Ventura County Genealogical Society
Ventura County Genealogical Society
2018 Annual Seminar
Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Camarillo Public Library, Community Room
4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Luana Darby, AG 
Passionate about genealogy and recording family history, Luana Darby began organizing information and artifacts from her grandmother’s family in 1977. She has researched for others since 1985 and worked as a professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German, US, and Canadian, and western European research and frequently travels to Europe for onsite research in German, Polish, and French archives.

Luana has a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She is an Accredited Genealogist® and has completed several in-depth tracks of study at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

She frequently lecturers at local and national conferences and institutes, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the British Institute, RootsTech, and through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Luana is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker's Guild, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She has served as past president and director of the Utah Genealogical Association and currently serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and as a director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Since January 2015, Luana has been on the faculty of BYU-Idaho as an online family history instructor, teaching genealogical analysis and genealogy as a business courses.
8:30 am - 8:45 am REGISTRATION and Sales Table (available all day)
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome and Announcements
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Beyond Ancestry: Overlooked and Underused Subscription Sites may be genealogy's biggest subscription web site, but it's not the only one in town. Quite a few smaller and newer sites offer some of the same collections as, as well as their own unique and valuable resources for research. From to Accessible Archives, we’ll explore several lesser-known subscription sites in detail.
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Sales table available.
Silent auction sign-up.
10:30 am - 11:30 am
The Librarian Knows Where It's At: Using State Archives and Local Library Resources Online
With many state archives and local libraries posting one-of-a-kind information that many times has never been seen outside of that institution, the wealth of information available to genealogists is incredible. From actual records to photographs these digital collections will enrich your genealogical experience and may offer that breakthrough you are looking for!
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Box Lunch ($10 by pre-order only) or visit restaurants nearby.
12:45 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Surveying the Community: Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors
Your ancestor’s community holds many clues and patterns that help your fill in missing pieces in your family puzzle. Often the person next door or another family in the community may hold the answers you seek. By using a combination of readily available records such as census, tax, land, maps, and cemetery records we can discover additional clues and avenues of research.
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Sales table available.
Final bids for silent auction.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thinking Outside the Box: Using Unusual Records and Resources to Break Through Brick Walls
You've used everything you can think of and still cannot find that elusive ancestor. Learn how to locate and identify "hidden" and uncommon resources that will help you uncover crucial information and hurdle that stubborn brick wall. Online and on the ground sources will be covered.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Silent Auction results
4:00 pm Goodbye & Thanks