The Virginia Genealogical Society, established in 1960, boasts a nationwide membership dedicated to four primary goals:
- to promote and foster family history education and research
- publish genealogical information
- provide educational opportunities
- share accumulated knowledge.
The Society encourages public awareness of family history and fosters research and understanding of genealogy through its publications and activities. Because many important research centers are already active in Richmond and throughout Virginia, the Society does not maintain its own research library. It does, however, provide a list of genealogists who research in local facilities.