Ventura County Genealogical Society


Holiday Potluck Luncheon

Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Potluck Luncheon
Saturday, December 17, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Poinsettia Pavillion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA
Ventura County Genealogical Society members are invited to attend the annual holiday party luncheon and pot luck luncheon on 17 December 2016 at noon at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura. Please bring a friend and your favorite appetizer, salad, main dish or dessert to share. We will install our new officers for 2017 at the party.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy, $20 or less, for Toys For Tots! A US Marine will be on hand to accept your donation.

Free Lecture

Saturday, January 21, 2016
1:00pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Featuring Don Worth
"Save Your Genealogy from the Dumpster!"
What would happen if you died tomorrow? Where would your genealogy go? Your old family photographs? Your heirlooms? How can you ensure that all of the products of your hard work researching your family don't end up in a dumpster or burn up in a house fire? Find out things you can do today that will guarantee that your precious family history is passed on to the next generations, even if you don't yet know who your family's future historians might be.
Don Worth is a retired Asst. Vice Chancellor of Administrative Information Systems from UCLA. He has been researching his and his wife's genealogies for almost 40 years, maintains a one-name study on the Bishir family, has published books on his family, and enjoys applying his love of computers and technology to the hunt for his ancestors. He is on the executive board of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, is active in the VCGS DNA Special Interest Group, and co-chairs the society's Technology SIG. Don is also the creator of the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA), a widely acclaimed genetic genealogy tool that is hosted on
Workshop following the lecture:
Save Your Genealogy Fair
VCGS members will be on hand to demonstrate how to preserve your genealogy, photographs and heirlooms for future generations and answer questions and provide advice to attendees.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
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. 
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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. Library volunteers are regularly scheduled to help you use the collection, answer genealogy questions, or get you started with genealogy. 

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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