December Executive Board Meeting
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Via Zoom.  Members are welcome to attend.  Contact for more info.

December 2023 Writing Group
Dec 14 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact Barbara Warren at for more information.

VCGS DNA SIG, Open Discussion and Q&A
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

VCGS DNA SIG, Open Discussion and Q&A

Note: Start time 30 minutes earlier than usual.

Bring your questions or topics you would like to discuss with the group. If you wish you can submit them in advance by email to and we’ll prepare a researched response.

[This meeting will be held online with Zoom and an invitation will be sent out to the VCGS DNA SIG via email about 12 hours prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the email list you may contact the webmaster at to be added.]

2023-December Research Tools Class – LIVE @ Thousand Oaks Library @ Grant Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library
Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Leader: Jim Cyr, Education Chair
December Topics – International Genealogy Websites

For more information and links check the CVGS website: and click on “Learn” then “Research Tools Class”  on the top menu.

Contact: for more information.

December 2023 – General Meeting
Dec 19 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm


White Elephant Gift Exchange


Family Holiday Tradition Sharing Circle

December 19, 2023

5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

1401 East Janss Road

Thousand Oaks, CA


5:45 pm  Doors Open to Public

6:20 pm General Membership Meeting

Introduction of the 2024 Executive Board

Presentation of Helen Crise Life Membership Award

6:45 pm  Evening Program

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Family Holiday Tradition Sharing Circle

Please bring a wrapped present for the gift exchange (value $10-20).

Be prepared to tell a short story about your favorite family holiday tradition or your favorite ancestor.

Refreshments will be served!















January Executive Board Meeting
Jan 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Via Zoom.  Members are welcome to attend.  Contact for more info.

CVGS DNA SIG – Unlocking Your Ancestral Story: The Power of Y-DNA
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Unlocking Your Ancestral Story: The Power of Y-DNA

Calling all genealogy enthusiasts! Join us for an illuminating presentation by genealogy expert William P. Marlatt, as we delve into the world of Y-DNA testing and its incredible potential in understanding your genetic heritage.

Key Topics:

  • How can Y-DNA testing help you? Discover how Y-DNA can confirm your lineage, break down genealogical barriers, and reveal distant ancestors.
  • Characteristics of Y-DNA: Explore the unique features of Y-DNA and how it sets the stage for tracing your paternal heritage.
  • Markers (STRs) and variants (SNPs): Get acquainted with the genetic markers that hold the secrets of your ancestral past.
  • Haplogroups and haplotrees: Learn how haplogroups and haplotrees provide insights into your deep ancestral origins and migration paths.
  • DNA testing options: Uncover the various Y-DNA testing options available and choose the one that suits your genealogical needs.
  • Y-DNA projects: Discover how Y-DNA projects can connect you with others who share your heritage and provide a supportive community for your research.
  • Case studies: Explore real-life examples of how Y-DNA testing has unlocked family mysteries and expanded family trees.

About the Presenter:

William P. Marlatt is a seasoned genealogist with over 35 years of experience. As the founder and administrator of the Marlatt-Merlet DNA Project hosted by FamilyTreeDNA, he has a wealth of knowledge in using Y-DNA to prove lineages and solve genealogical puzzles.


Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced member of the genealogy research community, this presentation is designed for you. Anyone interested in learning about using Y-DNA in their genealogical research is welcome.


  • Date and Time: January 5, 2024, 1:00 PM PST
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
  • This is a free event. Both Conejo Valley Genealogical Society members and non-members are encouraged to attend.
  • Contact: To be added to the Zoom invite and for any questions about the meeting, contact Colleen Yinger, CVGS DNA SIG, at

Don’t miss this opportunity to harness the power of Y-DNA and embark on a fascinating journey into your ancestral roots. Whether you’re new to genetic genealogy or an experienced researcher, this presentation will provide valuable insights to enhance your family history exploration.


January 2024 Writing Group
Jan 25 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact Barbara Warren at for more information.

CVGS DNA SIG – “Abraham Lincoln DNA Project” by Colleen Fitzpatrick
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

CVGS DNA SIG –  “Abraham Lincoln DNA Project” by Colleen Fitzpatrick

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, founder of Identifinders International, is a forensic genealogist who has been recognized for her work with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on identifying the remains found in the Alaskan crash of Northwest Flight 4422. She has consulted on many high profile DNA identification efforts including the identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart Project. She is currently the genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA project.

Virtual Meeting,  For more info, contact Colleen Yinger at

2024 Salt Lake City FamilySearch Library Safari
Mar 17 – Mar 24 all-day

SAVE THE DATE: 2024 Salt Lake Safari

The 2024 Salt Lake Safari research trip is scheduled for next March 17 through March 24, with VIP Orientation and tour of the FamilySearch Library, many educational opportunities and opportunity for lots of fun with your genie friends.

We are headquartered at the Salt Lake Plaza Sure-Stay Hotel by Best Western, exactly next door to the FamilySearch Library. You arrange your own travel and hotel rooms and most meals. The rooms and rates are as follows: 13 deluxe (city view) double queen rooms for $110/night, and 12 standard (library view) rooms for $100/night. You may reserve a room by calling Richard Williams, Plaza Hotel Marketing Manager, at 801-606-2410 and speak to him directly.

Most people arrive either Saturday or Sunday on the best nonstop flights of your choice from Burbank to Salt Lake City.

For more information, please contact Pat Thomas at and please notify Pat Thomas as soon as you have reserved your room.

Comment from Pat, “I’d love to have more CVGS members join the trip in 2024.”