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Sunday, December 8
Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley - David Rencher  (Other Genealogical Events)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks
FamilySearch Historical Collections – Tips and Tricks
Speaker: David Rencher
 
FamilySearch is one of the premiere genealogical research sites. This session shares tips and tricks to searching record collections in FamilySearch. Learn new techniques for searching the collections, compiled genealogies, and the Library Catalog. Speaker:
 
David E. Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS, is the Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist® with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.


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


A Story From the Nation's Attic: A Woman POW in WW1
Wednesday, December 11
A Story From the Nation's Attic: A Woman POW in WW1  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Lyn will take us through the story of a woman prisoner of war in World War I, interned at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, as told through documents held in various departments of the federal government.


Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting
Saturday, December 14
Mexican American Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS Mexican American SIG)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
This group is devoted to the researching of ancestors from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish speaking coutries. We hope to help one another find the resources needed to extend our family trees, including, but not limited to, online databases and record repositories in Mexico and elsewhere, as well as gaining knowledge of hispanic cultures. We will communicate through the Yahoo group VCGS-MEXICAN-SIG, and in-person on a monthly basis on second Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the 2nd floor computer classroom in the Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. Contact Teresa Moraga for any questions: mteresamoraga@yahoo.com.


Wednesday, December 18
Writing for Genealogy - Breakout Workshop  (Camarillo Library Breakouts)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Beulah will work with those interested in writing family stories. The group meets monthly but is limited to 5 regular participants. If you wish to join you may send an email to webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org.


Wednesday, December 18
Family Holiday Traditions  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Whether you grew up with family near or far, there are probably things you did regularly for the holidays. Come and share what your family did or the holiday foods that signaled a special time of year. Bring an artifact to share if you have one. We'd love to hear about it and understand how your family traditions or were maintained through the years.


Saturday, December 21
**No DNA SIG in December**  (VCGS DNA SIG)
There will be no DNA SIG meeting in December due to the VCGS Holiday Potluck. I hope to see everyone there!
 


Saturday, December 21
VCGS Annual Holiday Lunch  (General Meetings)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Oxnard LDS Church, 3301 W Gonzales Rd, Oxnard, CA 93036
Ventura County Genealogical Society members are invited to attend the annual holiday party luncheon and pot luck on 21 December 2019 at noon at the Oxnard LDS Church. Bring a dish for the pot luck and non-perishable food for donation to Food Share. We will install our new officers for 2020 at the party. (You can come a few minutes earlier if you need the kitchen for prep.)



Wednesday, January 8, 2020
2020 Research Goals  (Camarillo Library Workshops)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo
Whether you are getting ready for Salt Lake or a visit to a regional archive, share with us what you hope to accomplish in 2020. Maybe you are trying to locate resources you can find in our VCGS collection or on the Internet from home. We hope to share ideas for furthering this year's research. 


Saturday, January 18, 2020
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, January 18, 2020
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
 
"Changing Borders of Eastern Europe"
 
As Russia expanded west, it absorbed millions of Jews. This talk examines Russia’s efforts to limit the Jews and the associated border changes impacting our ancestors. With them, town names, record-keeping and archive locations might change. This overview may help researchers in determining where records might be located, their format and languages.
 
Hal writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, Jewish culture and Jewish history. He has identified over 4,000 relatives to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into adjacent areas of 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 a healthcare IT director, a university instructor and directs a recovery-to-work training program. Hal and his family reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his articles on safe genealogical computing.
 
Second presentation:
 
"Butcher, Baker & Candlestick Maker: The Guild System of Old Europe"
Presenter: Lyn Gesch
 
Our ancestors had work lives. Those who were craftsmen, merchants, even farmers, since the 12th century likely worked within the system of guilds. This applies to those with origins in Europe or in colonies of European countries. In this talk, Lyn will cover different kinds of guilds, what they provided in benefits to members, how one got to be a member, and what kinds of rules members had to comply with. We will also look at how a typical craftsman’s shop would be set up and the roles different workers would have.
 
Lyn Gesch is a VCGS member and has held several positions on the Executive Board in the past. She is involved in the Wednesday genealogy class and the German Special Interest Group. She specializes in German ancestry research and has published articles on German immigrants in American wars in the Missouri Historical Review and the Kansas History journals.
 
 
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. 


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



Saturday, February 15, 2020
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
DNA Snapshot: Topic tbd
 
Please join us for a "DNA Snapshot" presentation, topic tbd. The presentation will last approximately 30-40 minutes, and there will be time available at the end of the session for questions on any DNA topics.
 
This is the second installment in our 2020 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!
 


Saturday, February 15, 2020
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
 
"Essential Portals for Genealogy Research"
 
Research portals are specially designed websites, bringing together information from many places in one search interface. Research portals created by librarians and archivists benefit genealogists and are often free. Venture beyond Ancestry, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage, and other walled garden sites. A whole wide world of genealogy resources await the family historian who knows where to find research portals.
 
Nancy Loe, professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist, 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.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
"Lincoln"
Speaker: Otis Hinkle
 
 
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, March 21, 2020
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
DNA Snapshot: Topic tbd
 
Please join us for a "DNA Snapshot" presentation, topic tbd. The presentation will last approximately 30-40 minutes, and there will be time available at the end of the session for questions on any DNA topics.
 
This is the third installment in our 2020 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!
 


Saturday, March 21, 2020
VCGS general meeting - Dr. Brian Leverich  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Presenter: Dr. Brian Leverich
 
"Linkpendium: Ten Million Ways to Discover Your Family History"
 
We can access many outstanding genealogical resources via the Internet. Libraries, genealogical/historical societies, governments, volunteer projects, and individuals have brought vast amounts of information online. But genealogists cannot find much of this information with just simple search engine queries. In this talk we'll learn about how to craft more effective search engine queries, why even the best queries still often fail, and how to use Linkpendium's directory and search engine to find the Internet's hidden genealogical gems.
 
Dr. Brian Leverich was a U.S. Senate Youth Fellow in American History and Politics at Harvard, and holds a Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His love of history led him to genealogy 4 decades ago, and he was one of the pioneers of Internet (then ARPAnet) genealogy in the early 1980s. He was the founding moderator of soc.genealogy.methods, the first Internet group dedicated to genealogical research methods. He is the cofounder of RootsWeb.com and remains active today as one of the principals maintaining and developing Linkpendium.com.
 
 
Second presentation:
 
"Organizing Your Digital Files"
Speaker: Sharie Lieberg
 
Learn how new apps can enhance your Family History research experience by improving your digital storage, citing and cataloging your findings, & more!
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, April 18, 2020
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
DNA Snapshot: Topic tbd
 
Please join us for a "DNA Snapshot" presentation, topic tbd. The presentation will last approximately 30-40 minutes, and there will be time available at the end of the session for questions on any DNA topics.
 
This is the fourth installment in our 2020 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!
 


Saturday, April 18, 2020
VCGS general meeting - Julie Huffman  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
 
Presenter: Julie Huffman
 
"The Secret Genealogy Collection at Los Angelss Public Library"
 
Learn about a very special collection that is saved behind closed doors at the Los Angeles Public Library! It's the "Pamphlet & Manuscript" collection--an assortment of donatedephemera and genealogy research organized by surname. Genealogy Librarian Julie Huffman will show you how to search the collection, and will bring examples of what you might find.
 
Julie Huffman has been a librarian at Los Angeles Public Library for 13 years and has had the privilege of being the genealogy librarian for five. Her interest in genealogy started ages ago when her great grandma told her she was related to the King of Sweden (she's not). Julie has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in Library & Information Science from UCLA. Her hobby is doing her friends' genealogies so she can learn about other places and history.
 
 
 
 
 
Second presentation:
 
"Using EBAY for Family History"
Speaker: Judy Janes
 
 
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, May 16, 2020
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, May 16, 2020
VCGS general meeting - TBA  (General Meetings)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
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Second presentation:
 
"Writing Up Your Genealogy for Posterity"
Speaker: Beulah O'Neal
 
 
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, June 20, 2020
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
DNA Snapshot: Topic tbd
 
Please join us for a "DNA Snapshot" presentation, topic tbd. The presentation will last approximately 30-40 minutes, and there will be time available at the end of the session for questions on any DNA topics.
 
This is the fifth installment in our 2020 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!
 


Saturday, June 20, 2020
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
 
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Second presentation:
 
"Making a Life While Making a Living: Occupations & Our Family Stories"
Speaker: Ken Gesch
 
A discussion of the benefits to our research and understanding of context that we can gain from knowing about our ancestors occupations. A case study approach would be used to understand the social context of an ancestor's life in Germany, and follow the story that led to two ancestors meeting in the U.S. as a result of their occupations. This is a work in progress.
 
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, July 18, 2020
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
DNA Snapshot: Topic tbd
 
Please join us for a "DNA Snapshot" presentation, topic tbd. The presentation will last approximately 30-40 minutes, and there will be time available at the end of the session for questions on any DNA topics.
 
This is the sixth installment in our 2020 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!
 


Saturday, July 18, 2020
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
 
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Second presentation:
 
"Overview of Genealogy Research in England"
Speaker: David Flint
 
This program reviews the three main record groups you are likely to use for genealogy research in England: Census records, Civil Registration records and Church parish records. Each of these record types covers a different time period ranging from 1538 to the present, and each can provide key information about your ancestors in England. The program will compare the different types of records with illustrations of the content, historical context, and some websites to access them online. A printed handout, with short bibliography, is provided.
 
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, August 15, 2020
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Guest Lecturer! tbd
 
 
This is the culmination of our 2020 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!



Saturday, September 19, 2020
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, October 17, 2020
**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, November 21, 2020
VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting  (VCGS DNA SIG)
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo
 
Presentation: Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy
 
Please join us for "Getting Started with Genetic 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 2021 DNA lecture series. We are planning an exciting year for the DNA SIG, and we hope to see you there!