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 September to May, 7 PM to 9 PM the first Tuesday of every month at the Highlands Ranch Family History Center located at 9800 Foothills Canyon Blvd #B, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.  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. Check the Calendar tab for a schedule of upcoming programs.

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Member of The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies

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February 2020 Program: Preparing for a Research Trip

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 17, 2020

A genealogy research trip can be exciting and rewarding! It also can be expensive and demanding. Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society, 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the Highlands Ranch Family History Center, 9800 Foothills Canyon Blvd #B, Travel ChecklistHighlands Ranch, CO 80126 for “Preparing for a Research Trip,” by professional genealogist Ted Bainbridge, PhD. Learn from an expert how to best plan your next trip and get the most out of it.

Dr. Bainbridge has been a genealogical researcher, teacher, speaker, and writer since 1969. He often speaks to organizations in Colorado and occasionally speaks in other states. His genealogical and historical articles are published frequently throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He has served as president of the Longmont Genealogical Society and as a staff member in LDS Family History Centers.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for networking with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have an answer to your most perplexing research problem.

And finally, if the weather is not cooperating, be sure to check for updates on the HRGS website, https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.

See you January 7!

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January 2020 Program – “Grandmother’s Secrets”

Posted by hrgenealogy on December 16, 2019

This photo of professional genealogist Christine Cochran’s grandmother has always had its place in a silver frame on the black grand piano in Christine’s home. She wears an organza silk blouse embroidered with roses and a mysterious winged creature. A cameo Grandmothers Photois pinned where the drape of the collar meets the button-down front. She is elegant and beautiful as she looks down demurely towards left her hand, perhaps contemplating her wedding ring? But what was she like, Christine wondered? What kind of life did she lead?

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Family History Center, 9800 Foothills Canyon Blvd #B, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 for a presentation of “Grandmother’s Secrets” and learn how Christine traversed the scant and conflicting data available on her grandmother’s life and what she has gleaned from it.

Christine Cochran is a professional genealogist and owner of Our Provenance, Ltd. She has been conducting genealogical research for more than ten years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Colorado Chapter of APG. She is Vice-President and Researcher for Colorado Genealogy Society and a delegate on the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. She is also a member of the Mountain Genealogists Society and the Foothills Genealogy Society. She volunteers as a genealogist and researcher at the Denver Public Library – Western History and Genealogy Department and as an indexer at the Colorado State Archives. She holds a BS in Geological Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and a Master’s in Computer Information Systems from Regis University. She is also a graduate of Professional Genealogists Study Groups (ProGen32) and holds a certificate in Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPP.) Drawing on a wide range of skills, Christine helps people discover the stories in their family histories.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for networking with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have an answer to your most perplexing research problem.

And finally, if the weather is not cooperating, be sure to check for updates on the HRGS website, https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.

See you January 7!

 

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HRGS December 2019 Program: New Ancestry Tools for DNA Matching and Trees

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 15, 2019

Trying to make sense of recent changes in the world of DNA genealogy research? For clarity on this subject, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, CO 80124 for “New Ancestry Tools for DNA Matching and Trees,” presented by R. Glenn York.

AncestryDNA ImageIn September 2018, AncestryDNA rolled out updates to DNA Story, the portion of the DNA repot that tells customers what groups around the world they are the most similar to. Also called “ethnicity estimates”, these reports are the reason why many AncestryDNA customers test.

While many customers have been pleased with the new reports, many other customers are confused why their ancestry changed, why the amounts of certain ancestral groups’ admixture in their DNA changed and wondered if this report was more accurate than the previous version. Glenn will tackle these questions head-on and examine what the changes mean, the science behind them, and discuss how reliable the results are.

In early 2019, Ancestry rolled out new features for working with DNA matches (ThruLines™ and match tagging) and pedigree trees (MyTreeTags™). In his presentation, Glenn will cover what these new features do and how to use them.

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R. Glenn York likes to combine technology and genealogy. He started doing genealogy about 1983 when he was stationed near Washington DC, learning genealogy in the Library of Congress, National Archives, and DAR library. He has researched in numerous states, county, and local facilities throughout the mid-west. He was an early adopter of computer genealogy using a wide range of genealogy programs and early genealogy computer Bulletin Board Systems enabling daily to communication with other genealogists.

Glenn’s current focus is on genetic genealogy. He took his first DNA test in 2005. He now manages DNA tests with all major testing companies for over 30 different family members. He facilitates the monthly DNA study group for the Larimer County Genealogical Society and the Longmont Genealogical Society. and is a co-administrator of the BATES Y-DNA surname project at Family Tree DNA. He currently serves as President of the Larimer County Genealogical Society and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and many other genealogical and historical societies.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for networking with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have an answer to your most perplexing research problem.

And finally, if the weather is not cooperating, be sure to check for updates on this website before venturing out.

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November 2019 Program: “Brick Wall Demolition Kit: Linguistic Tools for Genealogists”

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 14, 2019

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society 7 p.m., November 5, 2019 at the Highlands Ranch Library for “Brick Wall Demolition Kit: Linguistic Tools for Genealogists,” by Professional Genealogist, Sylvia Tracy-Doolos.

Sylvia will show us linguistic tips, tricks and resources that can help us find our most elusive ancestors. Using language as a tool can help uncover missing ancestors more often than you might expect. Sylvia will teach us how to explore the language of our ancestors to achieve better research results.

Sylvia Tracy-Doolos has been interested in genealogy for nearly forty years and has worked as a genealogist for ten as the owner of New Leaf Genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Colorado Genealogical Society (CGS), and Broomfield Genealogy Society. Sylvia is President of the Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society (WISE-FHS), Secretary of the Colorado branch of APG, Genealogist for Adams County Genealogical Society, and a Trustee for ISBGFH. She has a B.A. in History and minored in English focusing on linguistics, so she could study how language changes affected American record keeping.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. and network with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the key to your most perplexing research problem.

Because this is Colorado, November is the beginning of snow season. If the weather takes a nasty turn on November 5th, check the HRGS Website before venturing out.

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HRGS October 2019 Program: “Irish in Leadville”

Posted by hrgenealogy on September 9, 2019

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2019 for a highly entertaining and educational presentation of “Irish in Leadville,” by Dr. James Walsh at the Highlands Ranch Library.

Irish Denver CoverDr. Walsh’s talk will focus on the history of the Irish immigrant community in Leadville and how it flowed into other Colorado cities such as Denver and Victor/Cripple Creek. He will talk about the current memorial project and how Colorado’s early Irish community relates to a larger national and international context. He opens his presentation with an historical monologue where he plays Leadville Irish labor leader Michael Mooney.

James Walsh is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Colorado Denver, where he has taught for the past 21 years. He is co-author of Irish Denver, and author of numerous articles about the history of the Leadville Irish.  Walsh is also founder of the Romero Theater Troupe, a fifteen-year old all-volunteer organic community theater.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with fellow genealogists.

See you on October 1st.

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HRGS September 2019 Program: Extending Your Family Tree: Creative Ways to Connect with DNA Matches and Find Common Ancestors

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 14, 2019

For the first meeting of our fall 2019 schedule, the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society will be back at the James H. LaRue (Highland Ranch) Library. And we will have a great program to kick things off. Join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2019 for “Extending Your Family Tree: Creative Ways to Connect with DNA Matches and Find Common Ancestors” presented by HRGS Vice President of Programs Megan Reilly Koepsell.

DNA ImageIt can be overwhelming looking at numerous DNA matches, which can number in the thousands. What can we do with those matches and where do we even begin to make sense of it all? Megan will guide us through creative ways to think outside the box to find useful DNA matches and connect with them to find common ancestors and break down those brick walls.

Megan Reilly Koepsell lives in Highlands Ranch. She has had a life-long interest in family history and has been spending every available waking moment doing genealogy for about ten years. A Registered Nurse and Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, she is certified in Mind-Body Medicine and also holds a certificate in Holistic Nursing. Megan teaches meditation at an oncology rehab clinic in the Metro Denver area, has a Healing Touch practice out of her home, and owns a travel business leading meditation trips to spiritual places in Scotland and Ireland. She is close to completing her first book on genealogy serendipities and coincidences.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with fellow genealogists. And if you feel inclined, join us after the meeting at the Landsdowne Arms for more networking and a libation or two.

See you September 3rd!

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HRGS May 2019 Program – Using Maps for Genealogical Research

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 7, 2019

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 at the Lone Tree Public Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, CO 80124 for “Using Maps for Genealogical Research,” presented by author and genealogist Roger L. Dudley.

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Sanborn Insurance Fire Map – 1903

In his presentation, Roger will emphasize the importance of using maps to research a family or a community. Maps are a snapshot in time that can prove or disprove the presence of a person or a place. Different maps will show different things and searching for the right map can make all the difference. Sanborn Fire Insurance maps and dozens of other types of maps will be discussed, along with how to locate and use them.

Roger Dudley was born and raised in Denver, attended Mesa College in Grand Junction when it was a junior college; Colorado State College in Greeley, graduating after it became the University of Northern Colorado; and earned a master’s in library science from Emporia State University. After a 35-year career in video production, he retired from Public Service Company of Colorado. In 2006 he became a reference librarian and archivist at the Denver Public Library assisting people with questions about genealogy, house history, general history, and anything else that can be imagined. He has written two books – one for his family (Kravig) and one for every genealogist on the planet called In Their Time, which is a chronological journal available as print on demand. He retired in 2019 from the Denver Public Library.

Come early at 6:30 p.m. to network with other members and guests. You never know who might have the answer to your most perplexing genealogy question.

 

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