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Saturday, April 18
VCGS general meeting - Julie Huffman *** CANCELLED ***
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
OUR GENERAL MEETING IS CANCELLED THIS MONTH
 
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
 
One doesn’t typically consider eBay a resource for family history, but this huge “garage sale” site has much to offer. Each day thousands of old bibles, photos, books, family heirlooms, quilts, and ephemera are offered for immediate purchase or through an auction. Judy will demonstrate how to use the site, the best search strategies, and how to set up email “alerts” for items of interest.
 
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
VCGS general meeting - Ted Gostin
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Presenter: Ted Gostin
"Effective Database Searching"
 
While all genealogists use online databases these days, poor searching techniques result in many researchers missing things that are actually available in these databases. This lecture focuses on improving search techniques, such as using wildcards, phonetic matching options, searching selected fields only, etc. Many examples from Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org are used, with scattered examples from other databases, as well.
 
Mr. Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. Mr. Gostin has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show Who Do You Think You Are? He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world. Mr. Gostin is also an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Second presentation:
 
"The How and Why of Writing Your Family Stories"
Speaker: Beulah O'Neal
 
Learn why you should be writing your stories, and improve the way you do it. Explore ways to "show, don't tell," and what it means to "write like a fiction writer."
 
Beulah O'Neal has been doing genealogy research since 1967 and has been a member of VCGS since 1999. She has held several positions on the executive board and is currently serving on the Corporate Board. She has been actively writing her family history for over seventeen years, and has published two books plus several articles. She facilitates a writing group on the third Wednesday of each month.
 
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
VCGS general meeting - Sara Cochran
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Presenter: Sara Cochran
 
"Grandma Said What? Gathering and Verifying Your Family's Oral History"
 
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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
VCGS general meeting - TBA
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. 
 
David Flint has been doing English genealogy research for over 15 years. He was born in England, where he lived until the age of ten, when his family moved to Canada, and then to the United States. At his home society in Mission Viejo he leads a monthly England special interest group, and a monthly Legacy Users Group for SOCCGS members using the Legacy Family Tree genealogy program. He also teaches a beginners class for Legacy and leads an annual week-long research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for SOCCGS members.
 
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, September 19
VCGS general meeting - Jane Neff Rollins
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Presenter: Jane Neff Rollins
 
"Sensitive Subjects in Genealogy: How Much to Reveal, How Much to Conceal"
 
Ms. Rollins has been a family historian for more than 20 years, and a professional genealogist since 2013. She completed ProGen Study Group 29 in 2017. Jane has spoken professionally about genealogy since 2012 at local, regional, national, and international levels. In her genealogy talks, Ms. Rollins shares memorable stories, case studies, and humor.
 
Second presentation:
 
"TBA"
Speaker: Leticia Rodella
 
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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 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo. 



Saturday, November 21
VCGS general meeting - Cafi Cohen
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Presenter: Cafi Cohen
 
"Mining for Gold: Using ALL of the Information in Your Records"
 
Genealogists spend years hunting for additional records bolster and extend their family trees. But, did you get everything out of the documents that you already have? Have you classified your information to plan appropriate follow-up? Have you developed evidence from the information? Have you replaced derivatives with originals? Have you researched additional items suggested by the records? We will cover these techniques and several others during a fun, educational session that will show you how to get more information out of what you already have!
 
 
 
Second presentation:
 
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Speaker: 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.