Welcome to the
Ventura County Genealogical Society

VCGS provides activities and learning opportunities to support your genealogical research, be it local, regional, or distant. Those with Ventura County roots will find plenty of local records, made available by our wonderful volunteers. We also maintain an extensive genealogical library collection and we offer lectures at our meetings on the third Saturday of every month except December. These days (2021) we are meeting online with Zoom. Become a member and experience the many benefits of membership and be sure to explore all the genealogical treasures on our website. We hope to Zoom with you soon!

We welcome your donations to help us fulfill our mission!


Free Lecture [on Zoom]

Saturday, February 20, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online with Zoom

Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle

“How Settlers Guides Can Help Us Understand Our Ancestors’ Lives”

Guidebooks written to persuade and assist settlers to migrate to sparsely-populated areas contain a treasure trove of information about the details of everyday life for our ancestors. Find out where to locate these amazing resources and how they can help reconstruct our ancestors’ stories.

Annette Burke Lyttle has been a full-time genealogist and family historian since 2012. She has spoken on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local level. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University and has taught research, analysis, and writing to college students at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Second presentation:

Presenter: John E. Callahan

“Writing Family Stories”

Join master wordsmith, John Callahan, for an inspiring presentation on how to get those family stories out of your heads and onto paper (or digital file) with ease.

John Callahan is a long-time VCGS member and story crafter. He has been memorializing his ancestors and his own life for decades with an enviable style. Come join him as he shares his knowledge about this art and craft of writing family stories.


All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for a Zoom invitation.

The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster to be added to the invitation list.