Virginia Genealogical Society
Welcome

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
President
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 admin@vgs.org 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

January 15
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Finding Records of Claims Against the Federal Government.
Learn from Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, former Senior Archivist of the National Archives, about researching Federal Government claims as a means for gathering genealogical information.  Monthly meeting of Mount Vernon Genealogical Society.  Free and open to the public, no registration required. Visit http://www.mvgenealogy. org.

February 27
RootsTech 2019
RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City is open for registration. Promotional pricing is available until January 25, 2019. Go to www. rootstech.org for more information and to register.

April 13
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
VGS Spring Conference: Laws and 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 techniquies, and methodologies.  Registration at Eventbrite For More Information please see the Conference Brochure   ...

May 8
National Genealogical Society Family History Conference : Journey of Discovery
The NGS Family History Conference is your opportunity to choose from more than 150 lectures presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with more than 80 exhibitors, and network with more than 2,000 genealogists. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top ...

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