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Wednesday, September 30
Research Surprises - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
Shirley will facilitate members' stories about things that they learned from unexpected sources.
 
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]



Wednesday, October 7
Refocusing on Your Research: Ways to Get Back to Work and Get Results - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
Sandy Hall talk to us about how she has formulated her research plans and carried them out. Lyn will assist.
 
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Contra Costa County Genealogical Society - D. Joshua Taylor
Saturday, October 10 through Saturday, October 17
Contra Costa County Genealogical Society - D. Joshua Taylor  (Other Genealogical Events)
Online Webinar


Saturday, October 10
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. 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 Mexico and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of Hispanic cultures. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-MEXICAN-SIG, and on Zoom on a monthly basis on the second Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Contact Teresa Moraga for any questions: teresa.morada1967@gmail.com
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the Mexican American SIG group just prior to the meeting. If you are not already in the group you may contact Teresa Moraga at teresa.morada1967@gmail.com to be added.]


Wednesday, October 14
MyHeritage - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
Ray will talk about the research records available on MyHeritage.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Saturday, October 17
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
 
Topic: Discussion Groups using Zoom Breakout Rooms
 
Join us online as we discuss all DNA-related topics. All DNA SIG members are invited to participate.
 
The DNA SIG will hold the next in-person meeting when it is safe to do so. Until then, please protect yourself and others: Stay Safe At Home, and join us on Zoom!
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS DNA SIG via email about 12-2 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email list you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]
 


Saturday, October 17
VCGS general meeting - Drew Smith  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: Drew Smith
 
"Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls"
 
Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.
 
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.
 
Second Presentation
 
Presenter:  Leticia Rodella
"Spanish Patriots during the American Revolution"
 
Letty Rodella has researched this topic for about five years and is still researching this relatively little known chronical in our American Revolution. The presentation covers three areas. Letty first presents a brief background history of the involvement and the contributions by the Spanish Government and the Spanish Patriots to the Continental Congress and its army. Spain’s contributions include both military and monetary support. She will then name notable Spaniards who played important roles in assisting the Colonist in our fight for independence. Among the notable patriots are the Spanish Presidio Soldiers living along the borderland states from Florida to California. Letty will then identify various resources, books and online sites, which name many of these Spanish Patriots. Perhaps you are a descendant of these Spanish patriots.
 
Letty Rodella is a retired educator having spent 42 years in the educational field. Those years include teaching in TX and CA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and her Master’s Degree from Cal. State Fullerton. Letty retired as district administrator from El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera, CA and continued on as an independent educational consultant, university supervisor for student teachers and on the Board of Directors for an educational consulting firm. Her love of genealogy started 20 years ago. She has traced her Ancestry to the early 1500s, among those pioneers who settled in West Texas and New Mexico. Letty has presented this topic at several Daughters of the American Revolution meetings, at genealogical and historical meetings, and at conferences throughout Southern California. Letty is President of the Society of Hispanic, Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR) in Orange, CA.
 
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for a Zoom invitation.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.
 


Wednesday, October 21
Lecture Follow-up - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
The class will discuss the lecture presented at the general meeting the Saturday before.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Wednesday, October 28
A Virtual "Cemetery Crawl" - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
It's the week of All Hallow's Eve or Dia de los Muertos in which we remember and honor those who have lived in the past. And the physical place where we often turn our attention is the cemetery. Lyn will lead a discussion on researching cemeteries, and class members are welcome to share their stories and experiences. You may have a story of adventure on locating a hard-to-find cemetery, or records that helped you identify an ancestor's burial place, or perhaps something you learned from the process of researching a committal that added to a family story or brought new information to your family tree. You are welcome to share photos as well as your story, and it's best to learn how to do that on Zoom so we can all appreciate them.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]



Wednesday, November 4
Finding Ancestors Between the Censuses - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
Judy will discuss resources that can help you find your ancestors between the US censuses.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Wednesday, November 11
Religion and Migration - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
Ken will discuss the impact of an ancestor's religion on his or her migration.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Saturday, November 14
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. 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 Mexico and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of Hispanic cultures. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-MEXICAN-SIG, and on Zoom on a monthly basis on the second Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Contact Teresa Moraga for any questions: teresa.morada1967@gmail.com
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the Mexican American SIG group just prior to the meeting. If you are not already in the group you may contact Teresa Moraga at teresa.morada1967@gmail.com to be added.]


Wednesday, November 18
Technology Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Technology SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online Using Zoom
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. Leaders are Ray Roth and Don Worth. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Wednesday, November 18
Technology Special Interest Group - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online Using Zoom
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. Leaders are Ray Roth and Don Worth. Contact Don Worth, worth@ucla.edu, if you would like to join us.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Saturday, November 21
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
 
Presentation: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy
 
Please join us for "Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy." This presentation will cover different DNA tests, and different DNA companies. If you are wondering which test is right for you, or even if you should DNA test, this is for you! Be prepared for the upcoming holiday sales on DNA test kits from all the DNA direct-to-consumer companies.
 
This is the kickoff to our 2021 DNA lecture series. We are planning an exciting year for the DNA SIG, and we hope to see you there!
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS DNA SIG via email about 12-2 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email list you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]
 


Saturday, November 21
VCGS general meeting - Cafi Cohen  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Online with Zoom
 
Presenter: Cafi Cohen
 
"Mining for Gold: Using ALL of the Information in Your Records"
 
Genealogists spend years hunting for additional records bolster and extend their family trees. But, did you get everything out of the documents that you already have? Have you classified your information to plan appropriate follow-up? Have you developed evidence from the information? Have you replaced derivatives with originals? Have you researched additional items suggested by the records? We will cover these techniques and several others during a fun, educational session that will show you how to get more information out of what you already have!
 
 
 
Second presentation:
 
"Using Apps to Organize Your Digital Files"
Speaker: Sharie Lieberg
 
Learn how new apps can enhance your family history research experience by improving your digital storage, citing and cataloging your findings, & more.
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for a Zoom invitation.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.


Wednesday, November 25
Mining for Gold Lecture Follow-up - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
The class will discuss Cafi Cohen's lecture presented at the general meeting the preceding Saturday.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]



Wednesday, December 2
Work Relief Programs of the 1930s, Part 2 - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
We will revisit the topic of 1930s work relief programs and the many people they employed during the Depression. Marilyn shared information about the CCC program back in August. This time Lyn will look at the WPA and sources for learning more about the kind of work they did. Your own WPA story would be a welcome addition to our discussion!
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Wednesday, December 9
Ask the Experts - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group. Detailed problems that are specific to your family should be submitted in advance to the email discussion group (GENCAMLIB@yahoogroups.com) with a description about what research you have done already and the research question you are trying to answer. General questions and topics for discussion may be raised in class and need not be submitted in advance.
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Saturday, December 12
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. 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 Mexico and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of Hispanic cultures. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-MEXICAN-SIG, and on Zoom on a monthly basis on the second Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Contact Teresa Moraga for any questions: teresa.morada1967@gmail.com
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the Mexican American SIG group just prior to the meeting. If you are not already in the group you may contact Teresa Moraga at teresa.morada1967@gmail.com to be added.]


Wednesday, December 16
Family Stories of the Holiday Season: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Weds Class [on Zoom]  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
Ken will lead a session for members to share their stories of holidays past. 
 
[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS Weds Class Yahoo email discussion group just prior to the meeting around 10 AM. If you are not already on the email discussion group you may contact the webmaster at webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org to be added.]


Saturday, December 19
**No DNA SIG in December**  (VCGS DNA SIG)
 
 
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in December due to the holidays I hope everyone stays well and safe, at home, with family, if possible.
 


Wednesday, December 23
Holiday Break - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
No meetings until after the holidays.


Wednesday, December 30
Holiday Break - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Online using Zoom
No meetings until after the holidays.



Sunday, March 21, 2021 through Sunday, March 28, 2021
2019 VCGS Salt Lake Safari Research Trip  (Trips to Salt Lake City)
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
VCGS is going to Salt Lake City in 2019 for another research trip at the Family History Library. You will be researching in millions of records which are not now online, and may never be, due to contractual and other restrictions. You can also consult with professional genealogists, free, on your problem ancestors. Think you are not ready? There will be a research planning class in January 2021 to get you prepared, and the date for that will be announced closer to the time.
 
 
Remember, the hotel donates free rooms to VCGS for our annual seminar silent auction based on the number of rooms we have used in the past. Your stay pays VCGS and helps with activities like our great monthly speakers and annual seminar.
 
Please contact Pat Thomas at Thomas.genealogical@gmail.com for more information.