Ventura County Genealogical Society
Ventura County Genealogical Society
2017 Annual Seminar
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Camarillo Public Library, Community Room
4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Paula Stuart-Warren, CGâ„ , FMGS, FUGA 
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 state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the National Archives. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for SLIG and GRIP and for Ancestry Academy and has presented seminars all across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of FGS, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
8:30 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION and Sales Table (available all day)
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Announcements
9:15 am - 10:15 am
Finding Ancestral Places of Origin  
Still looking for great-grandma or grandpa’s place of origin, and it wasn’t under the apple tree? Where in Sweden was Aunt Lily born? Was Grandma Griffin born in Chenango or Otsego County, New York? This lecture shares records and research strategies which may help you identify that place. The visuals demonstrate these records, what they contain, and how to use them. Repositories where you may find them are also covered. Finding places of origin for your ancestors can often be a challenging job. Many genealogists fail to search all available records for each ancestor. Don’t isolate your ancestor. Your ancestor’s place of origin may be in the records of another family member or in those of a neighbor. It doesn’t matter whether your mystery place of origin is in the U. S. or another country. The best advice is to never give up; you may learn about different sources, others may become accessible, or a distant relative with family data may suddenly surface. Don’t ignore the relatives that you think have no family history material. You might be surprised at the bits of knowledge they have. It may be time to review what you have already found to be sure you haven’t missed any clues. Analyze what you have, and think about what you haven’t yet checked. Start with the basics and then proceed to the more specialized sources for your ancestors, relatives, and their associates.
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Sales table available.
Silent auction sign-up.
10:45 am - 11:45 am
NUCMC & Its Cousins: Keys to Lost Ancestral Records
Where might Great Aunt Sadie’s diary be today? Where might records of the circuit rider who traversed Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan be located? What repository houses the business records of an ancestor? Where might you find the files of a relative who was working on a lineage society application? As our families migrated westward, whether by foot, wagon, or train, the records associated with them may have been left in several places. Many genealogists think that there may be no records for part of the family. However, there may be substantial information buried away in a manuscript collection. There are many finding aids online and off that lead to these nuggets that represent hundreds of years of material. One of the important aids since 1962 is the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) which is a cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress. Almost 2,000 manuscript repositories from all across the U.S. have provided descriptions of manuscripts held in their possession.
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Box Lunch ($10 by pre-order only) or visit restaurants nearby.
12:45 am - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
Rather research than count sheep? Peruse books at any hour without starting the car or breaking into the library? County, town, and family histories, record abstracts, and more await. Digitized, photocopied, excerpted, abstracted, OCRd, and indexed books provide a strong likelihood of success via your computer and that medium called the Internet. Add newspapers, documents, family trees, pension records, periodicals, and more to the accessible items and you might be housebound for days (months?). During this session we will concentrate on books. Finding books online might be as simple as typing the title in your favorite search engine and enclosing it in quotation marks. Your search engine (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc) is your best friend. The majority of the material listed in the handout for this lecture are links to FREE sites.
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Sales table available.
Final bids for silent auction.
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Genealogical and Historical Periodicals In Print & Online
There’s a lot more to genealogical periodicals than there used to be! Online indexes. Mass-media newsstand magazines. E-mail newsletters. Online journals. The more traditional society newsletters and journals remain just as important. This session illustrates the kind of treasures in those periodicals, old and new, that you may not find anywhere else. It demonstrates how those periodicals are useful and vital for research, how to access them, and special considerations for using them to benefit your research.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Silent Auction results, Goodbye & Thanks