Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Mini Seminar

Saturday, April 15, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
DNA Day Free Mini Seminar
Presenter: Kathy Johnston
"DNA Uses in Pedigree Building"
Learn about the different types of DNA and which direct-to-consumer test companies will be most helpful to you. Maybe you have had your DNA done and don’t know where to go next; maybe you are thinking about having your DNA done and don’t know how it will benefit your research. If so, this session is for you. Find out how to navigate the maze of information that is out there. Discover how to use DNA to break through brick walls. Learn how to test a hypothesis, i.e. how to rule in or rule out a family story using DNA. Kathy will use stories and examples to guide you on your DNA journey.
Second lecture:
"Autosomal and X Chromosome Segments in Common"
Have you ever wondered where those DNA matching segments come from? Why is the basic science important in genealogy? Kathy will explain the practical uses of DNA segments found among your cousins and close family matches. Learn how to interpret segment matches in a browser. Hear stories about how DNA segments in common can be used to determine who your half-sibling and your biological parents are. Learn the importance of the X chromosome and how it can be used to eliminate ancestors in your family tree. We guarantee you will be fascinated with the science of DNA.
Kathy Johnston is a retired dermatologist who has been actively researching her family tree for over 25 years. She is one of the administrators for the Southern California Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group and has been involved in developing techniques for chromosome mapping for genetic genealogists. When she is not home in Palos Verdes, California working on her hobby, she is volunteering at the local county hospital or traveling with husband, Matt. They are the proud parents of four children and five grandchildren.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
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. Library volunteers are regularly scheduled to help you use the collection, answer genealogy questions, or get you started with genealogy. 

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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