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

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

October 23
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Overview of the NEHGS and the NYG&BS Websites and Resources
Presenter Amy Breedlove will describe what is available at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society in Boston and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York.  She will discuss the websites of the two organizations and how to get the best out of them.  Registration required ...

October 24
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
Every year, the National Archives hosts a virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on Federal records for all skill levels. No fee or registration required.

October 24
7:30 pm
German Ancestors: You CAN cross "der See"
At the monthly meeting of the Montgomery County Historical Society Pamela Loos-Noji will discuss a set of books detailing all the parishes of Germany and the use of online resources to get you back several generations (or more) in Germany.   Cost: $5.00 for non-members.  No registration required.

October 26
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Digging Pennsylvania Roots from your Desktop
It’s estimated that one in four Americans has “Keystone State” roots.  Much Pennsylvania research – from church records to land documents to courthouse filings – can be done remotely.  Learn to get much of your genealogy done without setting foot in Pennsylvania.  Presenter: James M. Beidler.  Fairfax Genealogical Society ...

October 27
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Genealogy in the Digital Age
The Fairfax Genealogical Society Fall Fair will include presentations by speaker James Beidler on the topics of digitized book databases and newspaper research.   Cost: $45.00-55.00.  Registration required.

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