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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Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society September 2105 Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 16, 2015

For our first fall meeting, 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 1st at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129, HRGS member Elaine (Lanie) Tiffenbach will present her recently published historical novel, Threads of the Past: Stories of Pioneer Women and Their Quilts. Lanie has been both an avid genealogist and an avid quilter for many years, and has combined her two passions in the writing of this novel.

Threads of the Past- CoverInspired by the author’s immigrant ancestors, seven pioneer women tell their courageous stories of immigration to the New World and the dangers, hardships, isolation and losses of the raw frontier, as well as their simple joys and successes. Their stories are told in their own “voices” in the form of letters, diaries and other writings, and are based on extensive genealogy research, documented facts and historical events. Spanning a time period from 1857 to 1939, their immigration and life stories are at the same time heartbreaking and heartwarming. A brief history and evolution of quilting in America is woven throughout their tales, and the book further contains over 100 wonderful vintage photos.

During her presentation, Lanie will explain how she conducted her genealogical and historical research, how she happened to write a book, and her experiences in writing and publishing her novel. She will also share some of the interesting facts and family stories uncovered in her genealogical research. Lanie will have copies of Threads of the Past available for purchase and signing at the meeting.

A native of Minnesota, Lanie Tiffenbach and grew up in the area where her immigrant ancestors had settled some generations earlier and where many of the events mentioned in this book occurred. Interesting facts and rich family lore uncovered in her meticulous and intensive genealogical and historical research inspired her to tell the stories of her women ancestors.

Lanie has been both an avid genealogist and an avid quilter for many years, and has combined her two passions in the writing of this novel. She used quilts from her own collection of antique quilts, as well as quilts she has made with vintage or reproduction fabrics and patterns from earlier times. To further illustrate her book, she used family photos, as well as wonderful antique and vintage photos from her personal collection. She currently lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with her husband and has two adult sons and two grandchildren.

Genealogy TreeShow up at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy snacks and network with other genealogists. You never know what you’ll learn over cookies and punch!

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HRGS 2015 Genealogy Fair

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

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:

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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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.

1 Clans 1

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.


1 Cars

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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