Events

Nov
4
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – What’s New at AncestryDNA @ Zoom
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
What’s New at AncestryDNA

We will explore Ancestry’s latest features including SideView Technology, Ethnicity Inheritance, Ethnicity Chromosome Painter, and Matches by Parent. We will show how to use these new features and discuss how these tools may be helpful in your genealogy research.

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.]

Dec
3
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Questions & Discussion @ On Zoom
Dec 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Questions & Discussion: any aspect of genetic genealogy
We will open the floor to genetic genealogy questions in general. If you have a topic you would like to see discussed or a specfic question we encourage you to contact us in advance so we can do some preparation. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the meeting!

[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.]

Jan
6
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – GEDmatch: A Great Way to Collaborate! @ Zoom
Jan 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
GEDmatch: A Great Way to Collaborate!

At the October 2022 VCGS DNA SIG meeting presentation on the future of genetic genealogy, Blaine Bettinger emphasized the importance of collaboration and the use of third party tools like GEDmatch.  On January 6th, we will look at how to transfer DNA data to GEDmatch and explore some of the useful GEDMatch tools.

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.]

Feb
18
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Fish In More DNA “Ponds” @ On Zoom
Feb 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Fish In More DNA “Ponds”
Don will introduce you to DNA databases that allow free raw DNA data transfers. We will visit MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA, as well as some other, lesser known databases such as LivingDNA, Geneanet, and mitoYDNA. You’ll see how to load your the raw data file that you downloaded from your testing company to fish in more “ponds”.

[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.]

Mar
10
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – I Just Got My Test Results, What Should I Do Next? @ Zoom
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
I Just Got My Test Results – What Should I Do Next?

[One week later than our regular meeting date to avoid conflict with RootsTech]

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.]

Apr
15
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – DNA Case Study (Lauran Elam) @ On Zoom
Apr 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Mapping the Forest to Find the Tree: What to Do When Matches Have Their Own Mysteries
Case study presentation by Lauran Elam. This presentation will include a case study and discussion of strategies for using DNA to find unknown ancestors when matches on the line in question connect through their own genealogical brick walls.

[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.]

May
5
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – Simple Methods for Genetically Proving your Lineage @ Zoom
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Simple Methods for Genetically Proving your Lineage – A Case Study of Sandra Marlatte’s Ancestry
Bill Marlatt will share a presentation of various DNA methodologies used to confirm a lineage.

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.]

Jun
24
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Angie Bush @ On Zoom
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Ask Me Anything
Presenter: Angie Bush
Angie Bush, MS, is the Region 1 Director for the National Genealogical Society, and the chair of the Genetic Genealogy committee. Her day job is as Genetic Genealogist Researcher with Ancestry ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. Angie has been interested in her genealogy since she was very young. After college, she spent several years working in biotech while continuing to pursue her genealogy hobby. With the growing popularity and introduction of autosomal DNA testing in 2012, she decided to combine her two loves into one career. Although she spends a lot of time working on recent unknown parentage cases (adoptions, unknown fathers), her favorite type of research to do involves solving decades old “brick-walls” using a combination traditional records and genetic evidence. She is a popular speaker and presenter, and enjoys attending conferences where she can connect with others who share her passion for genealogy. Ms. Bush is a Utah native and lives in Sandy, Utah.

[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.]

Jul
7
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – Cheri Mello @ Zoom
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
“Overcoming Brick Walls with DNA”
Cheri Mello

Learn from 4 case studies how DNA was used to overcome a brick wall that stood since the 1950s using Y-DNA, solved the mystery of the mother of two sisters using mtDNA, a surprise revealing step-grandpa was really dad using autosomal DNA, and lastly, one that solved a case of an unknown father by using the X match. Also included is an overview of the 4 types of DNA used in genealogy: Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), autosomal DNA (Family Finder) and X Match and how to decode the confusing terms of DNA.

Professionally, Cheri Mello is a math teacher with degrees in psychology, sociology, human and child development, and master’s in education. She became a National Board Certified Teacher, the most prestigious and highest teaching credential in the educational world.

The genealogy bug was planted in Cheri, a South Bay native, with the 5th grade history project. Her maternal grandmother gave her some material for her project. She used it later for a Girl Scout badge and pulled out the information many times and wondered about her family and how she could learn more. Some of this material is still incorporated into her current presentations.

Cheri began her active adult research over 25 years ago, after the death of her remaining grandparents. She has done research in many states, even taking trips overseas in search of her Portuguese ancestry. Thirteen years ago, she became involved in DNA, and was recruited as the Project Administrator for the Azores DNA project. She runs five DNA projects and manages mailing lists involving PortugueseAzorean genealogy. Cheri lectures now not only on Portuguese and DNA topics, but a host of other topics including software programs and Find-A-Grave.

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.]

Aug
19
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – My “Sort” of Genetic Genealogy (Lauran Elam) @ On Zoom
Aug 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
My “Sort” of Genetic Genealogy
Lauran Elam

I’m very honored to be presenting to DNA-SIG again this month. Last time, I shared one of the more complicated unknown parentage cases I’ve ever had the pleasure of solving, but this time I am going back to basics.

On a practical level, I‘ll be using my daughter’s match list to demonstrate how you can use AncestryDNA’s color-sorting system to isolate the matches most likely to connect through a brick wall at the great-great-grandparent level.

On a more philosophical level, I’ll be looking to boost the confidence of anyone feeling intimidated by the “genetic” aspect of genetic genealogy, by explaining how I use the same principles I might apply to solving the daily Wordle, or any other logic puzzle, to tell me which matches on a list are most likely to be relevant to a particular research question.

Bring your questions, bring your stories, we’ll have fun sorting with those rainbow dots!


[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.]