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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2016 Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 16, 2016

2016 Genealogy Fair Logo

The 2016 Genealogy Fair at the James R LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library was great fun! Large and enthusiastic crowds enjoyed the many booths in Shea A and packed Shea B for three excellent workshops. Thanks to all the HRGS members who shared their time and their knowledge with those who attended. Without your help year after year, this fair would never happen.

Members Table

HRGS members brought their family trees, photos and other materials and were available to explain how they overcame those inevitable “brick walls.” Bring the fruits of your labors to next year’s fair. Sharing is half the fun of genealogy.

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Scottish Festival

During the time we had a booth at the Scottish Festival, we accumulated a number of books, maps and other research material about the British Isles. All these great resources were on display at the Genealogy Fair. Do you have Scottish ancestors up your tree? How about English, Welsh and Irish? If you did not have a chance to make it to the fair, we’ll have them available at the next meetings. Learn all about clans, septs, tartans and more! And if you find something that will really help you with your research, you can take it with you to use over the summer.

 

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Library Books

The 2016 Genealogy Fair at the James R LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library was great fun! Large and enthusiastic crowds enjoyed the many booths in Shea A and packed Shea B for three excellent workshops. Thanks to all the HRGS members who shared their time and their knowledge with those who attended. Without your help year after year, this fair would never happen.

 

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Threads of the Past- Cover

Local author Lanie Tiffenbach, had a book signing for her novel, Threads of the Past: Stories of Pioneer Women and their Quilts. Inspired by her immigrant ancestors and based on extensive genealogical and historical research, the book spans a time period from 1857 to 1939. Lanie tells the stories of courageous pioneer women surviving extraordinary challenges and hardships on the raw frontier of Minnesota.  The evolution of quilting in America is woven throughout their tales, and the book is illustrated with over 100 wonderful vintage photos.

These brave immigrant women’s stories are the stories of all of us, for we are all the descendants of immigrants. This book will be especially enjoyed by genealogists and quilters, but also by anyone who loves true stories that capture the power of hope and dreams, the importance of family, and the meaning of home.

 

 

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Deena's Display

HRGS member and certified genealogist Deena Coutant has participated at every Genealogy Fair. She was back this year with a display of the hottest topic in genealogy research: DNA. In addition to answering questions, she even took swabs to send in for interested people. Who knows what she’ll find out! Check out her website at DiggiDeena Consulting and learn about all the other services she provides.

 

 

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A Page is Turned

Also returning to the Genealogy Fair this year were Ed Campbell and Penny Manel from A Page is Turned. Ed and Penny preserve memories with Digital Transfer to DVD of Photos, Slides, Negatives, Documents, 8mm Film, and Video & Audio. They are also experts in Image Restoration & Enhancement.

 

 

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DAR

Have you pondered joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Mount Rosa Chapter of the DAR helped those attendees who were looking for help. Even those not looking to join, learned how they can use the societies resources at the DAR Website.

 

 

 

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Archives

Jerry Sherad brought a wide range of information about the Colorado and Nebraska State Archives, the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki, and U.S. and Canadian mining accidents.

 

 

 

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The genealogy wiki WeRelate, is a collaborative tool that seeks to create a unified family tree that includes all of us. Check out Dave Barton’s presentation on the Firelands History Website.

 

 

 

 

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Family Legacy

Gordon Taylor and his Senior Genealogy Group were back with the latest information about Legacy Family Tree.

 

 

 

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In addition to the booths in Shea A described above, we had a series of workshops in room Shea B that were very well attended.

 

Gordon's Presentation

Family Search expert Gordon Taylor, gave tips on “Recording Life One Event at a Time.”

 

Barbara Price Presentation

Certified genealogist Barbara Fine Price once again helped those starting their genealogical journey with her popular presentation, “Beginning Genealogy.”

 

Deena's Presentation

After lunch we finished the workshops with Deena Coutant’s “Succession Planning for One’s Lifetime of Genealogical Research.”

Thanks to everyone who attended for making this a great event. See you next year.

 

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April 2016 Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 13, 2016

 

Do you wonder about how to store your “stuff”? Are you confused by the variety of storage containers on the market? Do you know how to prepare for disasters and what to do if one happens? And what about digital stuff? Is your data secure and in a form you and your children will be able to access in the future?

Document StorageIf you are plagued by these questions, or haven’t yet given them a thought, you should come to the next HRGS meeting at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5 for “Clean, Dry, Dark and Cool: Save your family treasures” presented by Shaun Boyd, the President of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and a long-time Douglas County Archivist! Bring your treasures to brainstorm solutions!

Shaun Boyd has been an Archivist with the Douglas County History Research Center at the Library in Castle Rock since 1998. She has an MA in History from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University. Shaun also attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s “Preserving Photographs in a Digital World” seminar at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. She is the current president of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and a past Secretary of the (National) Academy of Certified Archivists.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation. It’s a great way to meet other genealogists and share your research with people who understand the importance of family heritage.

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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.

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

WikiTree: a genealogy wiki.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Bagpipers performed at various times during the day.

 

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Sunday morning vintage British cars made an appearance.

 

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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!

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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.

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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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