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Family History Presentation
May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a
Free Family History Presentation
Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the
Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA
1:00 P.M. GOING TO AMERICA – AN INTERACTIVE SIMULATION OF THE ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION PROCESS WITH JOEL WEINTRAUB
Have you ever wondered what immigrants arriving at Ellis Island went through? Join us as 9 volunteers will demonstrate the actual records of 9 immigrants who came through Ellis Island. A slide show illustrating the various documents of the immigration process will accompany the simulation. Attendees are invited to arrive early, as there will be seven tables of Ellis Island/immigration memorabilia including a piece of Ellis Island! (Members should get there early or they will miss these exhibits.) Members should be prepared to be stamped and chalked, just like ancestral immigrants were. They can even take an Ellis Island IQ test if they want (but we won’t be using our buttonhook on them!).
Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton and has won awards for his science teaching. He became interested in genealogy about 15 years ago. Joel has expertise in Federal Census information, and published articles on the U.S. census, the name change belief at Ellis Island, searching records in NYC, and a biographical revision of biologist AL Heermann.
2:30 P.M. WORKSHOP: “FINDING WALDO” AT ELLIS ISLAND presented by Joel Weintraub
Joel will continue his presentation by discussing how to locate difficult passenger manifests and the assumptions of nine search strategies that help us accomplish that. He will use a real person’s 1907 voyage, and explain why some search approaches cannot find his record, and why others have no difficulty. This talk is very much about genealogical research and the pitfalls of making assumptions about databases, even if your ancestors came before Ellis Island’s heyday (1892-1924).
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING
Please join us for a presentation titled “Ancestry DNA Tips & Tricks.” Ancestry DNA has more autosomal testers than any of the other companies, so chances are good that you have at least one test kit there. Don Worth and Carley Worth will present their best tips for maximizing your matches at Ancestry DNA.