Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, August 17, 2019
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Kathleen Fernandes
"How to manage your family file as a database and how to use tools such as mind-mapping software to understand family relationships"

Kathleen Fernandes earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Stanford University and worked as a systems analyst in designing IT systems for the Department of Defense. Since retiring, she has been actively pursuing her Portuguese roots and became interested in genetic genealogy as a way to break through the brick walls she encountered in her research. She is particularly interested in tools and techniques for analyzing DNA data in endogamous populations. She has completed several genetic genealogy courses and has begun giving presentations on the topic to local genealogy groups.
Second presentation:
"Preserving Your Past"
Speaker: John Callahan
Writing up your family histories.
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. 
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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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Tuesday, Aug. 20th
6:00 pm
"Joel and Frances McCrea Family & Ranch History" Speaker: Wyatt McCrea

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society - Trip to Los Angeles Family History Library
Wednesday, Aug. 21st
8:00 am to 7:30 pm
The Santa Barbara Genealogical Society has spaces available on their chartered bus  to the Los Angeles Family History Library on Wednesday, ...

Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Aug. 21st
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 ...

Discussion: Family Tree Databases and Mind Mapping Software for Genealogy - Weds Class
Wednesday, Aug. 21st
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Don will lead a follow-up discussion after the general meeting lecture by Kathleen Fernandes the prior Saturday.

German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Aug. 24th
1:00 pm

Reunion Users Group - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Aug. 28th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Members who use Reunion (Mac) as their genealogy program will get together to share information about its use. Limited to ...

What's New at the VCGS Genealogy Library - Weds Class
Wednesday, Aug. 28th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Kay will go over new acquisitions and news of interest to users of the VCGS genealogy library.