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

February 5
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Genealogy Classes
A series of classes on genealogical research will be held at the Bassett Historical Center on each Tuesday in February 2019. Genealogy 1 and Genealogy 2, offered on 5 February and 12 February respectively, are for those just beginning their family research and will cover the basics of research ...

February 21
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Virginia Genealogy Resources
This class will look at a selection of Virginia record groups useful for genealogical research.  Records discussed will include tax records, land records, and court chancery files.  Presented by Julie Bushong at the Culpeper County Library. Call (540) 825-8691 to register.

February 23
10:00 am
Nike Missile Site NY-53: A Case Study in Genealogical Research
On 22 May 1958, explosions rocked the Nike missile launch area of B Battery, 526th Antiaircraft Artillery Missile Battalion in Middletown, New Jersey, resulting in the deaths of ten men.  This presentation will detail the challenges and successes in the genealogical research of the ten victims. Presenter: Michael Donovan.  ...

February 23
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Connecting to Your Past: African American Genealogy Conference
Whether a beginner or well versed in genealogy, come learn techniques, find new resources, and acquire methods to expand and preserve your family tree. Keynote speaker, Dr. Natalie Robertson, will discuss her research for the book, The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Making of AfricaTown, USA.  We will be hosting ...

February 23
10:00 am
History, Records and Context: Research the Locations Your Ancestors Lived
History, Records and Context: Research the Locations Your Ancestors Lived at a meeting of the Fairfax County Genealogical Society. Each time we trace our ancestor to a new location we need to take time to learn about the history, geography, customs, and the records available. This help us to ...

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