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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Posted by hrgenealogy on October 7, 2015
Everyone knows about Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia, but many people do not know that there are other “Wikis” out there, to include many dedicated to genealogy. Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch library for a presentation of “Genealogy Wiki’s” by Wikipedia contributor and HRGS member Dave Barton.
Wikis enable communities to write documents collaboratively using a simple markup language and a web browser. The “community” can be the world, as with Wikipedia, or a smaller group, such as a corporation, governmental organization—or the genealogy community. Learn how to use this simple but powerful tool, and about its many applications. We’ll also create and post a new Wikipedia page during the presentation!
Dave Barton has been a member of HRGS since 2009 and has held the offices of president and secretary. Currently he chairs the Communications Committee and is editor of the HRGS Newsletter. He is an active contributor to Wikipedia and to Genealogy Wikis.
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.”
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Posted by hrgenealogy on October 7, 2015
Here’s the upcoming 2015-2016 HRGS program schedule. All monthly meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, September through May at the Highlands Ranch Library. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and networking with HRGS members. Times for the Genealogy Fair will be published as we get closer to the event.
November 3: “How to use Wiki’s for Genealogy,” by HRGS member Dave Barton:
December 1: “Everything I Know About Genealogy, I Learned from Jane Austen,” presented by James Jeffries, Genealogy Specialist Special Collections Librarian at Denver Public Library:
January 5: “Researching European Roots without a Passport” by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist, Unraveling Your Past.
February 2: “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic” by Jewel Wellborn.
March 1: “Putting Faces to Names,” by Andy Likins
April 2: Genealogy Fair at the Highlands Ranch Library.
April 5: “Archiving and Preserving Family Records,” by Shaun Boyd.
May 3: “Ways to Say Goodbye,” by Sylvia Tracy-Doolos, Family History Researcher, New Leaf Genealogy.
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Posted by hrgenealogy on May 10, 2015
The third annual HRGS Genealogy Fair on Saturday, April 4 at the Highlands Ranch/James H. LaRue Library was a great success. A good sized crowd stopped by to visit the booths and to attend classes and we gained thirteen new members. Welcome to all who have joined us!
Deena Coutant of Digi-Deena Consulting
We had two presentations: Barbara Fines Price gave her ever-popular “Beginning Genealogy” presentation, and HRGS member and professional genealogist Deena Coutant spoke about “Online Family Searching.” Thanks to both for a great presentation.
In addition to member genealogy displays, we had tables by local vendors who support genealogy research:
A Page is Turned: a local company helping genealogists and others preserve family memories.
DigiDeena Consulting: professional genealogy and technology assistance by HRGS member Deena Coutant ,
Mount Rosa and Piney Creek chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Shaun Boyd: Douglas County Archivist.
Everyone who came by enjoyed this fun and educational event.
Next year’s fair will be Saturday, April 2nd. See you there!
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Posted by hrgenealogy on August 14, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Bagpipers performed at various times during the day.
Sunday morning vintage British cars made an appearance.
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)
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!
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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.
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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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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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.
John Simmons explains the finer points of how DNA testing can help with pesky brick walls.
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