Events

Jun
19
Sat
Lectures – Drew Smith @ on Zoom
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Drew Smith

“Introduction to GEDmatch”  (DNA SIG)

GEDmatch is a free website that allows uploading raw DNA data from DNA testing companies so that the test data can be compared with data from tests taken at different companies. It also provides tools that may not be available at the original testing company. This presentation will focus on the basics of using GEDmatch to match relatives.
 
Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library since 2007. Between 1994 and 2007, he was an instructor for the USF School of Library and Information Science (now the School of Information), where he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting. Prior to 1994, Drew worked for academic computing departments at USF and at Clemson University in South Carolina. Drew regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state, and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology. Together with George G. Morgan, Drew has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005. Beginning in 2016, he hosts the Genealogy Connections Podcast, which alternates weeks with The Genealogy Guys Podcast.
 
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Presenter: Drew Smith

“Where Is The Book With My Family In It?”

 
Before beginning their own research, good researchers seek out the research already done by others. Find out how to do an exhaustive search for books, periodicals, and other published or unpublished printed research material that may save you time in your own research.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


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.

Jul
17
Sat
Lectures – Moises Garza @ on Zoom
Jul 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Moises Garza

“Overview of Ancestry.com and Search Strategies”

 
Listen to Moises Garza present on the types of records that you can find on ancestry for your Mexican Genealogy research, the various tools and resources that they have to offer and also learn about research strategies to help you find your ancestors. These research strategies apply to everyone, not just those searching for Mexican ancestors.
 
My passion for genealogy started in the cotton fields of west Texas. As a migrant worker I was blessed to work in the fields next to my father, Lauro Garza, who had a sharp memory and told countless stories about his own ancestors. I have been doing genealogy since 1998. Since then I have helped countless others in their own quest to find their ancestors. Today, I continue with this passion by publishing and creating resources to help you in your own search. Mr. Garza has been doing genealogy presentations since 2013 on many different genealogy topics,  and presented for many genealogy groups/societies in Texas and throughout the United States. He has.also been a speaker at many genealogy conferences such as the Texas State Genealogical Conference, The Texas State Hispanic Genealogy and Historical Conference, and the We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference.
 
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Presenter: Moises Garza

“A Look at Border Crossing Cards” (Mexican American SIG)

 
In this presentation, Moises talks about the Mexican border crossing records. He will provide an introduction to them, explain who got recorded, the genealogical information that you can find in them, and finally where you can search and find these records yourself.
 

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society’s DNA SIG this month. Contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for more information.

Aug
21
Sat
Lectures – Judy Janes @ on Zoom
Aug 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Judy Janes

“Discover Family History in Online Newspapers”

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.
 

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All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


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.

Sep
18
Sat
Lectures – Brian Rhinehart @ on Zoom
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Brian Rhinehart

“Navigating the Records From the War of 1812”

From bounty land to pensions, there are no shortage of genealogical records for soldiers from The War of 1812.  Learn how and why these records were created, how to make sense of them, and what those records can contain for your ancestors!

Brian Rhinehart is a professional genealogist and speaker and is the owner ofCivilWarRecords.com.  A direct descendant of six Civil War soldiers, Brian specializes in research and record retrieval for Civil War and War of 1812 soldiers at the National Archives in Washington DC and has retrieved military files for hundreds of clients there.

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All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society’s DNA SIG this month. Contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for more information.

Nov
20
Sat
Lectures – Lyn Gesch @ on Zoom
Nov 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Lyn Gesch

“Civil War”

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Presenter: Fritz Juengling

“Extracting Information from German Church and Civil Records, German Handwriting” (German SIG)

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All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society’s DNA SIG this month. Contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for more information.

Jan
15
Sat
Lectures – Steve Morse @ on Zoom
Jan 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenter: Steve Morse

“Getting Ready for the 1950 Census”

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All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here.


There is no DNA Special Interest Group meeting this month. Our members are encouraged to attend Conejo Valley Genealogical Society’s DNA SIG this month. Contact webkeeper@venturacogensoc.org for more information.