Ventura County Genealogical Society

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Free Lecture

Saturday, March 16, 2019
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Mary E. Hall
 
"DNA Testing in the News: Beyond the Headlines"
 
Only someone who's been living in the north woods without electricity or cellphone service can be unaware at this point in 2019 that law enforcement is intensely interested in using our genealogical DNA test results as resources in criminal investigations. Since the news broke in April of last year that police in California had used the genetic genealogy database GEDMatch.com to help identify a suspect in the decades-old Golden State Killer case -- reported by The Legal Genealogist and many others then and since -- we've all been on notice that DNA results that came into being solely for genealogical reasons are exceedingly useful in solving cold cases and that law enforcement has figured that out. Mary will explore some recent DNA related news headlines, share how DNA testing and test databases were involved, and highlight current options for family historians concerned about privacy and ethics as we hunt for the parents of our gg-grandmother.

Mary Hall leads the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society's DNA Special Interest Group.
 
Second presentation:
 
"Genealogy at the Ventura County Fair"
Speaker: Diane Cook
 
Diane Cook, Superintendent of the Hobbies, Models & Collectibles in the Gem & Mineral building at the Ventura County Fair, will give a workshop on how members can assist fair attendees with basic genealogy searches at the fair. She will also let us know how we can enter our genealogy items at the fair. Diane has been a volunteer at the Ventura County Fair for many years and looks forward to another opportunity in 2019.
 
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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Affiliations

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.
FamilyTreeMagazine Family Tree Magazine: Half of your total paid will go to support the FGS and hundreds of local member societies that need your help!
FamilyTreeDNA Family Tree DNA: Y DNA Testing at discounted rates
 


Upcoming
2019 VCGS Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
Sunday, Mar. 17th
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Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Mar. 20th
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 ...

DNA Testing in the News followup discussion - Weds Class
Wednesday, Mar. 20th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The class will discuss what they learned at the general meeting presentation on DNA Testing in the News. Please bring ...

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 20th
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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Conejo Valley Genealogical Society - A Trio of Topics
Monday, Mar. 25th
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Roots Magic Group - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Mar. 27th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Members who use Roots Magic (Windows) as their genealogy program will get together to share information about its use. Limited ...

Lessons from Salt Lake City - Weds Class
Wednesday, Mar. 27th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Class members who went on the trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake will relate their experiences there.