Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, August 20, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Free Mini Seminar
"Step Away From the Computer: Using Archives, Academic Libraries and Museums for Your Research"
Sure there’s a lot to discover about your family online. But what exists in archives, museums, and libraries? In many cases, resources that you may have never heard of. In this lecture learn about what repositories exist, what they hold, and how to find information on your ancestor. This lecture is a must for those wanting to conduct a search past the usual genealogy subscription websites.
"Tackling a Research Project"
You want to research your great-grandma. Great! Now what? After you spend some time looking online and have hit the brick wall, what are you supposed to do? Tackling a research project is so much more than entering names into a database. Learn more about planning, creating and researching so that your time online and off will be a success. 
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada, as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines and her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including her latest, “From The Family Kitchen”. Gena was a researcher for the first season of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS, and is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. She serves as past-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her current research interests include women’s social history, and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.
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.

Free Lecture

Saturday, September 17, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Marion Werle
"Never Give Up-Strategies for Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level and Finding the Previously Unfindable"
This program is a collection of "I wish I knew that when I was starting out" tips to maximize your research efforts. The speaker will share insights learned after 20 plus years of research about how to extract information that isn't immediately obvious from a wide variety of sources. Topics include names and name variations, strategies for researching common names, revisiting old research with new eyes, obtaining the most out of the records you find, alternate approaches to solving genealogical problems, differences in search engines and indexing, extracting unexpected information from death records, the importance of geography in searches, creative use of city directories and the importance of persistence in genealogical research.

Speaker: Marion Werle began her family history research over 20 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK and Israel. She has been on the boards of the Jewish Genealogy Societies of Los Angeles (JGSLA) and the Conejo Valley (JGSCV) and is a member of the SCGS Writers Group. She is also a past president of the Latvia Special Interest Group (SIG) and administers two family Facebook groups. She is a retired IT professional with master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA. She has recently completed a history of her paternal grandmother’s family, The Skuders from Skud, tracing the family from its Lithuanian origins. During her research for this project, she discovered previously unknown cousins in four different countries. Her interests in genealogy include technology, methodology and family history writing.
Workshop following the lecture:
"Who DNA Think You Are? Part Deux
Another Case Study Using Genetics to Direct and Support Traditional Genealogical Research"

Presenter: Don Worth
Learn how Don is using genetic genealogy, supported by traditional genealogical research strategies, to jump over a 40 year old brick wall. This will be primarily a non-technical presentation to help you understand the value (and limitations) of Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA tests in directing and providing support for your genealogical research.
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.

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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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Planning Successful Family Reunions
Wednesday, Aug. 31st
10:30 am to 11:30 am
We will discuss how to plan a successful family reunion

British Isles Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Sep. 2nd
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Using Newspapers in Genealogy
Wednesday, Sep. 7th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Judy will give tips on using newspapers to enhance your genealogical research

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Sep. 9th
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 ...

Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley & Ventura Co - Joel Weintraub
Sunday, Sep. 11th
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
"Manifest Destity - Names at Ellis Island"   About 70% of immigrants to the U.S. during 1892 through 1924 ...

PowerPoint Basics
Wednesday, Sep. 14th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Lyn will give us an overview of using PowerPoint

Irish Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Sep. 16th
10:00 am to 11:00 am