Virginia Genealogical Society

Welcome to the website of the Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS)! We hope 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, features, and special offers which are only offered to members. For example, the Surname Research feature gives you an opportunity to share information with other members who are researching a common surname. You may discover you share an ancestor with one (or more) of our over fifteen hundred members! I'm certainly hoping this helps me find some new cousins. 
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.
Nicki Peak Birch, CG


Death of John Frederick Dorman
It is with regret that VGS announces the death of John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS, on 26 November 2021 at age 93. Fred was the only child of John Frederick and Sue Carpenter (Miller) Dorman. His father was the child of German immigrants, but it was through his mother’s colonial mid-Atlantic ancestry that Fred developed his lasting interest in Virginia genealogy. Fred was an award-winning member of the Virginia Genealogical Society, becoming a "VGS Fellow" in 1995 and receiving the Virginia Records Award (VRA) in 2006. A more-extensive obituary can be found here:

2022 Spring Conference
Save the Date!  VGS's Spring Conference has gone virtual and will be held April 23.  More information to come!

What's New
The "What's New" section of our website is the place to find great information on society news and events. 

Statement from VGS
Events of the past months sadly demonstrate that as a society we have fallen short in our commitment to social responsibility, justice, and anti-racism. The Virginia Genealogical Society reaffirms our commitment to our mission of promoting family history education and research—no matter how painful acknowledging that past and the role Virginia has played in shaping that history may be. We recognize that every individual is unique and valuable and every life has a story that must be told. We will continue to provide the information and skills that will bring those stories to light. Going forward we will look for ways to further promote diversity and inclusion within our organization. We are stronger as a nation because of the rich mosaic of our past.


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.


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Upcoming Events

February 9
7:00 pm
Finding Descendants of Pre-Civil War African American Families in Virginia
Join us on 9 February 2022 at 7:00 p.m. EST for “Finding Descendants of Pre-Civil War African American Families in Virginia” presented by Char McCargo Bah. Registration is now open.

April 13
7:00 pm
Personal Records in Public Places
Join us on 13 April 2022 at 7:00 p.m. EST for “Personal Records in Public Places” presented by Mary O'Brien Vidlak, CG.   Registration will open approximatley 30 days before the webinar. The link to register will be posted here.

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