Ventura County Genealogical Society

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Free Seminar

Saturday, March 19, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ventura County Public Health Auditorium, 3147 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura, CA
Featuring Barbara Randall
"Do You Really Know Your Irish Roots? Understanding 6,000 years of Irish History.."
Irish history is unique and, over hundreds of years, outside influences have created challenges for genealogists. Understanding 6,ooo years of Irish history can help explain why your Irish ancestors are so elusive. Occupations from Vikings to the British, oral traditions, emigration, famines, war- not only challenge the Irish people but genealogists as well. You can find hints in the history to locate records (or the lack of records) that are slowly beginning to emerge.
Barbara Randall is a board member of the Southern California Genealogical Society and president of the British Isles Family History Society- USA. She is editor of the BIFHS-USA Journal. Barbara is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), National Genealogical Society (NGS), Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Family History Writers & Editors, New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS), New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) and other local societies. Barbara is also a volunteer genealogist/consultant for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She is a special education middle school teacher/coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Workshop following the lecture:
Ask The Experts - Panel
Caron Tait, Judy Janes, Fran Bumann, Teri Reynolds, & Don Worth
The subjects will be research, technology, organizational problems, digitizing, requests for website suggestions, brick wall issues, questions about software, DNA or other topics raised by the audience.
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 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.

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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