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Saturday, August 19
VCGS general meeting - Judy Janes
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Judy Janes
 
"Finding Family in Digital Newspaper Collections"
 
Newspapers offer a broad range of information about our families. They reveal information that may not have been recorded anywhere else. While genealogists commonly use them to find marriages and deaths, newspapers also published stories about social happenings, legal matters, travel, advertisements, and important community events that shaped our ancestors’ day-to-day lives. Digital newspaper collections have proliferated in recent years, and are searchable by name, keyword, or date. Come learn how to use this powerful new tool to uncover fascinating stories about your families.
 
Judy Janes is a past President of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, and currently serves on the Executive Board. Judy is a third-generation Californian who has been doing genealogical research for 27 years. She has successfully tracked several of her 17th century immigrant ancestors back to their roots in France, Holland, England, and Germany.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Indexing Ancestry and FamilySearch"
Presenter: Georgine Herd
 
Georgine Herd will be presenting a workshop on Indexing for Ancestry and FamilySearch & showing us the various databases involved. Indexing is a volunteer project established to create searchable digital indexes for scanned images of historical documents. This is an effort to get more people involved in indexing by letting them see how easy it is to do and how rewarding. The more indexers there are, the faster the information becomes readily available to researchers.
 
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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.



Saturday, September 16
VCGS general meeting - Susan Morris
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Susan Morris
 
"New Discovery of Native Peoples of San Nicolas Island In Nineteenth Century Los Angeles"
 
Susan Morris, a local researcher and writer, will discuss new research into the 1835 removal of native peoples from San Nicolas Island (the Nicoleños) and give details about their lives in the growing city of Los Angeles. Her presentation is titled, Finding the Lone Woman’s People: the Nicoleños in Los Angeles.

The story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island has fascinated people for generations and formed the basis for the popular children’s book, Island of the Blue Dolphins. In 1835, the Nicoleños were removed from their island home, except for one woman, who remained on the island for 18 years. In 1853, she sailed to Santa Barbara with George Nidever. Efforts were made to find people who could communicate with her, but she died seven weeks later, unable to fully share her story.

Morris will discuss new research using provincial Mexican papers, Los Angeles documents, American records, and church registers, which identified the Lone Woman’s people in Los Angeles. At least five men, women, and children are confirmed or are likely to have come to Los Angeles from San Nicolas Island in 1835. One Nicoleño, a 5 year-old boy who was given the name Tomas, was alive and living on Spring St. when the Lone Woman was brought to Santa Barbara in 1853.

Susan Morris is a researcher and writer who has been involved in Channel Islands research since 1987. She has participated in field studies on 7 of the 8 Channel Islands working on archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology projects. Morris was the Principle Investigator of a cave-associated archaeological site survey in Wreck Canyon on Santa Rosa Island.
 
Her focus for the past six years has been historical research for the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island/Island of the Blue Dolphins website to be hosted by Channel Islands National Park. Her investigation into events connected to the Lone Woman’s story led Morris and coauthors to publish articles on the 1814 San Nicolas Island massacre and on the 1835 removal of the Lone Woman’s people to the mainland. She has also presented new information on the location of the Nidever adobe where the Lone Woman lived when she was brought to Santa Barbara in 1853. Morris’ research continues as she follows the paper trail left by the Lone Woman’s people, their family and friends, who lived in Los Angeles during the nineteenth century.
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Autograph Albums"
Presenters: Carley & Don Worth
 
Traditionally autograph albums were exchanged among friends, colleagues, and classmates to fill with poems, drawings, personal messages, small pieces of verse, and other mementos. Their modern derivations include yearbooks, friendship books, and guest books. They were particularly popular among students and young adults in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Carley and Don Worth will give a brief history of these momentos and describe their search for living members of the family of two women whose long lost autograph books were recently donated to SCGS.
 
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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.



Saturday, November 18
VCGS general meeting - TBA
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Jose Rivera
 
"Seabee History and Tradition: The Difficult We Do Immediately, the Impossible Takes a Bit Longer "
 
The U. S. Navy Seabee Museum that is located in Port Hueneme, is one of fifteen official U. S. Navy museums. It contains an assortment of world war memorabilia, as well as various operational records, battalion histories, manuscripts, oral histories, biographies, and personal papers about the Seabees. Jose Rivera’s talk will focus on why the Seabees were formed, what they have done since their beginnings in World War II, what records exist for researchers, and what you can see at the museum.
 
Jose Rivera's journey as a museum professional to the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum includes California State Parks & National Parks Service, Director of Education at the Marin Museum of the American Indian, Director of Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the Curator of Exhibits for Heritage Square in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and is a Vietnam veteran. He arrived at the Seabee Museum in September of 2016. He says he "greatly enjoys working with the community on behalf of the Seabee Museum, working with active duty and retired Seabees, and the wonderful museum staff".
 
Workshop following the lecture:
 
"Acquiring a Sense of Place: Using Maps & Gazetteers to Build Family Stories."
Presenter: Lyn Gesch
 
(more info soon)
 
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 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.



Saturday, December 16
VCGS general meeting - Holiday Potluck
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura