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Wednesday, June 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, June 20
Genealogy Outside the Box - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
"Genealogy Outside the Box:  Sharing Your Surprising Discoveries, Shattered Assumptions and Serendipitous Encounters"Ken will coordinate a discussion of class members' experiences with unexpected discoveries.


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


Wednesday, June 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, June 27
Fold3 Databases and Family History Research - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Fold3 is primarily concerned with military records, but there are some non-military records on this site as well. We will look at examples from both types, now accessible on-site at the Camarillo Public Library.



Wednesday, July 4
Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop **NO MEETING**  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
There will be no meeting of the Beginning Genealogy group in July because of the holiday.


Wednesday, July 4
NO CLASS - Weds Class **NO CLASS**  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
No class - 4th of July holiday.


Wednesday, July 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, July 11
"Help! I can't read this handwriting!" - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
The group will share examples and tips for deciphering old handwriting on documents.


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.


Monday, July 16
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society - Gary Olsen  (Other Genealogical Events)
6:00 pm
Grant R Brimhall Library, 1401 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks
“The Norwegian Colony & the Olsen’s” Speaker: Gary OlsenHe will share many artifacts and photos of the local area with us.


Wednesday, July 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, July 18
Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy Janes and Don will demonstrate the use of the Internet Archive.


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 - Colleen Greene  (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, educator, and web developer. She is the Marketing Librarian & Digital Humanities Specialist for California State University, Fullerton, and teaches an online graduate-level genealogical methodology course for San Jose State University. Her teaching focuses on Mexican and Hispanic research; DNA; methodology; search strategies; emerging technologies; and society marketing and communications. Colleen’s Hispanic ancestors hail from Mexico, California, New Mexico, and Texas. She recently conducted research trips in Mexico and Spain. Colleen publishes her professional blog at www.colleengreene.com and shares her family history at www.cjroots.com. Sign up to receive her FREE monthly Hispanic research email newsletter at: http://www.colleengreene.com/email-newsletters/hispanic-research-heritage/.
 
Second lecture:
 
"Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors"
Presenter: Colleen Greene
 
This introductory lecture covers key U.S. records and strategies for identifying when and where your Mexican ancestors immigrated, and for identifying their hometown in Mexico. It will also provide an overview of the main Mexican record types available online for tracing those family lines further back in Mexico. We cover the colonial Spanish and Mexican eras. Colleen demonstrates key strategies to set you up for success, and explains how to avoid the common mistakes she made initially in her research. This class is ideal for anyone new to researching their Mexican lines, as well as those still relatively new to genealogy in general. Even a non-Spanish speaker can be successful at this research.
 
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, July 25
Reunion 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 Reunion (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.


Wednesday, July 25
Heritage Quest - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy Janes will demonstrate the use of Heritage Quest.


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


Saturday, July 28
Genealogical Society of North Orange County - Annual Seminar  (Other Genealogical Events)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Danish Church and Cultural Center 16881 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Presenter:   Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA
More information

Seminar Schedule

9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Announcements
9:45 a.m. 
Keeping up With the Joneses​
Continuing education is necessary for success and new sources are constantly appearing. The focus here is to teach how researchers can learn about such sources. It teaches “how to fish” rather than supplying fish! Topics: societies, periodicals, classes, conferences, catalogs, etc.
10:45 a.m. Morning Break
11:00 a.m. 
Free State-Provided Sources, Ready and Waiting Online!
Impressive collections of state historical books and records are on free, state-funded websites, but are complex to use. With every state represented, the audience will choose which ones are demonstrated. Usually unknown & therefore overlooked, these sites are valuable hidden gems.
12:00 noon Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. Evaluating Evidence and Resolving Discrepancies

Understanding what to do with found data and conflicting records is the key to success. Seven aspects of evidence will be discussed, as well as what kind of records to believe before others and when a preponderance of evidence has been found.
2:00 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:15 p.m. 
Cemetery Research on the Internet: Pitfalls and Promises
Cemetery inscriptions can be a rich source of family information, but accessing them can be difficult. The Internet is making it much easier to locate them but brings its own problems and pitfalls when dealing with Internet transcriptions.
3:15 p.m. Opportunity Drawing / Wrap Up / Turn in Evaluations



Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 12
Ventura County Fair Genealogy Booth  (Other Genealogical Events)
Ventura County Fair Grounds
We are looking for volunteers to staff the family history booth at the 2018 Ventura County Fair to help others discover the excitement of finding their ancestors. The help we receive from our partner genealogical societies is invaluable and so we would appreciate your support. Fair dates are 1-12 August. There will be three shifts per day with each shift consisting of three volunteers and one shift supervisor. Sign up site is here. Volunteers receive a free pass to the fair for the day they work. Point of contact is Bettye Berg (bettyeberg@yahoo.com; 805-797-7084).


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 - Elizabeth O'Neal  (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"
 
Lineage societies have been collecting and preserving family histories for more than 125 years. But did you know that some of these resources can be found online for free? And you don’t even have to be a member to take advantage of them!

Thousands of applications and supporting documents have been submitted to lineage societies over the years, and your brick wall ancestor could be hiding in the file of one of their members. From the databases and downloadable documents of the DAR, to simple lists of pioneers and soldiers: this presentation will show you which gems are available online and where to find them.

Elizabeth O’Neal is a professional genealogist, writer, and educator living in Lompoc, California. She has been researching her family history for more than three decades and is the owner of Swan Genealogy Services.

Elizabeth is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She is a member of numerous lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is an avid promoter of their genealogical resources.

Elizabeth has been blogging and writing about genealogy for more than 10 years. As the author of the blog My Descendant’s Ancestors, she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly “Genealogy Blog Party.” Her writing has been featured in the FGS FORUM magazine, and she is a contributing writer for the Legacy Family Tree News blog.

When not hunting for ancestors, Elizabeth enjoys photography and spending time with her family. She hopes that her only descendant will someday develop an interest in her ancestry.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Ask the Experts"
Panel: Joan Beem, Fran Bumann, Judy Janes, Teri Reynolds, Don Worth
 
You won't want to miss this workshop because it is a unique opportunity to ask your genealogical questions (brickwalls, methodology, places to find records, DNA, technology, etc.) of our panel of experienced VCGS teachers and researchers. Think about your questions beforehand, and join us!
 
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 - Hal Bookbinder  (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"
 
In this time of spam, hacking, identity theft and other distractions of the Internet Age, Mr. Bookbinder provides a useful checklist of things to concern yourself with when using your computer.
 
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:
 
"DNA Success Stories"
Panel: 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:
  • Session One 

    Beyond Ancestry: Overlooked and Underused Subscription Sites 

  • Session Two 

    The Librarian Knows Where It’s At: Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online 

  • Session Three 

    Surveying the Community: Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors 

  • Session Four 

    Thinking Outside the Box: Using Unusual Records and Resources to Break Through Brick Walls

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: Marion Werle
 
"Ferreting Out Family Stories - Fact, Fiction or Somewhere in Between"
 
Every family has its stories, some more colorful than others. Some seem too fantastic to be true. Others have the ring of truth, but don’t stand up to close examination. How do we tell the difference? Marion Werle will present a methodology for analyzing family stories – creating one or more research questions to focus our inquiries, developing a research plan, creating a potential timeline, and finally, analyzing each component of the story to separate fact from fiction.

Marion Werle began family history research 23 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK and Israel. She has been on the boards of the Jewish Genealogical Societies of both Los Angeles and Conejo Valley, is a past president of the Latvia SIG (Special Interest Group) and is a member of the SCGS Writers Group. A retired IT professional with master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA, she has also completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate. Marion wrote The Skuders from Skud, a family history about one of her family branches from Lithuania, to share with family members.
 
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.