very fortunate to welcome Susanne Sulzberger, who is a Reference Archivist with the Vancouver Office of Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Regional Archival Program since 2009. She graduated from UBC with a BA in Religion, Literature and the arts, followed by a Master of Archival Studies degree also from UBC.

Susanne will help us to understand how to find and use the amazing collections of Library and Archives Canada and how their databases can further your research. The library is an amazing resource which holds records on a wide variety of topics including everything from military service, employment, Loyalists, land exchanges, newspapers, censuses, city directories and much more.

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SEMINAR SPEAKERS, 2017

DAVE OBEE

Dave Obee, 2017 speaker, Victoria Genealogical SocietyDave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997. 

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972.

We are thrilled to welcome Dave to our seminar podium!  Dave will present at 2 sessions (subject to confirmation):

  • Tracing Forward to Find Distant Cousins: Your distant cousins could be the key that unlocks your DNA research. Stymied in your search for these living relatives? Trying to find other descendants of your ancestors? You need to start in the past and trace forward. Researching subsequent generations can be difficult, because people leave clues regarding where they are from, but not necessarily where they are going to. That doesn't mean it's impossible; there are plenty of sources that will help you. Many Internet sites can help -- but it pays to know which ones are essential, and which tricks to use.
  • DNA: A dozen reasons to get moving with genetic genealogy (and a few why you shouldn't): Yes, it is true: Testing your DNA and looking for genetic matches can make a huge difference in your family history research. This session includes several reasons why you should test yourself and others, as well as some cautionary thoughts. It does not include the deep science behind genetic genealogy; there will be no mention of STRs, SNPs, or centimorgans. Learn the basics of finding distant cousins, confirming ancestral links, and making the most of the vital new tool at our disposal.

Read more on Dave's websites: www.daveobee.com, also www.cangenealogy.com/

 

SUSANNE SULZBERGER

Susanne Sulzberger, 2017 speaker, Victoria Genealogical Society seminarSusanne Sulzberger has been Reference Archivist and Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) analyst at the Vancouver Office of Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) Regional Archival Program since 2009.

Susanne graduated from UBC with a BA in Religion, Literature and the arts, followed by a Master of Archival Studies degree also from UBC.

Genealogy at Libraries and Archives Canada – Discover your Ancestors: Susanne's presentation will focus on the databases available to the public and accessed through the LAC website.  She will also give some updates about their services, and a brief look at their presence in social media. There will also be time for your questions.

Susanne will help us to understand how to find and use the amazing collections of Library and Archives Canada and how their databases can further your research. The library is an terrific resource which holds records on a wide variety of topics including everything from military service, employment, Loyalists, land exchanges, newspapers, censuses, city directories and much more.

Library and Archives Canada links:
Website: a target="_blank" href="http://www.bcgs.ca/?p=7113">www.bac-lac.gc.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LibraryArchives
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@LibraryArchives

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SPONSORS & PRIZES

We are so VERY GRATEFUL to the following companies and organizations who have provided the following wonderful prizes and donations at such short notices for our 2017 Genealogy Seminar. 

 

Sponsor Name Prize / Donation
FindMyPast 1 year World Subscription
Butchart Gardens Complimentary admission for two pass
MyHeritage DNA Kit
MyHeritage 135 discount coupons
Ancestry AncestryDNA Kit
Ancestry 12 month World Deluxe Subscription
The Genealogist 1 year Diamond Personal Premium Subscription
Imbue App Downloadable family memories i-phone app
  5 hand knitted scarves

Please support these sponsors who support us.

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SEMINAR FEES, 2017

Options & Deadlines VGS Members (Canadian $) VGS Non-Members (Canadian $)
REGULAR - up to Oct 21, 2017 $50 $65
  • Admission is not guaranteed until payment in full is received.
  • Cancellations will be accepted no later than midnight, Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
        The fee less $10 administration costs will be refunded.

FEES INCLUDE:

  • 3 seminar sessions by 2 speakers
  • Beverages (coffee, tea and water), plus 1 nutrition break with treats from Judy's Snack Shack
  • Handout materials

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SEMINAR REGISTRATION & PAYMENT OPTIONS, 2017

It's easy to sign up for our 2017 VGS Genealogy Seminar. All you need to do is submit a completed registration form AND payment of the appropriate registration fee. 

For your convenience, we provide several registration and payment options:

REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE

First complete the online seminar registration form below.

THEN pay the applicable registration fees online with your credit card OR your PayPal account using the payment form below.


You will receive email verification of both your online registration and payment.

No paper required.
OR    PAPER REGISTRATION

Pick up a paper registration form at our VGS Resource Centre, 
     OR     
Download and print our VGS 2017 Seminar Registration Form (in pdf format).

Complete the form.

Choose a payment option:
cheque, money order,     
or cash (in person only)             
      OR
online with your credit card OR PayPal.


+   PAPER DELIVERY OPTIONS

Choose a delivery method for your paper form and/or payment  ...
Until Sep 30 only:
    Drop off

    VGS Resource Centre
    947 Alston Street, Victoria, BC
    (Cash is also accepted here)    
             OR
    Mail to Victoria Genealogical Society
    Attention: Seminar Committee
    100 - 180 Wilson Street
    PO Box 45015, Westside PO
    Victoria, BC  V9A 0C3
    (No cash by mail, please)

Affective Oct 1  (open Oct 3)
    The Genealogy Learning &
    Research Centre (VGS)
    #209 - 4475 Viewmont Ave
    Victoria, BC  V8Z 6L8

 

ONLINE SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM

Please complete the online registration form below
(other registration options available above)

SORRY - OUR SEMINAR IS SOLD OUT

PLEASE CONTACT US TO GET ON OUR WAIT LIST

 

PAY SEMINAR FEES ONLINE

Please complete the following payment form below
(other payment options available above)

SORRY - OUR SEMINAR IS SOLD OUT

PLEASE CONTACT US TO GET ON OUR WAIT LIST

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LOCATION OF VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR, 2017

Our 2017 VGS Genealogy Seminar will be held at St Leopold Mandic Church, 4081 Gordon Head Road, Victoria BC,
north of the University of Victoria on the corner of Gordon Head Road and Lifton Place.

PLEASE JOIN US on October 21, 2017.


St Leopold Mandic Church Location

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2016 VGS seminar - MAKING SENSE OF THE SCIENCE: DECIPHERING YOUR DNA RESULTS

VGS Genealogy Seminar 2016 - Making Sense of the Science: Deciphering Your DNA Results

2016 - VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR

MAKING SENSE OF THE SCIENCE: DECIPHERING YOUR DNA RESULTS

Saturday, October 29, 2016   ~   9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(NOTE: time is different from last year)

St Leopold Mandic Church
4081 Gordon Head Road, Victoria BC

(NOTE: location is different from last year - see map)

SPEAKERS: Barbara Johnson, Merna Forster, Tim Duncan
SPECIAL OPENING SPEAKER: Wedlidi Speck

Lunch will be provided.  Free parking.

Email: seminar@victoriags.org
Download VGS 2016 Seminar poster (pdf format)

 

Last year’s DNA seminar inspired many of you to have your own and other family members’ DNA tested. But we have heard overwhelmingly that understanding the results is another matter altogether. Many of you find yourself scratching your heads in bewilderment at the dizzying array of numbers, names and lists that you received. Or you’ve been sent a long list of “cousin matches”, DNA Circles, or Chromosome Display Tools, but have no idea what they mean or how to use them to find actual family connections.

If your DNA results haven’t proven to be the treasure trove of information you were hoping for, then please join the Victoria Genealogical Society for a day of DNA discovery! Three dynamic and knowledgeable speakers will help you understand how to uncover the exciting clues that could be hiding in your test results.

SEMINAR SPEAKERS, 2016

BARBARA JOHNSON
Barbara Johnson has worn many hats throughout her life, and has worked as a teacher, scientist, and Park Ranger.  She joins extensive scientific training with a natural ability to present complex ideas in a simple way, and returns to help us through the complex and exciting world of DNA testing and understanding your results.

MERNA FORSTER
Merna Forster is an historian and author of the books "100 Canadian Heroines" and "100 More Canadian Heroines", and is Executive Director of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project at the University of Victoria.  Merna will share her story of discovering African American relatives in the Deep South through DNA testing.

TIM DUNCAN
Tim Duncan is currently the Administrator of the Clan Donnachaidh DNA Project.  A retired National Park Service Ranger and a lifelong genealogist, Tim will demonstrate how to use male Y-chromosome testing as a tool in family history research, drawing upon his personal research as well as the Clan DNA project.  www.clandonnachaidhdna.org

 

SPONSORS & PRIZES

Again this year we have a long list of wonderful sponsors, door prizes and early bird draw prizes. Here are just some of the exciting offers:

  • Early Bird Draws: one free seminar ticket each for one new VGS member and one renewing member who join or renew VGS by August 31st
  • Two seminar attendees who already have their DNA results AND register for the seminar by September 30th can choose to be placed in a draw to have their results analyzed during the seminar by speaker Barbara Johnson
  • A 1-on-1 analysis of your DNA results with Barbara will be a given to one lucky door prize winner at the Seminar
  • A closed Q&A by donation (proceeds to VGS) will be held at the Resource Centre the day after the seminar, with seminar presenter Tim Duncan. Tim, of the Clan Donnachaidh DNA Project, will answer your questions and help you with your DNA results. The event is closed to 20 Seminar attendees (selected by draw).
  • Sponsors and door prizes: we have a long list of door prizes to give away again this year that value almost $3000. Prizes include:
    • 3 1year World Memberships from FindMyPast
    • 4 Sunday Walking Tour passes from the Old Cemeteries Society
    • 3 MyHeritage subscriptions
    • 2 World Memberships from Ancestry
    • 1 DNA kit from FamilyTreeDNA
    • admissions tickets to Craigdarroch Castle
    • a 1 year Genealogy Gems Premium Membership
    • Other sponsors include the dna store, ScotlandsPeople, Market on Yates and more

VGS Genealogy Seminar 2016 Sponsor Logos

SEMINAR FEES, 2016

Options & Deadlines VGS Members (Canadian $) VGS Non-Members (Canadian $)
EARLY BIRD - On or before Sept 24, 2016 $80.00 $90.00
STANDARD - On or after Sept 25, 2016 $90.00 $100.00
  • Admission is not guaranteed until payment in full is received.
  • Cancellations will be accepted no later than midnight, Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
        The fee less $20 administration costs will be refunded.
  • Registrations for partial day are NOT accepted.

FEES INCLUDE:

  • Seminar sessions by 3 speakers
  • Beverages (coffee, tea and water), plus 2 refreshment breaks
  • Lunch (vegetarian and gluten free options available)
  • Handout materials

SEMINAR REGISTRATION & PAYMENT OPTIONS, 2016

It's easy to sign up for our 2016 VGS Genealogy Seminar. All you need to do is submit a completed registration form AND payment of the appropriate registration fee. 

For your convenience, we provide several registration and payment options:

REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE

First complete the online seminar registration form below.

THEN pay the applicable registration fees online with your credit card OR your PayPal account using the payment form below.


You will receive email verification of both your online registration and payment.

No paper required.
OR    PAPER REGISTRATION

Pick up a paper registration form at our VGS Resource Centre, 
     OR     
Download and print our VGS 2016 Seminar Registration Form (in pdf format).

Complete the form.

Choose a payment option:
cheque, money order,     
or cash (in person only)             
      OR
online with your credit card OR PayPal.


+   PAPER DELIVERY OPTIONS

Choose a delivery method for your paper form and/or payment  ...

Drop off
at our
    VGS Resource Centre
    947 Alston Street, Victoria, BC
    (Cash is also accepted here)    
             OR
Mail to Victoria Genealogical Society
    Attention: Seminar Committee
    100 - 180 Wilson Street
    PO Box 45015, Westside PO
    Victoria, BC  V9A 0C3
    (No cash by mail, please)

 

LOCATION OF VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR, 2016

NOTE: Different location than last year.

Our 2016  VGS Seminar will be held at St Leopold Mandic Church, 4081 Gordon Head Road, Victoria BC,
north of the University of Victoria on the corner of Gordon Head Road and Lifton Place.

PLEASE JOIN US on October 29, 2016.


St Leopold Mandic Church Location Map

 


2015 - CREATING CONNECTIONS THROUGH DNA

VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 2015

DNA Graphic Victoria Genealogical Society Seminar 2015 CREATING CONNECTIONS THROUGH DNA:
Genetic Genealogy in the Digital Age

DATE: Saturday, 24 OCTOBER, 2015
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

WHERE: St. Aidan’s Church Hall,
3703 St Aidan's Street, Victoria, BC.
see map below

Email: seminar@victoriags.org
Download VGS 2015 Seminar poster (pdf format)

 


SEMINAR REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

Have you seen the commercials about DNA testing and family history and wondered what it’s all about? Researching your family tree and wondering how DNA results can help you? Interested in DNA and genealogy but baffled by the science behind it and how to interpret results?

If so, then this seminar is for you! Join us as our expert speakers share their experience and knowledge of this increasingly popular genealogical tool, and answer your questions in terms we can all understand.

Registration fee provides admission to the day-long seminar including five sessions by three speakers, unlimited coffee, tea and water, lunch (vegetarian and gluten free options offered), two coffee/tea breaks, and handout materials. We will also have a variety of tables representing various societies, and a resource table with information on DNA and genealogy research.

Register below - only a limited number of seats left.

SEMINAR SPEAKERS

Barbara Johnson, speaker at VGS genealogy seminar, 24 Oct 2015

Barbara Johnson has a degree in Medical Microbiology, and has taught science both at elementary school and with Pacific Science Center. Barbara will present three sessions on the topic of DNA and genealogy, including the basics of DNA and how it works, what it brings to genealogy, and the pros and cons of the major DNA companies currently offering genealogical DNA testing.
Wedlidi Speck, VGS seminar speaker, 24 Oct 2015

Wedlidi Speck, a hereditary chief of the Namgis First Nation, is Director of Aboriginal Service Change with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. An accomplished speaker and storyteller, Wedlidi will present on his colourful journey with traditional genealogy, where mythology met DNA testing, and how this changed his world.
Stuart Rennie, VGS seminar speaker, 24 Oct 2015

Stuart Rennie is a Lawyer, Records and Information Management and Information Governance consultant as well as an Adjunct Professor at UBC in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Stuart will be discussing the important topic of the legal implications of DNA testing and results in genealogical research.

SEMINAR FEES

Options & Deadlines VGS Members (Canadian $) VGS Non-Members (Canadian $)
EARLY BIRD - On or before Sept 26, 2015 $80.00 $90.00
STANDARD - On or after Sept 27, 2015 $90.00 $100.00
  • Admission is not guaranteed until payment in full is received.
  • Cancellations will be accepted no later than midnight, Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The fee less $20 administration costs will be refunded.
  • Registrations for partial day are NOT accepted.
  • Registrations close on October 23, 2015 (the day before the seminar).

FEES INCLUDE:

  • 5 seminar sessions by 3 speakers
  • 2 refreshment breaks and lunch
  • Handout materials and resource table
  • Question and answer session with speaker Barbara Johnson

SEMINAR REGISTRATION & PAYMENT OPTIONS

It's easy to sign up for our 2015 VGS Genealogy Seminar. All you need to do is submit a completed registration form AND payment of the appropriate registration fee. 

For your convenience, we provide several registration and payment options:

REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE

First complete the online seminar registration form below.

THEN pay the applicable registration fees online with your credit card OR your PayPal account using the payment form below.


You will receive email verification of both your online registration and payment.

No paper required.
OR PAPER REGISTRATION FORM

Pick up a paper form at our VGS Resource Centre, 
     OR     
Download and print our VGS 2016 Seminar Registration Form (in pdf format). - available soon

Complete the form.

Choose a payment option:
cheque, money order, cash (in person only) or online with your credit card OR PayPal.


+ DELIVERY OPTIONS

Choose a delivery method for your paper form and/or payment  ...

Drop off
at our
    VGS Resource Centre
    947 Alston Street, Victoria, BC
    (Cash is also accepted here)    
        
Mail to Victoria Genealogical Society
    Attention: Seminar Committee
    100 - 180 Wilson Street
    PO Box 45015, Westside PO
    Victoria, BC  V9A 0C3
    (No cash by mail, please)

 

ONLINE SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM

SEMINAR REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

PAY SEMINAR FEES ONLINE

SORRY - REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

 

LOCATION OF VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 2015

Our 2015 VGS Seminar will be held at St. Aidan’s Church Hall, 3703 St Aidan's Street, Victoria, BC,
not far from the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road in Victoria BC. 
PLEASE JOIN US on October 24, 2015.

 


2014 - NO SEMINAR HELD

 


2013 - AT A CROSSROADS: THE CELTIC CONNECTION

VGS ANNUAL GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 2013

AT A CROSSROADS: THE CELTIC CONNECTION
Where Do I Go From Here?

DATE: Saturday, OCTOBER 26, 2013
TIME: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

WHERE: Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) Business Centre,
Building #200, 4464 Markham St., Victoria, BC.

PAST EVENT - REGISTRATION CLOSED

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about our VGS SEMINAR

What is this? The Victoria Genealogical Society’s Annual Seminar, an opportunity to learn from the experts, meet others with similar research interests, have fun with friends, support genealogy, and so much more.

What will it be about? This seminar is for you if you:

  • Have repeated your Celtic (British, Irish, Scottish, or Welsh) research a few times in hopes of
    finding something different?
  • Wonder “what can I do now?”
  • Ask “where can I go from here?”
  • Have gotten bogged down and just lost your interest?

When is it? Saturday, October 26, 2013, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Who are the speakers and what will they be talking about?

  1. Eunice Robinson is Education Chair and a Director of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and Facilitator of the BCGS Irish Group. She is an entertaining speaker and has many years of Irish research experience.
  2. Lorraine Irving is a long time member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and an experienced researcher of UK records.

    Lorraine and Eunice often combine their expertise and collaborate. These experienced speakers will present joint sessions which will focus primarily on the similarities and differences of the records of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales as well as offer comparisons with Canadian and / or US records. The joint sessions will emphasize: Civil Registration - What is it and why do family historians pursue these records? This session will answer both of these questions plus provide tools to conduct a successful search for these records and understand the limitations that may exist. Census Records – Often referred to as “bridging documents” this session will address the value of census records. Discussion will include learning about various census, substitutions, and how to locate them.
  3. Scott Munro is an Adult Services Librarian from the Greater Victoria Public Library.
    Back by popular request, Scott will bring updates to the Technology Petting Zoo and the technological services available from the GVPL.
  4. John McLaren grew up on the north shore of the Thames estuary in Essex, England.  He is Professor Emeritus after 42 years of teaching law in Canada.  John has research interests in tort law, insurance law, Canadian and colonial legal history, social history of the law, legal education, and legal theory. He is the recipient of the 2005 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award, named for Canada’s former Governor General, by the Canadian Bar Association for services to legal education.
    John will speak on "Unlocking the Treasures of Scottish, British and Irish Wills".

Where is it being held?
Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) Business Centre,
Building #200, 4464 Markham St., Victoria, BC.
The VITP Business Centre is located at the main entrance of the Technology Park. There is ample FREE parking at the front of the building.

How do I get there?

  • By car: Parking is FREE on Saturdays! The easiest way to find the Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) is to go via West Saanich Road and Markham Street.
  • By Bus: There is no frequent bus transportation on the weekends. VGS members wishing a ride or able to provide a ride should indicate this on their registration forms.
  • Catching a ride: VGS members wishing a ride or able to provide a ride should indicate this on their registration forms.

What does it cost?

  • The Early Bird seminar fee is $65.00 for paid up VGS Members and $75.00 for non-members. Early Bird cut off is October 11, 2013.
  • After October 11 registration is $70.00 for members and $80.00 dollars for non-members.

What does the seminar fee include? The seminar fee Includes five sessions, lunch at the Hard Drive Café (on site), two (2) refreshment breaks and seminar handout materials.

Is advance registration necessary? Yes, advance registration by October 18, 2013 is required to allow space and meal planning.

Are registrations for half a day or partial days accepted? No

Can I cancel at the last minute if I have already registered? Registration may be cancelled with a 48 hour notice (by 9:00 AM on October 24, 2013); the registration fee, minus $15 will be refunded.

Can special dietary requirements be accommodated? Yes, this should be indicated on the registration form.

I have mobility concerns, will this be a problem? No, the VITP Business Centre is wheelchair accessible.

Where can I get a registration form and details about the seminar?

  • On the Victoria Genealogical Society website (on this page!) - download VGS Seminar registration form
  • At the Resource Centre, 947 Alston Street.
  • Receipt of the electronic copies of Members’ Update and Resourcefully Yours.

What do I do with the registration form and payment?
Payment is now being accepted by cheque, cash, or by credit card (online only).  Submit both your completed registration form and payment by the Oct 18th deadline using one of the following 3 methods:

1.  Mail to :

Victoria Genealogical Society
Attention Seminar Committee
100 – 180 Wilson Street
PO Box 45015, Westside PO
Victoria, BC Canada V9A 0C3 

(please don’t send cash in the mail)   ....  OR
2. Drop off at :

VGS Resource Centre
947 Alston Street
Victoria, BC    .... OR
3. Pay online using our "Buy Now" button :

Also submit your completed registration form by mail or drop off, or scan and email it to seminar@victoriags.org.

We use the secure Paypal services to process your payment online. You can use your credit card for this payment without opening a Paypal account. 
(1 transaction per person registering, please)

Can I register and pay at the door? No, pre-registration by October 18th is required for space and meal planning.

Still need additional information? Email seminar@victoriags.org

 


2012 - UPDATING THE BASICS

Our 2012 genealogy seminar was a enjoyed by all ...

VGS ANNUAL GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 2012

DATE: Saturday, OCTOBER 20, 2012
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

PLACE: Vancouver Island Technology Park,
Conference Centre
2201 - 4464 Markham Street, Saanich BC

THEME: UPDATING THE BASICS


Does your family history research need to be
Started?
Dusted off? Polished up?

Then this SEMINAR is for you!!!

Our speakers will be:
Eunice Robinson, Education Chair & Director of BC Genealogical Society, and BCGS Irish Group Facilitator
Sandra Gill, Professional Genealogist and researcher
Scott Munro, Adult Services Librarian, Greater Victoria Public Library

For further details, please download the following PDF documents:

2012 VGS Seminar Poster
2012 VGS Seminar FAQ Sheet
2012 VGS Seminar Registration Form
2012 VGS Seminar Program (revised 28 Sep 2012)

This year lunch will be served in a separate room.


 


2011 - GENEALOGICAL TREASURES & GOOGLE

Our 2011 seminar was a resounding success.  Here is what happened ...

Genealogy Treasures with Google LogoThe Victoria Genealogical Society
inviteD you to attend
our annual genealogy seminar

Saturday, October 29, 2011   ~   9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Vancouver Island Technology Park (Business Centre),
4464 Markham Street, Victoria BC Canada

Lisa Louise Cooke - VGS Seminar presenter.We are very happy to announce that our key presenter will be Lisa Louise Cooke, internationally acclaimed speaker, author, podcaster and family history expert.  Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy radio show available through her web site www.genealogygems.com and iTunes. You won't want to miss this popular speaker!

On October 29, 2011, Lisa will be delivering four lectures about the amazing online resources of Google:

  1. Google: Search Strategies & Tips
  2. Google: A Goldmine of Genealogy Gems
  3. Google Earth for Genealogy
  4. How to Create Captivating Family History Tours with Google Earth

Your day will include all 4 lectures and a delicious lunch, and tons of great information. 

VGS Members: $65   ~  Non-Members: $75 
Pre-registration is required   ~  VGS Seminar Registration Form

Please send your completed registration form and payment to:
Victoria Genealogical Society
Attention Seminar Committee
[address since changed]

Or drop it off at the VGS Resource Centre
947 Alston Street, Victoria, BC   ~  250-360-2808

For more detailed information, please download our VGS Seminar Poster and Registration Form (both in PDF format).

May thanks to our sponsors: Inn at Laurel Point, Geffen Gourmet Catering.



The Victoria Genealogical Society usually holds its annual genealogical seminar in October.
Our previous seminar was held on October 16, 2010.

Please contact us if you have ideas for future seminars
or wish to assist with organizing and/or volunteering at our next seminar event.