It is suitable for beginners, and an excellent way to become informed before tackling your Irish summer research project. A limited number of seats are available.
It is suitable for beginners, and an excellent way to become informed before tackling your Irish summer research project. A limited number of seats are available. Please contact Monica at workshop victoriags. It never fails to get rave reviews.
First come first served. Don't miss out on this unexpected opportunity. Contact Monica at workshop victoriags. Posted 22 May VGS's unique support at the Victoria Highland Games was a rewarding success The th Victoria Highland Games May was yet another successful and well attended event with an estimated 25, attendees over the weekend.
Each year the Games organizers try to offer something new for attendees and this year, the Victoria Genealogical Society was asked to provide Games attendees with real time, genealogical internet searches. The Games provided the VGS with two tents prominently situated on the edge of the 'main square' which turned out to be a wonderfully central location.
The Games also provided VGS with electricity, tables and chairs while the VGS provided computers, a printer, other resources and materials, and the experienced volunteers to perform the internet searches.
The VGS approached a couple of the big genealogy companies to provide free searches and thankfully ScotlandsPeople came through with the critical support needed to make this effort a success. With 2 online computers, for 3 days, mostly at 15 minute intervals our VGS volunteers introduced many people to the fascinating world of family history research.
In ScotlandsPeople credit terms we used 1, credits which means over images were retrieved and a lot more free searches were conducted.
Of course ScotlandsPeople wasn't the only internet resource used so you get the idea - our volunteers had a steady stream of customers throughout the weekend. Many times we got so busy as shown in this photo that we had to resort to a reservation system which seemed to work quite well. None of this could have happened without our VGS volunteers 13 who worked in shifts of 4 2 doing lookups while the other 2 were helping passerbys with their questions about family history.
But it was the enthusiasm of our volunteers that made this weekend such a resounding success. There was a constant stream fun and laughter as customers were surprised to be connected to their previously lost or unknown family history. We had better start planning soon for next year's Games because we will likely be asked to provide this service again!
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The options of what you can do are endless! This evening schedule will hopefully be accessible to more members. The focus will be on researching items that have been donated to the VGS, which have an identifiable family connection i.
Learn to pull out clues by careful observation, think logically about them and then search for answers in the many databases we have available to us all the while collaborating with others. The skills you learn here can then be applied to your own research - giving you more accurate results and building a clearer picture of your family.
The aim is to return found items to their families, when possible. A special thank you to Melanie for her willingness to share her years of experience as genealogy researcher and facilitator with our VGS members.
Come and be amazed at what you can learn! And some Thrifty Foods Smile Cards users celebrated our reaching our fundraising goal this year. Thanks to all who participated. Melanie led the group in using a variety of resources, both online and in the VGS collection to try to determine the story of this Bible and the family it belongs to.
Enthusiasm and participation was high as everyone worked as a group to piece the information together. As shown, the final result was a wall-sized draft of a 4-generation family tree, created by the workshop participants with the use of large moveable post-it notes connected by felt pen lines on a large roll of paper.The Victoria Genealogical Society is a non-profit, volunteer society in Victoria BC Canada, whose aim is to further the study of genealogy - searching for one's ancestors and family history.
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