Camarillo Library: Free Family History Program Saturday, February 18, 2017

In observance of African-American History Month Camarillo Public Library and the Ventura County Genealogical Society present a

Free Family History Program Saturday, February 18, 2017

at the

Camarillo Library Community Room

4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.: Family History Fair

Consultants available to answer questions about how to begin your genealogy, how to use DNA to research your history, technology tools, African American research, internet genealogy, and more. 

1:00 p.m.: “Freedmen’s Bureau 2.0: A Better Way To Do Slave Research”

Freedmen’s Bureau records are overlooked by far too many researchers. The records have not been the easiest to work with, but now that they are online and indexed, they can yield a wealth of information much more easily. These documents can include marriage dates, children’s birth dates, school records, work contracts, and, most importantly, the name of an applicant’s most recent owner. Learn why these records can be key to finding out more about your family.

2:30 p.m.: “Using Online Historical Black Newspapers for Genealogical Research”

Historical newspapers often provide key information needed to break through brick walls. Many historical black and abolitionist newspapers are available online, with more being added. Most are on subscription sites, while some are free. This class provides an overview of the historical roles of black newspapers, how they can be a substitute for missing vital records, what is online and where to find it, and strategies for access and searches.

About Janice Sellers


Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist who specializes in black, Jewish, forensic, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications, one of which is “The Baobab Tree”, journal of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC). She is also a board member of AAGSNC and the California State Genealogical Alliance, the vice president and publicity director for the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. She has been on the staff of the Oakland FamilySearch Library since 2000 and gives presentations on many genealogical topics at the local, regional, state, and national/international levels. She worked in publishing for many years as an editor, indexer, translator, and compositor. Her Web site is

Ventura County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 24608
Ventura, California 93002-4608

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