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 Resource Centre. Groups range in size from 4 to 10 or more people.

Most SIGs schedule regular monthly meetings at the VGS Resource Centre from September to June - see the following SIG schedule.  Others groups function more as user support networks, and members stay connected via phone and email.

If you are a new member looking for a SIG to join, please contact the SIG Director at , who will put you in touch with the appropriate group leader. If your research interests are not covered by the existing groups let us know and we will do our best to include you in an existing group or create a new one.


VGS SIGs - Monthly Meeting Schedule

VGS SIG meetings are held at the VGS Resource Centre
947 Alston Street, Victoria BC
unless noted otherwise.

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

Meeting calendar dates or variations are announced at each General Meeting.


Sept - June Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st Week   USA
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
2nd Week     VGS Monthly
Speaker Series
SERIES - 7:30 pm
3rd Week DNA
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(no meeting on Easter
Monday - Apr 17, 2017)
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm
11:00 pm - 1:00 pm
4th Week     ONTARIO
10:00 am - noon
10:00 am - noon


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 Resource Centre from 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm.

     SIG Leader: [VACANT]


DNA - Meets on the third Monday evening of each month starting January 16, 2016.  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 Watts


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 Library (Resource 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 Library (Resource 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 - The meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am.

     SIG Leader: [VACANT]



User groups do not 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 users by phone, by email, or in person as needed.

     Facilitator: Claudia Boorman

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