Ventura County Genealogical Society


Free Lecture

Saturday, November 17, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Presenter: Marion Werle
"Ferreting Out Family Stories - Fact, Fiction or Somewhere in Between"
Every family has its stories, some more colorful than others. Some seem too fantastic to be true. Others have the ring of truth, but don’t stand up to close examination. How do we tell the difference? Marion Werle will present a methodology for analyzing family stories – creating one or more research questions to focus our inquiries, developing a research plan, creating a potential timeline, and finally, analyzing each component of the story to separate fact from fiction.

Marion Werle began family history research 23 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK and Israel. She has been on the boards of the Jewish Genealogical Societies of both Los Angeles and Conejo Valley, is a past president of the Latvia SIG (Special Interest Group) and is a member of the SCGS Writers Group. A retired IT professional with master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA, she has also completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate. Marion wrote The Skuders from Skud, a family history about one of her family branches from Lithuania, to share with family members.
Workshop following the lecture:
"Military Records Gone Up in Flames! Or Are They?"
Presenter: Pat Thomas
This will be an explanation of the difficulties in obtaining modern military records for 1912-1964, due to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) Fire of 1973. Pat will tell us what the work-arounds might be to find information about these soldiers.
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.


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. 
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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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