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
Researching Communities: The Key to Unlocking Your Ancestors' Stories
On Saturday, 18 April 2020, VGS invites you to spend the day with Anne Gillespie Mitchell as she shares her knowledge of Ancestry research strategies.
Friday, 17 April 2020
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Guided Research (Free)
Conference Room C
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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, 18 April 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Lunch is included with registration.
VGS Members: $50
Non-members: $65
Researching Communities with Anne Gillespie Mitchell
  • Cluster, Huddle, or Flock: Research Strategies for Your Ancestors
  • Hidden Treasures at Ancestry
  • Your Ancestors' Civil War Experience
  • Clues in Death Records: Obits, Find a Grave and Other Death Records
Conference Hotel
Holiday Inn I-64 West End/Crossroads, 2000 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230
Reservations: call (804) 359-6061 or reserve online
Be sure to ask for the VGS conference rate.
For More Information please see the Conference Brochure


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.


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