Ventura County Genealogical Society

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Free Lecture

Saturday, January 16, 2016
1:00pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Featuring Cafi Cohen


"Focus for Success: Genealogy Research Planning"
Cafi Cohen began researching 25 years ago to unravel mysteries about her maternal grandmother who died at age 26, leaving only vague hints within the family about her origins. After two years, she determined the circumstances of her grandmother’s life and death, as well as her birth family, including six siblings. Cafi gifted this information to her mother, which included more than 20 new first cousins. Despite education and experience unrelated to genealogy, Cafi was hooked.
Cafi completed the 18-month NGS Home Study Course, but didn’t get serious about formal genealogy education until 2008, when she attended her first institute, the National Institute on Genealogical Research in Washington, DC. She earned the Boston University certificate in Genealogical Research, completed ProGen, and honed her skills through advanced methodology classes at the Salt Lake Institute and at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University in Alabama.
Workshop following the lecture:
Beginning Genealogy
An introduction to genealogy for beginners.
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.

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.
California State Genealogical Alliance - Member
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.
California State Genealogical Alliance - Member
Founded in October, 1982, the California State Genealogical Alliance serves as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, individuals, and non-profit organizations.
Family Tree Magazine: Half of your total paid will go to support the FGS and hundreds of local member societies that need your help!
Family Tree DNA: DNA Testing at Group Rates

Camarillo Library Workshops
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Bring your questions or brickwalls. We will have a group discussion to brainstorm potential solutions

British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Dec. 4th
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Camarillo Library Workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 9th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fran will demonstrate the great on-line resources available to members of Southern California Genealogical Society

Camarillo Library Workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 16th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
We will share sucesses we have had in researching our family trees.

VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Dec. 19th
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in December due to the VCGS Holiday Potluck. I hope to see everyone ...

VCGS Annual Holiday Potluck Lunch
Saturday, Dec. 19th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Camarillo Library Workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 23rd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
No workshop today...Merry Christmas!