VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
~ WE COVER THE WORLD ~

The Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS) was established in 1978.
We are located in Victoria BC Canada.

OUR MISSION: To support and promote family history research in Victoria,
across Canada and around the world.

Happy New Year 2020; Together let's grow our family trees this year

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The Genealogy Learning and Research Centre, Victoria Genealogical Society

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COVID-19 CHANGES:

VGS Centre Opening "By Appointment Only" - contact librarian@victoriags.org

(protocols in place)


VGS Events now being scheduled ONLINE via Eventbrite and Zoom.


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Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS)
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

News bulletins and announcements from VGS and beyond.

 

Merry Christmas from the Victoria Genealogical Society


GIVE THE GIFT OF GENEALOGY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Posted  5 Dec 2021


The Victoria Genealogical Society is excited to offer you
all the benefits of membership at half the price!

Single memberships can now be purchased for $30
and family memberships for only $42.50

Here are just a few of the amazing benefits of joining the VGS!

Free access to speaker series events
Free access to special interest groups on your favourite topics
Free access to the Ancestry and FindmyPast library editions at the VGS Centre
Discounted cost for VGS workshops

Buy it for yourself or buy it for a friend; just make sure you don't miss out on this amazing deal!

These deeply discounted memberships are valid
through May 31 2022, the end of the VGS membership year

USE OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW
and SELECT ONE OF THE "PRORATED" MEMBERSHIP TYPES

If you have any questions please contact Mark Thompson,
the VGS Membership Director, at membership@victoriags.org

 

VGS VIRTUAL GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 11 December 2021

Posted  18 Oct 2021

VGS Virtual Genealogy Seminar - 11 Dec 2021 

For more details, please visit our Seminar page.

 

GENEALOGY THIS FALL WITH VGS

Posted  25 Aug 2021

With our summer break coming to an end soon, Monica has begun to schedule an exciting lineup of genealogy workshops starting September 25. A few workshops are now open for registration. Visit our workshop page for full details.

Further details on our free Speaker Series presentations and additional paid workshops will be published as soon as they are finalized.

When registering for VGS events this Fall, VGS members should enter our NEW promo code (published in last week's green Members e-Newlsetter email) to receive their members discount.

Our VGS Research and Learning Centre is open by appointment only as we continue to monitor the ever changing pandemic guidelines and restrictions. To book an appointment, please contact Cathie by email at librarian@victoriags.org

Our new VGS membership year started on June 1. If you have been a member in the past and have let your membership lapse, you will not have received our latest green Members e-newsletter that was sent out last week. We welcome new and returning members to VGS at any time of the year.

Please visit our membership page for further information on how to join or renew, if you haven't already done so.

We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead!
We really appreciate your support!

 

DAVE OBEE’S UPCOMING PRESENTATION AND BOOK SALE

Posted  10 May 2021

On Thursday evening, May 13, Dave Obee will be our guest speaker for the monthly Speaker Series meeting. His talk, "SQUIGGLY LINES AND SPIT: How DNA is Changing Family History Research", will use examples from his own family, and the finds he has made because of genetic genealogy.

Registration is required for this free private event; a registration link is provided to VGS members and subscribers in our weekly VGS email bulletins.

Dave also has books for sale to VGS members. The selection includes his own books and some that you might not have seen before (including some on DNA). Once again, he is offering contact-free pickup, and will donate $1 to the VGS for every book sold this week. To check the list of books available, go to http://www.daveobee.com/vgs.html

 

TWO MORE VGS WORKSHOPS NOW SCHEDULED FOR JUNE

Posted  10 May 2021

A MESSAGE FROM OUR AWESOME VGS EVENTS TEAM

Much of the past year has been unusual to say the least. And the last workshops for the VGS this season are following that trend! Due to some scheduling issues, we have an unusual lag until our final two VGS workshops for the season. The next few weeks will not have workshops but we'll be back to offer the final two on June 12 and June 26.

One is a perennial favourite - Gerry Poulton's Ancestry.com Search Strategies which we manage to fill over and over due to its popularity! The other is a brand new offering to the VGS - Diane Rogers' Saving Time & Energy in Cyberspace: Free Tools & Strategies for Managing, Sharing and Preserving your Genealogy Online and Off.

Both workshops are being given by veteran presenters and will provide a wealth of information and hints for getting the most out of your research.

The society will then take a break on workshops for July and August, but we will be back at it in the fall so keep an eye on the website and newsletters! Thank you for all your support of the Victoria Genealogical Society.

 

NEW VGS MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE

Posted  3 May 2021

It's membership renewal time, and there has never been a better time to join the Victoria Genealogical Society.

The VGS is proud to offer annual memberships to suit a variety of needs and interests. Memberships are effective from June 1 through May 31 of next year.

On top of our regular single and family memberships, the VGS is now offering DNA Memberships as well. This innovative new membership package was created to support the explosion of interest in DNA-related genealogy research.

Through an exclusive partnership with Ancestry Canada, the VGS is now able to offer a 30% discount for this membership. The DNA Membership includes: an annual VGS membership, an ancestry DNA kit, and two workshops designed to support new DNA researchers with submitting and using their first Ancestry DNA kit.

If you’ve always wondered how to get started with DNA-based research, this is a fantastic way to get started. This membership is for both new and renewing members who are interested in augmenting their genealogy research with their first DNA kit.

The DNA membership is a limited time offering, so order this membership today.

Click here to order or renew your VGS membership today.

 

OUR NEW MEMBERSHIP YEAR IS FAST APPROACHING

Posted  12 Apr 2021

Mark Thompson, our new VGS Director responsible for memberships, has asked me to remind all VGS members that it is nearly time to renew your VGS membership for next year.

Membership renewals are beginning in a few weeks, at the start of May. This will give existing members a full month to renew their membership for next year before they expire at the end of May.

People interested in joining the VGS for the first time will be invited to purchase their membership at the same time.

The workshop schedule for next membership year is already filling in, with many great learning opportunities for people of all experience levels.

While the VGS looks forward to having in-person workshops start up again, we have decided to continue to offer workshops by Zoom. This will not only keep us all safe and healthy in the short term, it will also allow us to continue to offer workshops to both members and non-members who live outside of Victoria.

The VGS is planning some great new deals for our members next year that we can’t wait to tell you about. Please watch the VGS newsletter for the full details.


APRIL 8 2021 REVISED SPEAKER AND TOPIC

Posted  31 Mar 2021

Our free monthly VGS presentation scheduled for April 8th has a new speaker and topic.

The original speaker and topic for April 8 has been cancelled, so IF you previously registered for that event, you will now need to re-register.

You can find further details and the  link to register for this private free event in your recent VGS email newsletters.

We are grateful to VGS Member Lois Thompson for rescheduling her presentation "Gross Ile and the Celtic Cross", to be presented Aug 8, 2021 VIA ZOOM :

Grosse Ile was Quebec City's quarantine station for 105 years and saw over 4,000,000 immigrants prior to their embarking on a new life. The island was the last barrier to stop infectious diseases from entering Canada. Lois will walk you through the history of Grosse Ile, the tragic year of 1847 and how the quarantine station adapted as new ideas regarding infection control were accepted.

Lois will lean on her personal experience to add a unique perspective to a part of history that touched two-thirds of all European immigrants coming to Canada between 1832 and 1937. Grosse Ile is also home to the largest Celtic cross in North America as well as to the largest Irish famine burial site outside of Ireland. The site is run by Parks Canada and is twinned with the Famine Museum in Dublin, Ireland.

Lois Thompson has been a member of the Victoria Genealogy Society for over 10 years. She is an avid student of history and enjoys mixing travel with family history. During her working life, she was a public speaker and presenter for numerous organizations including Tourism Victoria.

 

 

SPECIAL OFFER FOR FIRST TIME MEMBERS

Posted  19 Jan 2021

If you have never been a VGS member, we hope this
special VGS Trial Membership offer will appeal to you.

VGS Memberships at Reduced Rates
SINGLE: $30 ~ FAMILY: $45
and your membership will be valid until May 31, 2021.

It's an excellent opportunity for you to experience the
many benefits of joining the Victoria Genealogical Society!

WE WOULD LOVE TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR SOCIETY.
Take advantage of this special trial membership
for first time members.


PLEASE VISIT OUR VGS MEMBERSHIP SIGNUP PAGE

 




VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
~ LEARNING TOGETHER ~

The Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS), located in Victoria BC Canada,
was established in 1978 as a non-profit, volunteer-run society.
 
VGS's first aim is to further the study of genealogy -
the exciting search for one's ancestors and family history.

Our VGS Learning and Research Centre contains a a unique collection,
plus access to ancestry.com
to help you with your genealogy research.

Are you interested in researching your heritage and family tree?
Are you looking for others who share your enthusiasm for genealogy?
Are you looking for resources and help with your genealogy research?

We can help!  Learn more about us.  We hope you'll join us!






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