Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, May 21, 2016
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Featuring Ted Gostin
Emigration Records - Tracing Immigrants From the Other Side
U.S. immigration records of the 19th century are often not very informative, and emigration records – those documenting someone leaving Europe – can often provide more information. This lecture reviews and illustrates a number of different types of emigration records, including emigration passenger lists; convict transport records; permissions to emigrate; police registrations; and passports and passport applications, and compare the information they contain to that in U.S. passenger lists.
Mr. Gostin has been doing genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. Mr. Gostin has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at many such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and immigration and naturalization records. His articles have appeared in genealogical publications throughout the country. Mr. Gostin has published one volume of his own family history, and is the author of Southern California Vital Records: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859. He was featured on a segment of the original BBC version of the popular television show Who Do You Think You Are? (Larry Lamb episode). He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world. He is the owner of both Gostin Research Associates and the publishing/bookselling firm Generations Press. Mr. Gostin is also an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Calabasas Homesteaders: Memories and Images of the Mendenhall and Lee Families of Calabasas, California
Carley and Don Worth
Carley and Don Worth will tell the history of Carley's pioneer ancestors in Calabasas and Malibu Creek State Park and will describe how they researched them.
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library.

Free German Roots Lecture

Saturday, April 30, 2016
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura, CA
Featuring Astrid Adler
German Genealogical Research
We will have a special event at our April meeting. German author Astrid Adler will be joining us and talking about her research in German records on those who left their homeland for America. It will soon be published under the English title, Forgotten People, with the assistance of German SIG member, Sue O'Hearn. Adler’s research into emigration from Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach uses historical evidence from passenger lists, censuses, emigration documents, family letters and family trees to tell the stories of the Germans who left. Her talk will focus on 19th century German emigration, the pathway to America, and the possibilities of research, especially in Thuringia. Adler grew up and still lives in Tiefenort, in the former East Germany. You may view more information about her project at
Reserve a seat by sending an RSVP to Lyn Gesch at Please put "German SIG RSVP" in the subject line. The German SIG is honored to host Ms. Adler and learn more about this important area of foreign research.


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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.

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10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Friday, May. 6th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Camarillo Library Workhops
Wednesday, May. 11th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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10:30 am to 11:30 am
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VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, May. 21st
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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