Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, June 18, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Jamie Mayhew
Across the Prairie: Land Records in the Public Land States
Land records form the largest group of records for our ancestors and often leave the only clues to marriages, deaths, and relationships. By the mid 1800’s it is estimated that up to 90% of white males in the United States owned land. When records were destroyed, land records were the first to be recreated leading to land records where no other records exist. How can you find out where the land your ancestor owned is today? You will learn this, and more, at this presentation.

Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew has been a family historian for over 25 years, beginning as a teenager researching with her mother. She specializes in land records research. Currently president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Jamie is the principal researcher for her research service, California Cousins. She also was a researcher for Season One of the PBS-TV show Genealogy Roadshow.
Workshop following the lecture:
French Canadian Research
Paul Lamar
Paul will be presenting the June workshop for VCGS on the subject of French Canadian Research. He will begin with a brief history of Canadian immigration from 1600 to the present & then discussion resources for French Canadian research.
Paul Lamar was born in Canada to a Canadian mother & American father (USAF). He has had dual citizenship all my life. He has been doing genealogical research since the 1990's, mostly French Canadian roots on my father's side. At the moment he has traced his surname ancestry back 14 generations to Normandy France in the mid 1500's. On his mother's side, the ancestry traces back to 1600 in the Isle of Man. He also has some recent experience tracing the Irish Canadian roots of my wife, who's birth surname is Duggan. Paul spent 11 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force, first as a technician, then pilot. The last 20+ years he has worked in the computer technology field and is currently employed as a Web Developer for the e-Commerce of a large music retailer (Guitar Center).
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library.


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.
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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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10:30 am to 11:30 am
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