Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, July 15, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Free Mini Seminar
Presenter: Gina Philibert-Ortega
"10 Databases You Didn't Know Were On"
Sure, you know that the census, city directories and the World War I Draft registration on but what about those little-known databases that includes images, digitized books, and indexes. There are hidden treasures in Ancestry for those who know how to find them. We will explore searching on Ancestry to uncover the lesser known databases and we’ll look at 10 specific ones for your research.
Second lecture:
"Tackling a Research Project"
You want to research your great-grandma. Great! Now what? After you spend some time looking online and have hit the brick wall, what are you supposed to do? Tackling a research project is so much more than entering names into a database. Learn more about planning, creating and researching so that your time online and off will be a success.
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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.

County Fair Volunteers Needed

FAIR TIME!! Time for the Ventura County Fair is fast approaching. The fair dates are 2-13 August. Our registration site is up and running. We really need your help in staffing the family history booth. Please sign up for as many shifts as you can. This is the link to register.  Once you click on the link you'll see "What's Happening" and under that click on "2017 Ventura County Fair Genealogy Booth." Thank you!


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.
California State Genealogical Alliance - Member
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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Founded in October, 1982, the California State Genealogical Alliance serves as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, individuals, and non-profit organizations.
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German Special Interest Group
Saturday, Jun. 24th
Please note:  The German SIG meeting planned for June 24th will not be held this month. Several of our members will be ...

An Oral History and Its Many Clues - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jun. 28th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Judy Cohen will present on An Oral History and Its Many Clues.

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, Jul. 12th
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or ...

VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Jul. 15th
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Format: Small Group Discussion   Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your ...

VCGS general meeting - Gena Philibert-Ortega
Saturday, Jul. 15th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  Free Mini Seminar Presenter: Gina Philibert-Ortega   "10 Databases You Didn't Know Were On"   Sure, you know ...

Family History Training Course
Tuesday, Jul. 18th
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
3-Day Basic Family History Training Course The 3-day basic course starts with the basics and progresses to the advanced concepts ...

German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Jul. 22nd
1:30 pm
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded ...