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Saturday, May 18
VCGS general meeting - Joel Weintraub
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Joel Weintraub
 
"GOING TO AMERICA – AN INTERACTIVE SIMULATION OF THE ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION PROCESS"
 
Have you ever wondered what immigrants arriving at Ellis Island went through? Join us as 9 volunteers will demonstrate the actual records of 9 immigrants who came through Ellis Island. A slide show illustrating the various documents of the immigration process will accompany the simulation. Attendees are invited to arrive early, as there will be seven tables of Ellis Island/immigration memorabilia including a piece of Ellis Island! (Members should get there early or they will miss these exhibits.) Members should be prepared to be stamped and chalked, just like ancestral immigrants were. They can even take an Ellis Island IQ test if they want (but we won’t be using our buttonhook on them!).

Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton and has won awards for his science teaching. He became interested in genealogy about 15 years ago, and volunteered for 9 years at the National Archives and Records Administration in southern California. Joel produced locational tools for the 1900 through 1940 federal censuses, and the New York State censuses for NYC (1905, 1915, 1925) for the Steve Morse "One-Step" website (stevemorse.org). He, Steve, and their volunteers, are currently working on 1950 U.S. census tools. He has published articles on the U.S. census, the name change belief at Ellis Island, searching records in NYC, and a biographical revision of biologist AL Heermann, and has given presentations on census and biographical research, immigration and naturalization, Ellis Island research, and Jewish genealogy. His hobbies include birding, collecting memorabilia for his talks, and making interesting PowerPoint presentations.
 
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"FINDING WALDO AT ELLIS ISLAND"
Speaker: Joel Weintraub
 
Joel will continue his presentation by discussing how to locate difficult passenger manifests and the assumptions of nine search strategies that help us accomplish that. He will use a real person’s 1907 voyage, and explain why some search approaches cannot find his record, and why others have no difficulty. This talk is very much about genealogical research and the pitfalls of making assumptions about databases, even if your ancestors came before Ellis Island’s heyday (1892-1924).
 
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 15
VCGS general meeting - Cheryl Storton
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Cheryl Storton, CG
 
"Adoption, Deception, Divorce, Desertion, and DNA; Finding a Grandfather for Dave"
 
This case study begins with a flawed birth certificate and takes the researcher on a merry chase through eight states and a multitude of diverse records. We then look at DNA to search out a biological grandfather.

Cheryl has been researching her family since the 1980s. For over twenty years she served the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society as President, Seminar Chair, and Program Chair. She became a certified genealogist in 2016 after submitting an extensive portfolio. Along with Cafi Cohen she now teaches genealogy classes in Arroyo Grande. Her main goal today is linking the generations with proof statements, summaries, or detailed proof arguments. She is also attempting to clean out her huge collection of pictures and documents. Wish her luck.
 
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Exploring Camarillo Library Digital Resources
Speaker: Kay Engel
 
How to use the Digital Resources at the Camarillo Library for genealogical research.
 
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 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.
 
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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.

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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, September 21
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1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
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"Hispanic Heritage Month Presentation"
 
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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 16
VCGS general meeting - TBA
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
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"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.