Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, November 18, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Jose Rivera
"Seabee History and Tradition: The Difficult We Do Immediately, the Impossible Takes a Bit Longer "
The U. S. Navy Seabee Museum that is located in Port Hueneme, is one of fifteen official U. S. Navy museums. It contains an assortment of world war memorabilia, as well as various operational records, battalion histories, manuscripts, oral histories, biographies, and personal papers about the Seabees. Jose Rivera’s talk will focus on why the Seabees were formed, what they have done since their beginnings in World War II, what records exist for researchers, and what you can see at the museum.
Jose Rivera's journey as a museum professional to the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum includes California State Parks & National Parks Service, Director of Education at the Marin Museum of the American Indian, Director of Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the Curator of Exhibits for Heritage Square in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and is a Vietnam veteran. He arrived at the Seabee Museum in September of 2016. He says he "greatly enjoys working with the community on behalf of the Seabee Museum, working with active duty and retired Seabees, and the wonderful museum staff".
Workshop following the lecture:
"Acquiring a Sense of Place: Using Maps & Gazetteers to Build Family Stories."
Presenter: Lyn Gesch
This topic is driven for me by wondering how my ancestors felt at home in a place, why they chose to live and work somewhere, especially if that place was problematic for them. The question of what draws people to a place and gives them some sense of belonging has many aspects to it and can’t be fully answered in one workshop, but I want to suggest that maps and gazetteers can be very helpful tools in trying to puzzle that out, and I will show you some examples of how that has worked in research I’ve done.
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.
The new Mexican American Special Interest Group will be holding its first organizational meeting at noon at the library. Consult the Events Calendar for more details.


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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NO CLASS - Weds Class
Wednesday, Nov. 22nd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
No class this week in observance of Thanksgiving.

Library Presentation - Weds Class
Wednesday, Nov. 29th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Kay Engel will present a library topic (to be announced)

VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Dec. 1st
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from England, Scotland and Wales – the inhabitants of the isle ...

German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Dec. 2nd
1:30 pm
Note the change this time only from the fourth Saturday of the month to the first. We will meet December ...

Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 6th
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 ...

Expanded Land Records - Weds Class
Wednesday, Dec. 6th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Judy Janes will present additional information about land record research.

DNA - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 13th
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 ...