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Saturday, February 15
VCGS general meeting - Nancy Loe
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:
 
"Five Women in Abraham Lincoln's Life"
Speaker: Otis Hinkle
 
There have been 15,000 titles of books written about Abraham Lincoln, mostly about his political life or the Civil War. This presentation focuses on the five women who influenced Lincoln the most: his grandmother, mother, stepmother, wife, and the love of his life. Mr. Hinkle will cover Lincoln's personal life from birth to death (and his Mother from her teenage years). No doubt, you will be shocked by a few of the "facts" presented.
 
Otis Hinkle is a VCGS member and Lincon enthusiast. Come join him as he shares his knowledge about this historic icon during the month we celebrate Lincon's presidency.
 
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
VCGS general meeting - Dr. Brian Leverich
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
VCGS general meeting - Julie Huffman
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
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:
 
"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
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. 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.