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Published On 4/1/2023
Join us at the 2023 Victoria Highland Games, and support this local event.

VGS will be represented at the Heritage Tent on both May 21st and 22nd between 11:00 and noon, where VGS member Lois Chamberlain Thompson will be giving her presentation on her famous ancestor James "Dunty the Ghost" Porteous and the benefits of VGS membership. While there, wander and check out the various booths and enjoy the entertainment. We did not secure enough volunteers to have our own VGS tent at the Highland Games this year.

For a link to the Highland Games website, please ...
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Published On 1/14/2023
Have you checked out the Research menu on our website recently? That's where you can access our VGS Research Services, VGS Burial Index, VGS Library Catalogue, plus pages containing links to other websites that provide free genealogy research guides and records.

We have now added an International Genealogy links page to help you with your research. Don't miss the General Genealogy, British Columbia, and Canada genealogy links pages for other useful resources.

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Published On 12/7/2022
Effective December 2022

TUESDAY to SATURDAY (effective Sept 2022)
12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Safety protocols in place.
Schedule subject to volunteer availability and holidays.
Please phone first.
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Published On 10/19/2022
With the successful launch of our new VGS website on June 15, we have brought all of our online services together in one place. This is now the go-to place to find and register for events and to renew your membership.

Please login to your VGS account to:

- Register for VGS events and receive your discounted member-rate
- Sign up for SIGs by clicking on the SIGs link on your account profile page
- Monitor your membership status
- Update your contact information

If you need help with your research, our Research Services page is the place to start. Our online Store offers merchandise and service payment options. We now offer VGS blend ground coffee!

Don't forget to regularly check the Events Calendar and News sections for new postings.

Your feedback is welcome and appreciated. You can contact us by selecting the Web Site Support option in the contact form on our website.
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Event News

Published On 11/5/2022
For those involved in other organizations in the Great Victoria area and are looking for new ideas for their meeting presentations, why not book a VGS Ambassador to talk about genealogy at their event?

Our VGS Ambassador service is engaged in promoting genealogy and family history in our community, in person or via Zoom. Our most popular talks introduce people to the world of genealogy with basic tips to get the audience started on their own family trees.

For more information, or to book a speaker, please contact our VGS Ambassador Coordinator via our Contact Us form.
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Membership News

Published On 5/1/2023
With our VGS membership year ending 31 May 2023, current VGS members will be receiving their first membership renewal e-mail in mid-May. You will then be able to access your renewal link after logging into your VGS Member Account online.

For past members who have already expired, you can already login to renew your lapsed membership.
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Published On 6/22/2022
Thanks to the amazing support of our members, the 2022/2023 membership season is already setting records. We renewed 25% of last year’s members on the day the new website launched.

If you haven't renewed yet, please visit us at to signup or renew your membership.

Once a current or past member logs in to the website, renewing a membership is easy. They just need to click on the red “renew” link in the profile menu in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.

If you’ve never been a VGS member, you are invited to visit our website at and join the VGS by selecting the “Membership” menu and then choosing “New Member Signup.”

If you have any questions, please email Mark Thompson, VGS Membership Director via our Contact Us page.
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Fundraising News

Published On 6/10/2022
Please consider helping VGS when you shop for groceries at Fairway Market stores. VGS is now enrolled in the Fairway Market Community Card program. It's easy for members and non-members alike to participate. Pick up your free card at the Victoria Genealogy Learning and Research Centre.

Fairway Market donates 5% of all amounts loaded onto cards to VGS on a quarterly basis. You can spend 100% of the funds you load onto your card at Fairway Market (you lose nothing).

Thank you for your support of VGS!
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Published On 6/10/2022
Please consider helping VGS when you return your empty returnable cans and bottles to one of these three RETURN-IT bottle depot locations:
4261 Glanford Avenue
3961 Quadra Street
655 Queens Avenue


At the BEGINNING OF THE TRANSACTION, please ask them to apply your refund amount to the Victoria Genealogical Society's charitable account. They will send VGS a cheque once our account balance reaches $50 or more. Save your receipt and contact our VGS Treasurer if you want a charitable tax receipt from us.

Every bit helps!
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