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Saturday, April 17
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
 
Demonstration & Discussion: DNAgedcom Tools
 
We will be demonstrating the DNAgedcom client app, including downloading data from Ancestry, MyHeritage, GEDmatch, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA, as well as the Collins Leeds Method (CLM) for clustering and the Chromosome Matrix App (CMA). We'll also take a look at GWORKS and ADSA (Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer). Bring your questions for a Q&A session too!
 
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS DNA SIG via email about 12 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email list you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]
 


Saturday, April 17
VCGS general meeting - Judy Russell  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: Judy Russell
 
"Dower and Dowry: Women, Property, & Legal Records"
 
Bringing property into marriage or trying to take it out, our female ancestors were governed by laws that generated valuable records. Learn about the common law dower and the civil law dowry, how they differed, and how to find the stories the records tell.
 
A genealogist with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where genealogy, history and law come together. She holds credentials as Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM from the Board for Certification of Genealogists, for which she serves as a trustee. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous other national, state and local genealogical societies. She is an internationally-acclaimed speaker and a course coordinator and instructor at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) at the National Archives, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at the University of Georgia, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG).
 
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: Don Worth & Terri Parks
"The New VCGS Website"
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.


Wednesday, April 21
Dower & Dowry - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
This will be a follow-up discussion of the topic presented at the General Meeting lecture by Judy Russell. 
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Wednesday, April 28
Eureka! You found it! Now what? - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
What do people actually do with information once they get it? Shoeboxes, scraps of paper, computer, where do you put it? Can you find it next time you want it? Or do you end up hunting for it all over again? Shirley will lead this open discussion.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]



Wednesday, May 5
1,000 Words - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
1,000 Words:  Finding Online Images to Enchance Your Family History - Judy will show us the wide variety of sites that host historical photographs we can use to supplement our family stories.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Wednesday, May 12
Old Photos Show & Tell - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
Group members will share some of their old family photographs and tell the stories behind them. Shirley will lead this open discussion.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Saturday, May 15
VCGS general meeting - Nancy Loe  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: Nancy Loe
 
"Think Like an Archivist: Finding Genealogy Records in Archives"
 
Helps researchers find original records in US and international archives. Whether you had famous ancestors or not, a rich variety of genealogical primary sources in archives are waiting to be found for your family history research. You’ll discover and use online archival portals and finding aids, essential tools to locate hidden genealogical gems in archives.
 
Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS, is a genealogy researcher and educator. After a long career as an archivist and librarian, Nancy now writes and lectures on her specializations: organizing research and U.S. and European records. She appears at regional, national, and international genealogy conferences. She recently completed several Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy classes on Nordic and German research.
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: Nancy Loe
"Organize Like an Archivist: Taming Genealogy Research and Records"
 
Helps you put your family history research in order. Discover effective step-by-step strategies to name and organize digital files for quick retrieval, link paper and digital records, and tame your genealogy research. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes with this archives-based system.
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society's DNA SIG this month. Contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for more information.


Wednesday, May 19
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online Using Zoom
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Leaders are Ray Roth and Don Worth. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Wednesday, May 19
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online Using Zoom
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Leaders are Ray Roth and Don Worth. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]



Saturday, June 19
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting - Drew Smith  (VCGS DNA SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online using Zoom
[Note change in time for this meeting only]
 
Presenter: Drew Smith
"Introduction to GEDmatch"  (DNA SIG)
 
GEDmatch is a free website that allows uploading raw DNA data from DNA testing companies so that the test data can be compared with data from tests taken at different companies. It also provides tools that may not be available at the original testing company. This presentation will focus on the basics of using GEDmatch to match relatives.
 
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS DNA SIG via email about 12 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email list you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]
 


Saturday, June 19
VCGS general meeting - Drew Smith  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: Drew Smith
 
Presenter: Drew Smith
"Introduction to GEDmatch"  (DNA SIG)
 
GEDmatch is a free website that allows uploading raw DNA data from DNA testing companies so that the test data can be compared with data from tests taken at different companies. It also provides tools that may not be available at the original testing company. This presentation will focus on the basics of using GEDmatch to match relatives.
 
Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library since 2007. Between 1994 and 2007, he was an instructor for the USF School of Library and Information Science (now the School of Information), where he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting. Prior to 1994, Drew worked for academic computing departments at USF and at Clemson University in South Carolina. Drew regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology. Together with George G. Morgan, Drew has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005. Beginning in 2016, he hosts the Genealogy Connections Podcast, which alternates weeks with The Genealogy Guys Podcast.
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: Drew Smith
"Where Is The Book With My Family In It?"
 
Before beginning their own research, good researchers seek out the research already done by others. Find out how to do an exhaustive search for books, periodicals, and other published or unpublished printed research material that may save you time in your own research.
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.



Saturday, July 17
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
More information will be available closer to the date.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: TBA
"TBA"
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society's DNA SIG this month. Contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for more information.


Wednesday, July 21
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online Using Zoom
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Leaders are Ray Roth and Don Worth. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]



Saturday, August 21
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
More information will be available closer to the date.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: TBA
"TBA"
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.



Wednesday, September 15
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online Using Zoom
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Leaders are Ray Roth and Don Worth. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Saturday, September 18
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
More information will be available closer to the date.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: TBA
"TBA"
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society's DNA SIG this month. Contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for more information.



Saturday, October 16
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
More information will be available closer to the date.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: TBA
"TBA"
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.



Wednesday, November 17
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online Using Zoom
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Leaders are Ray Roth and Don Worth. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Saturday, November 20
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
More information will be available closer to the date.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: TBA
"TBA"
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society's DNA SIG this month. Contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for more information.



Saturday, December 18
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
More information will be available closer to the date.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
Presenter: TBA
"TBA"
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.