Events

Aug
17
Wed
Weds Workshop – DNA Grouping @ on Zoom
Aug 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Lauran will walk you thru how she used DNA to sort out Match connections in four case studies.


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Workshop Googlegroup email discussion group 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. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]

Aug
20
Sat
Lecture – Larry W. Thomas & Jeanette Sheliga @ on Zoom
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Larry W. Thomas

“The Tax Man Cometh”

Do not overlook the wealth of information found in the tax records.  As Daniel Defoe is credited for saying in a book in 1726, “Things as certain as death and taxes…,” we simply cannot avoid them.  Up until the early 1900s, people were taxed on their land and other possessions and these can help in the research of your ancestors.  We will examine several sets of records from around the U. S. and see what we can learn from them.
 
Larry is a retired US Army Captain with 23 years in the field of Aviation, Transportation & Logistics, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management, an FAA airplane mechanic license, and earned an MBA in Management Information Systems from Southern Polytechnic State University while working for the US Army Reserves as a Project Manager, earning his Certification as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute in 2013. Larry began his Genealogy Research 30 years ago with his own Thomas Family, Georgia residents since the 1750s. Then adding the rest of his and his late wife’s families before beginning to research for clients in 2008, operating www.AtlantaGenealogy.com. A graduate of ProGen 38 and member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogy Speakers Guild, Gwinnett Historical Society, Serves on the Board of the Georgia Genealogical Society, and past president of the Cobb County Genealogy Society.
 
Second Presentation:

Presenter:  Jeanette Sheliga

“Navigating FultonHistory.com”

FultonHistory.com, or Old Fulton NY Postcards, is a free, historic newspaper website that contains archives of over 50 million pages of microfilmed newspaper images (mostly New York State newspapers, along with collections from other states and Canada). This presentation will give an overview of the content and a variety of search strategies.
 
Jeanette lives in Lockport, NY and has been researching her family tree since 2002. Her career is a public school band teacher which she has done for over twenty years. She began genealogical lecturing at the North Tonawanda Public Library in 2011 and soon after formed the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club of which she managed for ten years. In 2013, she became a Board Member for the Niagara County Genealogical Society.  She is also the society Vice President, NGS Delegate, and the Program Chairperson.  Jeanette became Chairman of the Board on March 2020 and held that position for over a year and a half.
 
Jeanette has proven her ancestry and joined many lineage societies including the: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, First Families of Pennsylvania, National Society Descendants of American Farmers, and the National Society of Mayflower Descendants.  She was elected as Chapter Registrar for her local Niagara Falls DAR Chapter in June 2020 and held that position for a year and a half. In the Fall of 2020, Jeanette became the Virtual Genealogical Society’s (VGA) Corresponding Secretary and was elected to become a member of the Board of Directors for the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS).  While serving on the board for WNYGS, Jeanette became a contributing editor for the WNYGS’s quarterly publication, The Journal, and selected as the Programming Chair.
 
Jeanette officially started Jeanette’s Genealogy in January 2021 by filing a DBA with the local government.

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 we cannot respond to same-day requests.


The DNA Special Interest Group meeting was moved to August 13 this month so as not to conflict with Jamboree. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.

Aug
24
Wed
Weds Workshop – Follow-up to general meeting @ on Zoom
Aug 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Discussion and Q&A about Larry W. Thomas’ talk on The Tax Man Cometh and Jeanette Sheliga’s talk on Navigating FultonHistory.com.


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Workshop Googlegroup email discussion group 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. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]

Aug
31
Wed
Weds Workshop – Labor—On the Backs of Others @ on Zoom
Aug 31 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Timed to coincide with Labor Day, the first Monday in September, Sandy will lead this discussion about labor unions, movements, strikes, child labor, disasters, sweat shops, etc.  Do you have ancestors who worked in these arenas or under challenging conditions?  You are invited to share their stories and/or how you located them.


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Workshop Googlegroup email discussion group 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. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]

Sep
3
Sat
VCGS Mexican American Special Interest Group @ On Zoom
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The VCGS Mexican-American Special Interest Group meets to discuss historical literature, research strategies and current information pertaining to Mexican-American Genealogy. We strive to encourage our members to assist one another, as well as the general public in learning about family history. Members and attendees are encouraged to propose topics for discussion and to share ideas and knowledge in Mexican-American genealogy so that we can grow as a group.

Our meetings are open to the public and you don’t have to be a VCGS member to attend. We currently meet six times a year on zoom, The meetings are held in odd months of the year, (January, March, May, July, September, and November) on the first Saturday of the month. The exception being Jan 1 due to the New Year’s Day holiday.

Hopefully, some of our members will showcase and discuss their work with Google My Maps. We will also begin to discuss a new topic: Mexico and Mexican American stories of World War II.

To request to attend our meeting please contact Juan Venegas @ jvenegasgenealogy@gmail.com or Nancy Lehnhardt @ nancylgenealogy@gmail.com

 

Sep
7
Wed
Weds Workshop – Members Helping Members @ on Zoom
Sep 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join the group to get help or offer help to someone else.  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 class 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 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. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]

Sep
9
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – TBA @ Zoom
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
TBA

TBA

Virtual Meeting,  For more info, contact Colleen Yinger at csyinger@roadrunner.com 

 


[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.]

Sep
14
Wed
Weds Workshop – Engaging Your Family @ on Zoom
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

How do you share your genealogy with the others in your family?  What’s worked? What’s flopped?  Have you thrown in the towel?  Or did you ignite that one little spark that will get someone to take the reins (and your stuff!!) when the time comes?  Don’t keep it a secret—we want to know what you did!!


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Workshop Googlegroup email discussion group 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. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]

Sep
17
Sat
Lectures – Chris Paton & Karen Fortin @ on Zoom
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Chris Paton

“British & Irish Newspapers” (British Isles SIG)

Records of births, marriages and deaths provide a fantastic starting point for identifying our ancestors’ names and where they lived, but in terms of trying to understand how those ancestors once lived, there is no better resource to plunder than a good newspaper. Over the last two centuries in particular, newspapers have recorded the daily events that have shaped our forebears’ lives, and in many cases have identified specific tales about them, as well as notices and advertisements directly concerning them and their contemporary communities.
 
Originally from Northern Ireland, but with both Scottish and Irish roots, Chris holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde, and works as a professional genealogist, running the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service. He has been a resident of Ayrshire for almost two decades, but in the past has also been based in the English cities of Plymouth and Bristol, the Scottish city of Glasgow and town of Helensburgh, and the Northern Irish town of Carrickfergus, from where he originally hails.
 
As well as teaching Scottish and Irish themed courses for Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd (www.pharostutors.com), he has also tutored for the University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme (www.strath.ac.uk/genealogy/). Chris is, In addition, a published author of several book titles (see https://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/p/books.html), a regular monthly and bi-monthly contributor to several genealogy magazines, and to his own daily genealogical news feed, the Scottish GENES blog.
 
Second presentation:
 

Presenter: Karen Fortin

“Creating Google Earth Tours” 

Google Earth tours can be a fun way to share your genealogy with your relatives. Tours can be created to visually illustrate the life and travels of one ancestor or the migration of a family over generations.
 
Karen Fortin received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She worked at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library in Pinellas Park, FL for 30 years before deciding to focus on genealogical research.
 
Karen’s passion for history and research led her to an interest in genealogy. She began volunteering with the Pinellas Genealogy Society in Largo, FL in 2012, and was the society’s president from 2014-2017. Karen began providing genealogy and history presentations in 2016 and has lectured at various genealogical societies and public libraries, and for other interested organizations. One of her goals is to help people explore historical periods, places, and events so that they can better understand their ancestors and the world in which they lived.

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 we cannot respond to same-day requests.


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
21
Wed
Technology Special Interest Group @ Online using Zoom
Sep 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 Workshop Googlegroup email discussion group 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. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]