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Saturday, July 20
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
 
"25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors"
 
Every year for Women’s History Month, I create 30 blog posts about researching female ancestors. Based on those articles, learn 25 tips that will help you identify, trace, and discover more about your female ancestors.

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) & a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include 3 books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, & Tracing Female Ancestors (Moorshead Publishing). She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. Her writings can also be found on the GenealogyBank blog. She has presented to diverse groups including the National Genealogical Society Conference, Alberta Genealogical Society Conference, Geo-Literary Society, & the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. Her research projects include Sowerby’s British Mineralogy: Its Influence on Martha Proby and Others in the Scientific Community during the 19th Century for the Gemological Institute of America, as well as genealogical research for the first season of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow & the Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past. Her current research includes women's repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, & women's material culture.
 
Second presentation:
 
Using the FamilySearch Catalog
Speaker: Gena Philibert-Ortega
 
It’s the most important genealogy tool you should be using, but do you know all the features of the FamilySearch Catalog? Learn more about ways to search, search terms, and other catalogs that help you find Family History Library materials outside of Salt Lake City.
 
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 17
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
 
"Big City, Common Surname: A Family for John Kelly"
 
Murdered on the streets of New York in 1876, John Kelly could have been any one of 100+ John Kellys in that year's city directory. With a death certificate that did not name parents, how can his family be identified? Using John Kelly's case as a jumping-off point, this presentation outlines helpful techniques for any big city research as well as common name research in any location.

Cafi Cohen earned degrees in chemistry and medical technology from UCLA and the University of North Dakota, and spent many years in a variety of pursuits – from laboratory research and piano teaching to promoting home education as a nationwide speaker and author of books on homeschooling. In 1995 Cafi began researching her family to learn about her maternal grandmother. Within a year, she was hooked on growing her family tree. She has followed her ancestral lines from California, the Midwest, the old south, and New England to Scotland, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy. Researching her husband’s Jewish family—immigrants from Poland, Romania, and Russia to New York City and Texas—broadened her experience. In addition, since 2005, Cafi has completed more than 30 family history books for clients, whose ancestors hailed from diverse locations, including St. Louis, Houston, Pittsburgh, New York City, Kentucky, Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ireland, England, and Germany. As Education Chairperson of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society, Cafi has presented many sessions on research techniques and Internet genealogy. She enjoys coaching fellow genealogists by helping them organize, search the Internet, develop goals, and complete projects.
 
Second presentation:
 
"Preserving Your Past"
Speaker: John Callahan
 
Writing up your family histories.
 
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 21
VCGS general meeting - John Schmal
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: John Schmal
 
"The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)"
 
This presentation explores the original settlement of Southern California by the Spaniards. Starting with the early settlement of San Diego (1769) and San Gabriel (1771), the speaker outlines the various Spanish activities in the Southland, including the Expedition of 1781 and the founding of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara from 1781-1786. The lecture also includes a discussion of several of the original indigenous inhabitants who lived near the Spanish missions. The presentation will conclude with data from the 1790 census.

John Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He has authored books and is a Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research board member.
 
Second presentation:
 
Finding Your Roots in Mexico
 
how to find your roots in Mexico, online resources, etc.
 
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 16
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:
 
"SnagIt Updates"
Speaker: John Callihan
 
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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. Presentation: "Introduction to DNA for Genetic Genealogy", Presenters: Don & Carley Worth.