Events

Jan
3
Wed
Weds Workshop – Genealogy Workshops @ Camarillo Library Community Room
Jan 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Happy New Year!  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.  Shirley Leslie will lead the group in a discussion of what each one’s genealogical focus for 2024 will be.


[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.]

Jan
5
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – Bill Marlatt @ Zoom
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
“Unlocking Your Ancestral Story: The Power of Y-DNA”
Bill Marlatt

 

Calling all genealogy enthusiasts! Join us for an illuminating presentation by genealogy expert William P. Marlatt, as we delve into the world of Y-DNA testing and its incredible potential in understanding your genetic heritage.

Key Topics:

  • How can Y-DNA testing help you? Discover how Y-DNA can confirm your lineage, break down genealogical barriers, and reveal distant ancestors.
  • Characteristics of Y-DNA: Explore the unique features of Y-DNA and how it sets the stage for tracing your paternal heritage.
  • Markers (STRs) and variants (SNPs): Get acquainted with the genetic markers that hold the secrets of your ancestral past.
  • Haplogroups and haplotrees: Learn how haplogroups and haplotrees provide insights into your deep ancestral origins and migration paths.
  • DNA testing options: Uncover the various Y-DNA testing options available and choose the one that suits your genealogical needs.
  • Y-DNA projects: Discover how Y-DNA projects can connect you with others who share your heritage and provide a supportive community for your research.
  • Case studies: Explore real-life examples of how Y-DNA testing has unlocked family mysteries and expanded family trees.

About the Presenter:

William P. Marlatt is a seasoned genealogist with over 35 years of experience. As the founder and administrator of the Marlatt-Merlet DNA Project hosted by FamilyTreeDNA, he has a wealth of knowledge in using Y-DNA to prove lineages and solve genealogical puzzles.

Audience:

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced member of the genealogy research community, this presentation is designed for you. Anyone interested in learning about using Y-DNA in their genealogical research is welcome.

Details:

  • Date and Time: January 5, 2024, 1:00 PM PST
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
  • This is a free event. Both Conejo Valley Genealogical Society members and non-members are encouraged to attend.
  • Contact: To be added to the Zoom invite and for any questions about the meeting, contact Colleen Yinger, CVGS DNA SIG, at dna@conejovalleygenealogicalsociety.org.

Don’t miss this opportunity to harness the power of Y-DNA and embark on a fascinating journey into your ancestral roots. Whether you’re new to genetic genealogy or an experienced researcher, this presentation will provide valuable insights to enhance your family history exploration.


[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 (dna@conejovalleygenealogicalsociety.org) to be added.]

Jan
10
Wed
Weds Workshop – Barriers To Success @ on Zoom
Jan 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Topic:  Barriers To Success (Besides Brick Walls) – Get It Off Your Chest!

Now that you’ve set your 2024 genealogical goals, how can you be more productive in accomplishing them? The group will crowd-source solving obstacles that irk us the most when researching our ancestors, organizing materials, or using genealogy tools (such as software), or repositories (like libraries, archives, and online databases).  Bring your current ‘bump in the road’ and let’s see if we can’t help get you over it.

[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.]

Jan
17
Wed
Weds Workshop – DNA Clusters @ on Zoom
Jan 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Lauran Elam will demonstrate how to identify DNA cluster groups towards solving your brick wall mysteries.  Learn the patterns to look for in your matches that will turn strangers into family you never knew before.


[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.]

Jan
24
Wed
Weds Workshop – Follow-up Discussion to General Meeting @ on Zoom
Jan 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
This will be a discussion in follow-up to the general meeting held on January 20th, “10 Must Haves for Genealogy and Family History Success,” presented by Thomas McEntee.  See website for details on his 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.]

Jan
31
Wed
Weds Workshop – Genealogy Workshops @ Camarillo Library Community Room
Jan 31 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Bonus in-person meeting. 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 Community Room. All our workshops are open to our members and the public.]

Feb
7
Wed
Weds Workshop – Facebook for Genealogists @ on Zoom
Feb 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Topic:  Facebook for Genealogists

Join us for a discussion on the many ways Facebook can benefit a genealogist’s research.  From locating DNA matches to sharing information to perusing in a group that features a place where your ancestor lived, Facebook can be a gold mine of unexpected discoveries.


[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.]

Feb
14
Wed
Weds Workshop – Divorce Records @ on Zoom
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Topic:  Divorce Records

First comes Love … then comes Marriage … then comes … … … DIVORCE????  There can be a wealth of information in separation and divorce proceedings.  Where do you find those documents?  How can you obtain copies?  Members are invited to share experiences of seeking out these sensitive records and how their unveiling added to understanding family dynamics.


[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.]

Feb
17
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Outlier Matches (Lauran Elam) @ On Zoom
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Outlier Matches: When too high, or too low turns out to be just right
Lauran Elam

This will be a presentation of 2-3 mini case studies involving DNA matches that fall at the extreme ends or even outside of expected ranges along with a discussion of the existing and upcoming tools used to help us make sense of them.


[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.]

Feb
21
Wed
Weds Workshop – Follow-up Discussion to General Meeting @ on Zoom
Feb 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Discussion and additional information in follow-up to the general meeting held on February 17th.  “10 Steps for Organizing for the Busy Genealogist” presented by Cynthia Keefer Patton.  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.]