Ventura County Genealogical Society

Holiday Potluck Luncheon Cancelled

Our hearts go out to the members of our community who have been impacted by the wildfire in Ventura County this past week. Many have been abruptly evacuated from their homes and have not yet returned to them. And some have lost their homes entirely and are now trying to deal with the complicated process of restarting their lives at a time when they are already stressed with grief and loss. We have heard from many of our members who have been severely affected and we are still trying to contact others to find out if they are safe.
In view of the unimaginable tragedy of the fire and its profound impact on our members, we are cancelling our annual holiday party that had been scheduled for December 16.
One of our holiday traditions in recent years has been to bring a toy to our party for the Toys for Tots campaign that benefits disadvantaged children in our community. After the fire, toys for displaced children are particularly needed. We urge all our members to make a special effort this year to purchase an unwrapped toy and drop it off at any of the large number of Toys for Tots drop-off sites throughout Ventura County. You can also make a monetary donation to Toys for Tots to help them further their good work.
Also, we urge our members to consider ways that they can help neighbors, family, friends or even strangers who have lost their homes and much of their personal property to these fires -- either directly or through one of the local charities. In particular, we recommend reaching out to such groups as Family To Family (they feed those in need several times during each week), Project Understanding, The Salvation Army, or local churches.
The Ventura County Genealogical Society extends warm wishes to all its members for better times going forward. Have a safe and happy holiday and we will see you all in 2018.

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. 

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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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**No DNA SIG in December**
Saturday, Dec. 16th
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in December.  

VCGS general meeting - Holiday Potluck - CANCELLED
Saturday, Dec. 16th
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  Our hearts go out to the members of our community who have been impacted by the wildfire in ...

Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop *CANCELLED*
Wednesday, Dec. 20th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This meeting date is cancelled for the holidays.

NO CLASS - Weds Class
Wednesday, Dec. 20th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
No class this week in observance of Christmas, Chanaka & New Years.

NO CLASS - Weds Class
Wednesday, Dec. 27th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
No class this week in observance of Christmas, Chanaka & New Years.

Advanced Google Searches - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Don Worth will demonstrate some more advanced uses of Google including boolean searches.

Genealogical Timelines - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jan. 10th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
See some examples of how to construct genealogical timelines, both with software and manually.