Ventura County Genealogical Society


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 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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Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop ***CANCELLED***
Wednesday, Feb. 20th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Writing for Genealogy breakout group is cancelled this month. We will resume meeting next month.

Maps and Gazetters Followup Discussion - Weds Class
Wednesday, Feb. 20th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Discussion following up to the general meeting topic: Maps and Gazetteers. Please bring your handout from that presentation.

VCGS German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 23rd
1:00 pm
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Legacy Users Group - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 27th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Members who use Legacy (Windows) as their genealogy program will get together to share information about its use. Limited to ...

Analyzing the Content of Historical Photos - Weds Class
Wednesday, Feb. 27th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Lyn will discuss the process for analyzing old photographs for genealogical clues.

British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, Mar. 1st
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Come and share your questions, problems and triumphs in your research in the British Isles (England, Scotland and Wales.)

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