Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

HIGHLANDS RANCH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Posted by hrgenealogy on December 1, 2009

WELCOME

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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Meeting Cancelled

Posted by hrgenealogy on December 6, 2016

Tonight’s meeting is cancelled due to potential bad weather conditions later tonight.

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HRGS December 2016 Meeting and Program

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 18, 2016

It seems like these days everything you need for genealogical research available is on-line. Not true! Sometimes you must get out from behind your computer and make a road trip. To learn what you can’t get on-line, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society, 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, at the James H LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library for “Making the Most out of a Salt Lake Center Research Trip,” presented by Certified Genealogist Barb Fines Price.

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Family History is all about DNA and digitization today, so why travel to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City? Salt Lake City is still the home of the largest collection of Family History books, films and maps. Not all have been digitized, and of those that have you may only have access to them in Salt Lake City. Come and learn how to prepare for a modern research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. 

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the key to your most vexing research problems.

It’s December, so after the meeting, in what has become a HRGS bi-annual tradition, we will adjourn to the Landsdowne Arms in the Highlands Ranch Town Center for libations and conversation.

December also brings the possibility of inclement weather, so if snow is in the forecast the day of the meeting, check this website, or our Facebook Page for updates. And remember: stay safe.

See you on December 6!

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HRGS Facebook Page

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 25, 2016

HRGS is now on Facebook.

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The Family History Guide – November 5, 2016

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 25, 2016

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HRGS 2016-2017 Schedule

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 20, 2016

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Before leaving her position as VP Programs, Megan Koepsell filled the entire meeting schedule until May 2017. Here is what she lined up for us:

December 6, 2016: “Making the Most out of a Salt Lake Center Research Trip,” by Certified Genealogist Barb Fines Price. Also, HRGS After-Meeting Social Event at Landsdowne Arms

January 3, 2017: “DNA Testing,” by Deena Coutant of DigiDeena Consulting

February 7, 2017: “yDNA Case study/connecting with DNA Matches to Learn More about Genealogy,” by Clifford Butler.

March 7, 2017: “Collecting Family Stories,” by Mary Beth Lagerborg.

April 1, 2017 Genealogy Fair

April 4, 2017: “Finding Old Maps on the Internet” by Ted Bainbridge.

May 2, 2017: “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic,” by Jewel Wellborn.

September 5, 2017: “Researching Your German Ancestry,” by James Mears.

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2016 Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 16, 2016

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The 2016 Genealogy Fair at the James R LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library was great fun! Large and enthusiastic crowds enjoyed the many booths in Shea A and packed Shea B for three excellent workshops. Thanks to all the HRGS members who shared their time and their knowledge with those who attended. Without your help year after year, this fair would never happen.

Members Table

HRGS members brought their family trees, photos and other materials and were available to explain how they overcame those inevitable “brick walls.” Bring the fruits of your labors to next year’s fair. Sharing is half the fun of genealogy.

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Scottish Festival

During the time we had a booth at the Scottish Festival, we accumulated a number of books, maps and other research material about the British Isles. All these great resources were on display at the Genealogy Fair. Do you have Scottish ancestors up your tree? How about English, Welsh and Irish? If you did not have a chance to make it to the fair, we’ll have them available at the next meetings. Learn all about clans, septs, tartans and more! And if you find something that will really help you with your research, you can take it with you to use over the summer.

 

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Library Books

The 2016 Genealogy Fair at the James R LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library was great fun! Large and enthusiastic crowds enjoyed the many booths in Shea A and packed Shea B for three excellent workshops. Thanks to all the HRGS members who shared their time and their knowledge with those who attended. Without your help year after year, this fair would never happen.

 

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Threads of the Past- Cover

Local author Lanie Tiffenbach, had a book signing for her novel, Threads of the Past: Stories of Pioneer Women and their Quilts. Inspired by her immigrant ancestors and based on extensive genealogical and historical research, the book spans a time period from 1857 to 1939. Lanie tells the stories of courageous pioneer women surviving extraordinary challenges and hardships on the raw frontier of Minnesota.  The evolution of quilting in America is woven throughout their tales, and the book is illustrated with over 100 wonderful vintage photos.

These brave immigrant women’s stories are the stories of all of us, for we are all the descendants of immigrants. This book will be especially enjoyed by genealogists and quilters, but also by anyone who loves true stories that capture the power of hope and dreams, the importance of family, and the meaning of home.

 

 

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Deena's Display

HRGS member and certified genealogist Deena Coutant has participated at every Genealogy Fair. She was back this year with a display of the hottest topic in genealogy research: DNA. In addition to answering questions, she even took swabs to send in for interested people. Who knows what she’ll find out! Check out her website at DiggiDeena Consulting and learn about all the other services she provides.

 

 

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A Page is Turned

Also returning to the Genealogy Fair this year were Ed Campbell and Penny Manel from A Page is Turned. Ed and Penny preserve memories with Digital Transfer to DVD of Photos, Slides, Negatives, Documents, 8mm Film, and Video & Audio. They are also experts in Image Restoration & Enhancement.

 

 

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DAR

Have you pondered joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Mount Rosa Chapter of the DAR helped those attendees who were looking for help. Even those not looking to join, learned how they can use the societies resources at the DAR Website.

 

 

 

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Archives

Jerry Sherad brought a wide range of information about the Colorado and Nebraska State Archives, the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki, and U.S. and Canadian mining accidents.

 

 

 

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The genealogy wiki WeRelate, is a collaborative tool that seeks to create a unified family tree that includes all of us. Check out Dave Barton’s presentation on the Firelands History Website.

 

 

 

 

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Family Legacy

Gordon Taylor and his Senior Genealogy Group were back with the latest information about Legacy Family Tree.

 

 

 

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In addition to the booths in Shea A described above, we had a series of workshops in room Shea B that were very well attended.

 

Gordon's Presentation

Family Search expert Gordon Taylor, gave tips on “Recording Life One Event at a Time.”

 

Barbara Price Presentation

Certified genealogist Barbara Fine Price once again helped those starting their genealogical journey with her popular presentation, “Beginning Genealogy.”

 

Deena's Presentation

After lunch we finished the workshops with Deena Coutant’s “Succession Planning for One’s Lifetime of Genealogical Research.”

Thanks to everyone who attended for making this a great event. See you next year.

 

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April 2016 Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 13, 2016

 

Do you wonder about how to store your “stuff”? Are you confused by the variety of storage containers on the market? Do you know how to prepare for disasters and what to do if one happens? And what about digital stuff? Is your data secure and in a form you and your children will be able to access in the future?

Document StorageIf you are plagued by these questions, or haven’t yet given them a thought, you should come to the next HRGS meeting at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5 for “Clean, Dry, Dark and Cool: Save your family treasures” presented by Shaun Boyd, the President of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and a long-time Douglas County Archivist! Bring your treasures to brainstorm solutions!

Shaun Boyd has been an Archivist with the Douglas County History Research Center at the Library in Castle Rock since 1998. She has an MA in History from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University. Shaun also attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s “Preserving Photographs in a Digital World” seminar at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. She is the current president of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and a past Secretary of the (National) Academy of Certified Archivists.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation. It’s a great way to meet other genealogists and share your research with people who understand the importance of family heritage.

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