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Wednesday, January 24
Probate Webinar - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
The class will watch a webinar from FamilySearch about researching probates. Discussion will follow next week.


Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28
Los Californianos Annual Meeting (Conference)  (Other Genealogical Events)
Hampton Inn Los Angeles/Santa Clarita at 25259 The Old Road, Santa Clarita, CA

Los Californianos was created for the purpose of preserving the heritage  of Alta California’s early Hispanic Californians (also called Californios or Californianos). As individuals and as an organization, we conduct research on genealogy and civil, religious, military, and cultural activities in Alta California. We strive to ensure that an accurate and authentic oral, written, and pictorial interpretation of the history of Spanish and Mexican Alta California is provided to the public, especially to our fourth-grade students who study that period of history as part of their curriculum.

We host educational and entertaining programs of cultural and historical interest at various sites throughout California. These meetings are usually held on the weekend of the fourth Sunday in January, April, and October, starting on Friday afternoon and ending midday on Sunday. Saturday's schedule may include guided tours to local historic sites, including adobes, missions, and other significant locations. Our Saturday evening dinner and Sunday morning brunch include historical or genealogical presentations by noted historians, authors, genealogists, and curators. Throughout the weekend, a lot of socialization and sharing of individual research takes place among attendees.

To aid in genealogy research, we bring our Traveling Genealogy Library to most of our meetings for use by our members and the public on Friday and Saturday. Our library contains a collection of historical, cultural, and genealogical records, charts, and information. Included are the works of Bancroft, Mutnick, Gallagher, and Ponsford, in addition to member pedigree charts and family histories.

We encourage members of the public to participate in our meetings and use our library (for a nominal fee). You may join us at our meals and presentations by paid reservation.

Full Details and Registraion Information

 



German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, January 27
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
The photo at the left was taken at the BallinStadt Emigration Museum in Hamburg, Germany. My husband and I visited there this past fall and learned about the history of this port where large numbers of Germans left their homeland for America. Included in the displays was this life-sized mockup of the typical accommodations for steerage passengers in the 19th century. If you are researching German immigrants in your family or have other questions about researching your German family, join us at the next meeting of the German Special Interest Group on Saturday, January 27th, at 1:30 p.m., at the Ventura Family History Center in Ventura (address is provided above). ~Lyn Gesch


Wednesday, January 31
Probate discussion - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Members of the group will share their experience researching probate records and talk about what they learned from them.



Wednesday, February 7
Independent study & prep for SLC trip - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Those going to the Salt Lake City Family History Library will prepare for their research by reviewing the FHL catalog and consulting with other class members. Others can pursue individual research on the computers in the classroom and ask questions of other class members.


Wednesday, February 7
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.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, February 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.


Wednesday, February 14
Marriage stories - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Members of the group will highlight what they have learned from marriage records.


Wednesday, February 14
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.


Saturday, February 17
**No DNA SIG in February**  (VCGS DNA SIG)
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in February due to the VCGS Genealogy Fair; however, there will be a DNA Table at the Fair, offering the opportunity to obtain answers to your DNA questions. I hope to see everyone at the Genealogy Fair, and at the day's featured presentations!
 
Please note that today's second presentation, at about 2:30 p.m., features presenter Adrian Foushee on the importance of using DNA research combined with document analysis. This topic is applicable to all genetic genealogists.
 


Saturday, February 17
VCGS general meeting - Charlotte Bocage & Adrian Foushee  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenters: Charlotte Bocage & Adrian Foushee
 
10:30 am: Genealogy Fair
Tabletop Q&A opportunities. Topics: DNA, Beginning Genealogy, Problem Solving, African American Research, and Technology.

Lunch on your own, try our Giant Steps Café at the Library, and visit the wonderful Friends of the Library Book Store.
 
1 pm: "Beginning African American Genealogy"
Presenter: Charlotte Bocage
 
This visually aided class introduces the beginning African American genealogist to the basic requirements to connect their family tree. This class will facilitate their journey through forms, charts and records. This will lead to a short discussion on finding the slave owner. Web sites will be available.

Charlotte M. Bocage has over forty years of genealogy experience, a full-time genealogist, lecturer, author, and Louisiana specialist. She is on the Southern California Genealogical Society Board of Directors, Kids Family History chair, and Education/Outreach Committee chair; First Vice President with the Pasadena Area African American Genealogical Society, and former International Black Genealogy Summit, Program chair. She has spoken at various genealogical and historical societies across the country and is also an active member.
 
Second lecture:
 
about 2:30 pm: "Document Analyses and Genetic Genealogy - Its Importance in African-American Genealogy"
Presenter: Adrian Foushee
 
Born and reared in Washington, D.C. to parents from the Carolinas, Adrian is a newbie by most accounts. It was not until early 2012, Adrian began his genealogical journey. Growing up, his paternal side (North Carolina) had annual family reunions. Relatives always spoke of the grandparents and great-grandparents and he knew their names, including the women’s maiden names. His maternal family (South Carolina) always seemed smaller and more disbursed, so there was less known. His brother actually helped the “genealogy bug” take hold. It was his brother, not Adrian, that kept their grandmother up one summer night, asking questions about ancestors. And he was the one to sketch a family tree the next morning after breakfast, which their mother thankfully had tucked away for safekeeping. In the span of about six years Adrian has gone from a set of names to not only dates and places, but family stories, local histories, and through DNA, new relatives. Adrian is now the administrator of the Foushee Family DNA Project, founded just last year (June 2017). He is a member of several genealogical societies in Southern California, North Carolina and the National Genealogical Society. He is a graduate of James Madison University, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Minor in Sociology. He received his MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of La Verne, CA.
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will not be meeting in February. Instead there will be a Genealogy Fair from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Library community room. There will be tables on a number of topics related to genealogy, including DNA.


Wednesday, February 21
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, February 21
Library Topics - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Kay will lead a discussion about the VCGS Library holdings.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, February 24
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
The photo this month was taken at the Kluki Museum of Slovincian History. This is an open air museum on the north coast of Poland focused on a Slavic group--the Slovincians--who have now faded into history. However, even if you don't have that ancestry, a visit to the museum shows you much of what life was like in that whole area over hundreds of years. This includes the lives of generations of Germans who lived in that part of the German Empire through World War II. I was fascinated by the changes in kitchens over those generations as we toured one dwelling after another, advancing to the 20th century. We also got to see how (mostly) men built small fishing villages by the sea when they traveled there to earn their living. If you are curious about the lives of German ancestors before they came to America, join the German Special Interest Group and we can explore your questions as a group. ~Lyn Gesch


Wednesday, February 28 through Saturday, March 3
RootsTech 2018  (Other Genealogical Events)
Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah


Wednesday, February 28
FindAGrave - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Shannon and Pam will demonstrate the new FindAGrave interface and discuss its capabilities.


Wednesday, February 28
RootsMagic 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 RootsMagic 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.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, March 2
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010
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


Wednesday, March 7
Notorious Relatives - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Members of the group will share stories, artifacts and photos of "black sheep" relatives. Contact Lyn Gesch to be included in the presentations.


Wednesday, March 7
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.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, March 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.


Wednesday, March 14
Genealogy Blogs - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Fran will tell us about some of the more popular blogs connected with Genealogy.


Wednesday, March 14
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.


Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, March 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, March 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: My DNA Results are Here, Now What?
 
Please join us for a presentation titled "My DNA Results are Here, Now What?" This is probably the most common question we hear, and we want to help you start off right. Teri Reynolds will present a Best Practices Checklist, suitable no matter which company you have tested at.
 
This is the second installment in our 2018 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!


Saturday, March 17
VCGS general meeting - Jane Neff Rollins  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Jane Neff Rollins
"Dating Your 20th Century Family Photos"
 
Jane Neff Rollins is a medical writer and professional genealogist who cried when she first saw her grandfather s name on the 1900 census. She has researched in archives in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and Israel. Although she can no longer read Tolstoy s War and Peace in the original Russian, she has transliterated 19th century Russian documents into English for several online databases, and translates Russian documents from the 19th century for clients. Jane started speaking about genealogy professionally in 2012. She has presented at the International Assosciation of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Paris (2012), Boston (2013), Salt Lake (2014), and Jerusalem (2015), and to multiple societies in Southern California. She has also presented two webinars for the Southern California Genealogical Society. Jane's writing has appeared in RootsKey (the JGSLA newsletter), the LA Jewish Journal, Reed, and medical trade magazines. Jane belongs to the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and several local societies.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
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.


Sunday, March 18 through Saturday, March 24
2018 VCGS Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City  (Trips to Salt Lake City)
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
VCGS is going to Salt Lake City in 2018 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 oth-er 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 to get you prepared, and the date for that will be announced soon.
 
Registrations are coming in so quickly that our room block at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is nearly full. The room block at our discounted rate closes February 1. If people decide at the last minute they’d like to go, it may be impossible to ne-gotiate additional rooms at our special rates of $89 or $99, which is about 1/3 less than normal.
 
If you are thinking of going, but are holding off for Santa Claus, please call the Plaza directly at 800-366-3684 and ask for the VCGS room block to reserve your room now. Please act now for lowest airline fares.
 
Remember, the hotel donates free rooms to VCGS for our annual seminar silent auction based on the number of rooms we use in March. 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.


Wednesday, March 21
Writing for Genealogy **CANCELLED** - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
The Writing for Genealogy breakout meeting will be cancelled this month because of the Salt Lake City trip.


Wednesday, March 21
Independent work - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Many in the group will be attending the field trip to Salt Lake City this week. Those who remain can work on their own research with the help of group leaders.


Wednesday, March 28
Family History Library trip debrief - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Group members who were in Salt Lake City the prior week will tell us about their research experiences there.


Wednesday, March 28
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 on the 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, April 4
Social History - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Don will talk about how to flesh out your family's specific history with the history of their times and how to add contextual meat to the bare bones of your genealogy.


Wednesday, April 4
Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Kay 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, April 11
Oral History Interview Techniques - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy Cohen will go over some of her experiences with collecting oral history from elderly relatives.


Wednesday, April 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.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, April 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.


Wednesday, April 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, April 18
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.


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
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"
 
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:
 
"TBA"
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.


Wednesday, April 25
Basic Excel Skills - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Don will go over the basics for using Excel for genealogy (and avoid the techie stuff). We will screen a few short Lynda training videos, demonstrate how to build a simple spreadsheet, and members of the group can try out what they learn on the computers.


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.



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


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:
 
"Build Out Your Genealogy With Historical Context"
Presenter: Don Worth
 
Tell your family story by adding context to your names, dates and places with a narrative that describes what it was like for your ancestors to live in their times. We will explore how you can use newspapers, diaries, and other resources to put yourself in your forebearer's shoes - even if your family is not mentioned.
 
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.


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



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.