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 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, March 20, 2021
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
Presenter: Steve Morse
"One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools' Lives"
The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay. This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.
Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.
In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution nearly 40 years ago.
Second presentation:
Presenter: Ray Roth
"Distant Cousins and Famous Places"
In his research Ray has found some interesting stories about distant cousins and where they met their deaths. He has three unique cases he will present.
Ray has been researching his early Virginia and Kentucky ancestors for the last ten years since joining VCGS. He has traveled to several states collecting records and data at historical societies and court houses.
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should submit our invitation request form for a Zoom invitation.
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society's DNA SIG this month. 


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.
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Online Death Certificates - Weds Class [on Zoom]
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10:30 am to 11:30 am
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23andMe - DNA SIG (hosted by CVGS)
Friday, Mar. 5th
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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Finding and Mapping Ancestors' Land - Weds Class [on Zoom]
Wednesday, Mar. 10th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 17th
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 - Weds Class
Wednesday, Mar. 17th
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 or ...

VCGS general meeting - Steve Morse
Saturday, Mar. 20th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  Presenter: Steve Morse   "One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools' Lives"   The One-Step website started out ...

2019 VCGS Salt Lake Safari Research Trip *** CANCELLED ***
Sunday, Mar. 21st