Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lectures

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Cheryl Storton, CG
"Finding Family on the Wild Frontier: Important strategies for proving parentage with no direct evidence"
A missing marriage bond incorrectly transcribed with a non-existent surname leads to confusion and the dissemination of false information. How does a genealogist overcome such an obstacle? A clue on another marriage bond filed almost thirty years later and extended research reveals the parents of “Lizza Badchell.” Cheryl’s presentation will concentrate on “brick wall” research strategies useful to all genealogists in all areas.
Cheryl Storton, CertifiedGenealogist® started researching her family history in 1982 and has been addicted ever since. She received her certification in March of 2016 after submitting her portfolio that she worked on for two years. The experience and the preparation gave her new insights and skills to apply to difficult genealogical problems. Cheryl recommends certification if you want to test your expertise and want a challenge. More information about certification can be found at Board for Certification of Genealogists.
Although she no longer accepts clients, Cheryl was co-owner of the genealogical research company Bridge to Yesterday for seven years. Both her maternal and paternal lines have been in the United States for centuries. She stalks her ancestors through documents and histories in many different states such as New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, Arkansas, and Ohio.
Workshop following the lecture:
Presenter: Cafi Cohen
"Evidence and Proof: What’s the Difference?"
Whether you have been researching 3 months or 30 years, questions arise when adding ancestors to your family tree: When do you have enough documentation to link an ancestor to his parents? What kinds of documents count as evidence? How does evidence become proof? Why does the difference between evidence and proof matter? Regardless of the time period or geographic location, principles covered in this session will apply to you.

This session begins with a 20-25 minute demonstration of examples of evidence and proof drawn from a dozen research projects. Following that, we will evaluate evidence and proof through 2-3 class exercises. We hope to increase your ability to evaluate the validity of your pedigree branches, always aiming to ensure that you are working on your family, not someone else's.
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. Her personal research interests center on New York and midwestern ancestors, plus Italian and Jewish immigrants.
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. 
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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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