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Saturday, February 17
VCGS general meeting - Charlotte Bocage & Adrian Foushee
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenters: Charlotte Bocage & Adrian Foushee
 
10:30 am: Genealogy Fair
Tabletop Q&A opportunities. Topics: DNA, Beginning Genealogy, Problem Solving, African American Research, and Technology.

Lunch on your own, try our Giant Steps Café at the Library, and visit the wonderful Friends of the Library Book Store.
 
1 pm: "Beginning African American Genealogy"
Presenter: Charlotte Bocage
 
This visually aided class introduces the beginning African American genealogist to the basic requirements to connect their family tree. This class will facilitate their journey through forms, charts and records. This will lead to a short discussion on finding the slave owner. Web sites will be available.

Charlotte M. Bocage has over forty years of genealogy experience, a full-time genealogist, lecturer, author, and Louisiana specialist. She is on the Southern California Genealogical Society Board of Directors, Kids Family History chair, and Education/Outreach Committee chair; First Vice President with the Pasadena Area African American Genealogical Society, and former International Black Genealogy Summit, Program chair. She has spoken at various genealogical and historical societies across the country and is also an active member.
 
Second lecture:
 
about 2:30 pm: "Document Analyses and Genetic Genealogy - Its Importance in African-American Genealogy"
Presenter: Adrian Foushee
 
Born and reared in Washington, D.C. to parents from the Carolinas, Adrian is a newbie by most accounts. It was not until early 2012, Adrian began his genealogical journey. Growing up, his paternal side (North Carolina) had annual family reunions. Relatives always spoke of the grandparents and great-grandparents and he knew their names, including the women’s maiden names. His maternal family (South Carolina) always seemed smaller and more disbursed, so there was less known. His brother actually helped the “genealogy bug” take hold. It was his brother, not Adrian, that kept their grandmother up one summer night, asking questions about ancestors. And he was the one to sketch a family tree the next morning after breakfast, which their mother thankfully had tucked away for safekeeping. In the span of about six years Adrian has gone from a set of names to not only dates and places, but family stories, local histories, and through DNA, new relatives. Adrian is now the administrator of the Foushee Family DNA Project, founded just last year (June 2017). He is a member of several genealogical societies in Southern California, North Carolina and the National Genealogical Society. He is a graduate of James Madison University, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Minor in Sociology. He received his MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of La Verne, CA.
 
All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public.
 
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will not be meeting in February. Instead there will be a Genealogy Fair from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Library community room. There will be tables on a number of topics related to genealogy, including DNA.



Saturday, March 17
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
"Dating Your 20th Century Family Photos"
 
Jane Neff Rollins is a medical writer and professional genealogist who cried when she first saw her grandfather s name on the 1900 census. She has researched in archives in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and Israel. Although she can no longer read Tolstoy s War and Peace in the original Russian, she has transliterated 19th century Russian documents into English for several online databases, and translates Russian documents from the 19th century for clients. Jane started speaking about genealogy professionally in 2012. She has presented at the International Assosciation of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Paris (2012), Boston (2013), Salt Lake (2014), and Jerusalem (2015), and to multiple societies in Southern California. She has also presented two webinars for the Southern California Genealogical Society. Jane's writing has appeared in RootsKey (the JGSLA newsletter), the LA Jewish Journal, Reed, and medical trade magazines. Jane belongs to the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and several local societies.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
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Presenter: 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 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.



Saturday, April 21
VCGS general meeting - Denise Levinick
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Denise Levinick
"The Frugal Curator"
 
Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator and author of two books on preserving family treasures, How to Archive Family Photos and How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
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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, May 19
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
 
"Ten Skills Every Genealogist Needs"
 
Ten Skills Every Genealogist Needs helps you master essential elements of genealogy research and information management.
 
In this presentation, you’ll find new records by searching the “Deep Web,” pinpoint geographic locations past and present, read old handwriting, and translate records to English. Information management skills help you scan photos and records once. Learn how to insert information inside digital images. Enter data in your tree and name digital files consistently to organize your work.
 
Nancy Loe is a professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist, and 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.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Build Out Your Genealogy With Historical Context"
Presenter: Don Worth
 
Tell your family story by adding context to your names, dates and places with a narrative that describes what it was like for your ancestors to live in their times. We will explore how you can use newspapers, diaries, and other resources to put yourself in your forebearer's shoes - even if your family is not mentioned.
 
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 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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Workshop following the lecture:
 
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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, July 21
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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Workshop following the lecture:
 
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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, August 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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Workshop following the lecture:
 
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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 15
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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Workshop following the lecture:
 
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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 17
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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Workshop following the lecture:
 
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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.



VCGS Annual Holiday Lunch
Saturday, December 15
VCGS Annual Holiday Lunch
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
TBA
Ventura County Genealogical Society members are invited to attend the annual holiday party luncheon and pot luck on 15 December 2018 at noon at TBA. Bring a dish for the pot luck and an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys For Tots. We will install our new officers for 2019 at the party.
 
There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting in December.