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Published On 9/9/2023
Effective September 2023, you now have 6 DAYS OF RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES each week at our VGS CENTRE.
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 7/26/2023
VGS member and Past President Ron Nicholson recently received the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at the July 20th Oak Bay Volunteer Services annual recognition event.

Ron qualified for his well-deserved medal as a long-time volunteer with the Black History Awareness Society, the Victoria Genealogical Society, and the Oak Bay Volunteers Services where he helps those in need with their taxes. Congratulations Ron!

For a link to the Oak Bay News article with photos, please read more ...
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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 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 10/9/2023
On Saturday, 7 October 2023, The Victoria Genealogical Society hosted an information booth at the Royal Oak Burial Park's 100th anniversary celebrations. It was a beautiful fall day to enjoy the treats and activities which included free guided tours by popular genealogist and author Dave Obee and historian John Adams. VGS volunteers were on hand to support the event and talk to visitors about all things genealogy.

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Published On 7/27/2023
Mike Woodcock, VGS Director and President of the Victoria Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, conducted a tour in Ross Bay Cemetery on Saturday, 22 Jul 2023 in celebration of BC UEL Day. Mike and others were dressed in period costumes, adding charm and flavour to the tour.

During his one-hour and well-attended tour, Mike focused on graves of UEL descendants from New Brunswick, providing photos and details of their lives and lineages as he led everyone around the cemetery.

The finale of the tour was the ceremonial unveiling of a new commemorative gravestone on the previously unmarked grave of U.E. Loyalist descendants William Delong and his wife Eleanor Bunnell, both from New Brunswick.

For more details and a link to more photos from this event, please read more ...
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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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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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