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 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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December 2018 Program – Thousands of New Civil War Records. Is your Ancestor in Them?

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 12, 2018

Ever hear about the United States Sanitary Commission? No, it’s not an organization that deals with sewers. It was a little-known volunteer organization that provided care and many services for Union soldiers during the Civil War. In the process, they created thousands of records rich in genealogical information that has just become available to the public.

Sanitary Commission

Want to know more? Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 4 at the Highlands Ranch Library and learn from Certified Genealogist Diane Barbour the amazing story of the Sanitary Commission’s work and how to obtain their records.

Diane Barbour has been doing genealogy for about 20 years. In June 2012, she graduated from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto, earning her educational qualification of PLCGS or Professional Leaning Certificate in Genealogical Studies. She attends Advanced Institutes yearly and has taught genealogy locally and nationally. Her first love is teaching. Diane is past president of Broomfield Genealogical Society and has volunteered for many jobs with other organizations. She is the education coordinator for Boulder Genealogy and volunteers at the Denver Public Library and National Archives in Broomfield.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. for conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the answer to your most vexing problem. After the meeting, join us at the Landsdowne Arms to continue the conversation with the aid of a libation.

Inclement weather can spoil anyone’s plans this time of year. If snow is in the forecast, please check our website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.


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HRGS November 2018 Program – Beginning British Genealogy

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 21, 2018

We recently polled you, the membership of the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society, for your preference in programs and topping the list was British heritage. We want to deliver what you want, so our November meeting will feature just that subject.

British IslesJoin us at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 6 at the Highlands Ranch library for a presentation by Joan Grady, Ph.D. of “Beginning British Genealogy.” Doctor Grady will introduce us to a multitude of websites and other sources that will help us dig deep into our British heritage. And if you don’t have British ancestry, come anyway. Much of what we’ll learn will apply to all genealogy research.

Doctor Grady has a PH.D. from the University of Colorado, an M.A. from Columbia University, an MLA from the University of Denver and a B.A. from Hunter College.  She has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public and private education and presently consults in the educational field in addition to her work as speaker, genealogist and destination lecturer. She has been involved in genealogy research since the early eighties and has studied genealogy at Brigham Young University. Her area of expertise is the British Isles. 

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. to chat with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the answer to your most perplexing “brick wall.”

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HRGS October 2018 Program – Digging into Cemeteries

Posted by hrgenealogy on September 18, 2018

We genealogists, it seems, have a life-long attraction to cemeteries. Wandering among the tombstones, we wonder about the stories of those buried there, especially our ancestors. Cemeteries are a great source for our genealogical research. But how do we get the most out of that source? To find out, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at the Highlands Ranch Library, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2018, for Carol Darrow’s presentation of Digging into Cemeteries.”

Cemetery Image

During her presentation, Carol will show us how to “unearth” the many stories buried in our cemeteries, and then how use websites such as FindAGrave.com and BillionGraves.com to preserve what we find.

Carol Cooke Darrow has been a Certified Genealogist since 2005. She is the co-author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records (2007). She currently volunteers on Tuesdays at DPL – 5th Floor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursdays at the National Archives branch in Broomfield from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. for conversation with HRGS members and guests. You never know who might have the answer to your toughest “brick wall.”


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September 2018 Program: “Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths & Reality.”

Posted by hrgenealogy on July 15, 2018

What’s all this fuss about DNA testing for genealogy? How do you get started? What company should you test with? How much will it cost? To get the answers to these and other questions, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the James H. LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch, Colorado for a presentation of “Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths & Reality,” by Greg Liverman, PhD.

DNA ImageIn his presentation, Doctor Liverman will describe how DNA testing is useful to genealogists, how results are interpreted, the limits to what genetic genealogy can realistically do for the average researcher, the science and terminology of DNA testing, which companies perform tests, and which tests are useful to genealogists. He will use actual case studies to illustrate the potential benefits and limitations of DNA testing in genealogy.

Doctor Liverman began tracing his family history in the 1990’s with an old Macintosh computer and a copy of Family Tree Maker. After forty years working as a journalist, scientist and business manager, he has become adept at using online resources for both domestic and foreign research. Using these tools, he has researched his family history “on the ground” in libraries, cemeteries and records offices in seven states to successfully break down many “brick walls”. He added genetic genealogy or DNA testing to his brick wall demolition toolkit in 2013, and since then has immersed himself in the details of DNA tests and evaluation methods. Recently, he launched Pinewood Genealogy to help people with their genealogy research and genetic genealogy analysis.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with fellow genealogists. Share your discoveries – and problems. You never know who might have the solution to your most challenging “brick walls.”

See you in September!


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HRGS May 2018 Meeting – Overcoming Brick Walls

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 23, 2018

Do you often find that you are running into dead ends in your genealogical research? Join us in Rooms Shea A and B of the James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 1st, and author Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D. will show you tips and techniques that will help you get past them in his presentation, “Overcoming Brick Walls.”

Ted has been a genealogical researcher, teacher, speaker, and writer since 1969. He frequently speaks to organizations and societies in Colorado and Pennsylvania, where he conducts most of his research. His genealogical and historical articles are published often throughout the United States, to include the HRGS Newsletter, and in several foreign countries. He has served as president of the Longmont Genealogical Society and as a staff member in two LDS Family History Centers.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions with fellow genealogists. After the meeting, join us at the Landsdowne Arms for our spring social and continue the genealogical discussions over a libation or two.

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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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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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