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.
Mary Vidlak


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.


Virginia Genealogical Society Announces
Spring Into Summer Book Sale!

From 1 June through 31 July 2020, select VGS publications will be deeply discounted. Order early as quantities are limited for some publications.

  • Cavaliers and Pioneers (C&P) Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Volumes 4 through 8 1732-1782
  • Index to Virginia Estates 1800-1865, Volumes 1 through 10
  • Index to West Virginia Estates Before 1866, Volumes 1 and 2
  • Charlotte County, Virginia, 1816-1850 Marriage Bonds & Ministers’ Returns (with additions to marriages, 1764-1815)
  • Claims Presented to the Court of Augusta 1782-1785
  • Death Notices from Richmond, Virginia, Newspapers, 1841-1853
  • Marriage Notices from Richmond, Virginia, Newspapers, 1841-1853
  • Middlesex County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds and Minister Returns, 1740-1852
Read more about the sale!
And More Discounted Books for our Members! 
In addition to our sale, VGS is also partnering with The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia to offer VGS members a 15% discount on the first three volumes of Cavaliers & Pioneers, covering the years 1623 through 1732, and a supplement covering Northern Neck Grants from 1690-1692. You can order these books through their website To obtain the discount code, VGS members should log in to the VGS website and select “Member Benefits” under “Member Login” in the column on the left side of the page. The code can be found under the third bullet point on the Member Benefits page. There you will find a link to the website of The Virginia Shop. This offer also runs from 1 June through 31 July.


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

June 1
VGS Spring into Summer Book Sale

July 6
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
GRIP is virtual in 2020.

July 19
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
GRIP is virtual in 2020.

July 21
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
MVGS Monthly Program
"Eastern European Research" Mary Ann Evan

July 26
IGHR 2020 Virtual Institute

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