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 2020 Conference
Last week we let you know that as a result of the coronavirus situation, the Library of Virginia cancelled all public programming through the end of April. As a result, we could not hold our spring conference scheduled for 18 April at that location. Over the weekend we looked into the possibility of having a virtual conference instead. After much consideration, we determined that pulling together a virtual conference in such a short period of time was not advisable. Therefore, our spring conference is cancelled. Registration fees will be refunded either through Eventbrite or by a check from the society depending on how payment was made.

Our annual meeting and election of the board was slated to take place at the spring conference. Due to the state and national emergency declarations, the board has decided that our best option is to hold the annual meeting at our fall conference. This is planned for 24 October in Fredericksburg, VA.  Information about this event will be sent out in the coming months.

We are sorry to take this step and hope to reschedule Anne Gillespie Mitchell sometime in the future. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

Charles A. "Chuck" Novak
It is with deep sorrow that we share with you the news that Charles A. “Chuck” Novak passed away Friday, 13 December after a brief illness. Chuck joined the VGS board in 1998, served as president of the society from 2001-2003, and was the vice president at the time of his death. Many of you know him from our conferences—he organized them beginning in 2010—and his many other roles. He was always quick to volunteer for whatever needed to be done. His passing leaves a tremendous void in the society. He will be missed.

VGS at the NGS 2019 Family History Conference
VGS is proud to announce that the National Genealogical Society's 2021 Family History Conference will be in Richmond, Virginia.
Virginia genealogist and historian George Harrison Sanford King (1914-1985), who was nominated by the Virginia Genealogical Society, was elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.
The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter won an honorable mention in the major genealogical society category in the 2019 newsletter competition.
See the What's New blog for details.


Members Login
VGS Members may login to access Members-Only content by selecting Member Login on the left menu or clicking here.
Instructions and other information on the website are included in the September/October 2018 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.


VGS is a registered trademark of the Virginia Genealogical Society.

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Upcoming Events

April 3
CANCELLED: Fairfax Genealogical Society 2020 Spring Conference
Keynote: "Coloring in the Lines of our Past..." by Shannon Combs-Bennett

April 17
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
CANCELLED: Guided Research (Free)

April 18
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
CANCELLED: Researching Communities: The Key to Unlocking Your Ancestors' Stories
VGS invites you to spend the day with Anne Gillespie Mitchell as she shares her knowledge of Ancestry research strategies.

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