Ventura County Genealogical Society

VCGS's 2017 Year in Review


Free Lecture

Saturday,  January 20, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Ted Gostin
"They Became Citizens: An Overview of American Naturalization Records"
This lecture presents an overview of United States naturalization records. The first national naturalization law was established in 1790, and therefore this lecture focuses on 19th and 20th century naturalization proceedings. Naturalization procedures and forms during two basic time periods are discussed: from 1790 to September 27, 1906; and from September 27, 1906 forward. Finding aids to naturalization records are discussed, and a short bibliography of key works on naturalization records is provided.

Mr. Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. Mr. Gostin has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show Who Do You Think You Are? (clip at He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world. Mr. Gostin is also an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Workshop following the lecture:
"1904 Iowa Tragedy links with Camarillo"
Presenter: Ray Roth
Ray will present the case study of research on the dark history of the family of a coworker of his and its close links to his wife’s cousins on an Iowa farm. It is a small world.
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.

2018 VCGS Election Results

The following officers have been elected for 2018:

President - Nancy Jaeger
1st Vice President, Programs - Fran Bumann
2nd Vice President, Membership - Jim Knapp
3rd Vice President, Workshops - Judy Cohen
Treasurer - Monica Greene
Recording Secretary - Shirley Leslie
Corresponding Secretary - Ray Roth


Board Member 2018-2020 - Beulah O'Neal
Board Member 2018-2020 - Gwenda Tucker
Board Member 2016-2018 - Marnell Hansen
Board Member 2016-2018 - John Callahan
Board Member 2017-2019 - Phillip Crow
Board Member 2017-2019 - Gayle Wolcott


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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Probate Webinar - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jan. 24th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The class will watch a webinar from FamilySearch about researching probates. Discussion will follow next week.

Los Californianos Annual Meeting (Conference)
Friday, Jan. 26th
Los Californianos was created for the purpose of preserving the heritage  of Alta California’s early Hispanic Californians (also called Californios or Californianos). As individuals and as an ...

German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Jan. 27th
1:30 pm
The photo at the left was taken at the BallinStadt Emigration Museum in Hamburg, Germany. My husband and I visited there ...

Probate discussion - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jan. 31st
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Members of the group will share their experience researching probate records and talk about what they learned from them.

Independent study & prep for SLC trip - Weds Class
Wednesday, Feb. 7th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Those going to the Salt Lake City Family History Library will prepare for their research by reviewing the FHL catalog ...

Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 7th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fran will lead a special small group session for beginners. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by ...

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