Events

Apr
24
Wed
Weds Workshop – Follow-up Discussion to General Meeting @ on Zoom
Apr 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Discussion and additional information in follow-up to the general meeting held on April 20th.  “Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations” presented by Debra Dudek.  See website for more details on her topic.


[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.]

Apr
30
Tue
Writing Special Interest Group @ Camarillo Library
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Writing Special Interest Group meets in-person at the Camarillo Library on the last Tuesday morning of each month at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Membership is limited to keep the group more interactive. Contact Beulah O’Neal at webmaster@venturacogensoc.org to enquire about joining the group.

May
1
Wed
Weds Workshop – Genealogy Workshops @ Camarillo Library
May 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Open to the Public @ the Camarillo Library. Membership in VCGS not required. Join us for help or to offer help to someone else. Bring your research questions and a description of the research that you have already done. General questions and topics for discussion are always welcome. Special Feature Today: screening of the YouTube video “A Tale of Two Christine-Christina’s” followed by a Q&A with the program’s creator Linda Andersson.


[This meeting will be held in person at the Camarillo Public Library. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]

May
8
Wed
Weds Workshop – How to Produce Your Own Genealogy YouTube Video @ on Zoom
May 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Topic: How to Produce Your Own Genealogy YouTube Video

Following up on last week’s screening, Linda Andersson will step us through the process of how to turn your genealogy research into entertaining videos for your family. She’ll describe the production tools and resources she uses to bring her ancestors’ stories to life from topic and script, through narration, visuals, and music, to final edited program. Then you can even make them available on YouTube to share privately or publicly. Transform your family’s legacy onto a new platform of storytelling to complement the charts, books, records, photos and documents you’ve collected.


[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.]

May
15
Wed
Weds Workshop – Maps @ on Zoom
May 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Topic: Maps

What maps and map websites do you frequent when researching your family? Where have you found historic maps for the US or your immigrant ancestors’ birthplaces? Come share what, where, and how you’ve found the maps that have given you a better understanding of your family’s history.


[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.]

May
18
Sat
Lecture – Pam Vestal & Moises Garza @ on Zoom
May 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Pam Vestal

“How to Write Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read” 

Part of the thrill of genealogy is sharing our discoveries with those we love, so it can be disappointing when our family members and friends have no interest in the subject. However, with good research, thoughtful planning, and a dash of ingenuity, we can create engaging stories designed to entice even the most reluctant readers. Topics include how to breathe life into dry genealogical facts, choosing a compelling story structure, making decisions that enhance the quality of the writing, and presenting what you’ve written in an appealing way. Creating a captivating ancestral story from our ancestors’ names, dates, and places is like turning fish eggs into caviar: the facts don’t change, but the way we describe them makes all the difference.

Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker who turned her focus to her longtime love of genealogy after a 20-year writing career. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Magazine and The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and her lectures take her from coast to coast. Pam specializes in conducting genealogical research and then transforming that information into illustrated stories that even non-genealogists can enjoy.

Second presentation:

Presenter: Moises Garza

“Record Types for Mexican and Spanish Colonial Genealogy Research”

In this presentation you can expect to learn about the most widely used record types for Mexican and Spanish colonial genealogy research. You will also learn the type of information you can expect to find in each one and where to access these records online.

Moises Garza is a professional genealogist and author specializing in Mexican genealogy. His passion for genealogy started in the cotton fields of west Texas. As a migrant worker he was blessed to work in the fields next to his father, Lauro Garza, who had a sharp memory and told countless stories about his own ancestors. Moises has been doing genealogy since 1998. Since then, he has helped countless others in their own quest to find their ancestors. Today, he continues with this passion by publishing and creating resources to help you in your own search.


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.

May
22
Wed
Weds Workshop – Follow-up Discussion to General Meeting @ on Zoom
May 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Discussion and additional information in follow-up to the general meeting held on May 18th, “How to Write Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read” presented by Pam Vestal, and “Record Types for Mexican and Spanish Colonial Genealogy Research” presented by Moises Garza. See website for more details on their topics.


[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.]

May
28
Tue
Writing Special Interest Group @ Camarillo Library
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Writing Special Interest Group meets in-person at the Camarillo Library on the last Tuesday morning of each month at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Membership is limited to keep the group more interactive. Contact Beulah O’Neal at webmaster@venturacogensoc.org to enquire about joining the group.

May
29
Wed
Weds Workshop – Your Family and the Civil War @ on Zoom
May 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Topic: Your Family and the Civil War

Many have collected records of Union or Confederate ancestors, but those soldiers and sailors weren’t the only ones in the crossfire. How did the Civil War impact the non-military members of your family? Were they doctors, nurses, privateers, farmers, ranchers, miners, trades people, wives, mothers, … politicians? Each in their own way suffered and supported the war effort, economy, the community, and their families during those turbulent years. What are their stories?


[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.]

Jun
5
Wed
Weds Workshop – Genealogy Workshops @ Camarillo Library
Jun 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Open to the Public @ the Camarillo Library.  Membership in VCGS not required.  Join us for help or to offer help to someone else.  Bring your research questions and a description of the research that you have already done.  General questions and topics for discussion are always welcome.


[This meeting will be held in person at the Camarillo Public Library. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]