Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, September 19
The IGS and New Resources for German-American Research  
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Gordon Seyffert


"The IGS and New Resources for German-American Research"
Gordon Seyffert is the vice president and editor of the Immigrant Genealogical Society in Burbank, CA. He began genealogy as his hobby starting in 1975, upon the death of his grandmother and his receipt of some news clippings concerning his great-grandfather. At first he was content merely to research his heritage in America, but eventually he realized that he no longer could ignore European research. Some two decades ago he began to teach himself the old German script so that he could see for himself how and where his German ancestors had lived. Since moving to California four years ago he has made it his personal challenge to convince others to follow his example, and “Research Beyond One’s Comfort Zone.” Come hear his views on where Germanic research is now headed, as well as case studies of German research problems.
Workshop following the lecture:
Family Research in Mexico
Denise Quigley


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  • Monthly lectures and workshops with talented and exciting speakers.
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  • 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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