Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, March 21, 2020
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Dr. Brian Leverich
"Linkpendium: Ten Million Ways to Discover Your Family History"
We can access many outstanding genealogical resources via the Internet. Libraries, genealogical/historical societies, governments, volunteer projects, and individuals have brought vast amounts of information online. But genealogists cannot find much of this information with just simple search engine queries. In this talk we'll learn about how to craft more effective search engine queries, why even the best queries still often fail, and how to use Linkpendium's directory and search engine to find the Internet's hidden genealogical gems.
Dr. Brian Leverich was a U.S. Senate Youth Fellow in American History and Politics at Harvard, and holds a Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His love of history led him to genealogy 4 decades ago, and he was one of the pioneers of Internet (then ARPAnet) genealogy in the early 1980s. He was the founding moderator of soc.genealogy.methods, the first Internet group dedicated to genealogical research methods. He is the cofounder of and remains active today as one of the principals maintaining and developing
Second presentation:
"Organizing Your Digital Files"
Speaker: Sharie Lieberg
Learn how new apps can enhance your Family History research experience by improving your digital storage, citing and cataloging your findings, & more!
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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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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Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley - Ellen Kowitt
Sunday, Mar. 1st
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
"Comparing Jewish Resources on Ancestry, FamilySearcch, Findmypast, MyHeritage and JewishGen" Speaker: Ellen Kowitt   Enjoy this comparative overview of Jewish ...

Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Mar. 4th
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 ...

Newspaper Research - Weds Class
Wednesday, Mar. 4th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Judy, our resident expert in newspaper research will go over available resources and tips and tricks for finding out about ...

DNA - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Mar. 11th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Ray Roth and/or Don Worth will work with those who would like help interpreting their DNA results. Limited to 5 ...

Family Search - Weds Class
Wednesday, Mar. 11th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Teresa will demonstrate how to use to best advantage. Class members are encouraged to share how they use it ...

Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Mar. 18th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beulah will work with those interested in writing family stories. The group meets monthly but is limited to 5 regular ...

Technology Special Interest Group - Weds Class
Wednesday, Mar. 18th
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 ...