Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, August 19, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
"Finding Family in Digital Newspaper Collections"
Presenter: Judy Janes
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 Indexing is a volunteer project established to create searchable digital indexes for scanned images of historical documents.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.

County Fair Volunteers Needed

FAIR TIME!! Time for the Ventura County Fair is fast approaching. The fair dates are 2-13 August. Our registration site is up and running. We really need your help in staffing the family history booth. Please sign up for as many shifts as you can. This is the link to register.  Once you click on the link you'll see "What's Happening" and under that click on "2017 Ventura County Fair Genealogy Booth." Thank you!


Benefits of Membership

  • Monthly lectures and workshops with talented and exciting speakers.
  • Yearly Fall seminar. Review our EVENTS page to keep informed of our upcoming activities.
  • Our monthly newsletter. Each issue contains articles and information of interest to family researchers.  
  • Access to our members-only section on the Society's website.
  • Members-only email notification of special genealogical interest items and local, state, and national genealogical events.
  • Opportunity to participate on special projects.
  • The most compelling reason to join VCGS is the friendships you will establish with fellow researchers in the area. Those with a new interest in genealogy can learn from experts, and the experts can share the wealth of their experience. Membership is from January 1 to December 31 of each year. 
Click on the JOIN US menu item to pull up a Membership Form.

Reference Library

Ventura County Genealogical Society provides full maintenance and development of the Genealogy Collection housed within the Camarillo City Library (upper level), 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, California.  You can access the catalog using the Library choice on the left-side menu. Library volunteers are regularly scheduled to help you use the collection, answer genealogy questions, or get you started with genealogy. 

Get Involved!

All VCGS activities are brought to life by the hard work of our volunteers.  Society elections are held each year in November, and vacancies on the VCGS board are filled as needed.  If you would like to volunteer your assistance, please contact the president.

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Federation of Genealogical Societies
Representing the members of hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States and other nations, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is here to link the genealogical community and help its members grow.
California State Genealogical Alliance - Member
The National Genealogical Society was organized in Washington, D.C. in 1903. NGS's mission is to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.
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Founded in October, 1982, the California State Genealogical Alliance serves as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, individuals, and non-profit organizations.
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Beginning genealogy - Breakout Workshop
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10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Subscribing to Research Databases - Weds Class
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10:30 am to 11:30 am
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DNA - Breakout Workshop
Wednesday, Aug. 9th
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Navigating the VCGS Catalog & Library - Weds Class
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10:30 am to 11:30 am
Kay will go over the organization of the VCGS genealogical library catalog and explain how books are organized on the ...