Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lectures

Saturday, January 19, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Lisa Schumacher
"1890 Census Substitutes"
Family history researchers rely heavily on Census records from 1790 to 1940. However most of the 1890 census is not available. What happened and what can be done to fill in the 1880-1900 gap? Learn about other resources that can provide information for this time period.

Lisa Schumacher has thirty years of experience in the computer field and is currently a self-employed technical support consultant. Her interest in family history began twenty years ago with a focus on computer programs that can be used in genealogical research. Lisa is Past-President of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society (Torrance, CA). She was a staff supervisor and instructor at the Los Angeles Family History Center for seven years. She lectures on various topics throughout the Los Angeles South Bay area.
Second presentation:
"Sanborn Maps"
Speaker: Judy Janes
Sanborn Maps are a great resource for genealogists who long to learn more about the homes and buildings where their ancestors lived in America. Created in the 19th and 20th centuries for fire insurance purposes, these detailed maps can help you find exact locations. Judy Janes will show us how to access these maps, which are particularly valuable when buildings no longer exist.
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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VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Jan. 19th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
  Format: Small Group Discussion   Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your ...

VCGS general meeting - Lisa Schumacher
Saturday, Jan. 19th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Presenter: Lisa Schumacher   "1890 Census Substitutes" Family history researchers rely heavily on Census records from 1790 to 1940. However ...

Conejo Valley Genealogical Society - Dick Humphrey
Tuesday, Jan. 22nd
6:00 pm
"Preparing to Retire Your Genealogy" Speaker:  Dick Humphrey Have you ever wondered how you are going to close or finish ...

1890 Census Substitutes FOLLOW UP - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Follow-up discussion on the topic of the general meeting lecture this month.

Family Tree Maker Users Group - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd
10:30 am to 11:30 am
If you use Family Tree Maker software (Windows or Mac) and have questions about using its features, you are welcome ...

Orphan Photographs - Weds Class
Wednesday, Jan. 30th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Pam will share some old photographs she purchased in the hopes that the class can help reunite them with their ...

Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 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 ...