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Saturday, December 21
VCGS Annual Holiday Lunch
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Oxnard LDS Church, 3301 W Gonzales Rd, Oxnard, CA 93036
Ventura County Genealogical Society members are invited to attend the annual holiday party luncheon and pot luck on 21 December 2019 at noon at the Oxnard LDS Church. Bring a dish for the pot luck and non-perishable food for donation to Food Share. We will install our new officers for 2020 at the party. (You can come a few minutes earlier if you need the kitchen for prep.)



Saturday, January 18, 2020
VCGS general meeting - Hal Bookbinder
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
 
Presenter: Hal Bookbinder
 
"Changing Borders of Eastern Europe"
 
As Russia expanded west, it absorbed millions of Jews. This talk examines Russia’s efforts to limit the Jews and the associated border changes impacting our ancestors. With them, town names, record-keeping and archive locations might change. This overview may help researchers in determining where records might be located, their format and languages.
 
Hal writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, Jewish culture and Jewish history. He has identified over 4,000 relatives to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into adjacent areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus and Russia. He has served as president of the IAJGS and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Professionally, he is a healthcare IT director, a university instructor and directs a recovery-to-work training program. Hal and his family reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his articles on safe genealogical computing.
 
Second presentation:
 
"Butcher, Baker & Candlestick Maker: The Guild System of Old Europe"
Presenter: Lyn Gesch
 
Our ancestors had work lives. Those who were craftsmen, merchants, even farmers, since the 12th century likely worked within the system of guilds. This applies to those with origins in Europe or in colonies of European countries. In this talk, Lyn will cover different kinds of guilds, what they provided in benefits to members, how one got to be a member, and what kinds of rules members had to comply with. We will also look at how a typical craftsman’s shop would be set up and the roles different workers would have.
 
Lyn Gesch is a VCGS member and has held several positions on the Executive Board in the past. She is involved in the Wednesday genealogy class and the German Special Interest Group. She specializes in German ancestry research and has published articles on German immigrants in American wars in the Missouri Historical Review and the Kansas History journals.
 
 
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, February 15, 2020
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:
 
"Lincoln"
Speaker: Otis Hinkle
 
 
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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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"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, 2020
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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"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, 2020
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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"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.