Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)

The purpose of this organization is to provide a society for persons interested in Jewish genealogy; to encourage interest in Jewish genealogy; to provide educational genealogical programs; to develop and execute genealogical projects; to serve as a service and support group for genealogical libraries and historical associations; and to provide a center for the exchange of surnames and genealogical material.

Mark your calendars. As soon as programs are finalized they will be added to this list, the website, and Venturing Into Our Past. Programs are subject to change – check JGSCV website

Upcoming Events

Sunday afternoons starting at 1:30 p.m. Monday evenings starting at 7:00 p.m.
Programs co-sponsored by Temple Adat Elohim.


When Gravestones Lie
Monday, November 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Janette Silverman, Ukraine SIG Coordinator 2013-2019 and Senior Genealogist Research Team Manager at AncestryProGenealogists

Family Search Topic
Sunday, December 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

FamilySearch Historical Collections-Tips and Tricks
David Rencher, Chief Genealogist
This session shares tips and tricks to searching record collections in FamilySearch. Learn new techniques for searching the collections, compiled genealogies, and the Library Catalog. Annual Chanukah Party; Annual Mtg.


American Shtetl: Recreating a Jewish Community
Sunday, January 5 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Andrea Massion, JGSCV Board Member American Shtetl: Recreating a Jewish Community. Andrea will review methodologies used to compile cluster studies that put meat on the bones of any American community town. She shares her cluster study of Chugwater, Wyoming’s Jewish farmers group from the early 20th century.

Annual Assisted Research Afternoon
Sunday, February 9,1:00-5:00 p.m. 
LA Family History Library

Comparing Jewish Resources on, FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage and JewishGen
Sunday, March 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
Ellen Kowitt, professional genealogist, Comparing Jewish Resources on, FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage and JewishGen. Compares the 4 programs as well as reviews research tools on each site that can be especially helpful for Jewish research

Monday, April 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Annual Yom Hashoah Program

Sunday, June 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m.