Victoria Genealogical Society
GENEALOGY SEMINAR

VGS events are open to the general public as well as VGS members.
Please join us to learn more about genealogy and the pursuit of family history research.


Upcoming Seminar

VGS Genealogy Seminar 2016 - Making Sense of the Science: Deciphering Your DNA Results

2016 - VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR

MAKING SENSE OF THE SCIENCE: DECIPHERING YOUR DNA RESULTS

Saturday, October 29, 2016   ~   9:00 am to 5:00 pm
(NOTE: time is different from last year)

SOLD OUT - Waiting List Only: contact us at seminar@victoriags.org

St Leopold Mandic Church
4081 Gordon Head Road, Victoria BC

(NOTE: location is different from last year - see map)

SPEAKERS: Barbara Johnson, Merna Forster, Tim Duncan
SPECIAL OPENING SPEAKER: Wedlidi Speck

Lunch will be provided.  Free parking.

Email: seminar@victoriags.org
Download VGS 2016 Seminar poster (pdf format)

 

Last year’s DNA seminar inspired many of you to have your own and other family members’ DNA tested. But we have heard overwhelmingly that understanding the results is another matter altogether. Many of you find yourself scratching your heads in bewilderment at the dizzying array of numbers, names and lists that you received. Or you’ve been sent a long list of “cousin matches”, DNA Circles, or Chromosome Display Tools, but have no idea what they mean or how to use them to find actual family connections.

If your DNA results haven’t proven to be the treasure trove of information you were hoping for, then please join the Victoria Genealogical Society for a day of DNA discovery! Three dynamic and knowledgeable speakers will help you understand how to uncover the exciting clues that could be hiding in your test results.


SEMINAR SPEAKERS, 2016

BARBARA JOHNSON
Barbara Johnson has worn many hats throughout her life, and has worked as a teacher, scientist, and Park Ranger.  She joins extensive scientific training with a natural ability to present complex ideas in a simple way, and returns to help us through the complex and exciting world of DNA testing and understanding your results.

MERNA FORSTER
Merna Forster is an historian and author of the books "100 Canadian Heroines" and "100 More Canadian Heroines", and is Executive Director of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project at the University of Victoria.  Merna will share her story of discovering African American relatives in the Deep South through DNA testing.

TIM DUNCAN
Tim Duncan is currently the Administrator of the Clan Donnachaidh DNA Project.  A retired National Park Service Ranger and a lifelong genealogist, Tim will demonstrate how to use male Y-chromosome testing as a tool in family history research, drawing upon his personal research as well as the Clan DNA project.  www.clandonnachaidhdna.org

 

SPONSORS & PRIZES

Again this year we have a long list of wonderful sponsors, door prizes and early bird draw prizes. Here are just some of the exciting offers:

  • Early Bird Draws: one free seminar ticket each for one new VGS member and one renewing member who join or renew VGS by August 31st
  • Two seminar attendees who already have their DNA results AND register for the seminar by September 30th can choose to be placed in a draw to have their results analyzed during the seminar by speaker Barbara Johnson
  • A 1-on-1 analysis of your DNA results with Barbara will be a given to one lucky door prize winner at the Seminar
  • A closed Q&A by donation (proceeds to VGS) will be held at the Resource Centre the day after the seminar, with seminar presenter Tim Duncan. Tim, of the Clan Donnachaidh DNA Project, will answer your questions and help you with your DNA results. The event is closed to 20 Seminar attendees (selected by draw).
  • Sponsors and door prizes: we have a long list of door prizes to give away again this year that value almost $3000. Prizes include:
    • 3 1year World Memberships from FindMyPast
    • 4 Sunday Walking Tour passes from the Old Cemeteries Society
    • 3 MyHeritage subscriptions
    • 2 World Memberships from Ancestry
    • 1 DNA kit from FamilyTreeDNA
    • admissions tickets to Craigdarroch Castle
    • a 1 year Genealogy Gems Premium Membership
    • Other sponsors include the dna store, ScotlandsPeople, Market on Yates and more

VGS Genealogy Seminar 2016 Sponsor Logos

 

SEMINAR FEES, 2016

Options & Deadlines VGS Members (Canadian $) VGS Non-Members (Canadian $)
EARLY BIRD - On or before Sept 24, 2016 $80.00 $90.00
STANDARD - On or after Sept 25, 2016 $90.00 $100.00
  • Admission is not guaranteed until payment in full is received.
  • Cancellations will be accepted no later than midnight, Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
        The fee less $20 administration costs will be refunded.
  • Registrations for partial day are NOT accepted.

FEES INCLUDE:

  • Seminar sessions by 3 speakers
  • Beverages (coffee, tea and water), plus 2 refreshment breaks
  • Lunch (vegetarian and gluten free options available)
  • Handout materials

SEMINAR REGISTRATION & PAYMENT OPTIONS, 2016

SOLD OUT - Waiting List Only: contact us at seminar@victoriags.org

It's easy to sign up for our 2016 VGS Genealogy Seminar. All you need to do is submit a completed registration form AND payment of the appropriate registration fee. 

For your convenience, we provide several registration and payment options:

REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE

First complete the online seminar registration form below.

THEN pay the applicable registration fees online with your credit card OR your PayPal account using the payment form below.


You will receive email verification of both your online registration and payment.

No paper required.
OR    PAPER REGISTRATION

Pick up a paper registration form at our VGS Resource Centre, 
     OR     
Download and print our VGS 2016 Seminar Registration Form (in pdf format).

Complete the form.

Choose a payment option:
cheque, money order,     
or cash (in person only)             
      OR
online with your credit card OR PayPal.


+   PAPER DELIVERY OPTIONS

Choose a delivery method for your paper form and/or payment  ...

Drop off
at our
    VGS Resource Centre
    947 Alston Street, Victoria, BC
    (Cash is also accepted here)    
             OR
Mail to Victoria Genealogical Society
    Attention: Seminar Committee
    100 - 180 Wilson Street
    PO Box 45015, Westside PO
    Victoria, BC  V9A 0C3
    (No cash by mail, please)

 

ONLINE SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM

SOLD OUT - Waiting List Only: contact us at seminar@victoriags.org

 

PAY SEMINAR FEES ONLINE

SOLD OUT - Waiting List Only: contact us at seminar@victoriags.org

 

LOCATION OF VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR, 2016

NOTE: Different location than last year.

Our 2016  VGS Seminar will be held at St Leopold Mandic Church, 4081 Gordon Head Road, Victoria BC,
north of the University of Victoria on the corner of Gordon Head Road and Lifton Place.

PLEASE JOIN US on October 29, 2016.


St Leopold Mandic Church Location

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Questions?  Still need additional information?
Email seminar@victoriags.org.