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 mainain 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, November 21, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online with Zoom
Presenter: Debra Dudek
"World War I Genealogy – Where Do I Start?"
Start your journey towards learning more about your family’s connection to the war to end all wars. Using a fail-proof method of record gathering, you can begin to construct a large amount of information even if your ancestor’s official military records were destroyed in the NRPC fire. With thousands of resources available online, traditional archives, and in specialized museums, you'll be on your way to tracing your ancestor's Great War experience quickly and confidently.
Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in World War I, UK genealogy, and technology topics. She is the author of the World War I Genealogy Research Guide which is available as a free PDF from the World War I Centennial Commission website and for purchase in print on
Second presentation:
"Using Apps to Organize Your Digital Files"
Speaker: Sharie Lieberg
Learn how new apps can enhance your family history research experience by improving your digital storage, citing and cataloging your findings, & more.
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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Follow us on our FaceBook page to receive timely updates about genealogical activities and our society.  You don't have to be a member of Facebook to view our page, but Facebook requires you to be a member to post comments. 


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.

Kin-DIg - Antelope Valley Genealogical Society
Saturday, Oct. 24th
10:00 am to 3:15 pm

A Virtual "Cemetery Crawl" - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Oct. 28th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
It's the week of All Hallow's Eve or Dia de los Muertos in which we remember and honor those who ...

An Independent Woman: A Case Study in Urban Research - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Nov. 4th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Judy will present an urban research project which involves both Los Angeles and Alameda counties. In the process of pursuing ...

Religion and Migration - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Nov. 11th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Ken will discuss the impact of an ancestor's religion on his or her migration.   [This meeting will be held online ...

Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 14th
10:00 am to 11:30 am
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. We hope to ...

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 18th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with ...

Technology Special Interest Group - Weds Class
Wednesday, Nov. 18th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or ...