Events

Oct
21
Sat
Annual VCGS Seminar @ on Zoom
Oct 21 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

2023 Annual Seminar

Michael Lacopo

Saturday, October 21, 2023
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

Join us for this year’s annual seminar, featuring one of the most sought-after speakers in genealogy. This is a strong program with a good mix of topics that are relevant to all researchers. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day and this year we will also have an online Silent Auction!

For more information and lecture topics, visit our 2023 Annual Seminar page.

Registration will open on August 16.

 


[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out by Zoom to those who register once their registration is successfully completed. ]

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.]

Nov
18
Sat
Lectures – Judy Russell & Judy Janes @ on Zoom
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Judy Russell

Colonial Lands: From the Crown to Private Hands

Land records are among the earliest, most complete and most valuable genealogical records-and often among the most puzzling. Learn more about how a colonial-era ancestor could have acquired land.

Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist ® , is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist ® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠ from the Board for Certification of Genealogists ® . Her blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com .

Second presentation:
Presenter: Judy Janes
“SURPRISE! You may have a California gold rush ancestor hiding in your family tree”

During the first year of the California Gold Rush approximately 100,000 men came west to seek their fortunes. Some struck it rich, some returned home during the winter of 1849-50, some stayed, and some died in their quest.  Judy Janes will discuss ways to determine whether you have a Gold Rush ancestor in your family tree.

Judy Janes is a past President of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, and currently serves on the Executive Board. Judy is a third-generation Californian who has been doing genealogical research for 27 years. She has successfully tracked several of her 17th century immigrant ancestors back to their roots in France, Holland, England, and Germany.


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 and CVGS has no DNA SIG meeting this month.

Dec
16
Sat
Lecture & Pot Luck Lunch – Aimee Cross @ on Zoom and in-person
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Aimee Cross

“U.S. Family History in the 1700s and early 1800s – Finding Those Elusive Fathers” 

Learn initial steps and strategies to identify the fathers of those born around the beginning of the 19th century. How do you begin to find a father when you have no census or other record to indicate a relationship? What record groups can provide the answers you seek? Discover the answers to these questions and more. You can find those elusive fathers!

Aimee is a professional genealogist based in California who focuses on United States research. She has been researching for three decades. Aimee’s love of genealogy, instilled by both grandmothers, has been a lifelong gift which she strives to share with others, most recently though her YouTube channel. With the opportunity to help clients overcome brick walls, handle inherited genealogy or simply build their family tree, she is grateful for a rewarding profession. Helping others learn about their ancestors is FUN and she loves what she does!

The meeting will be a hybrid meeting. The in-person meeting will be held at the United Methodist Church located at 291 Anacapa Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010 and will consist of a pot luck lunch starting at 12:00pm, followed by the general meeting. The general meeting will begin at 1:00pm and will be streamed live via a Zoom meeting. Our speaker, Aimee Cross will be at the in-person meeting.


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.


The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Zoom. (One half hour earlier than usual to accommodate the earlier starting time for the pot luck.) Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.

Jan
20
Sat
Lecture – Thomas MacEntee & Alexander Tolksdorf @ on Zoom
Jan 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Thomas MacEntee

“10 Must Haves for Genealogy and Family History Success” 

Whether you’re just “dabbling” in genealogy and researching your roots, or you’ve become a “hard core lifer” obsessed with “the hunt,” there are basic skills that family historians of all levels have in common. We’ll review those skills that can help you find success researching online or in-person.

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.

Second presentation:

Presenter: Alexander Tolksdorf

“Exploring German Handwriting” 

German handwriting can be a major obstacle for researchers looking to extend their ancestor search into German-language record sets! This session will provide an overview of historical German handwriting systems, with focus on Fraktur (often called “Gothic”) typeface, Kurrentschift, and Sütterlinschrift. Letter forms and common genealogical words will be explored during the session, and additional attention will be paid to methodology and technique to decipher words in an unfamiliar text. Lastly, additional resources to help the researcher decipher German handwriting will be provided.

Alexander Tolksdorf is a genealogist and speaker, accredited in the Germany – East region. He has experience researching across Germany, and in Dutch and Eastern European record sets and family lines. He has extensively researched in Germany, particularly eastern Germany and the former eastern territories of Germany, but also in Ukraine, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, and Russia. Alex believes that standard records only tell part of the story, with the many additional forms of documentation and artifacts providing color and texture to a family history.


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.

Feb
17
Sat
Lecture – Cynthia Keefer Patton @ on Zoom
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter:  Cynthia Keefer Patton

“10 Steps for Organizing for the Busy Genealogist” 

As a genealogist who hasn’t felt overwhelmed with volumes of paper, a steady flood of daily emails, and projects that have been started but never finished? This presentation will tackle dealing with these issues.
• Setting up daily routines
• Discover ways to set up filing systems that work across platforms both digital and conventional.
• Step-by-step approach to GET ORGANIZED and a “Tool Kit” of good ideas to take back and implement.

Cynthia K. Patton is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and former owner of Patton Leadership Consulting. Cynthia has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Political Science, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. She lives now in Kansas City, Missouri and is a professional genealogist part-time. She is a BU Certification Program graduate and also serves as the Registrar of a local DAR Chapter in Parkville, Missouri. She is a member of APG (Heartland Chapter); NGS; and numerous local historical and genealogical gocieties. She has written two Pro Tip articles for the APG eNews on Work-Life Balance and Time Management and has presented for numerous historical, genealogical, and other organizations.


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.


The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.

Mar
16
Sat
Lecture – Paula Stuart-Warren @ on Zoom
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter:   Paula Stuart-Warren

“Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking” 

Did great-grandpa or another family member traverse this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did they work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records which may provide personal details? Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. The railroads helped to develop places and other businesses. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and where to find them. An extensive handout accompanies the presentation.

Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at libraries, courthouses, state archives, historical societies, and various locations of the National Archives. Paula presents courses and virtual seminars and webinars across the U.S. and in Canada. She has been a Board-Certified Genealogist since 1988.

She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada. She currently has her own educational website and blog at genealogybypaula.com and is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and continuing education.

Second presentation:

Presenter: Stephanie O’Connell

“Reconstructing the Lives of Female Irish Ancestors” 

Researching our Irish ancestors can be challenging; our female Irish ancestors can be even more so. Creative research methods can aid in our search by revealing sources and historical context that allow us to discover their stories. This presentation reviews the strategies used to search for a Dublin-born mother and daughter in the nineteenth century. Using social history resources specific to these women brings them out of the shadows and into their rightful place in history or herstory.

Stephanie O’Connell is a professional genealogist who holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She specializes in Irish research, with a profound passion for uncovering the unique social history of our ancestors. Stephanie has been a ProGen Mentor, SLIG Instructor, and speaks regularly at genealogy conferences, including RootsTech and the National Genealogical Society Conference.


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.

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
Lecture – Debra Dudek @ on Zoom
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter:  Debra Dudek

“Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations” 

Widen your search for birth dates and locations as well as naturalizations from a variety of underutilized resources such as military rosters, consulate applications, voter registrations, cancelled passports, frakturs and much more.  This lecture focuses on both digital and physical resources, so bring your research checklist and see if these resources can help you fill in the gaps in your family tree.

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. She holds a post graduate certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.  Ms. Dudek is the Book Review Editor of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, an executive board member of the Illinois State Historical Society, website coordinator for the Chicago Chapter NSDAR, and is the author of the World War I Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors.


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.


The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.