Events

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.]

Jul
19
Wed
Technology Special Interest Group @ Online using Zoom
Jul 19 @ 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.]

Aug
5
Sat
San Luis Obispo General Meeting – Nancy Loe @ on Zoom
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Nancy Loe

Archivist and genealogist Nancy Loe provides expert guidance on information management and US and European research. Her monthly newsletter and genealogy e-books are available at sassyjanegenealogy.com. She has presented in the US, Canada, and Australia. Nancy works on her own tree in the US, Scotland, Prussia, Austria, Norway and Sweden.

US and European Genealogy Research

https://www.sassyjanegenealogy.com/

Register for this free event on our website www.slocgs.org/events. Hover over the date on the Calendar to RSVP.

The Zoom link will be sent to all who register two days before the event.

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.]

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

Nov
9
Thu
Field Trip: SCGS Library
Nov 9 all-day
SCGS LIBRARY FIELD TRIP

Join us for a research trip to the Southern California Genealogical Society library on November 9. This will be a car trip, so drivers are needed to carpool. The library is located at 411 Irving Drive in Burbank.

We will meet in the parking lot of the Camarillo library. If we can be on the road by 9 a.m. we will arrive just about when the library opens at 10.  Bring a sack lunch or eat at the nearby Subway restaurant.

Contact Beulah O’Neal (beoneal@aol.com) to let her know you are coming, or for more information.

Beulah O’Neal
beoneal@aol.com

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.]

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.]

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.]