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Free Seminar

Saturday, February 6, 2016
11:00am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Featuring Kenyatta Berry
Co-sponsored by the Camarillo Library
11:00 AM - VCGS
Genealogy "Road Show"-style Fair

Genealogy consultants will be available to answer your genealogy questions.
1:00 PM - Kenyatta Berry
"21st Century African American genealogy: How the media and technology are changing research"
2:00 PM - Kenyatta Berry
"Using Little-Known Slave-Owner Records to Locate Ancestors of Slaves and Descendants of Slave-Owners"
Kenyatta D. Berry is a genealogist, businesswoman and lawyer with more than fifteen years experience in genealogical research and writing. A native of Detroit, Ms. Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She began her genealogical journey while in law school and studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. Ms. Berry has deep roots in Detroit; her ancestors have lived in Detroit since the late 1920’s.
She is the Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and on the Council of the Corporation for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston. Research interests include African American, Southern and Slave Ancestral research. Ms. Berry is an avid Detroit sports fan and loves to watch the Lions, Tigers and Red Wings from her home in Santa Monica.
Resources for African American research
are available on our web site!
Because of this special event, there will be no workshop or DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. This and all VCGS monthly programs are open to the public and free of charge. No prior registration is required.


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.

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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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