Ventura County Genealogical Society

VCGS provides activities and learning opportunities to support your genealogical research, be it local, regional, or distant. Those with Ventura County roots will find plenty of local records, made available by our wonderful volunteers. We also maintain an extensive genealogical library collection and we offer lectures at our meetings on the third Saturday of every month except December. These days (2020) we are meeting online with Zoom. Become a member and experience the many benefits of membership and be sure to explore all the genealogical treasures on our website. We hope to Zoom with you soon!
We welcome your donations to help us fulfill our mission!

Free Lecture [on Zoom]

Saturday, January 16, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online with Zoom
Presenter: Dana Ann Palmer
"Advanced Search Strategies at FamilySearch"
Learn how to use advanced search techniques to find your elusive ancestors in the historical records at FamilySearch.
Dana has a background in education and received her BA in Math Education to teach high school mathematics. With a love of family history and background in teaching, she began teaching beginning genealogy classes in 1996 before graduating from college. She has been a genealogy instructor at Sinclair Community College since 2010. She became a certified genealogist (CG®) in 2009 and a certified genealogical lecturer (CGL(SM)) in 2019. She has spoken at RootsTech (2020), NGS (2018, 2020), FGS (2013, 2020) and at many other state and local conferences, seminars and events.
Second presentation:
Presenter: Ken Gesch
"Making a Life While Making a Living"
Learning the context of our ancestor’s occupations can increase our understanding of the impact their work lives had on our family history. Learning about the jobs they did--and how they did them--enriches our appreciation of each ancestors' life as well as answers questions about decisions he or she made. We will look at a few examples of how researching occupational context added new information to some family stories.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should contact for a Zoom invitation.
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting in January. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society's DNA SIG this month. Contact for more information.


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.
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.
FamilyTreeDNA Please note that VCGS is an affiliate of Family Tree DNA. If you make a purchase after following the link at left, the VCGS Group Project will receive a small rebate; this will not increase the cost to you. You may join the VCGS Group Project - in fact, we would love to have you! - but it is not required.

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with ...

Technology Special Interest Group Meeting - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with ...

Advanced Search Strategies at FamilySearch - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Jan. 27th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
The class will discuss Dana Ann Palmer's lecture presented at the general meeting the preceding Saturday.   [This meeting will ...

A Virtual "Cemetery Crawl" Part 2 - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Feb. 3rd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
This will be a follow-up to our Halloween "Cemetery Crawl" with presentations from those who had contributions ready when we ...

Ask the Experts - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Feb. 10th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group. Detailed problems that are specific to your family ...

Ask the Experts - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Feb. 17th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group. Detailed problems that are specific to your family ...

VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 20th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
  Presentation: DNAgedcom Tools   Please join us for "DNAgedcom Tools." Rob Warthen is the founder of and one of the ...