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Saturday, April 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, April 21
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society - Hattie Beresford  (Other Genealogical Events)
11:00 am
First Presbyterian Church, State & Constance, Santa Barbara, CA
 
Hattie Beresford will present, “Santa Barbara Comes of Age ~ An Exuberant and Joyful Beginning" at the SB County Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting, Saturday, April 21st, at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street.
 
During the fifty years between 1880 and 1930, Santa Barbara threw off its Victorian cloak and donned the mantilla of a thoroughly modern town. Wrapping herself in romanticized Spanish tradition, she nevertheless bobbed her hair to create the institutions that prepared the way for the Santa Barbara of today. Sharing tales and photographs from her new book, The Way It Was ~ Santa Barbara Comes of Age, Hattie Beresford will take listeners on a journey into the past that explores the mountain trails, joins elaborate celebrations, and revels in the mania created by the town’s first horseless carriages as well as introducing some incredible citizens whose vision and work created the underpinnings for today’s city.
 
A retired teacher of English and American history with the Santa Barbara School District,  Hattie Beresford has written a local history column for the Montecito Journal called “The Way It Was,” for the past 12 years.  In addition, together with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, she co-edited and produced the memoir of local artist Elizabeth Eaton Burton entitled My Santa Barbara Scrap Book and wrote two Noticias, their historical journal. She is also a regular contributor to the Montecito Journal Magazine writing on a variety of historical topics.
 
Eclectic in her interests, Hattie’s articles run the gamut from ranches to mansions, murder to delinquency, and elegant hotels to auto camps. Stories behind transportation, entertainment, philanthropy, and celebrations have all found expression through her pen. She has been especially interested in the people and events of Santa Barbara’s past which have determined its present.
 
Special Interest Groups meet at 9:30 am for New Member & Beginning Genealogy, Civil War Genealogy, Writers' Support Group, German Ancestry, Italian Genealogy, Jewish Genealogy, French Canadian Genealogy, Scandinavian Genealogy, Computer Genealogy, and DNA.  The Society Monthly meeting starts at 10:30 and the featured speaker starts at 11:00am.


Saturday, April 21
VCGS general meeting - Denise Levinick  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Presenter: Denise Levinick
"The Frugal Curator"
 
Archival storage doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Discover practical DIY (Do-It-Yourself) solutions that will save you time and money as you organize and store your family treasures. See how to make a family history time capsule for your next family reunion or event.
 
Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator and author of two books on preserving family treasures, How to Archive Family Photos and How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records.
 
 
 
 
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Orientation to the Camarillo Library Genealogy Collection"
Presenter: Kay Engel
 
Kay will show us how to navigate our way through the extensive VCGS holdings at the Camarillo Library. You can start learning about this by going to the VCGS website and browse or search the collection. Search on surnames, family locations, or topics like "German research" to help you find publications relevant to your search.
 
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, April 25
Expanded Land Records - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy Janes will present additional information about land record research.


Wednesday, April 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)
Members who use Family Tree Maker (Windows or Mac) 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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, April 28
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
It's play time for the German SIG in April!  Over the last few months, we have been looking at various websites that are helpful to German research, including www.meyersgaz.org, www.deutsche-handschrift.de, ancestry.com, and familysearch.org. We are going to use our time at the April meeting to practice navigating these sites by using the computers in the lab at the Family History Center. That way, we can ask questions when we get stuck and maybe find some answers for our own research. Handouts will be available that day to help guide you in getting the most out of these websites. If you are interested in pursuing research into your German ancestry, join us Saturday, April 28th, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ventura Family History Center, or at our next meeting Wednesday, May 30th, at 1 p.m., in the Camarillo library's computer lab.



Wednesday, May 2
TBA - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Topic to be announced


Wednesday, May 2 through Saturday, May 5
National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2018 Conference  (Other Genealogical Events)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
More details here.


Wednesday, May 9
Conducting oral history interviews - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy Cohen will explain how to conduct oral history interviews with our relatives.


Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
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.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, May 12
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:30 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: mteresamora-ga@yahoo.com.


Saturday, May 19
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Presentation: Ancestry DNA Tips & Tricks
 
Please join us for a presentation titled "Ancestry DNA Tips & Tricks." Ancestry DNA has more autosomal testers than any of the other companies, so chances are good that you have at least one test kit there. Don Worth & Carley Worth will present their best tips for maximizing your matches at Ancestry DNA.
 
This is the third installment in our 2018 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!


Saturday, May 19
VCGS general meeting - Nancy Loe  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Nancy Loe
 
"Ten Skills Every Genealogist Needs"
 
Ten Skills Every Genealogist Needs helps you master essential elements of genealogy research and information management.
 
In this presentation, you’ll find new records by searching the “Deep Web,” pinpoint geographic locations past and present, read old handwriting, and translate records to English. Information management skills help you scan photos and records once. Learn how to insert information inside digital images. Enter data in your tree and name digital files consistently to organize your work.
 
Nancy Loe is a professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist, and 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.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"FindAGrave"
Presenter: Pam Hall & Shannon Luck-Brillhart
 
Learn to navigate the new FindAGrave and get all that you can from it.
 
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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, May 30
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library Computer Lab, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
**Note the date and start time for this month.** We will meet on Wednesdays when we meet in Camarillo in May, July, and October. Those future dates are: July 25 and Oct. 24, with start times at 1:00 p.m. as well. Please join us if you are struggling with researching your German ancestors--or if you have successes to cheer about. We can help with that too!


Thursday, May 31 through Saturday, June 2
Jamboree 2018  (Other Genealogical Events)
Burbank Marriott Hotel, Burbank, CA



Friday, June 8
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
1:00 pm to 2:30 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


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, June 9
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:30 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: mteresamora-ga@yahoo.com.


Saturday, June 16
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, June 16
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Hal Bookbinder
 
"Ships of Our Ancestors"
 
During the active years of Ellis Island, 83,000 ship arrivals were recorded. Between 1880 and 1914 about two million Jewish immigrants arrived from Europe, with most passing through Ellis Island. Until the age of flight, immigrants arrived by sea, first on sailing ships and after the middle of the 19th Century, on steamships. This presentation focuses on the ships on which our ancestors traveled, discussing the shift from sail to steam and the governmental regulations which made ship travel safer and more civilized. It will address the experience of our ancestors in getting to the port of embarkation, being processed for passage, life aboard the vessel, on Ellis Island and in getting to their final destination. It will also address various myths related to our ancestors' emigration travels.
 
Hal writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, locating relatives and Jewish culture and history. He has identified over 4,000 relatives back to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into modern Moldova, Poland, Belarus and Russia. He has served as president of the IAJGS and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Professionally, he is an IT Director in healthcare, a part-time university instructor and director of a transition to work training program for recovering addicts. Check out his growing series of articles on safe genealogical computing.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Treasures of the VCGS Website"
Presenter: Jim Knapp
 
TBA
 
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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, June 23
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA



Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, July 11
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.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, July 14
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:30 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: mteresamora-ga@yahoo.com.


Saturday, July 21
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Presentation: Step Up: Take Your Genetic Genealogy to the Next Level
 
Please join us for a presentation titled "Step Up: Take Your Genetic Genealogy to the Next Level." Teri Reynolds will provide tips, tricks, and recommendations - suitable for all genetic genealogists.
 
This is the fourth installment in our 2018 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!


Saturday, July 21
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Colleen Greene
 
"Utilizing the Digital Public Library of America & the HathiTrust for Family History Research"
 
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the HathiTrust Digital Library are two relatively new innovative resources to incorporate into your family history research. Both house and provide gateways to consortia-shared rich digitized collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices for free. Well-designed navigation and collection organization, combined with advanced search and discovery features, make it easy to quickly and effectively locate materials relevant to your research focus. DPLA’s mapping and time-focused features make it possible for those not so familiar with a particular era or geographic region to gain a better understanding of the types of records available for different places and times. HathiTrust’s innovative reading features make it easy to quickly locate your ancestors in its extensive collection of public domain published family histories and historical materials. You will walk away from this lecture with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.
 
Colleen Greene, MLIS, is a librarian, genealogist, historian, web developer, content strategist, and educator who teaches and presents on genealogy, web content strategy, social media, digital history tools, and other emerging technology tools and topics. She has a knack for being able to explain complex technology concepts in easy to understand terms. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Masters of Library & Information Science, and a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. She is the Marketing & Web Systems Librarian at California State University, Fullerton. Colleen is also a faculty lecturer for the San Jose State University School of Information, where she teaches an online graduate-level U.S. genealogy course for future librarians, that focuses on the Genealogical Proof Standard.
 
Second lecture:
 
"Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors"
Presenter: Colleen Greene
 
(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.


German Special Interest Group
Wednesday, July 25
German Special Interest Group  (VCGS German SIG)
1:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library Computer Lab, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo



Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, August 11
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:30 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: mteresamora-ga@yahoo.com.


Saturday, August 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.


Saturday, August 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: Elizabeth O'Neal
 
"Finding Online Resources from Lineage Societies"
 
(more info soon)
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Panel of Experts"
Presenter: TBA
 
TBA
 
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.



Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, September 8
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:30 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: mteresamora-ga@yahoo.com.


Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, September 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, September 15
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Presentation: Third-Party Tools for DNA and Genetic Genealogy
 
Please join us for a presentation titled "Third-Party Tools for DNA and Genetic Genealogy." Don Worth will discuss GEDmatch.com, DNAgedcom.com, and more.
 
This is the fifth and last installment in our 2018 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!


Saturday, September 15
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Hal Bookbinder
 
"Practice Safe Computing"
 
(more info soon)
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"DNA Success Stories"
Presenter: Teri Reynolds et al
 
TBA
 
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.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, September 22
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA



Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, October 13
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:30 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: mteresamora-ga@yahoo.com.


Saturday, October 20
**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 20
VCGS: Annual Seminar - Luana Darby, AG  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Luana Darby, AG
 
Genealogy and the recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She began organizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother’s family in 1977 and has researched for others since 1985, working as a professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German, US and Canadian, and western European research She frequently travels to Europe for genealogical research on site in archives located in Germany, Poland and France.
 
Luana has a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In addition to her education at BYU and SJSU, Luana is an Accredited Genealogist® and has completed several in-depth tracks of study at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) which cover Advanced Genealogical Methods, Research in German Speaking Areas, Problem Solving in the Midwest, American Records and Research, Computers and Technology in Genealogy, Advanced Methodologies – Land Records, Forensic Genealogy and Genetic Genealogy.
 
She is a frequent lecturer at local and national conferences and institutes, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the British Institute, RootsTech and through Legacy Family Tree Webinars.
Luana is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, the National Genealogical Society and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (IFSHWE). She has served as past president and director of the Utah Genealogical Association and currently serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and as a director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.
 
In January 2015, she joined the faculty of BYU-Idaho as an online family history instructor teaching genealogical analysis and genealogy as a business courses.
 
Topics:
  • TBA
There is no DNA Special Interest Group Meeting in October.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, October 24
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library Computer Lab, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo



Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, November 10
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:30 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: mteresamora-ga@yahoo.com.


Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 14
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 17
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 2019 DNA lecture series. We are planning an exciting year for the DNA SIG, and we hope to see you there!


Saturday, November 17
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"
 
TBA
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Military Records"
Presenter: Pat Thomas
 
TBA
 
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.



Saturday, December 1
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, December 8
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:30 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: mteresamora-ga@yahoo.com.


Saturday, December 15
**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!
 


VCGS Annual Holiday Lunch
Saturday, December 15
VCGS Annual Holiday Lunch  (General Meetings)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
TBA
Ventura County Genealogical Society members are invited to attend the annual holiday party luncheon and pot luck on 15 December 2018 at noon at TBA. Bring a dish for the pot luck and an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys For Tots. We will install our new officers for 2019 at the party.
 
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting in December.