Ventura County Genealogical Society

VCGS provides activities and learning opportunities to support your genealogical research, be it local, regional, or distant. Those with Ventura County roots will find plenty of local records, made available by our wonderful volunteers. We also maintain an extensive genealogical library collection and we offer lectures at our meetings on the third Saturday of every month except December. These days (2020) we are meeting online with Zoom. Become a member and experience the many benefits of membership and be sure to explore all the genealogical treasures on our website. We hope to Zoom with you soon!
We welcome your donations to help us fulfill our mission!

Free Lecture [on Zoom]

Saturday, February 20, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online with Zoom
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle
"How Settlers Guides Can Help Us Understand Our Ancestors' Lives"
Guidebooks written to persuade and assist settlers to migrate to sparsely-populated areas contain a treasure trove of information about the details of everyday life for our ancestors. Find out where to locate these amazing resources and how they can help reconstruct our ancestors' stories.
Annette Burke Lyttle has been a full-time genealogist and family historian since 2012. She has spoken on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local level. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University and has taught research, analysis, and writing to college students at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Second presentation:
Presenter: John E. Callahan
"Writing Family Stories"
Join master wordsmith, John Callahan, for an inspiring presentation on how to get those family stories out of your heads and onto paper (or digital file) with ease.
John Callahan is a long-time VCGS member and story crafter. He has been memorializing his ancestors and his own life for decades with an enviable style. Come join him as he shares his knowledge about this art and craft of writing family stories.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should contact 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.


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.
National Genealogical Society NGS 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.
FamilyTreeDNA Please note that VCGS is an affiliate of Family Tree DNA. If you make a purchase after following the link at left, the VCGS Group Project will receive a small rebate; this will not increase the cost to you. You may join the VCGS Group Project - in fact, we would love to have you! - but it is not required.

Advanced Search Strategies at FamilySearch - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Jan. 27th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The class will discuss Dana Ann Palmer's lecture presented at the general meeting the preceding Saturday.   [This meeting will ...

A Virtual "Cemetery Crawl" Part 2 - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Feb. 3rd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
This will be a follow-up to our Halloween "Cemetery Crawl" with presentations from those who had contributions ready when we ...

Ask the Experts - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Feb. 10th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group. Detailed problems that are specific to your family ...

Ask the Experts - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Feb. 17th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group. Detailed problems that are specific to your family ...

VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 20th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
  Presentation: DNAgedcom Tools   Please join us for "DNAgedcom Tools." Rob Warthen is the founder of and one of the ...

VCGS general meeting - Annette Burke Lyttle
Saturday, Feb. 20th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle   "How Settlers Guides Can Help Us Understand Our Ancestors' Lives"   Guidebooks written to ...

Migration of Our Ancestors - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Feb. 24th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
This will be a follow-up discussion of the topic presented at the General Meeting lecture the preceeding Saturday. Lyn will ...