Events

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.]

Sep
8
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – Richard Hill @ Zoom
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
“Finding Family with DNA Testing”
Richard Hill

Learn how adoptees and others find biological parents and siblings through DNA testing. Review the case that started it all and see today’s recommended strategies. View examples of surprise discoveries and see the tools used to identify relationships.

Richard Hill was the first adoptee to identify his birth family through genetic genealogy DNA testing.  This was so remarkable at the time that his story was later told on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.  In 2012 he described that story in his book Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA.

His presentations on DNA testing have been well received at national and regional conferences, including RootsTech, the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE in England.

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.]

Oct
28
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Mags Gaulden @ On Zoom
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
YDNA, mtDNA & mitoYDNA.org
Presenter: Mags Gaulden

Mags is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as the founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist.

After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own Genealogy as a “hobby”. This 35-year “hobby” eventually led her to a Leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project and The United Empire Loyalist Project. She also leads the Gaulden, McElmoyle, and Templeton Name Studies and the Gaulden, McElmoyle, and Templeton DNA Group Projects.

Mags is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger, and Social Media Maven. She serves as Admin for Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.

Through her non-profit work with mitoYDNA.org, Mags and other genetic genealogists are providing a free and accessible YDNA and mtDNA database for the Genealogy Community. “Doing DNA Right”, mitoYDNA.org.


[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.]

Nov
15
Wed
Technology Special Interest Group @ Online using Zoom
Nov 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

The VCGS Technology Special Interest Group uses a workshop format. TBA. 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.]

Dec
16
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Open Discussion and Q&A @ On Zoom
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Open Discussion and Q&A
(Note earlier than usual starting time) Bring your questions or topics you would like to discuss with the group. If you wish you can submit them in advance by email to webmaster@venturacogensoc.org and we’ll prepare a researched response.

[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
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.]

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.]

Mar
8
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – Colleen Fitzpatrick @ Zoom
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
“Abraham Lincoln DNA Project”
Colleen Fitzpatrick

 

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, founder of Identifinders International, is a forensic genealogist who has been recognized for her work with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on identifying the remains found in the Alaskan crash of Northwest Flight 4422. She has consulted on many high profile DNA identification efforts including the identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart Project. She is currently the genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA project.

Virtual Meeting,  For more info, contact Colleen Yinger at dna@conejovalleygenealogicalsociety.org


[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.]

Mar
27
Wed
Technology Special Interest Group @ Online using Zoom
Mar 27 @ 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, webmaster@venturacogensoc.org, 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.]

Apr
20
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – The Leeds Method and Other Data Visualizations I Wish I’d Learned Sooner (Lauran Elam) @ On Zoom
Apr 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
“The Leeds Method and Other Data Visualizations I Wish I’d Learned Sooner.”
Lauran Elam

TBA


[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.]