Events

Sep
13
Wed
Weds Workshop – Digital Book Collections @ on Zoom
Sep 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
How often do you remember to check Digital Book Collections available online, such as Archive.org, Hathitrust.org, or Google Books, when researching your ancestors? Judy and Lauran will give overviews, demonstrations and tips for navigating and getting the most out of these handy resources.

[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
16
Sat
Lecture – Cari Taplin & David Flint @ on Zoom
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Cari Taplin

“The Power of Family Legends”

In this program, Cari Taplin discusses family legends and takes the audience through a brief outline of the life of Roy Rogers (Leonard Slye). Then, through census research, illustrates her family’s legend of being related to Roy Rogers. She also shows a short documentary “Searching for Roy” created by her cousin, Betsy Greer, that further demonstrates the importance of family legends.

Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking services. she also lends help and shares her expertise as an administrator on the highly popular Facebook Group “The Genealogy Squad.” Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. Cari’s personal research focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife, and a mother of two young adults.

Second presentation:

Presenter: David Flint

“England Census Records (1841-1921)” (British SIG)

England Census Records are one of the three main record groups you are likely to use for researching your ancestors in England. This presentation provides an overview of census records in England and Wales from 1841 up to the recently released 1921 Census. It includes discussion of details included in the census returns and the evolution of the census forms and content for those years. A brief overview of pre-1841 population lists that can be used for pre-census research is also covered. A printed handout with selected bibliography for additional reading is provided.

David Flint has been doing English genealogy research for over 15 years. He was born in England, where he lived until the age of ten, when his family moved to Canada, and then to the United States. He currently lives in Irvine with his wife, Nancy.

David devotes time to genealogy research, attending lectures and seminars, teaching genealogy classes, and occasional speaking engagements. He previously served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS) where he continues serving on the society’s executive board.

David retired after working for the County of Los Angeles for 40 years, ending his career as Assistant Director of the Los Angeles County Public Library. He began his interest in genealogy at a library conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2002, where he met two British Isles research specialists from FamilySearch. He likes to say that genealogy found him because he wasn’t looking for it at the time. He enjoys cooking, good wine, travel, and likes to read history and historical fiction. In addition to working on his family history, David is developing a specialized collection of British Isles reference books in his home library. He and his wife Nancy have made trips to England to keep in touch with family and visit the country where he spent his childhood.

At his home society in Mission Viejo he leads a monthly England special interest group, and a monthly Legacy Users Group for SOCCGS members using the Legacy Family Tree genealogy program. He also teaches a beginners class for Legacy and leads an annual week-long research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for SOCCGS members.


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
19
Tue
Field Trip: Los Angeles Public Library
Sep 19 all-day

A research trip to Los Angeles Public Library is planned for September 19. This is the largest genealogy library in Southern California as it covers one floor (L-4) of the library. Plus, there are a large number of books that are in the back and can be requested.

Julie Hoffman, a genealogist/librarian will be working that day, and can guide you and answer questions.

We will meet at the Camarillo train station leaving on A770 at 8:10. (round trip ticket for seniors is $12) I will recheck train schedules next week to make sure there are no changes, and send a confirmation email. We return home around 6 p.m.

Email me if you want to be included. It is a fun trip. It is an hour train ride where we can talk about our favorite subject! 🙂

Beulah O’Neal
beoneal@aol.com

Sep
20
Wed
Weds Workshop – Follow-up to the General Meeting @ on Zoom
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Follow up discussion from the general meeting on September 16 with speakers Cari Taplin and David Flint.

[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
26
Tue
Writing Special Interest Group @ Camarillo Library
Sep 26 @ 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.

Sep
27
Wed
Weds Workshop – Ask a Stupid Question @ on Zoom
Sep 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Today’s the day to bring that genealogy question you’ve been too shy to ask for fear of ‘looking stupid!’ Remember, there’s ‘no such thing as a dumb question …’ and someone else in the ‘room’ probably needs that answer as much as you do.

[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.]

Oct
4
Wed
Weds Workshop – Genealogy Workshops @ Camarillo Library Community Room
Oct 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

In-person meeting: Genealogy Workshop Open to the Public @ the Camarillo Library. Genealogy workshop open to the public, 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 Community Room. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]

Oct
7
Sat
Ventura County Hispanic History: Tools and Strategies to Find Your Ancestors @ Camarillo Public Library Community Room
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month and in collaboration with the Camarillo Public Library, the speakers will discuss Ventura County Hispanic history and heritage. Lynn Adams and Nancy Lehnhardt have deep Californio family roots, and Kathy Cano descends from multi-generations of early immigrants to Ventura County. They will convey oral, historical and social events that shaped the history of the Californios.

The speakers will also discuss the resources and tools available through the Camarillo Public Library to research your family history.

Oct
11
Wed
Weds Workshop – Immigration, Naturalization, and Ship Records @ on Zoom
Oct 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
What’s on them? Where do you find them? How do you get them? More are available online; many are found in federal, state or local government agencies. All are invited to share what records you’ve located and the process you used to find them and get copies.

[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.]

Oct
18
Wed
Weds Workshop – Orphan Records @ on Zoom
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Have you ever been drawn to a photo or document rich with information for someone else’s family?  What about an odd piece of ephemera buried in your family’s memorabilia?  Some “orphan records” — those items which have lost their original relationships — have the potential to be returned or introduced to someone who never knew they existed.  Pam Hall will share her success with reuniting these “orphans” to their better homes.  Plus, if you’re inspired to join this cause, she has a few “orphans” patiently waiting further research.  Everyone is also invited to share their own stories of solving “orphan” mysteries.


[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.]