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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March 2018 Program – Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Online Media

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 17, 2018

There are so many genealogical resources available to researchers today: Ancestry.com, Family Search, Find a Grave, to name a few. But even with this wealth of information, we still run into those dreaded “Brick Walls.” What to do? Well we have help. Come to the HRGS meeting in Shea A and B of the Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 6 and learn from professional genealogist Diane Barbour what other sources might have the information you need.

Did you know there are other types of media available to us besides traditional genealogy websites? Have you thought about using online books?  Videos, audio recordings and other media are also coming online. In her presentation, “Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Online Media,” Diane will introduce us to three websites: Haithi Trust, Internet Archive and Google Books. These sites have a wealth of information and are adding new material daily.

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. Solutions. For more information, visit her website at https://mdbfrisco.wordpress.com/.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for discussions with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.”

As always this time of year, in the event of inclement weather check the HRGS website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.

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A Letter from the HRGS President – Board Nominations

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 10, 2018

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Hello everyone,

As announced at the January and February HRGS meetings, we are seeking nominations for four open Board of Directors positions.  Elections are in May and these 2-year appointments begin in September 2018.  Members who have not yet served on the Board, as well as our more experienced members, are encouraged to consider volunteering for one of these positions.  The time commitment is very reasonable and you will be making a substantial contribution to a group that has provided many fine presentations and resources for your research.  The job descriptions are below.  Please note that the members that are currently holding these positions are happy to provide mentoring to make the transition easier, if that would be helpful to you.

Please contact the Head of the Nominations Committee, Megan Koepsell, at MKOEPSELL2198@msn.com for more information, to express your interest in one of these positions, or to nominate someone else.  Thank you.

Patty Nash
President, HRGS

Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society
Officers’ Duties

PRESIDENT

  • Preside at all meetings of the general membership and the Board of Directors.
  • Create the agenda for both meetings with input from the other Board members.
  • With the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint all Chairpersons of Standing Committees with the exception of the Nominating Committee, and make special appointments.
  • Sign, with the Society Secretary, all contracts and documents authorized on behalf of the Society.
  • Sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer for authorized disbursements on behalf of the Society.

VICE PRESIDENT

  • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of, or at the request of, the President.
  • Be the Director of the Program Committee, and appoint assistants in charge of related subcommittees as needed.
  • Oversee preparation and distribution of communications to the membership and the community.
  • Schedule speakers for monthly programs.
  • Schedule the annual genealogy fair.

TREASURER

  • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and Vice-President, or at their request.
  • Be custodian of HRGS funds using electronic banking and record keeping software.
  • Sign checks for authorized disbursements.
  • Deposit all income for HRGS.
  • Notify members of the annual membership renewal date and collect dues.

SECRETARY

  • Record the minutes of the General Membership meetings and be the custodian of these and other records of the Society.
  • Sign, with the President, all contracts and documents authorized by the Society.
  • Conduct the correspondence of the Society and maintain a file of this correspondence.
  • Assist in any Society mailing as requested by the officers and committee chairpersons.

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February 2018 Meeting – Irish Heritage Workshop

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 21, 2018

For the last time this year, our February meeting will be in the Upstairs Quiet Reading Room at the Highlands Ranch Library. We’ll take advantage of the intimate setting for a workshop on Irish Heritage, facilitated by HRGS member Megan Koepsell.

Irish MapAre you facing numerous “brick walls” while researching your Irish heritage? Do you wonder if you’ll ever discover when your ancestors came to America – or where they lived when they got here? Well join us at the Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 6 and get the help you need.

Megan will give us tips on places and websites she uses for her research, to include several Irish and UK subscriptions like Find My Past and British Newspaper Archive. She’ll demonstrate how to use these resources by taking questions from participants. Bring your toughest problems and “brick walls,” and Megan will search for solutions.

This will be a great opportunity for those of us with Irish Heritage to really make progress on our “brick walls.” And for those who can only wish they were Irish, there will be plenty of tips and techniques you can learn as well.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions for fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.”

As always this time of year, in the event of inclement weather check this website before venturing out.

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January 2018 Meeting – Ancestry.com and Family Search

Posted by hrgenealogy on December 20, 2017

Family Search LogoDo you find that you are not getting all the help you need from Ancestry and Family Search? Are you facing numerous “brick walls” while researching your family heritage? Do you wonder if you’ll ever discover when your ancestors came to America – or where they lived when they got here? Well join us at the Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 2, and ring in 2018 learning tips and techniques on how to get the most out of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. Family History Center experts Sandee Brooks and Perry Hillegas will show us how to use these two programs, and how together they are more powerful than using each alone. We’ll also learn how to use both at the library for free.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions for fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.”

As always, in the event of inclement weather, check this website before venturing out.

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HRGS December 2017 Meeting: Listening to the Voices of Our Ancestors

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 19, 2017

Some of the most fun in genealogical research is those moments where we feel we were guided to find that certain record or document that has eluded us: times that seem almost too coincidental to be coincidental. Join us 7:00 p.m., Tuesday December 5th for “Listening to the Voices of Our Ancestors.” HRGS member Megan Reilly Koepsell will share amazing stories of her ancestors guiding her research. Bring your own stories to share at the end of this program. We want to hear from other people who have had similar experiences to Megan. 

Megan has been interested in family history since childhood.  She has been doing genealogy for almost ten years, and because of the help of her ancestors, she believes she has found a lot of information and broken through many brick walls! When not doing genealogy, she is a registered nurse who is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, a Reiki practitioner, and teaches meditation at an Oncology rehab center. She also co-leads meditation trips to Ireland.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions for fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.” After the meeting, join us for libations and stimulating conversation with fellow genealogists at Landsdowne Arms.

See you then!

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November Program – German Heritage Workshop – and More

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 25, 2017

Are you facing “brick walls” while researching your family heritage? Do you wonder if you’ll ever discover when your ancestors came to America? Join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 7th in the upstairs quiet reading room at the Highlands Ranch Library and get the help you need. We will forego our normal program presented by a subject matter expert, and instead break into groups for workshops focusing on problems and topics that interest and challenge you. Members helping members (and guests) with their “brick walls” – assisting those who face challenges we’ve overcome.

GermanyBased on interest expressed at our September meeting, our featured workshop will focus on researching German heritage. For those who do not share that ancestry, we’ll also have experts from local Family History Centers facilitating other workgroups to share tips and techniques for using Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and other online resources. They’ll be online during the workshop, and will help research specific problems people are having.

Bring your questions and problems. We’ll see what we can do to help you solve them.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions for fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.”

See you there!

 

 

Snow season is upon us. If winter weather threatens, before venturing out, please check our website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com for the latest update.

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October 2017 Meeting – Preserving Digital Memories

Posted by hrgenealogy on September 19, 2017

Recovering old photos can be particularly rewarding because it allows us to put faces to the names, and helps us to visualize the world as it once was. To find out how to do this, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at the Highlands Ranch Library, 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 3 for a presentation by Ed Campbell and Penny Mannel of “A Page is Turned,” on how to restore old photos and more.

There are many ways to utilize images from the past to help bring the stories they illustrate to life. The folks at “A Page Is Turned” are experts in digitizing and restoring many forms of media, from old photos and film to modern video and audio formats. Bringing these precious memories into the digital world allows for a variety of options to help tell the stories that we want to share with family and friends. During their presentation, Ed and Penny will discuss many of the methods that can be utilized to help bring the past to life.

Ed Campbell & Penny Mannel at “A Page Is Turned” have been in the business of helping folks preserve their precious memories for more than ten years. They recognize the importance of the personal nature of their work, and make every effort to meet or exceed their client’s expectations in all aspects of the work they do. Ed has been interested in digital image manipulation since he acquired his first computer in 1983. He has been working with Adobe Photoshop® since 1991, in both personal and professional capacities, and is well-regarded in the field of digital photo restoration.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions for fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.”

See you there!

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