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Wednesday, May 31
Newspapers Online - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy will present on the latest in online newspaper resources.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, June 2
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from England, Scotland and Wales – the inhabitants of the isle of Britain. We hope to help one another find the resources needed to extend our family trees, including, but not limited to, online databases and record repositories in Britain and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of the people and culture of this island. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-British-SIG, and in-person on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December on the first Friday. The location alternates between the Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA and the Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Contact Fran Bumann for any questions: fbumann@yahoo.com


Sunday, June 4
Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley & Ventura Co - Jan Meisels Allen  (Other Genealogical Events)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest D r i ve, Thousand Oaks

How to Begin Jewish Genealogy

 

JGSCV’s president Jan Meisels Allen will help you get started in your family history research and offer a refresher for those with experience.



Wednesday, June 7
Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Fran will lead a special small group session for beginners. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, June 7
Autograph Books - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Carley and Don Worth will do a presentation on the history of autograph books and will describe the process of finding the original owners of two books that were donated to SCGS.


Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11
Jamboree - SCGS  (Other Genealogical Events)
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA
Genetic Genealogy 2017, 8 June 2017
48th Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, 9 June through 11 June, 2017
 
Early Bird Registration ends on 22 April 2017
Advanced reservations taken through 20 May, 2017
 


Wednesday, June 14
DNA - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Ray Roth and/or Don Worth will work with those who would like help interpreting their DNA results. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, June 14
Genealogy Webinars - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Gayle Wolcott will give us an overview of available genealogy webinars - Ancestry's in particular.


Saturday, June 17
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, June 17
VCGS general meeting - Nancy Loe  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Free Mini Seminar
Presenter: Nancy Loe
 
"Picture This: Cataloging Your Digital Family Photographs"
 
Family photographs may seem so complex that they defy organizing. Tame your digital family photographs by learning how to add names, dates, and other information to images to make them searchable. The session covers a simple and effective processes, from scanning and adding information for retrieval, to filing and backing up your family photographs, so you can do it once and do it right.
 
 
Second lecture:
 
"Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations"
 
Bring order to the resources used in your family history research. Create simple and effective sources and citations for your family history research. Learn how to link your citations to your paper and digital records, and how create a source once and then cite it as needed. Examples for census, parish records, books, websites, DNA, paper records, and more are covered.
 
Nancy Loe, professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist, has managed archives and genealogy collections for more than three decades. Nancy has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech and Jamboree, and written genealogy guides on organizing and simplifying research. Her website, sassyjanegenealogy.com, was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow,” in 2014.
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.


Wednesday, June 21
Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Beulah will work with those interested in writing family stories. The group meets monthly but is limited to 5 regular participants. If you wish to join you may send an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org.


Wednesday, June 21
Family History Roadshow - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Lyn will host her ever-popular Family History Roadshow where class members can bring in heirlooms or photos of their favorite ancestors to illustrate a story about them.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, June 24
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 28
An Oral History and Its Many Clues - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy Cohen will present on An Oral History and Its Many Clues.



Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, July 12
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, computer lab (2nd floor)
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. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.


Saturday, July 15
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, July 15
VCGS general meeting - Gena Philibert-Ortega  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Free Mini Seminar
Presenter: Gina Philibert-Ortega
 
"10 Databases You Didn't Know Were On Ancestry.com"
 
Sure, you know that the census, city directories and the World War I Draft registration on Ancestry.com but what about those little-known databases that includes images, digitized books, and indexes. There are hidden treasures in Ancestry for those who know how to find them. We will explore searching on Ancestry to uncover the lesser known databases and we’ll look at 10 specific ones for your research.
 
Second lecture:
 
"Tackling a Research Project"
 
You want to research your great-grandma. Great! Now what? After you spend some time looking online and have hit the brick wall, what are you supposed to do? Tackling a research project is so much more than entering names into a database. Learn more about planning, creating and researching so that your time online and off will be a success.
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, July 22
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.


Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference  (Other Genealogical Events)
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Conference Website at www.GGSMN.org

 




Saturday, August 19
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, August 19
VCGS general meeting - Judy Janes  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Judy Janes
 
"Finding Family in Digital Newspaper Collections"
 
Newspapers offer a broad range of information about our families. They reveal information that may not have been recorded anywhere else. While genealogists commonly use them to find marriages and deaths, newspapers also published stories about social happenings, legal matters, travel, advertisements, and important community events that shaped our ancestors’ day-to-day lives. Digital newspaper collections have proliferated in recent years, and are searchable by name, keyword, or date. Come learn how to use this powerful new tool to uncover fascinating stories about your families.
 
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.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Indexing Ancestry and FamilySearch"
Presenter: Georgine Herd
 
Georgine Herd will be presenting a workshop on Indexing for Ancestry and FamilySearch & showing us the various databases involved. This is an effort to get more people involved in indexing by letting them see how easy it is to do and how rewarding.
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, September 1
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from England, Scotland and Wales – the inhabitants of the isle of Britain. We hope to help one another find the resources needed to extend our family trees, including, but not limited to, online databases and record repositories in Britain and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of the people and culture of this island. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-British-SIG, and in-person on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December on the first Friday. The location alternates between the Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA and the Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Contact Fran Bumann for any questions: fbumann@yahoo.com


Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, September 13
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, computer lab (2nd floor)
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. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.


Saturday, September 16
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, September 16
VCGS general meeting - Susan Morris  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Susan Morris
 
"New Discovery of Native Peoples of San Nicolas Island In Nineteenth Century Los Angeles"
 
Susan Morris, a local researcher and writer, will discuss new research into the 1835 removal of native peoples from San Nicolas Island (the Nicoleños) and give details about their lives in the growing city of Los Angeles. Her presentation is titled, Finding the Lone Woman’s People: the Nicoleños in Los Angeles.

The story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island has fascinated people for generations and formed the basis for the popular children’s book, Island of the Blue Dolphins. In 1835, the Nicoleños were removed from their island home, except for one woman, who remained on the island for 18 years. In 1853, she sailed to Santa Barbara with George Nidever. Efforts were made to find people who could communicate with her, but she died seven weeks later, unable to fully share her story.

Morris will discuss new research using provincial Mexican papers, Los Angeles documents, American records, and church registers, which identified the Lone Woman’s people in Los Angeles. At least five men, women, and children are confirmed or are likely to have come to Los Angeles from San Nicolas Island in 1835. One Nicoleño, a 5 year-old boy who was given the name Tomas, was alive and living on Spring St. when the Lone Woman was brought to Santa Barbara in 1853.

Susan Morris is a researcher and writer who has been involved in Channel Islands research since 1987. She has participated in field studies on seven of the eight Channel Islands, working on archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology projects. Morris was the principal investigator of a cave-associated archaeological site survey in Wreck Canyon, Santa Rosa Island. Her recent focus has been historical research on events related to the life of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
(more info soon)
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, September 23
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.



Saturday, October 21
**No DNA SIG in October**  (VCGS DNA SIG)
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in October due to the VCGS Seminar. I hope to see everyone there!
 
 


Saturday, October 21
VCGS: Annual Seminar - Paula Stuart-Warren  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA 
 
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Topics:
  • Finding Ancestral Places of Origin
  • NUCMC & its Cousins: Keys to Lost Ancestral Records
  • Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
  • Genealogical & Historical Periodicals in Print and Online.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, October 28
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.



Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 8
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, computer lab (2nd floor)
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. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.


Saturday, November 18
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Format: Small Group Discussion
 
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable device; this will facilitate your research. 


Saturday, November 18
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
(more information soon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
(more info soon)
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, December 1
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from England, Scotland and Wales – the inhabitants of the isle of Britain. We hope to help one another find the resources needed to extend our family trees, including, but not limited to, online databases and record repositories in Britain and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of the people and culture of this island. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-British-SIG, and in-person on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December on the first Friday. The location alternates between the Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA and the Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Contact Fran Bumann for any questions: fbumann@yahoo.com


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, December 2
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
Note the change this time only from the fourth Saturday of the month to the first. We will meet December 2nd and then enjoy our holidays later in the month!


Saturday, December 16
**No DNA SIG in December**  (VCGS DNA SIG)
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in December due to the VCGS Holiday Potluck. I hope to see everyone there!
 


Saturday, December 16
VCGS general meeting - Holiday Potluck  (General Meetings)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura