Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Eric Siess
Follow the Path to the Old Country with Emigration Records and the GPS
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ventura County Public Health Center, 3147 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA
Emigration records are powerful tools that can help to identify specific ancestral localities. A strategy for evaluating these records is presented using the Genealogical Proof Standard, emigration and U.S. records.
Eric Siess is a Board Certified GenealogistSM with over 25 years of professional and personal experience in family history research, lecturing and teaching. He lectures on various genealogy topics throughout Southern California and has helped many clients find their European ancestors. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering, is the President of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society and is a member of several other genealogical organizations including the National Genealogy Society and Association of Professional Genealogists.
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the LDS Church, 3501 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura.


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. 
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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.
California State Genealogical Alliance - Member
The National Genealogical Society was organized in Washington, D.C. in 1903. NGS's mission is to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.
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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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