Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, September 21, 2019
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: John Schmal
"The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)"
This presentation explores the original settlement of Southern California by the Spaniards. Starting with the early settlement of San Diego (1769) and San Gabriel (1771), the speaker outlines the various Spanish activities in the Southland, including the Expedition of 1781 and the founding of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara from 1781-1786. The lecture also includes a discussion of several of the original indigenous inhabitants who lived near the Spanish missions. The presentation will conclude with data from the 1790 census.

John Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He has authored books and is a Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research board member.
Second presentation:
Finding Your Roots in Mexico
how to find your roots in Mexico, online resources, etc.
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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10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Sep. 21st
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Saturday, Sep. 21st
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter: John Schmal   "The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)"   This presentation explores the original settlement of Southern ...