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Saturday, May 20
VCGS general meeting - Linda Serna
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Linda Serna
 
"Road Block: Where Do I Go From Here?"
 
“Road Block: Where Do I Go From Here?” addresses what happens when we hit a road block or brick wall in our research, how to look at the challenge, ideas before you begin to attack the problem, including determining what you need to find and looking for overlooked clues. It then presents several ideas and other sources that may not have been thought of to research, interspersing the sources with specific examples, showing how one can get back on track again.
 
Linda Serna been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 30 years. Just recently, she was honored to work on the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Currently, Linda is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), the Polish Genealogical Society (PGS-CA), and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA-CA) as well as being Vice President of Programs for the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS). Over the last 5 years, she has written and given several presentations on various topics for different groups in Southern California and New Mexico, as well as teaching the Intermediate/Advanced class at her home group about twice a year. She is always in the process of writing new presentations. Linda's loves, in addition to public speaking, include history, writing, and traveling. She especially likes seeing how individual family stories fit in and make up the fabric of history.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"SnagIt"
Presenter: John Callahan
 
Snagit is a program that runs on Windows or MacOS that facilitates capturing images on your screen and editing them. John will be providing a workshop to help us improve our Snagit skills. He'll review the basics as it applies to your genealogy work. Then he'll progress to the new and improved scrolling options, using the Snagit Editor more effectively, and finally organizing your library of captured images. Even if you've never seen how Snagit works, you should find this workshop fascinating as well as helpful. VCGS has a site license for Snagit that greatly reduces the purchase price.
 
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.



Saturday, June 17
VCGS general meeting - Nancy Loe
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Free Mini Seminar
Presenter: Nancy Loe
 
"Picture This: Cataloging Your Digital Family Photographs"
 
Family photographs may seem so complex that they defy organizing. Tame your digital family photographs by learning how to add names, dates, and other information to images to make them searchable. The session covers a simple and effective processes, from scanning and adding information for retrieval, to filing and backing up your family photographs, so you can do it once and do it right.
 
 
Second lecture:
 
"Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations"
 
Bring order to the resources used in your family history research. Create simple and effective sources and citations for your family history research. Learn how to link your citations to your paper and digital records, and how create a source once and then cite it as needed. Examples for census, parish records, books, websites, DNA, paper records, and more are covered.
 
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.
 
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.



Saturday, July 15
VCGS general meeting - Gena Philibert-Ortega
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega
 
"TBA"
 
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Second lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
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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.



Saturday, August 19
VCGS general meeting - Judy Janes
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:
 
"TBA"
 
(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.



Saturday, September 16
VCGS general meeting - Susan Morris
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 seven of the eight Channel Islands, working on archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology projects. Morris was the principal investigator of a cave-associated archaeological site survey in Wreck Canyon, Santa Rosa Island. Her recent focus has been historical research on events related to the life of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
(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.



Saturday, November 18
VCGS general meeting - TBA
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: TBA
 
"TBA"
 
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Workshop following the lecture:
 
"TBA"
 
(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.