Ventura County Genealogical Society
The Ventura County Genealogical Society lost another of our long-time members recently with the unexpected passing of Trish Ring on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Trish was a Corporate Board member of VCGS and coordinated our meeting refreshments for many years. She was a LVN with Ventura Co Public Health working in the clinics serving all who came in for immunization, pregnancy testing, and her favorite -- giving flu shots to seniors and our county police and fire personnel. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed researching her Ring ancestors. We will all miss Trish. 


2017 VCGS Election

VCGS will hold it's annual election at our general meeting on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Camarillo Public Library. You can view the list of candidates here.

Free Lecture

Saturday, November 19, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Cafi Cohen
"Grow Your Family Tree With Online Military Records"
You have researched your ancestors using compiled records, censuses, and vital records. Now what? For many, the next step involves identifying ancestors who would have left military records and seeking those records online. This presentation will include examples of this richly rewarding record set together with a resource list to help you find your ancestors' military records online.
As Education Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society, Cafi Cohen has taught classes and presented on a wide range of genealogy topics. For seven years, as co-owner and operator of Bridge To Yesterday, she conducted research for hundreds of clients. In addition, she has attended all of the major genealogical institutes and mentored several on-line genealogy classes. Her personal research interests center on New York and midwestern ancestors, plus Italian and Jewish immigrants.
Workshop following the lecture:
"World War I Home Front Research"
Presenter: Lyn Gesch
Wartime affects civilians on the home front as well as the front lines—as citizen soldiers, certainly, but also in terms of sacrifices made by civilians and how they view those who are now their enemies. Lyn will explore this history for “The Great War” since we are approaching the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the war. Lyn has been a VCGS member for over 10 years and is a facilitator for the German SIG
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
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. 
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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Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 26th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beulah will work with those interested in writing family stories. The group meets monthly but is limited to 5 regular ...

Reconstructing the Life of a Civil War Soldier: Building a Story From a Photo and a Signature
Wednesday, Oct. 26th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The presenter will be Lyn Gesch.

Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Nov. 2nd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Kay will lead a special small group session for beginners. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by ...

Online Training Options
Wednesday, Nov. 2nd
11:30 am to 11:30 am
Don and Fran will cover where to look for online training

British Isles Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Nov. 4th
The British Isles Special Interest Group meets at the Family History Center in Ventura on the first Friday of the month, ...

Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley - Janice Sellers
Monday, Nov. 7th
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Presenter: Janice Sellers "Read All About It: Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research"  

Italian Research
Wednesday, Nov. 9th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Pinky Paladino will give an overview of doing Italian research