Events

Aug
21
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – GEDmatch Demo @ On Zoom
Aug 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Demonstration & Discussion: GEDmatch

We will be demonstrating GEDmatch and discussing some of its uses to genealogists. Bring your questions for a Q&A session too!


[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
10
Fri
CVGS DNA Special Interest Group – Using DNA to Confirm a Lineage Proof @ Zoom
Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Using DNA Analysis to Confirm a Lineage Proof
The meeting will take place on Friday, September 10, 1:00 pm, via Zoom. Note this meeting is one week later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday. Join us as Bill Marlatt goes through his use of DNA to prove his lineage.

[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
9
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Leah Larkin @ On Zoom
Oct 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
When Your Tree Is A Banyan: Untangling Endogamy – Leah Larkin

Endogamy, the practice of marrying within a relatively small group, is common and one of the greatest challenges to working with autosomal DNA matches to enhance your family tree. This series will help you understand what endogamy is, why it complicates DNA analyses, how to gauge it, and some strategies to work most effectively with your DNA results.

Leah Larkin earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she used DNA to study the relationships among different species. She has worked in both academia and scientific publishing and applies those research skills daily to solving genealogical questions using DNA. Her background makes her uniquely qualified to analyze your DNA results to reveal your family history.


[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.]

Dec
18
Sat
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group – Panel: Q&A @ On Zoom
Dec 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Open Forum For Questions & Answers
 
This month will be an opportunity for our members to bring their questions about genetic genealogy and we will address them in a panel format.

[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
19
Sat
Lectures – Drew Smith @ on Zoom
Feb 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Drew Smith

“AncestryDNA Today”

VCGS General Meeting Lecture sponsored by the DNA SIG
AncestryDNA continues to add new tools to help with matching other testers, categorizing the matches into groups, and discovering the right relationships. This presentation focuses on how to use the latest AncestryDNA tools (ThruLines, groups, etc.) to identify relatives near and distant.
 
Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library since 2007. Between 1994 and 2007, he was an instructor for the USF School of Library and Information Science (now the School of Information), where he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting. Prior to 1994, Drew worked for academic computing departments at USF and at Clemson University in South Carolina. Drew regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology. Together with George G. Morgan, Drew has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005. Beginning in 2016, he hosts the Genealogy Connections Podcast, which alternates weeks with The Genealogy Guys Podcast.
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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 the VCGS DNA Special Interest Group is sponsoring Drew Smith’s first talk today. There will be no DNA SIG meeting at 10:30 AM.