Meetings & Events

VBGS 2021 Meetings/Events

Below you will find the upcoming meetings of the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society. Our monthly meeting is usually held the second Thursday of each month September through June. Other meetings include the Computer Users Group, the How To Group, and the Writers Group, which also meet monthly September to June but the dates may vary. To see a little more about these groups, check out the Groups and Committees page.

The VBGS’s member meetings will take place at 5:30 pm on Thursdays in person at the Virginia Beach Central Library (VBCL) in the Fall. For those who prefer to attend our meetings remotely, we are planning to do a hybrid meeting on Zoom where we can hear the speaker, see their slides and ask any questions. Due to the pandemic, most of our speakers will be on Zoom only. Our various committees and groups will make a decision this summer where and when they will have their meetings. The How-to meetings will be on Zoom only.

Do you need help using Zoom? Please see Connecting to Zoom and the Zoom quick reference.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society, check out our membership page.

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21 September: VBGS Computer Users Group at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Topic: “Getting Back to Basics: How to Use and Find Your Folders to Make Researching Easier”
Led by April Owens
27 September: VBGS Writers Group at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Theme: Things for Writing and Sharing; One document from the family “archives” and what you’ve been able to learn from it.
Mini-lesson: The ins and outs of quoting
5 October: VBGS How-to Meeting at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Topic: “Researching Your Irish Ancestors”
Led by Diana Quinn
12 October: VBGS Computer Users Group at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Topic: TBD
14 October: VBGS Monthly Meeting at VBCL at 5:30 pm
Topic: “DNA for African Americans”
Speaker: Nicka Smith
25 October: VBGS Writers Group at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Theme for Writing and Sharing; One experience with DNA testing and what you’ve been able to learn–or not–from it.
Mini-lesson: Three ways to help a reader follow your story
1 November: VBGS How-to Meeting at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Topic: “Using the FamilySearch Catalog”
Led by Sara Kidd
10 November: VBGS Monthly Meeting via Zoom, at 6:00 pm
Topic: “Ancestors in the U.S. Military: Online & in Military Archives”
Speaker: Dr. Margaret McMahon
16 November: VBGS Computer User Group at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Topic: “WikiTree”
Led by Wendy Bransom
29 November: VBGS Writers Group at 7:00 pm, Place TBD
Theme for writing and sharing; One interview with a living family member and what you’ve been able to learn from it. Mini-lesson: When (and how) to make your story longer, and when (and how) to make it shorter.
2 December: VBGS Computer User Group at 5:30 pm
Topic: Scanners and printers
Led by April Owens
7 December: VBGS How-to Meeting at 7:00 pm via Zoom
Topic: “How to Use Your Y-DNA Results in Your Research”
Led by Wendy Bransom
13 December: VBGS Writers Group at 7:00 pm, Place TBD
Theme for writing and sharing; One holiday custom or family story and what connections you might make from it. Mini-lesson: Doing what the experts do: using mentor texts when writing about genealogy.
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