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Wednesday, March 29
Newspapers at LAPL - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Skeets will provide an overview of newspaper resources available at the Los Angeles Public Library.



Saturday, April 15
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 
 
Special DNA Afternoon
 
We are pleased to welcome Kathy Johnston as the speaker at the April general meeting. We invite everyone to join us after the DNA SIG for a brown bag lunch in the courtyard, then return to the Community Room for "An Afternoon with Kathy Johnston: Learning About DNA and Genealogy."
 


Saturday, April 15
VCGS general meeting - Kathy Johnston  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
DNA Day Free Mini Seminar
Presenter: Kathy Johnston
 
"DNA Uses in Pedigree Building"
 
Learn about the different types of DNA and which direct-to-consumer test companies will be most helpful to you. Maybe you have had your DNA done and don’t know where to go next; maybe you are thinking about having your DNA done and don’t know how it will benefit your research. If so, this session is for you. Find out how to navigate the maze of information that is out there. Discover how to use DNA to break through brick walls. Learn how to test a hypothesis, i.e. how to rule in or rule out a family story using DNA. Kathy will use stories and examples to guide you on your DNA journey.
 
Second lecture:
 
"Autosomal and X Chromosome Segments in Common"
 
Have you ever wondered where those DNA matching segments come from? Why is the basic science important in genealogy? Kathy will explain the practical uses of DNA segments found among your cousins and close family matches. Learn how to interpret segment matches in a browser. Hear stories about how DNA segments in common can be used to determine who your half-sibling and your biological parents are. Learn the importance of the X chromosome and how it can be used to eliminate ancestors in your family tree. We guarantee you will be fascinated with the science of DNA.
 
 
Kathy Johnston is a retired dermatologist who has been actively researching her family tree for over 25 years. She is one of the administrators for the Southern California Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group and has been involved in developing techniques for chromosome mapping for genetic genealogists. When she is not home in Palos Verdes, California working on her hobby, she is volunteering at the local county hospital or traveling with husband, Matt. They are the proud parents of four children and five grandchildren.
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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, April 22
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 29
RootsTech Family Discovery Day - Newbury Park LDS  (Other Genealogical Events)
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
35 S Wendy Drive, Newbury Park
Discover how to find names to add to your family tree.
Learn new techniques to preserver your family legacy.
Find out how to share your discoveries with others.
Be inspired with new ideas.
Enjoy activities for all ages that will improve your family connections.
 
Attendance is free. All ages welcome. Sign up to attend HERE.



Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 10
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, computer lab (2nd floor)
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.


Friday, May 12
Irish Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura, CA
The Irish SIG assists each other in the research of Irish genealogy.  The group usually meets monthly from 10 AM to noon on the 2nd Friday of each month. However, please check the events calendar for schedule changes.  Pat Thomas is the group's convenor.


Saturday, May 20
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, May 20
VCGS general meeting - Linda Serna  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Linda Serna
 
"Road Block: Where Do I Go From Here?"
 
“Road Block: Where Do I Go From Here?” addresses what happens when we hit a road block or brick wall in our research, how to look at the challenge, ideas before you begin to attack the problem, including determining what you need to find and looking for overlooked clues. It then presents several ideas and other sources that may not have been thought of to research, interspersing the sources with specific examples, showing how one can get back on track again.
 
Linda Serna been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 30 years. Just recently, she was honored to work on the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Currently, Linda is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), the Polish Genealogical Society (PGS-CA), and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA-CA) as well as being Vice President of Programs for the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS). Over the last 5 years, she has written and given several presentations on various topics for different groups in Southern California and New Mexico, as well as teaching the Intermediate/Advanced class at her home group about twice a year. She is always in the process of writing new presentations. Linda's loves, in addition to public speaking, include history, writing, and traveling. She especially likes seeing how individual family stories fit in and make up the fabric of history.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"SnagIt"
Presenter: John Callahan
 
Latest features of the popular screen capture program for Windows and MacOS.
 
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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, May 27
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, June 2
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from England, Scotland and Wales – the inhabitants of the isle of Britain. We hope to help one another find the resources needed to extend our family trees, including, but not limited to, online databases and record repositories in Britain and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of the people and culture of this island. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-British-SIG, and in-person on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December on the first Friday. The location alternates between the Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA and the Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Contact Fran Bumann for any questions: fbumann@yahoo.com


Saturday, June 17
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, June 17
VCGS general meeting - Eva Ulz  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Eva Ulz
 
"Dating Photographs"
 
(more information soon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Analyzing Photos - Workshop"
 
Workshop analyzing scanned photos submitted by members.
 
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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, June 24
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.



Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, July 12
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, computer lab (2nd floor)
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.


Saturday, July 15
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, July 15
VCGS general meeting - Gena Pilibert-Ortega  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
 
"TBA"
 
(more information soon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
(more info soon)
 
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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, July 22
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.


Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference  (Other Genealogical Events)
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Conference Website at www.GGSMN.org

 




Saturday, August 19
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, August 19
VCGS general meeting - Judy Janes  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Judy Janes
 
"Finding Family in Digital Newspaper Collections"
 
Newspapers offer a broad range of information about our families. They reveal information that may not have been recorded anywhere else. While genealogists commonly use them to find marriages and deaths, newspapers also published stories about social happenings, legal matters, travel, advertisements, and important community events that shaped our ancestors’ day-to-day lives. Digital newspaper collections have proliferated in recent years, and are searchable by name, keyword, or date. Come learn how to use this powerful new tool to uncover fascinating stories about your families.
 
Judy Janes is a past President of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, and currently serves on the Executive Board. Judy is a third-generation Californian who has been doing genealogical research for 27 years. She has successfully tracked several of her 17th century immigrant ancestors back to their roots in France, Holland, England, and Germany.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
(more info soon)
 
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.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, September 1
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from England, Scotland and Wales – the inhabitants of the isle of Britain. We hope to help one another find the resources needed to extend our family trees, including, but not limited to, online databases and record repositories in Britain and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of the people and culture of this island. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-British-SIG, and in-person on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December on the first Friday. The location alternates between the Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA and the Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Contact Fran Bumann for any questions: fbumann@yahoo.com


Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, September 13
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, computer lab (2nd floor)
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.


Saturday, September 16
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, September 16
VCGS general meeting - Susan Morris  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Susan Morris
 
"New Discovery of Native Peoples of San Nicolas Island In Nineteenth Century Los Angeles"
 
Susan Morris, a local researcher and writer, will discuss new research into the 1835 removal of native peoples from San Nicolas Island (the Nicoleños) and give details about their lives in the growing city of Los Angeles. Her presentation is titled, Finding the Lone Woman’s People: the Nicoleños in Los Angeles.

The story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island has fascinated people for generations and formed the basis for the popular children’s book, Island of the Blue Dolphins. In 1835, the Nicoleños were removed from their island home, except for one woman, who remained on the island for 18 years. In 1853, she sailed to Santa Barbara with George Nidever. Efforts were made to find people who could communicate with her, but she died seven weeks later, unable to fully share her story.

Morris will discuss new research using provincial Mexican papers, Los Angeles documents, American records, and church registers, which identified the Lone Woman’s people in Los Angeles. At least five men, women, and children are confirmed or are likely to have come to Los Angeles from San Nicolas Island in 1835. One Nicoleño, a 5 year-old boy who was given the name Tomas, was alive and living on Spring St. when the Lone Woman was brought to Santa Barbara in 1853.

Susan Morris is a researcher and writer who has been involved in Channel Islands research since 1987. She has participated in field studies on seven of the eight Channel Islands, working on archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology projects. Morris was the principal investigator of a cave-associated archaeological site survey in Wreck Canyon, Santa Rosa Island. Her recent focus has been historical research on events related to the life of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
(more info soon)
 
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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, September 23
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.



Saturday, October 21
**No DNA SIG in October**  (VCGS DNA SIG)
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in October due to the VCGS Seminar. I hope to see everyone there!
 
 


Saturday, October 21
VCGS: Annual Seminar - Paula Stuart-Warren  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA 
 
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the National Archives. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for SLIG and GRIP and for Ancestry Academy and has presented seminars all across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of FGS, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Topics:
  • Finding Ancestral Places of Origin
  • NUCMC & its Cousins: Keys to Lost Ancestral Records
  • Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
  • Genealogical & Historical Periodicals in Print and Online.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, October 28
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.



Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 8
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, computer lab (2nd floor)
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.


Saturday, November 18
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, November 18
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
(more information soon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
(more info soon)
 
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.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, December 1
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from England, Scotland and Wales – the inhabitants of the isle of Britain. We hope to help one another find the resources needed to extend our family trees, including, but not limited to, online databases and record repositories in Britain and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of the people and culture of this island. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-British-SIG, and in-person on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December on the first Friday. The location alternates between the Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA and the Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Contact Fran Bumann for any questions: fbumann@yahoo.com


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, December 2
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
Note the change this time only from the fourth Saturday of the month to the first. We will meet December 2nd and then enjoy our holidays later in the month!


Saturday, December 16
**No DNA SIG in December**  (VCGS DNA SIG)
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in December due to the VCGS Holiday Potluck. I hope to see everyone there!