Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, June 17, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Nancy Loe
Free Mini Seminar
"Picture This: Cataloging Your Digital Family Photographs"
Family photographs may seem so complex that they defy organizing. Tame your digital family photographs by learning how to add names, dates, and other information to images to make them searchable. The session covers a simple and effective processes, from scanning and adding information for retrieval, to filing and backing up your family photographs, so you can do it once and do it right.
Second lecture:
"Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations"
Bring order to the resources used in your family history research. Create simple and effective sources and citations for your family history research. Learn how to link your citations to your paper and digital records, and how create a source once and then cite it as needed. Examples for census, parish records, books, websites, DNA, paper records, and more are covered.
Nancy Loe, professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist, has managed archives and genealogy collections for more than three decades. Nancy has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech and Jamboree, and written genealogy guides on organizing and simplifying research. Her website,, was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow,” in 2014.
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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 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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