Events

Sep
18
Sat
Lectures – Sue Adams & Brian Rhinehart @ on Zoom
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Sue Adams

“English Manorial Records” (British SIG)

Manorial records are a rich genealogical source, especially for people who owned copyhold land as manorial tenants.  Records for some manors stretch back from 1925 to the 13th century, and are in English from 1733.  Clues that you ancestors may have been manorial tenants include references to land in wills and occupations associated with using the land such as farmers.

 

My own genealogy adventures started back in 1997, triggered by the death of a cousin of my paternal grand-mother.  I was soon hooked and started trying to verify the family folklore from my mom’s ancestry.  Family Folklore Blog is where I share my personal research and discuss genealogical issues. It wasn’t long before I wanted to know more, which lead me to study with the Open University, and later to embark on the University of Strathclyde postgraduate programculminating in a Masters degree.  I have come to realize that, even with my education, there is still much to learn.   Technology makes ever more historical records available, so I am committed to keeping my skills updated so I can take advantage of the opportunities presented.

Second presentation:

Presenter: Brian Rhinehart

“Navigating the Records From the War of 1812”

From bounty land to pensions, there are no shortage of genealogical records for soldiers from The War of 1812.  Learn how and why these records were created, how to make sense of them, and what those records can contain for your ancestors!
 
Brian Rhinehart is a professional genealogist and speaker and is the owner ofCivilWarRecords.com.  A direct descendant of six Civil War soldiers, Brian specializes in research and record retrieval for Civil War and War of 1812 soldiers at the National Archives in Washington DC and has retrieved military files for hundreds of clients there.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


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. Contact webmaster@venturacogensoc.org for more information.

Sep
22
Wed
Weds Workshop – Sue Adams & Brian Rhinehart Follow-Up Discussion @ on Zoom
Sep 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

A follow-up discussion of Sue Adam’s lecture on English Manorial Records and Brian Rhinehart’s lecture on War of 1812 records this month. Attendees are encouraged to bring their comments and questions.


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Workshop Googlegroup email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webmaster@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]

Sep
29
Wed
Weds Workshop – Civil War Stories @ on Zoom
Sep 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Lyn will lead a discussion with group members contributing their stories about their Civil War ancestors.


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Workshop Googlegroup email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webmaster@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]

Oct
9
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Leah Larkin @ On Zoom
Oct 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
When Your Tree Is A Banyan: Untangling Endogamy – Leah Larkin

Endogamy, the practice of marrying within a relatively small group, is common and one of the greatest challenges to working with autosomal DNA matches to enhance your family tree. This series will help you understand what endogamy is, why it complicates DNA analyses, how to gauge it, and some strategies to work most effectively with your DNA results.

Leah Larkin earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she used DNA to study the relationships among different species. She has worked in both academia and scientific publishing and applies those research skills daily to solving genealogical questions using DNA. Her background makes her uniquely qualified to analyze your DNA results to reveal your family history.


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS DNA SIG via email about 12 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email list you may contact the webmaster at webmaster@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]

Oct
16
Sat
Annual VCGS Seminar @ on Zoom
Oct 16 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

2021 Annual Seminar

Effective Family Searching,
by THE FamilySearch Experts

Saturday, October 16, 2021
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Webinar

Join us for this year’s annual seminar, featuring the top leaders/genealogists from the Family History Library. Learn how to search more effectively for your ancestors from the experts. Door Prizes will be awarded throughout the day!

Speakers:

David Rencher, Family Search Chief Officer & Directory, Family History Library
Lynn Turner, Asst. Directory, FHL
Robert Raymond, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer, FHL
Edgie E. Donakey, VP Strategic Relations and Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer, FHL

For more information and lecture topics and to register, visit our 2021 Annual Seminar page.


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out by Zoom to those who register once their registration is successfully completed. ]

Nov
7
Sun
Salt Lake City Safari @ Family History Library
Nov 7 @ 12:00 am – Nov 14 @ 12:00 am

Salt Lake City Safari 2021 Research Trip

The 2021 Salt Lake Safari is scheduled for November 7- 14, 2021, a lovely time to visit Salt Lake City. It will depend upon the Family History Library reopening, and on Covid conditions everywhere. We go when it is safe.

The FHL is open until 6 pm Monday through Saturday, with many changes, more books, improved individual work spaces, and more surprises. The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel has reserved 25 rooms for Sunday, November 7 through 14, but they will try to accommodate additional days if you like. Many of us will arrive Saturday to hear the Tabernacle Choir performance Sunday and stay through the week. Our research trip includes a free one- hour class provided by James Warren, of Carmack and Associates, professional genealogists and authors. And one of the highlights of our research trip is the group dinner at the Garden Restaurant. There will be several pre-trip classes via Zoom.

The Plaza Hotel room rates are $95 for standard rooms with an excellent view of the Library, and $105 for deluxe, city view rooms and $105 for king-bedded rooms. We have 25 rooms blocked at the Plaza, and 50 people have expressed interest. For reservations, call the Plaza at 801-606-2410 and ask for the Ventura County Genealogy Society room block and let me know. If you have any questions, please email Pat Thomas at Thomas.Genealogical@gmail.com.

Nov
17
Wed
Technology Special Interest Group @ Online using Zoom
Nov 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics they need help with or that they would like to know more about and our members will chip in to offer advice and ideas. Our meetings are open to the public. Leaders are Ray Roth and Don Worth. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Googlegroup email discussion list prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webmaster@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]

Nov
20
Sat
Lectures – Lyn Gesch @ on Zoom
Nov 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Lyn Gesch

“Researching Your Civil War Soldier”

TBA

Second presentation:

Presenter: Fritz Juengling

“Extracting Information from German Church and Civil Records, German Handwriting” (German SIG)

TBA

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


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. Contact webmaster@venturacogensoc.org for more information.

Dec
18
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Panel: Q&A @ On Zoom
Dec 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Open Forum For Questions & Answers
 
This month will be an opportunity for our members to bring their questions about genetic genealogy and we will address them in a panel format.

[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS DNA SIG via email about 12 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email list you may contact the webmaster at webmaster@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]
Lectures – Jean Wilcox Hibben, Thomas MacEntee @ on Zoom
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben

““Ghosts of Christmas Past: Traditions of our Ancestors””

TBA

Second presentation:

Presenter: Thomas MacEntee

“After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research”

TBA

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.