Ventura County Genealogical Society

VCGS provides activities and learning opportunities to support your genealogical research, be it local, regional, or distant. Those with Ventura County roots will find plenty of local records, made available by our wonderful volunteers. We also mainain an extensive genealogical library collection and we offer lectures at our meetings on the third Saturday of every month except December. These days (2020) we are meeting online with Zoom. Become a member and experience the many benefits of membership and be sure to explore all the genealogical treasures on our website. We hope to Zoom with you soon!
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Free Lecture [on Zoom]

Saturday, August 15, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online with Zoom
Presenter: Dr. Gary Alan Dickey
“Royal Bastards” & “Irish Research – You’ll be Needing the Luck of the Irish”
“Royal Bastards” will look at the role of bastardy in tracing genealogical descent from the Kings and Queens of Europe. Many people seek to know if they have royal lineage and forget that bastard lines of royalty also connect us to the same royal families. While in the past many would try to cover up such illegitimate lines of descent, they are very important to the study of royal lines, and in turn, to the ordinary amongst us. This will be a fun as well as deeper look into the closets of our family history.
“Irish Research – You’ll be Needing the Luck of the Irish” – Irish research is not for the faint at heart. Surviving records have been diminished by fire and conflict, less attention giving to common folks than those of gentry or money, and other issues. We’ll look at the records, their scope, and some avenues open to us for family research. If you’re up to Irish research you are up for any of your less known lines of descent. We will also touch on some of the issues of Scots-Irish research.
The Rev. Dr. Gary Alan Dickey is former (now retired) senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village. He holds the B.A. degree in an­cient history, U.C.L.A.; Master of Divinity de­gree, Fuller Theological Seminary; Doctor of Ministry degree, School of Theology at Claremont; Ph.D., Trinity Theological Seminar. He has been a Certified Genealogist (British research 1700-1900) through the Board for the Certification of Genealogists in Washington, D.C. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in English Local History through Oxford University. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Canadian Records through the University of Toronto and the National Genealogical Institute. He is a member of many hereditary and patriotic societies.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should contact for a Zoom invitation.
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom.

Free DNA Lecture [on Zoom]

Saturday, August 15, 2020
10:30 to 11:30 am
Online with Zoom
Guest Lecturer: Megan Lee
Finding Mona – A Double Adoption Solved – Case Study
A thank-you gift of heritage; the adoptee solves her mother's adoption and presents her with the results. This lecture is a balance of the methodologies used to solve these adoptions and how you can easily use the same techniques for hard-to-break brick walls! 
Megan Lee refers to DNA as her muse. Adopted, she worked her parents' genealogies while they were living and started on her adopted side after their deaths. Megan began taking DNA courses in 2013 and learned DNA through her adoption and without the constraints of a tree or the expected results. This deficit allowed the inheritance patterns of the DNA to guide her.  
Seven years later, she carries an Advanced Genetic Genealogy Certificate from GRIP, a Genetic Genealogy Certificate from Excelsior College, a Certificate in Genealogy from Boston University, and ProGen. She is on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Genealogical Society, an administrator of their DIGs group, the Social Media Director for SCGS's Jamboree, and is a DNA project administrator for SCGS. 
Please join us for this special presentation. Once each year the DNA SIG is privileged to welcome a visiting speaker. We are thrilled to have Megan Lee share her knowledge with us.
This is the highlight of our 2020 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS DNA SIG via email about 12-2 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email list you may contact the webmaster at to be added.]


Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all VCGS in-person events have been suspended for the time being. Starting in June we began holding our General Meetings online using Zoom. Weds classes and some Special Interest Groups are now meeting on Zoom - consult our Events calendar for details. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we want to be considerate of the health of our members and the public at large.

VCGS lists events for other genealogical societies on our web site but we may not have received notification of cancellations. In this time of uncertainty we urge you to check with those societies before attempting to attend their events.


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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VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Aug. 15th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
  Guest Lecturer: Megan Lee   Finding Mona – A Double Adoption Solved – Case Study   A thank-you gift of heritage; the adoptee ...

VCGS general meeting - Dr. Gary Dickey
Saturday, Aug. 15th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Presenter: Dr. Gary Alan Dickey   “Royal Bastards” & “Irish Research – You’ll be Needing the Luck of ...

Irish Research Follow-up - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Aug. 19th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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