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 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.


VGS Fall Conference
Finding Your Hidden Ancestors Using Research Essentials
On Saturday, 19 October 2019, VGS invites you to spend the day with Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, and Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL, as they share their knowledge of genealogical resources, research techniques, and methodologies.
Friday, 18 October 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Guided Research (Free)
Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)
Earl Gregg Swem Library
William & Mary College
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, 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, 19 October 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saint Bede Catholic Church
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Lunch is included with registration.
VGS Members: $50
Non-members: $65
Track 1: Finding Hidden and Disappearing Americans with Thomas W. Jones
  • Finding "Unfindable" Ancestors
  • Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was (Some Reliable and Others Not Reliable)
  • Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages
  • Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor
Track 2: It's All About Land and Research Essentials with Rebecca Whitman Koford
  • Research Logs, Research Plans, and Timelines: Write or Regret It!
  • State-Land-State Deed Records 101: Understand, Mapping and Finding Patterns
  • Land Records: Rich Resources for your Research
  • Military Bounty-Land Records: Revolution to Mexican War
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.
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

May 21
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Finding a German Heimat (Hometown or Village) Online
Learn from German genealogy specialist Jim Beidler about how to trace your German roots online. Monthly meeting of Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Free, open to the public, No registration required. Visit

May 22
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spring Seminar: German Genealogy
Sessions include Contrasting German Migrations: 18th Century vs. 19th Century Waves; Zigzagging Through German Church Records; German for Genealogists; What’s a Palatine Anyway? Presenter: James Beidler.  Cost: $20-$35. Registration required.

June 1
11:00 am
Genealogical Databases and Websites
Learn to use Ancestry and other online databases and websites for genealogical research. Note: Bring your laptop or tablet. Seating limited to 45. Sponsored by the Sargeant Memorial Collection.  Registration required.  

June 3
7:00 pm
Family History Writing SIG (FxGS SIG Events)
Come to the meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated in family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward. If you wish ...

June 3
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
African American Genealogy Study Group
Join fellow genealogists researching African American ancestors in this study group facilitated by Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian for the Fairfax County Public Library. Share your brick walls and research success stories. We’ll learn from each other! Registration, which opens May 6th, is appreciated. Ideas? Questions? Concerns? Don’t hesitate to ...

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