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Wednesday, September 20
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, September 20
Open session for brainstorming brickwalls - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Bring your questions and brickwalls for help from our group


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.


Tuesday, September 26
Los Angeles Public Library Field Trip  (VCGS Field Trips)
7:54 am
Meet at Camarillo Metrolink Station
A train trip to the Los Angeles Public Library is planned for September 26. We will be riding on A768 which leaves Camarillo at 7:54 and returning home on 117 at 5:53. Check the Metrolink schedule on the Internet for departure times in other cities. It is fun to ride the train as we talk about our favorite subject all the way down and back! Contact Beulah O'Neal if you can join us (webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org).


Wednesday, September 27
FindAGrave - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Pam will explain the value of and how to use FindAGrave.



Sunday, October 1
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County - Deborah Long  (Other Genealogical Events)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

The Program- Three Guides, Four Countries: 

A Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Travels to Their Ancestral Villages 

 

Join Deborah Long in a dynamic visual presentation as she recounts her shocking 2009 unearthing of family artifacts that compelled her to visit her ancestral villages in Poland, Hungary and northern Germany to understand her parents’ Holocaust history. The narrative of this program serves to inspire those researchers up against all odds - few names, no family artifacts or photographs, and no living relatives. She will review her methodology, her trip through shtetls and concentration camps, and her surprising and joyful discovery upon returning home. 

 

Speaker: Deborah Long has been researching her family history and searching for surviving family members for more than 50 years. Deborah is a professional educator and speaker, though typically her audiences are licensed professionals who are required to attend continuing education programs. She has written more than 20 books, including a memoir about growing up as a child of survivors titled “First Hitler, Then Your Father, and Now You” available at lulu.com. She is the founder and first president of Triangle JGS in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Chapel Hill/Durham/Raleigh).



Wednesday, October 4
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, October 4
Open session for brainstorming brickwalls - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Bring your questions and brickwalls for help from our group


Wednesday, October 11
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, October 11
Archive.org - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy will highlight some of the resources you can find on Archive.org for furthering your genealogical research.


Wednesday, October 18
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, October 18
PhotoShop Elements - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Don will give a brief introduction to the power of PhotoShop Elements for restoring, labeling and colorizing old photographs.


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.


Wednesday, October 25
Heirloom Show & Tell - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Lyn will lead the group in another heirloom show & tell session. Class members will bring in family heirlooms and pictures and share stories about the ancestors they came from.


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.



Wednesday, November 1
Genealogical Travelogue - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Class members who have recently returned from their ancestors' homeland in Europe will show slides of their trips.


Saturday, November 4
Central Coast Genealogy Seminar - Angie Bush, Michael Lacop, Nancy Loe  (Other Genealogical Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria, California
There will be 11 sessions available to meet your needs no matter what your level of experience. For registration forms and additional information please go to:  SLOCGS.org or SMVGS.org. Preregistration is required.


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)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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. Please note the new, earlier, start time!


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: Jose Rivera
 
"Seabee History and Tradition: The Difficult We Do Immediately, the Impossible Takes a Bit Longer "
 
The U. S. Navy Seabee Museum that is located in Port Hueneme, is one of fifteen official U. S. Navy museums. It contains an assortment of world war memorabilia, as well as various operational records, battalion histories, manuscripts, oral histories, biographies, and personal papers about the Seabees. Jose Rivera’s talk will focus on why the Seabees were formed, what they have done since their beginnings in World War II, what records exist for researchers, and what you can see at the museum.
 
Jose Rivera's journey as a museum professional to the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum includes California State Parks & National Parks Service, Director of Education at the Marin Museum of the American Indian, Director of Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the Curator of Exhibits for Heritage Square in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and is a Vietnam veteran. He arrived at the Seabee Museum in September of 2016. He says he "greatly enjoys working with the community on behalf of the Seabee Museum, working with active duty and retired Seabees, and the wonderful museum staff".
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Acquiring a Sense of Place: Using Maps & Gazetteers to Build Family Stories."
Presenter: Lyn Gesch
 
(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 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM 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



Saturday, January 20, 2018
VCGS general meeting - Ted Gostin  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Ted Gostin
 
"They Became Citizens: An Overview of American Naturalization Records"
 
This lecture presents an overview of United States naturalization records. The first national naturalization law was established in 1790, and therefore this lecture focuses on 19th and 20th century naturalization proceedings. Naturalization procedures and forms during two basic time periods are discussed: from 1790 to September 27, 1906; and from September 27, 1906 forward. Finding aids to naturalization records are discussed, and a short bibliography of key works on naturalization records is provided.

Mr. Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. Mr. Gostin has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show Who Do You Think You Are? (clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWp3LilH45k). He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world. Mr. Gostin is also an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
Presenters: TBA
 
(More 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 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.