Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society

Highlands Ranch, Colorado


Posted by hrgenealogy on December 1, 2009


The Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society was established in 1997 to promote an interest in genealogy and history through:

  • Encouraging and instructing members in quality genealogical research and documentation techniques through informative programs and educational materials.

  • Assisting and supporting genealogical libraries, archives, and historical museums in Colorado that are open to the public.

  • Publishing genealogical information as directed by the membership. There are nine meetings held per year.

We meet from from September to May, 7 PM to 9 PM the first Tuesday of every month in the Highlands Ranch Library located at 9292 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.  From 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM you can view handouts, ask questions, meet old friends and make new ones. The formal meeting will start at 7 PM with a brief business session followed by that night’s program.

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Member of The Colorado Genealogical Society

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HRGS November 2014 Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 12, 2014

If you can tear yourself away from mid-term election returns (hard as that may be!), join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 4 for a presentation of Returned from Oblivion, the Story of Jacob Schueler, presented by Janet Jewell.

Genealogy does not have to be a tedious collection of dry facts to fill out the never-ending branches on a family tree. Instead, it can be exciting, investigative work, delving into mystery and intrigue! Janet discovered this unexpected pleasure after discovering a few interesting facts about her great grandfather. As she continued to dig, unknown ancestors became the real people they once were and the relics they’d left behind led her to explore early Colorado history. From her ancestors’ artifacts and dramas, uncovered bit by bit over the years, she unexpectedly found that she had enough material to write an unusual and fascinating Colorado history. In her presentation, Janet will share the steps she took on this journey of discovery.

Janet Jewell grew up in the panoramic Big Lost River valley in Southeastern, Idaho during the 1950s and 1960s. That “growing up” time included family trips into the countryside where 19th century farmhouses with their antiquated machines and outbuildings triggered a lifetime curiosity: what were the stories behind all these things? She had no idea then that decades later she would find antique bottles and properties in Colorado, all tightly linked clues to her own ancestral past, and that those discoveries would lead her to writing a book about her family.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. Every month people find someone with the solution to their toughest “brick wall.” See you in November!

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Upcoming HRGS Programs

Posted by hrgenealogy on September 3, 2014

Here are exciting programs we’ll be featuring at upcoming HRGS meetings:

December 2, 2014: Thinking Outside the Pine Box with Kirk Patton, President, Castle Rock Genealogical Society

January 6, 2015: Free Colorado Newspaper Collections with Mary McCarthy

February 3, 2015: The Night Sky: A Journey from Dachau to Denver and Back with author Maria Sutton

All programs are held at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Come at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know—you just might find a solution for one of your pesky “brick walls.”

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Scottish Festival 2014

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 14, 2014

1 Nessie

For the third year running, HRGS had a genealogy booth at the Colorado Scottish Festival on Saturday, August 9th and Sunday the 10th at the Highland Park in Highlands Ranch. As always has been the case, we had a great time helping people learn about their heritage!

Our booth was in a new location this year, but that did not keep festival goers from finding us. Crowds were the largest we’ve seen.

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.


Things soon got going--and stayed busy all day.

Things soon got going–and stayed busy all day.



After helping people identify their clan, we often directed them to that clan’s tent. Over 20 clans were represented at the festival.

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Besides the fun of helping others and meeting new people, we were able to enjoy the many festival events and booths for free. Here are some highlights of the festival:

On Saturday, a parade of dogs marched down the main festival thoroughfare.

1 Sheepdogs

1 Dogs Pulling Wagon


Bagpipers performed at various times during the day.


1 Bagpipes


Sunday morning vintage British cars made an appearance.


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The Scottish traditional games were held in front of our tent’s new location, giving us a ringside seat.

Throwing the sheaf ( a bale of hay)

Throwing the sheaf ( a bale of hay)

Thanks to volunteers Ernie Kummerer, Dave, Lucy and Alicia Barton, Deanana Kovavich, Georgina Ham, Lilly and Matthew Miller, Gordon Taylor, Jean and Jim Genaski, Brendan Murphy and Bonnie Wright for generously giving their time to help people learn more about their Scottish heritage. We also appreciate Linda Boyle, Barry Wolfe and Eileen Langdon for volunteering. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, they were not able to participate.
Many thanks to HRGS, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England (WISE) and Douglas County Library for generously loaning valuable research materials. Eileen once again did a great job obtaining the WISE materials for us.
All volunteers did a great job and enjoyed interacting with those attending the festival who stopped by. We will have a booth at next year’s festival so please plan to volunteer. We’d love to have you!

Genealogy Tent 2


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HRGS Second Annual Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 2, 2014

The Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society and Highlands Ranch Library second annual Genealogy Fair on Saturday, March 1 was a great success, with over thirty people braving the weather to attend.  The displays of library genealogy books and research contributed by our members were very well received, as were the tables of our vendors. Many thanks to Albion Design Centre, DiggiDeena Consulting, A Page is Turned, Creative Family Tree, Tattered Cover Press, and Legacy Family Tree for showing us what they do. If you did not have the opportunity to attend, check out their websites for details about their services.


HRGS Genealogy Fair 2014.

Also, thanks to our workshop presenters: Barbara Fines Price for her session on Genealogy 101 and Deena Coutant’s Family Tree Genealogy software presentation. Both seminars were well attended.

This is a year’s fair gave both those new to genealogy to learn how to get started and those “old hands” among us to pick up new tricks.

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Dues are Due!

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 19, 2014

Membership dues for the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society are payable 1 January, 2014 (except for those who registered at the August 2013 Genealogy Fair through January 2015). Dues are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.

If you have not done so already, please send a check payable to “HRGS” or “Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society” and bring to the February 4 meeting, or mail to:

Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society

c/o Highlands Ranch Library

9292 S Ridgeline Blvd

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

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January Membership Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 8, 2014

On Tuesday, January 6, twenty-five HRGS members and visitors started 2014 right with an enjoyable and informative presentation by John Simmons of “What John’s DNA Reveals”, a lighthearted look at the wonderful world of DNA as it applies to genealogy.  We learned how DNA testing provides new ways to look for family members of long ago, is able to break through brick walls and provides new connections for our family trees.

As has been our custom this past year, many arrived at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and great conversations about genealogy and the brick walls we have encountered.

Join us in February for another great meeting.


HRGS President Megan Koepsell opened the meeting with announcement and new discoveries.

HRGS President Megan Koepsell opened the meeting with announcement and new discoveries.


John Simmons explains the finer points of how DNA testing can help with pesky brick walls.

John Simmons explains the finer points of how DNA testing can help with pesky brick walls.


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Scottish Genealogy Class

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 25, 2013

On Saturday, August 24 HRGS presented a class on Scottish Genealogy at the Highlands Ranch Library. Diane Barbour, an expert on Scotland and researching Scottish genealogy, showed us how to work our way back to when our Scottish ancestors immigrated to this country, then explained how to conduct research in Scotland.

Diane graduated from the University of Michigan in Dental Hygiene. June 2012. Her genealogical credentials include the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto and a certificate in Scottish Research from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Certificate.

The class gave great information for experienced genealogists and those just getting started. We had a great turnout, with 25 in attendance. Thanks to Lisa Casper and the staff at the Highlands Ranch Library for supporting and promoting this event.

Below are a couple of photos of the event.

SAMSUNGDiane Barbour talking about conducting research in Scotland

SAMSUNGDiscussions continued during the break

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