May Research Tools Class – LIVE @ Grant Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Leader: Jim Cyr, Education Chair
May Topic – Birth and Marriage Records Check the Genealogist and/or the CVGS website under Research Tools Class for more information.

May General Meeting: Your Favorite or Interesting Family Heirloom or Ancestor
May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We all have family heirlooms and ancestors, but what we will be doing is just picking out one to share with your fellow members with a brief three-minute story about it. This might be a pocket watch, special photo, quilt, hat, or lamp. All you need to do is have a couple of photos that you can copy and send to Bob Hazard at (use the underline/underscore in between the ra and hazard). He will develop the visual program for the May 17th event.

You will also have the opportunity to share something interesting about one of your ancestors. If you have one or two photos of the person please scan them and email them to Bob hazard. If it’s not scanned, you can mail the photo to Georgine Herd (, email her for address) and she will carefully scan it and return it to you. Your story is important to share and we want to hear it. When your photo appears on the screen during the program you can tell us something about your heirloom or ancestor. The stories are what make them special.

Please email Bob Hazard by May 12th with your name, photo(s), item description, and something about your treasure so we can develop the slideshow accordingly. Items for the program will be incorporated on a first-come, first-served basis. We will limit the heirloom or ancestor stories to three minutes. Looking forward to another fun evening.

You will be receiving your Zoom invitation the weekend just before the meeting.  If you are not a member and would like to attend, please email

May Writing Group
May 26 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Contact Barbara Warren at for more information.

June CIG: “Give Your Genealogy a Checkup”
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Give Your Genealogy a Checkup” by Georgine Herd

June 3, 1:00 pm, Zoom room opens at 12:50 pm PST

Your family tree may have unnoticed mistakes — There’s a way to find out, and it is something you should make at least an annual habit of doing… give your genealogy a checkup.

June’s CIG meeting will address this issue — Georgine Herd will present how to run Data Error reports and fix many of the errors.

Watch for the handout and zoom link, which will be emailed the evening of June 2.

If you are not a CIG member, contact Shirley Vivion to be added to the CIG email distribution list:


June Executive Board Meeting
Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

VCGS DNA SIG: Leah Larkin
Jun 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Leah Larkin:  What Are The Odds?  (WATO)

What Are the Odds? (WATO) is a revolutionary tool for “targets” with unknown parentage (or grandparentage). It lets you incorporate shared autosomal DNA data from multiple matches and multiple testing companies into a tree-based analysis to determine where the target most likely fits into the tree. Armed with this information, you can better economize on your research efforts and additional DNA testing. It’s a game-changer!

Leah Larkin earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she used DNA to study the relationships among different species. She has worked in both academia and scientific publishing and applies those research skills daily to solving genealogical questions using DNA. Her background makes her uniquely qualified to analyze your DNA results to reveal your family history.

Contact Don Worth at for more information

June Research Tools Class – LIVE @ Grant Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Leader: Jim Cyr, Education Chair
JuneTopic – Census Records. Check the Genealogist and/or the CVGS website under Research Tools Class for more information.

CVGS DNA SIG – Using Airtable in Your DNA Research
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

CVGS DNA SIG – Using Airtable in Your DNA Research by Shirley Vivion


Virtual Meeting,  For more info, contact Colleen Yinger at 

Salt Lake City Safari 2023
Mar 26 – Apr 2 all-day

CVGS is invited to join the VCGS Salt Lake Safari research trip! If you’ve gone on previous Salt Lake trips, you know what to expect as you research the world’s records. But if you have never joined the “Safari” you may not know about the millions of rolls of microfilm, more than 500,000 books, serials, and maps, and the hundreds of computers loaded with special record collections and premium websites. And then, there is the food and the fun and companionship of your research colleagues.

Do you wonder if you are ready to go? Yes! You absolutely are! There are over 500 paid and volunteer staff at the Family History Library waiting to help you in your ancestor search. And there will be pre-trip classes to help you prepare.  Burbank Airport is an easy way to travel to SLC with several nonstop flights on Southwest and Delta. Join our Merry Band of Genealogical Friends; you’ll have a great time.

WHO?  You, of course.

WHAT?  Salt Lake Safari Research Trip 2023

WHERE?  The Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel (Yup, change is in store)

WHEN?  March 26 through April 2

HOW MUCH?  $98 standard double queen, $108 deluxe double queen

WHY?  Why not?


If you have any questions, please email Pat Thomas at

Best regards,

Pat Thomas