Events

Jun
16
Wed
Weds Workshop – Notes and Pitfalls When Researching British Ancestry @ on Zoom
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Norman Bambridge will present on Notes and Pitfalls When Researching British Ancestry. A discussion will follow.


[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.]

Jun
19
Sat
Lectures – Drew Smith @ on Zoom
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Drew Smith

“Introduction to GEDmatch”

VCGS General Meeting Lecture sponsored by the DNA SIG
 
GEDmatch is a free website that allows uploading raw DNA data from DNA testing companies so that the test data can be compared with data from tests taken at different companies. It also provides tools that may not be available at the original testing company. This presentation will focus on the basics of using GEDmatch to match relatives.
 
Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library since 2007. Between 1994 and 2007, he was an instructor for the USF School of Library and Information Science (now the School of Information), where he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting. Prior to 1994, Drew worked for academic computing departments at USF and at Clemson University in South Carolina. Drew regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology. Together with George G. Morgan, Drew has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005. Beginning in 2016, he hosts the Genealogy Connections Podcast, which alternates weeks with The Genealogy Guys Podcast.
 
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Presenter: Drew Smith

“Where Is The Book With My Family In It?”

 
Before beginning their own research, good researchers seek out the research already done by others. Find out how to do an exhaustive search for books, periodicals, and other published or unpublished printed research material that may save you time in your own research.

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


Please note that the VCGS DNA Special Interest Group is sponsoring Drew Smith’s first talk today. There will be no DNA SIG meeting at 10:30 AM.

VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Introduction to GEDmatch @ On Zoom
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Introduction to GEDmatch – Drew Smith
 
[NOTE CHANGE FROM OUR REGULAR TIME]
GEDmatch is a free website that allows uploading raw DNA data from DNA testing companies so that the test data can be compared with data from tests taken at different companies. It also provides tools that may not be available at the original testing company. This presentation will focus on the basics of using GEDmatch to match relatives.
 
Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library since 2007. Between 1994 and 2007, he was an instructor for the USF School of Library and Information Science (now the School of Information), where he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting. Prior to 1994, Drew worked for academic computing departments at USF and at Clemson University in South Carolina. Drew regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology. Together with George G. Morgan, Drew has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005. Beginning in 2016, he hosts the Genealogy Connections Podcast, which alternates weeks with The Genealogy Guys Podcast.

[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.]

Jun
23
Wed
Weds Workshop – Where Is The Book With My Family In It? @ on Zoom
Jun 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

The group will discuss Drew Smith’s lecture at the preceding general meeting.


[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.]

Jun
30
Wed
Weds Workshop: Ask the Experts @ on Zoom
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group. Detailed problems that are specific to your family should be submitted in advance to the email discussion group (GENCAMLIB@googlegroups.com) with a description about what research you have done already and the research question you are trying to answer. General questions and topics for discussion may be raised in the meeting and need not be submitted in advance.


[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.]

Jul
9
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – What Are the Odds (WATO) @ Zoom
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
What Are The Odds (WATO)
 
The meeting will take place on Friday, July 9, 1:00 pm, via Zoom. Note this meeting is one week later than usual due to the July 4th holiday. Join us as we learn how to use the  “What Are The Odds?” tool (also known as WATO) from Jonny Perl’s DNA Painter website. WATO is designed to help you figure out where someone might fit into a known family tree by using the amount of DNA they share with people in that tree.  It is helpful in solving cases of unknown parentage, unknown grandparents, or even unknown great-grandparents.  The newest version has major upgrades that make using WATO much easier.

[VCGS and Conejo Valley Genealogical Society DNA SIGs are coordinating topics and are alternating hosting meetings for our combined DNA SIG memberships. (Note that CVGS’s DNA SIG meets on Friday afternoons.) This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the CVGS DNA SIG via email about 12 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the CVGS DNA SIG email list you may contact Colleen Yinger (csyinger@roadrunner.com) to be added.]

Jul
17
Sat
Lectures – Moises Garza @ on Zoom
Jul 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Moises Garza

“Overview of Ancestry.com and Search Strategies”

Listen to Moises Garza present on the types of records that you can find on ancestry for your Mexican Genealogy research, the various tools and resources that they have to offer and also learn about research strategies to help you find your ancestors. These research strategies apply to everyone, not just those searching for Mexican ancestors.
 
My passion for genealogy started in the cotton fields of west Texas. As a migrant worker I was blessed to work in the fields next to my father, Lauro Garza, who had a sharp memory and told countless stories about his own ancestors. I have been doing genealogy since 1998. Since then I have helped countless others in their own quest to find their ancestors. Today, I continue with this passion by publishing and creating resources to help you in your own search. Mr. Garza has been doing genealogy presentations since 2013 on many different genealogy topics,  and presented for many genealogy groups/societies in Texas and throughout the United States. He has.also been a speaker at many genealogy conferences such as the Texas State Genealogical Conference, The Texas State Hispanic Genealogy and Historical Conference, and the We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference.
 
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Presenter: Moises Garza

“A Look at Border Crossing Cards” (Mexican American SIG)

 
In this presentation, Moises talks about the Mexican border crossing records. He will provide an introduction to them, explain who got recorded, the genealogical information that you can find in them, and finally where you can search and find these records yourself.

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.

Jul
21
Wed
Technology Special Interest Group @ Online using Zoom
Jul 21 @ 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.]

Aug
21
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – GEDmatch Demo @ On Zoom
Aug 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Demonstration & Discussion: GEDmatch

We will be demonstrating GEDmatch and discussing some of its uses to genealogists. Bring your questions for a Q&A session too!


[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 – Judy Janes @ on Zoom
Aug 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Judy Janes

“Discover Family History in Online Newspapers”


Newspapers offer a broad range of information about our families. They reveal information that may not have been recorded anywhere else. While genealogists commonly use them to find marriages and deaths, newspapers also published stories about social happenings, legal matters, travel, advertisements, and important community events that shaped our ancestors’ day-to-day lives. Digital newspaper collections have proliferated in recent years, and are searchable by name, keyword, or date. Come learn how to use this powerful new tool to uncover fascinating stories about your families.
 
Judy Janes is a past President of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, and currently serves on the Executive Board. Judy is a third-generation Californian who has been doing genealogical research for 27 years. She has successfully tracked several of her 17th century immigrant ancestors back to their roots in France, Holland, England, and Germany.
 
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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.