Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday,  May 19, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Nancy Loe
"Ten Skills Every Genealogist Needs"
Ten Skills Every Genealogist Needs helps you master essential elements of genealogy research and information management.
In this presentation, you’ll find new records by searching the “Deep Web,” pinpoint geographic locations past and present, read old handwriting, and translate records to English. Information management skills help you scan photos and records once. Learn how to insert information inside digital images. Enter data in your tree and name digital files consistently to organize your work.
Nancy Loe is a professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist, and has managed archives and genealogy collections for more than three decades. Nancy has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech and Jamboree, and written genealogy guides on organizing and simplifying research. Her website,, was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow,” in 2014.
Workshop following the lecture:
Presenter: Pam Hall & Shannon Luck-Brillhart
Learn to navigate the new FindAGrave and get all that you can from it.
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 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM 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. 
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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Roots Magic Users Group - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, May. 23rd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Members who use Roots Magic (Windows) as their genealogy program will get together to share information about its use. Limited ...

Working with Maps - Weds Class
Wednesday, May. 23rd
10:30 am
An overview of online maps and related resources.

Open Session for Brainstorming Brickwalls - Weds Class
Wednesday, May. 30th
10:30 am
Bring your questions and brickwalls for help from our group.

German Special Interest Group Meeting - CANCELLED
Wednesday, May. 30th
1:00 pm
The GSIG meeting for this month is cancelled. Our next meeting is Saturday, June 23, 1:30 p.m., at the Family History ...

Jamboree 2018
Thursday, May. 31st

Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County - Schelly Dardashti
Sunday, Jun. 3rd
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
"The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Sephardic Resources" Presenter: Schelly Talalay Dardashti   Just a few years ago, researchers of ...

Conejo Valley Genealogical Society - Jim Cyr
Tuesday, Jun. 5th
6:30 pm
"US Census Records and Census Research Websites" Presenter: Jim Cyr