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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HRGS December Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 18, 2015

Did you know that readers of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens are well equipped to face most challenges in English genealogy?

Jane AustenJoin the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 1 at the Highlands Ranch Library for a presentation by James Jeffrey, Genealogy Specialist at the Denver Public Library, of “All I Know About Genealogy I Learned From Charles Dickens and Jane Austen” and discover fresh insights into family history with a “twist” on research. Learn the benefits of reading period novels in understanding complex relationships within British families, both poor and rich, and how they impact lines of inheritance and family names.

James K. Jeffrey is the Genealogy Specialist at the Denver Public Library. Union JackHe is the 2004 recipient of the National Genealogical Society’s P. William Filby Award for Excellence in Genealogical Librarianship. James is a former president of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England Family History Society. He has served several terms as a trustee of the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History.

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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October 2015 Meeting – “Genealogy Wikis and Wikipedia”

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 4, 2015

Technical difficulties plagued Dave Barton’s “Genealogy Wiki’s” presentation on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, but the forbearance of a large and enthusiastic audience saved the day. Thank you to everyone who attended for your kind attention and your curiosity.

Genealogy TreeWikis 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.

Family Search Logo


During Dave’s presentation, we learned how Wikis work, and saw firsthand how three types of Genealogy Wikis work:

WikiTree: a genealogy wiki.


Unfortunately, we did not have time to create a Wikipedia article during the presentation, but Dave gave us a peek “behind the curtain” at the edit page for an article he had created for his ancestor, mathematician Suzan Rose Benedict.

Wikipedia logo 2

Thanks again to everyone who attended. If you were not able to make the meeting, you can peruse the presentation slides at HRGS Genealogy Wiki’s & Wikipedia Presentation.

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HRGS Meeting and Event Schedule

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 7, 2015

Genealogy Tree

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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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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