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.

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Upcoming Events

March 19
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tell Your Ancestor's Story by Writing, Documenting, and Sharing
Learn from genealogist Angela Packer McGhie about writing biographical sketches of your ancestors.  Monthly meeting of Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Free, open to the public, No registration required. Visit

March 20
5:00 pm
Latent Blood Detection and DNA Analysis of Samples Collected from an American Civil War Field Hospit
Presented by Dr. J. Thomas McClintock.  Please call (434) 846-0501 for more information.

March 21
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Virginia Genealogy Resources
This class will look at a selection of Virginia record groups useful for genealogical research.  Records discussed will include tax records, land records, and court chancery files.  Presented by Julie Bushong at the Culpeper County Library. Call (540) 825-8691 to register.

March 22
9:45 am to 4:00 pm
North Carolina Genealogical Society Virtual Conference
The conference will span two days and will include four lectures each day. No matter where in the world you are, if you have a good internet connection, you can register and attend this Virtual Conference..  Registration required.  $69.00-79.00. Download the 2019 NCGS Virtual Conference Flyer

March 22
7:30 pm
Tracking Very Common Names - Immigrant Origins of George Brown (1809-1862)
Presented by Kadri Kallikorm-Rhodes at the membership meeting of the Fairfax Genealogical Society. George Brown died in Union County, Ohio, in December 1862. For many years, nothing at all was known of his immigrant origins, aside from the fact that he had come from England as a young man. ...

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