Victoria Genealogical Society
PAST GENEALOGY SEMINARS

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.

 

Past VGS Seminars

2015 - CREATING CONNECTIONS THROUGH DNA

VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 2015

DNA Graphic Victoria Genealogical Society Seminar 2015 CREATING CONNECTIONS THROUGH DNA:
Genetic Genealogy in the Digital Age

DATE: Saturday, 24 OCTOBER, 2015
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

WHERE: St. Aidan’s Church Hall,
3703 St Aidan's Street, Victoria, BC.
see map below

Email: seminar@victoriags.org
Download VGS 2015 Seminar poster (pdf format)

 


SEMINAR REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

Have you seen the commercials about DNA testing and family history and wondered what it’s all about? Researching your family tree and wondering how DNA results can help you? Interested in DNA and genealogy but baffled by the science behind it and how to interpret results?

If so, then this seminar is for you! Join us as our expert speakers share their experience and knowledge of this increasingly popular genealogical tool, and answer your questions in terms we can all understand.

Registration fee provides admission to the day-long seminar including five sessions by three speakers, unlimited coffee, tea and water, lunch (vegetarian and gluten free options offered), two coffee/tea breaks, and handout materials. We will also have a variety of tables representing various societies, and a resource table with information on DNA and genealogy research.

Register below - only a limited number of seats left.

SEMINAR SPEAKERS

Barbara Johnson, speaker at VGS genealogy seminar, 24 Oct 2015

Barbara Johnson has a degree in Medical Microbiology, and has taught science both at elementary school and with Pacific Science Center. Barbara will present three sessions on the topic of DNA and genealogy, including the basics of DNA and how it works, what it brings to genealogy, and the pros and cons of the major DNA companies currently offering genealogical DNA testing.
Wedlidi Speck, VGS seminar speaker, 24 Oct 2015

Wedlidi Speck, a hereditary chief of the Namgis First Nation, is Director of Aboriginal Service Change with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. An accomplished speaker and storyteller, Wedlidi will present on his colourful journey with traditional genealogy, where mythology met DNA testing, and how this changed his world.
Stuart Rennie, VGS seminar speaker, 24 Oct 2015

Stuart Rennie is a Lawyer, Records and Information Management and Information Governance consultant as well as an Adjunct Professor at UBC in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Stuart will be discussing the important topic of the legal implications of DNA testing and results in genealogical research.

SEMINAR FEES

Options & Deadlines VGS Members (Canadian $) VGS Non-Members (Canadian $)
EARLY BIRD - On or before Sept 26, 2015 $80.00 $90.00
STANDARD - On or after Sept 27, 2015 $90.00 $100.00
  • Admission is not guaranteed until payment in full is received.
  • Cancellations will be accepted no later than midnight, Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The fee less $20 administration costs will be refunded.
  • Registrations for partial day are NOT accepted.
  • Registrations close on October 23, 2015 (the day before the seminar).

FEES INCLUDE:

  • 5 seminar sessions by 3 speakers
  • 2 refreshment breaks and lunch
  • Handout materials and resource table
  • Question and answer session with speaker Barbara Johnson

SEMINAR REGISTRATION & PAYMENT OPTIONS

It's easy to sign up for our 2015 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 FORM

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

Complete the form.

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


+ 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)    
        
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

SEMINAR REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

PAY SEMINAR FEES ONLINE

SORRY - REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

 

LOCATION OF VGS GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 2015

Our 2015 VGS Seminar will be held at St. Aidan’s Church Hall, 3703 St Aidan's Street, Victoria, BC,
not far from the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road in Victoria BC. 
PLEASE JOIN US on October 24, 2015.

 


2014 - NO SEMINAR HELD


2013 - AT A CROSSROADS: THE CELTIC CONNECTION

VGS ANNUAL GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 2013

AT A CROSSROADS: THE CELTIC CONNECTION
Where Do I Go From Here?

DATE: Saturday, OCTOBER 26, 2013
TIME: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

WHERE: Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) Business Centre,
Building #200, 4464 Markham St., Victoria, BC.

PAST EVENT - REGISTRATION CLOSED

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about our VGS SEMINAR

What is this? The Victoria Genealogical Society’s Annual Seminar, an opportunity to learn from the experts, meet others with similar research interests, have fun with friends, support genealogy, and so much more.

What will it be about? This seminar is for you if you:

  • Have repeated your Celtic (British, Irish, Scottish, or Welsh) research a few times in hopes of
    finding something different?
  • Wonder “what can I do now?”
  • Ask “where can I go from here?”
  • Have gotten bogged down and just lost your interest?

When is it? Saturday, October 26, 2013, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Who are the speakers and what will they be talking about?

  1. Eunice Robinson is Education Chair and a Director of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and Facilitator of the BCGS Irish Group. She is an entertaining speaker and has many years of Irish research experience.
  2. Lorraine Irving is a long time member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and an experienced researcher of UK records.

    Lorraine and Eunice often combine their expertise and collaborate. These experienced speakers will present joint sessions which will focus primarily on the similarities and differences of the records of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales as well as offer comparisons with Canadian and / or US records. The joint sessions will emphasize: Civil Registration - What is it and why do family historians pursue these records? This session will answer both of these questions plus provide tools to conduct a successful search for these records and understand the limitations that may exist. Census Records – Often referred to as “bridging documents” this session will address the value of census records. Discussion will include learning about various census, substitutions, and how to locate them.
  3. Scott Munro is an Adult Services Librarian from the Greater Victoria Public Library.
    Back by popular request, Scott will bring updates to the Technology Petting Zoo and the technological services available from the GVPL.
  4. John McLaren grew up on the north shore of the Thames estuary in Essex, England.  He is Professor Emeritus after 42 years of teaching law in Canada.  John has research interests in tort law, insurance law, Canadian and colonial legal history, social history of the law, legal education, and legal theory. He is the recipient of the 2005 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award, named for Canada’s former Governor General, by the Canadian Bar Association for services to legal education.
    John will speak on "Unlocking the Treasures of Scottish, British and Irish Wills".

Where is it being held?
Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) Business Centre,
Building #200, 4464 Markham St., Victoria, BC.
The VITP Business Centre is located at the main entrance of the Technology Park. There is ample FREE parking at the front of the building.

How do I get there?

  • By car: Parking is FREE on Saturdays! The easiest way to find the Vancouver Island Technology Park (VITP) is to go via West Saanich Road and Markham Street.
  • By Bus: There is no frequent bus transportation on the weekends. VGS members wishing a ride or able to provide a ride should indicate this on their registration forms.
  • Catching a ride: VGS members wishing a ride or able to provide a ride should indicate this on their registration forms.

What does it cost?

  • The Early Bird seminar fee is $65.00 for paid up VGS Members and $75.00 for non-members. Early Bird cut off is October 11, 2013.
  • After October 11 registration is $70.00 for members and $80.00 dollars for non-members.

What does the seminar fee include? The seminar fee Includes five sessions, lunch at the Hard Drive Café (on site), two (2) refreshment breaks and seminar handout materials.

Is advance registration necessary? Yes, advance registration by October 18, 2013 is required to allow space and meal planning.

Are registrations for half a day or partial days accepted? No

Can I cancel at the last minute if I have already registered? Registration may be cancelled with a 48 hour notice (by 9:00 AM on October 24, 2013); the registration fee, minus $15 will be refunded.

Can special dietary requirements be accommodated? Yes, this should be indicated on the registration form.

I have mobility concerns, will this be a problem? No, the VITP Business Centre is wheelchair accessible.

Where can I get a registration form and details about the seminar?

  • On the Victoria Genealogical Society website (on this page!) - download VGS Seminar registration form
  • At the Resource Centre, 947 Alston Street.
  • Receipt of the electronic copies of Members’ Update and Resourcefully Yours.

What do I do with the registration form and payment?
Payment is now being accepted by cheque, cash, or by credit card (online only).  Submit both your completed registration form and payment by the Oct 18th deadline using one of the following 3 methods:

1.  Mail to :

Victoria Genealogical Society
Attention Seminar Committee
100 – 180 Wilson Street
PO Box 45015, Westside PO
Victoria, BC Canada V9A 0C3 

(please don’t send cash in the mail)   ....  OR
2. Drop off at :

VGS Resource Centre
947 Alston Street
Victoria, BC    .... OR
3. Pay online using our "Buy Now" button :

Also submit your completed registration form by mail or drop off, or scan and email it to seminar@victoriags.org.

We use the secure Paypal services to process your payment online. You can use your credit card for this payment without opening a Paypal account. 
(1 transaction per person registering, please)

Can I register and pay at the door? No, pre-registration by October 18th is required for space and meal planning.

Still need additional information? Email seminar@victoriags.org

 


2012 - UPDATING THE BASICS

Our 2012 genealogy seminar was a enjoyed by all ...

VGS ANNUAL GENEALOGY SEMINAR - 2012

DATE: Saturday, OCTOBER 20, 2012
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

PLACE: Vancouver Island Technology Park,
Conference Centre
2201 - 4464 Markham Street, Saanich BC

THEME: UPDATING THE BASICS


Does your family history research need to be
Started?
Dusted off? Polished up?

Then this SEMINAR is for you!!!

Our speakers will be:
Eunice Robinson, Education Chair & Director of BC Genealogical Society, and BCGS Irish Group Facilitator
Sandra Gill, Professional Genealogist and researcher
Scott Munro, Adult Services Librarian, Greater Victoria Public Library

For further details, please download the following PDF documents:

2012 VGS Seminar Poster
2012 VGS Seminar FAQ Sheet
2012 VGS Seminar Registration Form
2012 VGS Seminar Program (revised 28 Sep 2012)

This year lunch will be served in a separate room.


 


2011 - GENEALOGICAL TREASURES & GOOGLE

Our 2011 seminar was a resounding success.  Here is what happened ...

Genealogy Treasures with Google LogoThe Victoria Genealogical Society
inviteD you to attend
our annual genealogy seminar

Saturday, October 29, 2011   ~   9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Vancouver Island Technology Park (Business Centre),
4464 Markham Street, Victoria BC Canada

Lisa Louise Cooke - VGS Seminar presenter.We are very happy to announce that our key presenter will be Lisa Louise Cooke, internationally acclaimed speaker, author, podcaster and family history expert.  Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy radio show available through her web site www.genealogygems.com and iTunes. You won't want to miss this popular speaker!

On October 29, 2011, Lisa will be delivering four lectures about the amazing online resources of Google:

  1. Google: Search Strategies & Tips
  2. Google: A Goldmine of Genealogy Gems
  3. Google Earth for Genealogy
  4. How to Create Captivating Family History Tours with Google Earth

Your day will include all 4 lectures and a delicious lunch, and tons of great information. 

VGS Members: $65   ~  Non-Members: $75 
Pre-registration is required   ~  VGS Seminar Registration Form

Please send your completed registration form and payment to:
Victoria Genealogical Society
Attention Seminar Committee
[address since changed]

Or drop it off at the VGS Resource Centre
947 Alston Street, Victoria, BC   ~  250-360-2808

For more detailed information, please download our VGS Seminar Poster and Registration Form (both in PDF format).

May thanks to our sponsors: Inn at Laurel Point, Geffen Gourmet Catering.



The Victoria Genealogical Society usually holds its annual genealogical seminar in October.
Our previous seminar was held on October 16, 2010.

Please contact us if you have ideas for future seminars
or wish to assist with organizing and/or volunteering at our next seminar event.