Ventura County Genealogical Society

Denise Quigley

The Ventura County Genealogical Society has suffered a tremendous loss with the unexpected passing of Denise Quigley on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Denise was a lifetime member of VCGS and a valued resource and friend to all of us. She was a fixture at the Ventura Family History Center, helping visitors with their research problems and providing advice. Denise also was the driving force behind VCGS's participation in the genealogy booth at the Ventura County Fair every year. Most recently she presented a workshop on genealogical research in Mexico and helped newcomers at our Genealogy Fair in February. We will miss her bouyant enthusiasm and kindly expertise. Our society will not be the same without Denise. 


Free Lecture

Saturday, July 16, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Free Mini Seminar
"BEWARE! The Enchanted Forest: The Perils & Pitfalls of On-Line Trees"
When is it safe to get information from an on-line tree? Here we will discuss where these trees can be found, how to assess them for reliability, how to cite them, how to use them for clues to further your research, and more. Not all on-line trees are created equal, but most can be evaluated with a few simple steps: don’t become victim to the enchantment of an apparent pot of gold.
"Tattle Tale: Ethical Dilemmas Faced by Genealogists."
What plagiarism is, what it means for something to be copyrighted, how that applies to all genealogists, not just professionals, covering both print and Internet media. And it also discusses the privacy issues (particularly of children) and touches on DNA and the ethical issues there.
Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, CG, former So. Cal. college speech professor (MA – Speech Communication; PhD – Folklore) is a Board Certified genealogist, national speaker, and author. She is the former director and current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, worked on Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past (to be aired in 2016), and hosts podcasts with Gena Philibert-Ortega, promoting their joint venture “GenealogyJourneys.” With over 35 years of research experience, she is a former board member of APG and current VP of its So. Cal. Chapter, VP of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Western Reg. Rep of the Int’l Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and current 1st VP of the Corona Gen. Society. Her website is:
No workshop this month
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.


Benefits of Membership

  • Monthly lectures and workshops with talented and exciting speakers.
  • Yearly Fall seminar. Review our EVENTS page to keep informed of our upcoming activities.
  • Our monthly newsletter. Each issue contains articles and information of interest to family researchers.  
  • Access to our members-only section on the Society's website.
  • Members-only email notification of special genealogical interest items and local, state, and national genealogical events.
  • Opportunity to participate on special projects.
  • The most compelling reason to join VCGS is the friendships you will establish with fellow researchers in the area. Those with a new interest in genealogy can learn from experts, and the experts can share the wealth of their experience. Membership is from January 1 to December 31 of each year. 
Click on the JOIN US menu item to pull up a Membership Form.

Reference Library

Ventura County Genealogical Society provides full maintenance and development of the Genealogy Collection housed within the Camarillo City Library (upper level), 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, California.  You can access the catalog using the Library choice on the left-side menu.

Get Involved!

All VCGS activities are brought to life by the hard work of our volunteers.  Society elections are held each year in November, and vacancies on the VCGS board are filled as needed.  If you would like to volunteer your assistance, please contact the president.

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Federation of Genealogical Societies
Representing the members of hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States and other nations, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is here to link the genealogical community and help its members grow.
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Founded in October, 1982, the California State Genealogical Alliance serves as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, individuals, and non-profit organizations.
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German Special Interest Group
Saturday, Jun. 25th
1:30 pm
GSIG Photo of the Month:  This photo was taken of the Haus Am Welsbach 16 in Kestrich, Germany (in Oberhessen). Inscribed ...

Camarillo Library Workhops
Wednesday, Jun. 29th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Using e-Bay for genealogy by Judy

British Isles Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Jul. 1st
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The British Isles Special Interest Group meets at the Family History Center in Ventura on the first Friday of the month, ...

Subscription Sites for Genealogy
Wednesday, Jul. 6th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
We'll continue Judy and Fran's overview of subscription sites to help your genealogical research

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Jul. 8th
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
NOTE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE - the group is now meeting bi-monthly on 2nd Friday afternoons at 1 PM, alternating between ...

Irish Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Jul. 15th
10:00 am to 11:00 am

VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Jul. 16th
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  DNA & Research Success   VCGS member Beulah O'Neal will present her genetic genealogy success story. She combined her ...