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Saturday, September 21
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.


Saturday, September 21
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society - Denise Levenick  (Other Genealogical Events)
11:00 am
First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street, Santa Barbara
Speaker:  Denise Levenick
"Preserving the Past: Archiving and Digitizing Your Family Keepsakes"
 
You will learn practical tips to safely preserve family photos, doc­uments and memorabilia with Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator, author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes, at the Saturday, September 21st monthly meeting.
 
Denise inherited her first family archive from her grand­mother – a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of “miscellaneous stuff” and is now the caretaker of sev­eral family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares practical ideas for safely storing and digitizing family collections. This presentation offers best practices for digitizing popular family keepsakes using scanners and digital camer­as, and basic archival techniques for safely preserving original items economically and easily.
 
Denise is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator (www.TheFamilyCurator.com) and author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Pre­serve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records (Family Tree Books, 2012) and How to Archive Family Photos (Family Tree Books, 2015). She is a frequent contributor to family history magazines and online publications, and presenter for webinars and workshops. She is the course coordinator for Family Archiving: Heirlooms in the Digital Age at the Gene­alogical Institute of Pittsburgh.


Saturday, September 21
VCGS general meeting - John Schmal  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: John Schmal
 
"The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)"
 
This presentation explores the original settlement of Southern California by the Spaniards. Starting with the early settlement of San Diego (1769) and San Gabriel (1771), the speaker outlines the various Spanish activities in the Southland, including the Expedition of 1781 and the founding of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara from 1781-1786. The lecture also includes a discussion of several of the original indigenous inhabitants who lived near the Spanish missions. The presentation will conclude with data from the 1790 census.

John Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He has authored books and is a Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research board member.
 
Second presentation:
 
Finding Your Roots in Mexico
 
how to find your roots in Mexico, online resources, etc.
 
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.


Wednesday, September 25
Family Tree Maker Users Group - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo (2nd floor study room)
If you use Family Tree Maker software (Windows or Mac) and have questions about using its features, you are welcome to reserve a spot in the Family Tree Maker breakout workshop. Seating is limited. Please send an email to geschm@hotmail.com in advance in order to reserve a space.


Wednesday, September 25
Mexican Genealogical Research - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Teresa will lead discussion about the general meeting lecture on how to conduct research into Mexican ancestors.


Wednesday, September 25
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 2nd floor Computer Lab, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
The topic is German residential registrations, often called Einwohnerlisten. Lyn will be sharing what she has done with one of her "takeways" on this topic from the Sacramento German Conference back in June. We will look at what they are, how they can help our research, and what new sources can be explored.



Wednesday, October 2
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 2
Open Session for Your Questions - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group.


DNA - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, October 9
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. Please reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, October 9
New York Research - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Rick, Fran and Monica will talk about resources available for research in New York city and state.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, October 12
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking coutries. 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 in-person on a monthly basis on second Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the 2nd floor computer classroom in the Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. Contact Teresa Moraga for any questions: mteresamoraga@yahoo.com.


Wednesday, October 16
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 16
Occupations Part V - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Ken will continue his popular series of presentations on occupations and their significance in genealogical research.


Saturday, October 19
**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 19
VCGS: Annual Seminar - John Philip Colletta, PhD  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Speaker: John Philip Colletta, PhD
 
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.
 
Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.
 
He has also taught for Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program and three genealogy institutes where he created courses: the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, Ill.).
 
His publications include numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, two manuals — They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans — and one “murder-mystery-family-history,” Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. It tells the story of Colletta’s great great grandfather, Joe Ring, who moved his family from Buffalo, New York, to Rolling Fork, Mississippi, after the Civil War. When Joe Ring’s country store burned to the ground with five unfortunate victims sleeping upstairs, the incident was investigated as mass murder, robbery and arson. The new edition of Only a Few Bones includes 140 pages of instruction on how to write narrative family history.
 
Dr. Colletta appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. He is featured in Episode Four of “Ancestors,” the ten-part KBYU-TV series, as well as its sequel. He has received many professional honors, including fellowship in the Utah Genealogical Association and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.


Wednesday, October 23
Roots Magic Users Group - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo (2nd floor study room)
Members who use Roots Magic (Windows) as their genealogy program will get together to share information about its use. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, October 23
National Archives Research - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Lyn and Ken will discuss how to do research in the National Archives as a follow-up to the presentation on the topic at the annual VCGS seminar.


Wednesday, October 30
Choosing a Genealogy Program - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
The facilitators of the genealogy software breakout groups (Fran, Ray, Don, Monica) will lead a conversation about the pros and cons of the major genealogy database programs and the benefits of using one.



Wednesday, November 6
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, November 6
Writing Up Your Family History - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Beulah will lead a follow-up discussion of the topic at the annual VCGS seminar.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, November 9
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking coutries. 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 in-person on a monthly basis on second Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the 2nd floor computer classroom in the Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. Contact Teresa Moraga for any questions: mteresamoraga@yahoo.com.


DNA - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, November 13
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. Please reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, November 13
Finding Female Ancestors - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Lyn will present two case studies demonstrating paths she and Ken used for researching female ancestors. Neither had to go to women-specific sources, though doing so could enrich both stories; all sources are useful for finding both men and women. There are many possibilities for doing this, as Gena Philibert-Ortega recently showed us in our Saturday program. It just takes being a persistent detective! You can add to our discussion by joining us and sharing how you unearthed information about the women on your family tree.


Saturday, November 16
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Presentation: Introduction to DNA for Genealogy
 
Please join us for an Introduction to DNA for 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 2020 DNA lecture series. We are planning an exciting year for the DNA SIG, and we hope to see you there!


Saturday, November 16
VCGS general meeting - Linda Serna  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Presenter: Linda Serna
 
"The War of 1812"
 
Did you have an ancestor who served in the War of 1812, between the United States and Great Britain? About 60,000 U.S. Army forces and 470,000 American militia and volunteer troops fought from 1812 to 1815. Linda Serna will tell the story of the War of 1812, one of America’s forgotten wars, and broaden our understanding of this time in history. Her coverage includes people, places and events, and is rounded out with interesting trivia to make the story come alive.

Linda Serna has been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 30 years. In addition, she was privileged to work as a genealogist for the first season of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow program. Currently, she is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and several other genealogical organizations. She especially likes seeing how individual family stories fit in and make up the fabric of history.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
"SnagIt Updates"
Speaker: John Callihan
 
 
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. Presentation: "Introduction to DNA for Genetic Genealogy", Presenters: Don & Carley Worth.


Wednesday, November 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, November 20
Open Session for Your Questions - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Bring your genealogy questions and problems for help from members of the group.


Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 20
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.


Wednesday, November 27
Legacy Users Group - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo (2nd floor study room)
Members who use Legacy (Windows) as their genealogy program will get together to share information about its use. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, November 27
*** NO CLASS THIS WEEK *** - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
There will be no class this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.



Wednesday, December 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.


DNA - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, December 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. Please reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, December 14
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking coutries. 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 in-person on a monthly basis on second Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the 2nd floor computer classroom in the Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. Contact Teresa Moraga for any questions: mteresamoraga@yahoo.com.


Wednesday, December 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.


Saturday, December 21
**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!
 



Monday, January 20, 2020 through Friday, January 24, 2020
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - Chinese Ancestry  (Other Genealogical Events)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources
 
Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources is a week-long institute course taught by experts in the field and will focus on the records, tools and resources needed to discover Chinese ancestry. Kelly Summers, MS, AG, course coordinator, has invited some of the nations' top Chinese research experts to join her:
 
Stefani Evans, CG
Anthony King
Eric Leach, MA
Marisa Louis Lee
Lena Stout
Mel Thatcher, PhD
 
The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is held in Salt lake City, Utah, where attendees have access to the Family History Library and its wealth of genealogical records from all over the world. To learn more about our Chinese Ancestry course, read our post, "Discover Your Chinese Ancestry," or view a video interview about the course from Kelly Summers here: Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources. To view the daily schedule for the course go here: SLIG 2020 Course Descriptions.