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 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, April 17, 2021
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.


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.

VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Apr. 17th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
  Demonstration & Discussion: DNAgedcom Tools   We will be demonstrating the DNAgedcom client app, including downloading data from Ancestry, MyHeritage, ...

VCGS general meeting - Judy Russell
Saturday, Apr. 17th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  Presenter: Judy Russell   "Dower and Dowry: Women, Property, & Legal Records"   Bringing property into marriage or trying to ...

Dower & Dowry - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Apr. 21st
10:30 am to 11:30 am
This will be a follow-up discussion of the topic presented at the General Meeting lecture by Judy Russell.    [This ...

Eureka! You found it! Now what? - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Apr. 28th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
What do people actually do with information once they get it? Shoeboxes, scraps of paper, computer, where do you put ...

1,000 Words - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, May. 5th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
1,000 Words:  Finding Online Images to Enchance Your Family History - Judy will show us the wide variety of sites that ...

Old Photos Show & Tell - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, May. 12th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Group members will share some of their old family photographs and tell the stories behind them. Shirley will lead this open ...

VCGS general meeting - Nancy Loe
Saturday, May. 15th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  Presenter: Nancy Loe   "Think Like an Archivist: Finding Genealogy Records in Archives"   Helps researchers find original records ...