Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS)

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are formed by VGS members with similar interests and research objectives, who participate in small, focused meetings and discussions at the VGS Learning and Research Centre.  All VGS members are welcome to attend any VGS SIG meeting for free as a benefit of membership.  Groups usually range in size from 4 to 10 or more people.

Most SIGs schedule regular monthly meetings at the VGS Learning and Research Centre from September to June - see the following SIG schedule.  Others groups function more as user support networks, where members stay connected via phone and email.  Each SIG leader handles reminder notices differently but many maintain contact lists of interested members (for SIG use only).

If you are a VGS member in good standing and are interested in joining any of the SIGs listed below, please contact the SIG Director - - who will put you in touch with the appropriate group leader, OR contact the individual SIG leader directly using the contact information below.

Also contact us if your research interests are not covered by the existing groups and we will do our best to include you in an existing group or create a new one.


VGS SIGs - Monthly Schedule

The Genealogy Learning & Research Centre
Pennbridge Building, Royal Oak Shopping Centre
#209 - 4475 Viewmont Ave., Victoria, BC

Meeting schedules my be disrupted due to stat holidays or other other reasons.
Any variations in meeting dates are announced in our e-bulletins,
or members will be contacted directly when possible..


Sept - June Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st Week  
2nd Week USA
*** NEW DAY ***
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
  VGS Monthly
Speaker Series
Meetings - 7:30 pm
[St Aidan's Church] **
3rd Week DNA
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm
11:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4th Week     ONTARIO
10:00 am - noon
10:00 am - noon

** NOTE: Our monthly VGS "Speaker Series" General Meetings are now held at
see our VGS meetings page for details.


SIG & User Group Descriptions

Groups are listed alphabetically. 
Dates and times are summarized on the above schedule.


CELTIC - Meets on the third Tuesday afternoon of each month. Discussions will benefit those who are tracing their ancestry in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England. Join us at VGS Genealogy Learning and Research Centre from 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm.

     SIG Leader: [VACANT]


DNA - Meets on the third Monday evening of each month.  Learn, share, and contribute your experiences with DNA genealogical testing and research.  Or come to learn more about your options if you haven't yet had your DNA tested.

     SIG Coordinator: Sheila Webber        SIG email list: Claudia Boorman


EASTERN EUROPEAN Special Interest Group. This group was started in 2009. Countries include Romania, Belarus, Czeckoslovakia, Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, Herzagovina.
This group now meets my email only.

     SIG Leader: Sarah Hamster


ENGLAND - The England SIG welcomes all members who are researching their family history in all parts of England.  Meetings are held at the VGS Genealogy Learning and Research Centre on the fourth Thursday of each month  from 10:00 am - noon.

     SIG Leader: Heather Shave


IRISH - The Irish SIG welcomes all members who are researching their family history in Ireland.  Meetings are held at the VGS Genealogy Learning and Research Centre on the third Friday of each month  from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

     SIG Leader: Barb Doell


ONTARIO - More than half of Society members have family history connections with Ontario. This group meets at 10:00 am on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the afternoon.

     SIG Leader: Gerry Poulton


USA - NEW DAY EFFECTIVE SEPT 2017: The meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 10:00 am (unless rescheduled for stat holidays).

     SIG Leader: Pat Rosson




User groups do not usually hold regular meetings.  Instead they offer help and support to members as needed or requested, usually via phone or email.

MAC AND REUNION USER GROUP does not meet formally, but does offer support and help to Mac and Reunion (family tree software) users on genealogy matters, either by phone, by email, or in person as needed.

     Facilitator: Claudia Boorman



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