Events

May
19
Wed
Technology Special Interest Group @ Online using Zoom
May 19 @ 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.]

Weds Workshop – Technology SIG Meeting @ on Zoom
May 19 @ 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 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.]

May
26
Wed
Weds Workshop – Exploring Chinese Ancestry @ on Zoom
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Donna will discussion her experiences in researching her Chinese ancestry.


[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
2
Wed
Weds Workshop – Think/Organize Like An Archivist @ on Zoom
Jun 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Group members will discuss  Nancy Loe’s lectures that were on May 15 – Think Like An Archivist and Organize Like An Archivist.


[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
9
Wed
Weds Workshop – NHGS Discussion @ on Zoom
Jun 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Fran will lead a discussion about resources at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.


[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
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”  (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.
Second presentation:

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.]