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 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. Check the Calendar tab for a schedule of upcoming programs.

CURRENTLY MEETING VIA ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

FOR ACCESS TO MEETINGS LOOK TO YOUR NEWSLETTER OR EMAIL US AT hrgenealogy8@gmail.com

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Member of The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies

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HRGS November 2020 Program – Thinking Outside the Research Box

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 28, 2020

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 3 on Zoom “Thinking Outside the Research Box,” by Noel Ferre.

We often rely on the tried and true giant search engines of Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and FindaGrave.com. These three offer wonderful resources, but there is much more out there to tap into. During Noel’s presentation, she’ll look into uncommon websites and a few locations you may have missed or forgotten. We’ll look beyond our usual go-to searches and learn some alternative areas of research. In the process, we’ll learn how to create our own genealogy toolbox, and use our bookmarks effectively to aid in our everyday online research.

Noel Ferre began her love of genealogy when she found a stack of letters dating back to 1842 which belonged to her Dutch great grandmother. While her roots in New England go back 11 generations, she also has direct ancestors in Canada, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and France. She is a true Heinz 57! Noel spent part of her youth in New York but completed high school and college in Chile. Past Program Director of Castle Rock Colorado Genealogical Society, she currently serves as its president. Noel has been married 41 years, is self-employed in International Sales, has 3 grown boys and when not doing genealogy, enjoys traveling, reading, knitting and all the outstanding outdoor life that Colorado has to offer.

Log on to the meeting early at 6:30 p.m. for networking with fellow genealogists (and to give yourself time to log in). You never know who might have an answer to your most perplexing research problem. A video will be available for 30 days after the meeting for members.

This meeting will be by Zoom. Instructions for logging into Zoom and the speaker’s handout will be emailed to members 24 hours prior to the meeting.  If you are a paid member and do not receive an invitation by Tuesday, November 3, please contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com.

If you are not a member and wish to attend, contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com for an invitation.

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HRGS October 2020 Program: Pushing Back the Clock

Posted by hrgenealogy on September 30, 2020

Genealogy research is relatively easy going back 150 years or so. Then it gets hard. In the twentieth century there are complete census documents, as well as city directories, newspapers, and vital records. Even further back, to about 1850, records are adequate. The going gets tough.

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 6 on Zoom when Ed Story will share alternate resources and methods to find the information we need to get past those pesky “brick walls” in his presentation “Pushing Back the Clock.”

Ed Storey, a longtime writer of genealogy articles, grew up in Rochester, New York; where he worked for General Motors. He and his wife Nancy also lived in El Paso and Beijing before moving to Falcon, Colorado.  Ed is researching ancestors from England and Germany, some of whom lived in India. 

This meeting will be by Zoom. Instructions for logging into Zoom and the speaker’s handout will be emailed to members 24 hours prior to the meeting.  If you are a first-time visitor and wish to attend, please contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com.

Log on to the meeting early at 6:30 p.m. for networking with fellow genealogists (and to give yourself time to log in). You never know who might have an answer to your most perplexing research problem. A video will be available for 30 days after the meeting for members.

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HRGS September 2020 Meeting – DNA Clustering Tools for DNA Matches

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 30, 2020

We start out our first meeting of the fall program with a bang. Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 when the popular Greg Liverman returns to HRGS (via Zoom) with a presentation of “DNA Clustering Tools for DNA Matches.”

DNA ImageGroups of DNA matches also match each other in what is known as shared match group, or match clusters. These match clusters usually share a common ancestor, making them extremely valuable for genealogical research, but also extremely labor intensive to create. In his presentation, Greg will show us new tools and methods that make this work easier.

Greg Liverman, Ph.D., began tracing his family history in the 1990’s with an old Macintosh computer and a copy of Family Tree Maker. At that time, family and career pursuits did not leave much time for genealogy work. He was finally able to return to charting his family history in 2009. Greg quickly realized that he could bring to bear all the analytical and problem-solving skills he had developed in over forty years of working as a journalist, scientist, and business manager.

Greg has become adept at using online resources for both domestic and foreign research. He has researched his family history “on the ground” in libraries, cemeteries, and records offices in seven states, with more on the list to visit. He has experience in using various techniques, based on the careful application of reason and logic, to successfully break down “brick walls”.

Greg and his wife Wendy added genetic genealogy or DNA testing to their brick wall demolition toolkit in 2013 and have immersed themselves in the details of DNA tests and evaluation methods. They have answered several questions about their family history using DNA evidence.

Log on to the meeting early at 6:30 p.m. for networking with fellow genealogists (and to give yourself time to log in). You never know who might have an answer to your most perplexing research problem.

To RSVP and receive instructions for logging into Zoom for the meeting, please email us at hrgenealogy8@gmail.com.

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March 2020 Meeting and Program

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 16, 2020

Join us 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the Highlands Ranch Family History Center, 9800 Foothills Canyon Blvd #B, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 for a presentation of “What Would Nancy Drew do in the Quest for a Missing Family?” by Ellen Kowitt.

Nancy DrewResearching family history is a lot like solving a Nancy Drew mystery. Showcasing resources found in the text of the classic Nancy Drew series, this lecture will journey through online records found around the world just as Nancy Drew books have been published in 40 countries. We’ll go on an adventure exploring old and new tools of the trade starting with cemeteries, libraries, maps, incorporating community history, digitized newspapers, photo archives, records on the Giants, tackling foreign languages, and learning how to look for clues in untraditional resources.

Ellen Kowitt is Vice President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado, and a member of the Indian Peaks Chapter NSDAR. She has been researching her own family history for 25 years and enjoys helping others. Ellen lectures, publishes articles, accepts clients, and volunteers at the Colorado State Archives indexing naturalization and probate records.

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,  before venturing out.

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HRGS Weather Cancelation

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 4, 2020

The HRGS board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. and the membership meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2020 is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Please stay safe and warm.

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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 80129 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 February 4!

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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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