Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, August 20, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Free Mini Seminar
"Step Away From the Computer: Using Archives, Academic Libraries and Museums for Your Research"
Sure there’s a lot to discover about your family online. But what exists in archives, museums, and libraries? In many cases, resources that you may have never heard of. In this lecture learn about what repositories exist, what they hold, and how to find information on your ancestor. This lecture is a must for those wanting to conduct a search past the usual genealogy subscription websites.
"Tackling a Research Project"
You want to research your great-grandma. Great! Now what? After you spend some time looking online and have hit the brick wall, what are you supposed to do? Tackling a research project is so much more than entering names into a database. Learn more about planning, creating and researching so that your time online and off will be a success. 
Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada, as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines and her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including her latest, “From The Family Kitchen”. Gena was a researcher for the first season of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS, and is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. She serves as past-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her current research interests include women’s social history, and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.
No workshop this month
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. 
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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.

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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10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Ray Goes to Paris
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Basic Land Research
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