Ventura County Genealogical Society


Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all VCGS in-person events have been suspended for the time being. Starting in June we will hold 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.


Free Lecture [on Zoom]

Saturday, July 18, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online with Zoom
Presenter: David Flint
"Overview of Genealogy Research in England"
This program reviews the three main record groups you are likely to use when doing genealogy research in England: Census records, Civil Registration records and Church records. Each of these record types covers a different time period ranging from 1538 to the present, and each can provide key information about your ancestors in England. The program will compare the different types of records with illustrations of the content, historical context, and some websites to access them online.
David Flint has been doing English genealogy research for over 15 years. He was born in England, where he lived until the age of ten, when his family moved to Canada, and then to the United States. At his home society in Mission Viejo he leads a monthly England special interest group, and a monthly Legacy Users Group for SOCCGS members using the Legacy Family Tree genealogy program. He also teaches a beginners class for Legacy and leads an annual week-long research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for SOCCGS members.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.


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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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.
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DNA - Breakout Workshop *** CANCELLED ***
Wednesday, Jul. 8th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
   *** CANCELLED ***   Ray Roth and/or Don Worth will work with those who would like help interpreting their ...

Using EBAY for Family History - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Jul. 8th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
One doesn’t typically consider eBay a resource for family history, but this huge “garage sale” site has much to offer. ...

Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Jul. 11th
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 ...

Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop *** CANCELLED ***
Wednesday, Jul. 15th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
   *** CANCELLED ***   Beulah will work with those interested in writing family stories. The group meets monthly but ...

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 15th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or ...

Technology Special Interest Group - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jul. 15th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or ...

VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Jul. 18th
8:00 am to 3:45 pm
  Topic: Field Trip!   Join the VCGS DNA SIG as we journey on a virtual field trip to the Denver ...