Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Cheri Mello
Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ventura County Public Health Center, 3147 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA
Cheri will discuss sources every genealogist should use in tracing an immigrant ancestor. This lecture has something for all levels of genealogical experience.
Professionally, Cheri is a math teacher with degrees in psychology, sociology, human and child development, and master’s in education. She became a National Board Certified Teacher, the most prestigious and highest teaching credential in the educational world. Cheri began her active adult research 22 years ago. She has done research in many states, as well as the Azores, Portugal. Nine years ago, she became involved in DNA. She runs five DNA projects and manages mailing lists involving Portuguese-Azorean genealogy.
Workshop following the lecture:  


“Tips for Writing Your Family History” 

Are you looking for ways you can share your family history with others? Our panel of experts will present a range of ways you can use to write down your family stories and write up the information you have collected in your research. Join us and learn from those who have broken through that “brick wall” of facing a writing project! 

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 bi-annual publication the Journal. 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.
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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