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Wednesday, July 26
Open session for brainstorming brickwalls - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Bring your questions and brickwalls for help from our group


Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference  (Other Genealogical Events)
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Conference Website at www.GGSMN.org

 




Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 13
Ventura County Fair Genealogy Booth  (Other Genealogical Events)
Ventura County Fair Grounds
Genealogists, please volunteer to staff the family history booth at the 2017 Ventura County Fair and help others discover the excitement of finding their ancestors. Fair dates are 2-13 August. We need both consultants (to do simple computer searches) and greeters. Sign-up site is here. Volunteers receive a free pass to the fair for the day they work.


Wednesday, August 2
Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Fran will lead a special small group session for beginners. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, August 2
Subscribing to Research Databases - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Which subscriptions should you buy? Ancestry? FindMyPast? Newspapers.com? myHeritage? Class members will share their lists of subscriptions and the reasons they are worth the annual investment to them.


Wednesday, August 9
DNA - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Ray Roth and/or Don Worth will work with those who would like help interpreting their DNA results. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, August 9
Navigating the VCGS Catalog & Library - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Kay will go over the organization of the VCGS genealogical library catalog and explain how books are organized on the shelves and where to look for particular subjects.


Wednesday, August 16
Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Beulah will work with those interested in writing family stories. The group meets monthly but is limited to 5 regular participants. If you wish to join you may send an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org.


Wednesday, August 16
1920s Movie Day - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Pam will show a film about how hats were made during the 1920s. Don will show some silent movies taken by his family in the 1920s in Sweden, England and Pasadena, California.


Saturday, August 19
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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 19
VCGS general meeting - Judy Janes  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Judy Janes
 
"Finding Family in Digital Newspaper Collections"
 
Newspapers offer a broad range of information about our families. They reveal information that may not have been recorded anywhere else. While genealogists commonly use them to find marriages and deaths, newspapers also published stories about social happenings, legal matters, travel, advertisements, and important community events that shaped our ancestors’ day-to-day lives. Digital newspaper collections have proliferated in recent years, and are searchable by name, keyword, or date. Come learn how to use this powerful new tool to uncover fascinating stories about your families.
 
Judy Janes is a past President of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, and currently serves on the Executive Board. Judy is a third-generation Californian who has been doing genealogical research for 27 years. She has successfully tracked several of her 17th century immigrant ancestors back to their roots in France, Holland, England, and Germany.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Indexing Ancestry and FamilySearch"
Presenter: Georgine Herd
 
Georgine Herd will be presenting a workshop on Indexing for Ancestry and FamilySearch & showing us the various databases involved. Indexing is a volunteer project established to create searchable digital indexes for scanned images of historical documents. This is an effort to get more people involved in indexing by letting them see how easy it is to do and how rewarding. The more indexers there are, the faster the information becomes readily available to researchers.
 
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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.


Wednesday, August 23
VCGS Library Workshop - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Bring your research questions and Kay will help you find books in our library that will help in your quest for your ancestors.


Wednesday, August 30
Genealogical Travelogue - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Class members who have recently returned from their ancestors' homeland in Europe will show slides of their trips.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, September 1
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo LDS Family History Center, 1201 Paseo Camarillo Camarillo, CA
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, September 6
Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Fran will lead a special small group session for beginners. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, September 6
Keep Your Genealogy Out of the Dumpster DISCUSSION - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Don will lead a discussion about techniques for "future proofing" your genealogy so that it lives on after you're gone. We'll address questions about backup media and strategies, sharing your genealogy, scanning documents and photos, and documenting your organizational system.


Wednesday, September 13
DNA - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Ray Roth and/or Don Worth will work with those who would like help interpreting their DNA results. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, September 13
Storytime with Ray Roth - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Ray will regale us with his finds from his recent trip to Kentucky.


Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, September 13
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 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.  Please note the new, earlier, start time!


Saturday, September 16
VCGS general meeting - Susan Morris  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Susan Morris
 
"New Discovery of Native Peoples of San Nicolas Island In Nineteenth Century Los Angeles"
 
Susan Morris, a local researcher and writer, will discuss new research into the 1835 removal of native peoples from San Nicolas Island (the Nicoleños) and give details about their lives in the growing city of Los Angeles. Her presentation is titled, Finding the Lone Woman’s People: the Nicoleños in Los Angeles.

The story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island has fascinated people for generations and formed the basis for the popular children’s book, Island of the Blue Dolphins. In 1835, the Nicoleños were removed from their island home, except for one woman, who remained on the island for 18 years. In 1853, she sailed to Santa Barbara with George Nidever. Efforts were made to find people who could communicate with her, but she died seven weeks later, unable to fully share her story.

Morris will discuss new research using provincial Mexican papers, Los Angeles documents, American records, and church registers, which identified the Lone Woman’s people in Los Angeles. At least five men, women, and children are confirmed or are likely to have come to Los Angeles from San Nicolas Island in 1835. One Nicoleño, a 5 year-old boy who was given the name Tomas, was alive and living on Spring St. when the Lone Woman was brought to Santa Barbara in 1853.

Susan Morris is a researcher and writer who has been involved in Channel Islands research since 1987. She has participated in field studies on 7 of the 8 Channel Islands working on archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology projects. Morris was the Principle Investigator of a cave-associated archaeological site survey in Wreck Canyon on Santa Rosa Island.
 
Her focus for the past six years has been historical research for the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island/Island of the Blue Dolphins website to be hosted by Channel Islands National Park. Her investigation into events connected to the Lone Woman’s story led Morris and coauthors to publish articles on the 1814 San Nicolas Island massacre and on the 1835 removal of the Lone Woman’s people to the mainland. She has also presented new information on the location of the Nidever adobe where the Lone Woman lived when she was brought to Santa Barbara in 1853. Morris’ research continues as she follows the paper trail left by the Lone Woman’s people, their family and friends, who lived in Los Angeles during the nineteenth century.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Autograph Albums"
Presenters: Carley & Don Worth
 
Traditionally autograph albums were exchanged among friends, colleagues, and classmates to fill with poems, drawings, personal messages, small pieces of verse, and other mementos. Their modern derivations include yearbooks, friendship books, and guest books. They were particularly popular among students and young adults in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Carley and Don Worth will give a brief history of these momentos and describe their search for living members of the family of two women whose long lost autograph books were recently donated to SCGS.
 
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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.


Wednesday, September 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, September 20
Open session for brainstorming brickwalls - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Bring your questions and brickwalls for help from our group


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, September 23
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, September 27
FindAGrave - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Pam will explain the value of and how to use FindAGrave.



Wednesday, October 4
Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Fran will lead a special small group session for beginners. Limited to 5 attendees. You may wish to reserve your spot by sending an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org in advance.


Wednesday, October 4
Open session for brainstorming brickwalls - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Bring your questions and brickwalls for help from our group


Wednesday, October 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, October 11
Archive.org - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Judy will highlight some of the resources you can find on Archive.org for furthering your genealogical research.


Wednesday, October 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, October 18
PhotoShop Elements - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Don will give a brief introduction to the power of PhotoShop Elements for restoring, labeling and colorizing old photographs.


Saturday, October 21
**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 21
VCGS: Annual Seminar - Paula Stuart-Warren  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA 
 
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at state archives, historical societies, and at various locations of the National Archives. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for SLIG and GRIP and for Ancestry Academy and has presented seminars all across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of FGS, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Topics:
  • Finding Ancestral Places of Origin
  • NUCMC & its Cousins: Keys to Lost Ancestral Records
  • Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
  • Genealogical & Historical Periodicals in Print and Online.


Wednesday, October 25
Heirloom Show & Tell - Weds Class  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Lyn will lead the group in another heirloom show & tell session. Class members will bring in family heirlooms and pictures and share stories about the ancestors they came from.


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, October 28
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
If you are researching your German ancestors and would like to share your questions, brick walls, and successes with like-minded people, you are welcome to join the German SIG on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Family History Center in Ventura (LDS Church), 1:30 p.m.



Technology Special Interest Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 8
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 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. Please note the new, earlier, start time!


Saturday, November 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: Jose Rivera
 
"Seabee History and Tradition: The Difficult We Do Immediately, the Impossible Takes a Bit Longer "
 
The U. S. Navy Seabee Museum that is located in Port Hueneme, is one of fifteen official U. S. Navy museums. It contains an assortment of world war memorabilia, as well as various operational records, battalion histories, manuscripts, oral histories, biographies, and personal papers about the Seabees. Jose Rivera’s talk will focus on why the Seabees were formed, what they have done since their beginnings in World War II, what records exist for researchers, and what you can see at the museum.
 
Jose Rivera's journey as a museum professional to the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum includes California State Parks & National Parks Service, Director of Education at the Marin Museum of the American Indian, Director of Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the Curator of Exhibits for Heritage Square in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and is a Vietnam veteran. He arrived at the Seabee Museum in September of 2016. He says he "greatly enjoys working with the community on behalf of the Seabee Museum, working with active duty and retired Seabees, and the wonderful museum staff".
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Acquiring a Sense of Place: Using Maps & Gazetteers to Build Family Stories."
Presenter: Lyn Gesch
 
(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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.



VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, December 1
VCGS British Isles Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS British Isles SIG)
1:00 pm to 3:00 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


German Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, December 2
German Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS German SIG)
1:30 pm
Ventura Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA
Note the change this time only from the fourth Saturday of the month to the first. We will meet December 2nd and then enjoy our holidays later in the month!


Saturday, December 16
**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!
 


Saturday, December 16
VCGS general meeting - Holiday Potluck  (General Meetings)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura