Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday,  August 18, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Elizabeth O'Neal
"Finding Online Resources from Lineage Societies"
Lineage societies have been collecting and preserving family histories for more than 125 years. But did you know that some of these resources can be found online for free? And you don’t even have to be a member to take advantage of them!

Thousands of applications and supporting documents have been submitted to lineage societies over the years, and your brick wall ancestor could be hiding in the file of one of their members. From the databases and downloadable documents of the DAR, to simple lists of pioneers and soldiers: this presentation will show you which gems are available online and where to find them.

Elizabeth O’Neal is a professional genealogist, writer, and educator living in Lompoc, California. She has been researching her family history for more than three decades and is the owner of Swan Genealogy Services.

Elizabeth is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She is a member of numerous lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is an avid promoter of their genealogical resources.

Elizabeth has been blogging and writing about genealogy for more than 10 years. As the author of the blog My Descendant’s Ancestors, she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly “Genealogy Blog Party.” Her writing has been featured in the FGS FORUM magazine, and she is a contributing writer for the Legacy Family Tree News blog.

When not hunting for ancestors, Elizabeth enjoys photography and spending time with her family. She hopes that her only descendant will someday develop an interest in her ancestry.
Workshop following the lecture:
"Ask the Experts"
Panel: Joan Beem, Fran Bumann, Judy Janes, Teri Reynolds, Don Worth
You won't want to miss this workshop because it is a unique opportunity to ask your genealogical questions (brickwalls, methodology, places to find records, DNA, technology, etc.) of our panel of experienced VCGS teachers and researchers. Think about your questions beforehand, and join us!
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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