Genealogical society hosting a free program

The Ventura County Genealogical Society will present a free family history program from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16 via Zoom.

Presenter Andrew Fairweather, Librarian at the Seward Park Branch of the New York Public Library, will speak on the topic, “Tenement Housing in the Mid-19th Century.”

He will discuss the history of the Lower East Side neighborhood during its decades of peak immigration.

Using land and building records and photographs, participants can see the streets where their ancestors lived and maybe even a photo of their building, as well as information about the living conditions in the buildings and the way to find relatives in census records.

Fairweather worked in the New York Public Library system for 10 years and holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Queens College, City University of New York.

A second presentation by Paul Milner on “Irish Immigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine” for members of the Society’s Irish Special Interest Group will cover the routes taken and reasons for emigration from Ireland to the United States and Canada.

Participants can learn how this massive movement of people can affect research, as well as what tools and documents are available to trace Irish ancestors.

Milner is a professional genealogist and lecturer with over 30 years experience and is an internationally recognized lecturer on British Isles migration and research.

Monthly conferences and workshops are free for members and the public. Non-members can request an invitation at to-lecture.