Ventura County Genealogical Society


2016 Annual VCGS Seminar

Ventura County Genealogical Society
Family History Harvest
Learn to Dig Your Roots and Shake Your Family Trees
Annual Seminar
Saturday, October 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Camarillo Public Library, Community Room
4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturerâ„ . Her award-winning blog is at
No Vitals, No Problem:  A Family for Isabella
(tracing a woman married before the 1850 census)
When there's no birth, marriage or death record, what's a genealogist to do? Learn how
to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.
Polls, Personality & Property Making Sense of Tax Lists
Somebody had to pay government's bills, and they did it through the law by imposing taxes on polls, personal property and real property. The records of those taxes offer some of the best clues available to our ancestors, their families and their neighborhoods.
Where There Is or Isn't a Will
Where there's a will, there's a probate. And often when there isn't a will, there's still a probate. Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.
​Beyond X & Y: Promise & Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA
Autosomal DNA testing is the new kid on the block. Learn more about this exciting addition to the toolkit of 21st century genealogists. What's in it for you, and how can you make the most of this test?
NOTE: This presentation is an all-day event and requires registration and a nominal fee to offset costs.


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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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

Break out sessions
Wednesday, Sep. 28th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
We will continue our small group work: Beginners, Writing, DNA and use of our library collection

VCGS Field Trip to Los Angeles Public Library
Friday, Sep. 30th
Spend a day at the extensive genealogical library at the downtown central Los Angeles Library with Beulah O'Neal as ...

Family History Month Open House - Santa Barbara Co Genealogical Society
Saturday, Oct. 1st
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
An Open House for the Community Tours of the Sahuun Library Free Admission Free Use of Computers and Subscriptions ...

Using Snag-It
Wednesday, Oct. 5th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
John Callahan will demo the use of SnagIt

Beginning Genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 5th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fran will lead a special small group session for beginners

** NO British Isles Interest Group Meeting this month **
Friday, Oct. 7th
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Show and Tell
Wednesday, Oct. 12th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
We will have a Show and Tell day in which you are invited to share with the group something that ...