Ventura County Genealogical Society

Sandi Ruch

We are saddened by VCGS member, Sandra Ruch, passing away on December 15, 2016. Sandi was a founding member and enthusiastic contributor to the genealogy and history book club (an informal gathering of like-minded VCGS members). While she was partial to reading histories of naval battles, her interests were broad, and we always learned a great deal from what she shared. Sandi served on both Executive and Corporate boards and was our Newsletter Editor for many years -- from the days when it was printed and copied -- until her illness required her to retire from that task. Her support and insight have been missed, and our condolences are offered to her loved ones. 


Free Lecture

Saturday, January 21, 2016
1:00pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Featuring Don Worth
"Save Your Genealogy from the Dumpster!"
What would happen if you died tomorrow? Where would your genealogy go? Your old family photographs? Your heirlooms? How can you ensure that all of the products of your hard work researching your family don't end up in a dumpster or burn up in a house fire? Find out things you can do today that will guarantee that your precious family history is passed on to the next generations, even if you don't yet know who your family's future historians might be.
Don Worth is a retired Asst. Vice Chancellor of Administrative Information Systems from UCLA. He has been researching his and his wife's genealogies for almost 40 years, maintains a one-name study on the Bishir family, has published books on his family, and enjoys applying his love of computers and technology to the hunt for his ancestors. He is on the executive board of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, is active in the VCGS DNA Special Interest Group, and co-chairs the society's Technology SIG. Don is also the creator of the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA), a widely acclaimed genetic genealogy tool that is hosted on
Workshop following the lecture:
Save Your Genealogy Fair
VCGS members will be on hand to demonstrate how to preserve your genealogy, photographs and heirlooms for future generations and answer questions and provide advice to attendees.
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. 
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. 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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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.
California State Genealogical Alliance - Member
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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Searching tips for Ancestry & FamilySearch - Weds Class
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10:30 am to 11:30 am
Judy will provide tips for searching in and Fran will do likewise for

German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Jan. 28th
1:30 pm
Our topic for January's GSIG is "Heirloom Day." Do you have a document, photo, or special heirloom from your German family? ...

Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 1st
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fran will lead a special small group session for beginners. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by ...

Ancestry group discussion - Weds Class
Wednesday, Feb. 1st
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Group discussion about how people use Ancestry and how they do things such as submit suggestions for changes to indexes

Field Trip - University of California Santa Barbara Library
Friday, Feb. 3rd
8:30 am
February 3, 2017 to UCSB library. Meet at 8:30 at the Park 'n Ride corner of Las Posas and the 101 ...

DNA - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 8th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Don Worth will work with those who would like help interpreting their DNA results. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish ...

Practice searching in Ancestry & FamilySearch - Weds Class
Wednesday, Feb. 8th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Workshop practicing the techniques presented in the Jan 25 class.