Virginia Genealogical Society

Welcome to the new website of the Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS)! We are delighted to share our new look with you. Our hope is this site will make it easier for you to find resources to tell the story of your family. Whether or not you are a Society member, we invite you to explore our site.
If you are a member of our Society, please take advantage of content and features which are only offered to members. For example, the new Surname Research feature gives you an opportunity to share information with other members who are researching a common surname. You may find you share an ancestor with one (or more) of our over fifteen hundred members!
We encourage you to check back often as we add exciting new content. Our website also includes continual updates of genealogical and historical events scheduled in the Commonwealth.  Let us know what you think. Thanks for stopping by.
Mary Vidlak
Virginia Genealogical Society

VGS Spring Conference
Laws & Wars that Impacted Your Virginia Ancestor
The Virginia Genealogical Society's Spring Conference and Annual Meeting will feature Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL (aka The Legal Genealogist) and Craig Scott MA, CG, FUGA as they share knowledge on genealogical records, research techniques, and methodologies. 
Friday, 12 April 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Guided Research (Free)
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 
This program is free and open to the public.  Experienced researchers will be available to answer questions, provide individual assistance to beginners, and offer strategies for solving difficult genealogical problems.
Guided Research Consultation Form
Saturday, 13 April 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Four Points by Sheraton-Richmond Airport
4700 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231
Buffet lunch is included with registration.
Before 2 April 2019
VGS Members: $44
Non-members: $55
After 1 April 2019
VGS Members: $54
Non-members: $65
Track 1: Finding Your Ancestors in the laws of the Old Dominion with Judy Russell
  • From the White Lion to the Emancipation Proclamation - Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War
  • Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events
  • "Crows Heads, or Squirrels Scalps": Early Virginia Laws
  • "To the Honorable, the General Assembly" - The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions
Track 2: Researching Your Virginia Ancestors' Military Records with Craig Scott
  • Researching Your Colonial Wars Ancestor
  • Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor
  • Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor
  • Researching Your Civil War Ancestor
For More Information please see the Conference Brochure

Members Login
VGS Members may login to access Members-Only content by selecting Member Login on the left menu or clicking here.  For those members that have provided VGS with your email address, instructions will be emailed for logging in to the site by 1 October. If you do not received an email, please forward your email address to and the instructions will be sent.
Instructions and other information on the website are included in the September/October issue of The VGS Newsletter.
If you're not a member, consider joining VGS for full access to all of the information available to members and other benefits.

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Upcoming Events

January 19
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Breaking Down Brick Walls
Round Table Event at the monthly meeting of the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society. 

January 22
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Intermediate Genealogy Series: Ancestry DNA
Contact the Danville Public Library at (434) 799-5195 for more information or to register.

January 25
7:30 pm
Finding Your Ancesstors in Unindexed Records in FamilySearch
Seventy-seven percent of the records in the FamilySearch website are not yet indexed! So, how do you find your ancestors? This session, at a meeting of the Fairfax Genealogical Socity, will give specific instructions to access the records “hidden” in the Catalog and “Unindexed Historical Records” sections of the ...

January 26
10:00 am
The Family Tree: Crowdsourcing and Collaborating to Memorialize Your Ancestors
The collaborative nature of the Family Tree allows an ancestor’s descendants to work together to create a unique “ancestor page.” Vital statistics with the requisite supporting documentation create the backbone of an ancestral profile, but photos and stories bring him/her to life. This session, hosted by the Fairfax Genealogical ...

January 29
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Intermediate Genealogy Series: Courthouse Research
Contact the Danville Public Libarary at (434) 799-5195 for more information and to register.

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