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 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 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.

VGS is a registered trademark of the Virginia Genealogical Society.

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Upcoming Events

April 26
7:30 pm
Newspapers – More Than Just Notices and How to Find Them
Newspapers provide researchers more than birth, marriage and death notices.  The social side columns are insights into the life and times of our ancestors by showing reports family visits, anniversary parties, galas, local elections and of course tragedies like murders accidents.  Locating the local paper is the next step ...

April 27
10:00 am
House Histories: Why They Are Important, and Research Strategies for Early Colonial America Ancestor
Genealogy is made up of a variety of fields.  One of the lesser known research avenues is building histories.  The history of a home, business, or simple building can tell a researcher an amazing amount of information.  In this presentation, learn how to research the history of a building ...

April 30
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
What Your Chromosomes Can Tell You: Merging Genetics and Genealogy
Professional Genealogist, Shannon Combs-Bennett, will guide you through the DNA testing process for genealogy at the Alexandria Public Library. Are you curious about what your DNA can tell you about your family history? Do you have a family you are curious about? Maybe you have taken a DNA test ...

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 ...

May 8
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Resources fro Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress
An orientation class taught by reference librarians that is offered regularly.  It is designed as a basic introduction for genealogical researchers using the Library of Congress collections.  Each session includes an introduction to genealogical research: what it is and what it involves; the Local History and Genealogy resources and ...

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