Ventura County Genealogical Society
WELCOME TO THE
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 maintain 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!
 
We welcome your donations to help us fulfill our mission!
 
 
 
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Free Lecture [on Zoom]

Saturday, December 19, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
 
"After You're Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research"
 
Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.
 
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com!
 
“I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
 
I see things differently than most in the genealogy field; I’m almost never content with the status quo. That doesn’t mean I chase after change just for the sake of change; but when I see an opportunity to improve something and to bring more people into the genealogy sphere, that’s where you’ll find me.”
 
 
There will be no second presentation in December due to presentation of awards and installation of officers.
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for a Zoom invitation.
 
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting in December.


 

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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Follow us on our FaceBook page to receive timely updates about genealogical activities and our society.  You don't have to be a member of Facebook to view our page, but Facebook requires you to be a member to post comments. 
 

Affiliations

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.
National Genealogical Society NGS 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.
FamilyTreeDNA Please note that VCGS is an affiliate of Family Tree DNA. If you make a purchase after following the link at left, the VCGS Group Project will receive a small rebate; this will not increase the cost to you. You may join the VCGS Group Project - in fact, we would love to have you! - but it is not required.
 

Upcoming
Work Relief Programs of the 1930s, Part 2 - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
We will revisit the topic of 1930s work relief programs and the many people they employed during the Depression. Marilyn ...

Ask the Experts - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Dec. 9th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group. Detailed problems that are specific to your family ...

Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Dec. 12th
10:00 am to 11:30 am
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. We hope to ...

Family Stories of the Holiday Season: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Dec. 16th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Ken will lead a session for members to share their stories of holidays past.    [This meeting will be held ...

Holiday Break - DNA SIG
Saturday, Dec. 19th
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in December due to the holidays. See you next year!

VCGS general meeting - Thomas MacEntee
Saturday, Dec. 19th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  Presenter: Thomas MacEntee   "After You're Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research"   Have you ever considered what will ...

Holiday Break - Weds Class
Wednesday, Dec. 23rd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
No meetings until after the holidays.