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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Norwegian Gothic Script

Posted by hrgenealogy on May 9, 2021


HRGS member Tony Hjelmstadt recently attended a seminar put on by Slekt og Data – the Norwegian Genealogy Society.  The seminars were led by Jonny Lyngstad, who  lectures world-wide on Genealogy and reading gothic script documents. Tony has generously shared with us slides, examples, practice documents, and links to videos from this seminar which are accessible by clicking the link below.

While the seminar was in Norwegian, the slides are all visual examples and there are example documents in several languages which are in gothic script.  For people doing pre 1800 research in Europe, this can be a wonderful tool for attempting to get the text from images of original documents written in Latin.  After getting the text – the next step is translating it.

Many thanks to Tony for his generosity.

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HRGS May 2021 Program:

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 26, 2021

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society on Zoom at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 for a presentation of “Raising the Bar – is it time to go to the next step in your research techniques and methodologies,” by Kathy Tarullo.

Are you ready to move beyond the click and save mentality of genealogy? Do you know how to use Family Search and Ancestry in tandem to find all the hidden gems available? Do you know how to find the actual images from your indexed hints? Is it time to step up your research techniques and methodologies? If you answered yes, then this presentation is for you.

Kathy Tarullo received her bachelor’s in Family History form Brigham Young University and is a ProGen graduate. She is a board member of both Foothills Genealogical Society the Colorado Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Director of the Arvada Family History Center. Besides searching out ancestors, she loves spending time with her husband, six daughters and 14 grandchildren.

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 members for 30 days after the meeting.

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, May 4, please contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com.

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HRGS April 2021 Presentation: Forensic Genealogy

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 23, 2021

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society on Zoom, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2021 for a presentation of “Forensic Genealogy,” by professional genealogist Christine Cochran.

Forensic genealogy is a new buzzword these days. But what exactly is forensic genealogy? How is it applied? Is it effective? Christine’s presentation will address these questions and provide some real-world examples. Hold on to your hats because what you learn will open Pandora’s Box!

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 registrar for the Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of National Daughters of the American Revolution. In the past she has held offices as president of Colorado Chapter of APG, Vice-President and Researcher for Colorado Genealogy Society and delegate on the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. She has served as the on-the-desk genealogist at the Denver Public Library – Western History and Genealogy Department and as an indexer at the Colorado State Archives.

Christine has been interviewed by Genealogy TV and published internationally in Irish Roots Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado School of Mines, a master’s degree from Regis University, and is a graduate of Professional Genealogists Study Groups (ProGen.) Drawing on a wide range of skills, Christine helps people uncover the stories in their family histories.

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 members for 30 days after the meeting.

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, April 6, please contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com.

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HRGS March 2021 Presentation: German/Prussian Research

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 21, 2021

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society on Zoom, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2021 for a presentation of “German/Prussian Research,” by professional genealogist Mark Rabineau.

In his presentation, Mark will provide background on German migration and history; basic skills and knowledge necessary for conducting German genealogical research; and useful research tools you can use.

Mark Rabideau has more than 20 years of Genealogy and Historical Research experience (including blogging, public speaking, client-research); and is extremely active in providing hard to obtain genealogical source information to researchers the world over.

In 2010 Mark became a professional genealogist/ historian and began offering consulting services and genealogical guidance, historical resources, and information on ManyRoads (http://many-roads.com) and Shoah Statistics (http://shoahstatistics.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 members for 30 days after the meeting.

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, March 2, please contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com.

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HRGS February 2021 Program: The U.S. Naturalization Process and Records

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 17, 2021

If you are like most Americans, your ancestors came to our shores from somewhere else. Have you been stymied trying to find out when they came and where they arrived? To learn how, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society on Zoom, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2021 for frequent speaker to HRGS Carol Darrow’s presentation, “The U.S. Naturalization Process and Records.”

The U.S. Naturalization Process has evolved over the past 230 years as new territories have been added and millions of immigrants have arrived on our shores. Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is not a requirement for living in this country. Only sixty percent of alien males became naturalized citizens between 1800 and 1930. Carol will present an overview of the naturalization process, describe the types of documents you may find, and over some clues about where and how to obtain these records.

Carol Darrow has lived in Colorado for the past twenty-five years and has been interested in genealogy for the last twenty-two years. She has spoken frequently to HRGS and other societies and has taught many classes on various genealogical topics. Carol currently presents a free Beginning Genealogy class the second Saturday of every month via Zoom. Register at www.cogensoc.us.

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 members for 30 days after the meeting.

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, February 2, please contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com.

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HRGS January 2021 Program – Salem Witchcraft

Posted by hrgenealogy on December 14, 2020

Even with the benefit of hindsight, historians have pondered the causes of the events surrounding the Salem Witchcraft trials for over three hundred years. Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society on Zoom, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2021 where New Englander John Putman will explore this fascinating subject in his presentation of “Salem Witchcraft.”

As a descendent of both the protagonists and antagonists, this historical incident continues to fascinate and amaze John. Besides being an incredible historical story, it is also a genealogical story for him, since his direct Putnam ancestors were involved in most aspects of the witchcraft hysteria that occurred in his ancestral hometown of Salem Village (now Danvers, Massachusetts). Because of its relatively small size, Salem Village faced a lengthy period of “healing” following this incident. John will share many genealogical, historical, religious, social, economic, and political factors that led to and followed the horrific events in 1692.

John Putman is a native of Western Massachusetts where he grew up on a farm; attended public schools and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. where he earned his BA in Government and Political Science. John has spent the last 47 years in the insurance industry.

John’s interest in genealogy started at an early age when his two grandmothers would tell stories about the family. As a twelfth generation New Englander, there were many stories to be told. His Putnam ancestors lived in Salem/Danvers, Massachusetts where they were involved in the Salem Witchcraft incident. Both his parents were active in their local historical society and encouraged John’s interest in western Massachusetts’ local history.

John is the past President of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. In December 2011, he authored a paper about his “Teaching Grannies” for a local genealogy course taken at Pikes Peak Community College. In June 2012, he presented a paper at the Pikes Peak Regional Historical Symposium on Historical Floods in the Pikes Peak Region.

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 members for 30 days after the meeting.

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, January 5, please contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com.

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HRGS December 2020 Program: They Once Were Lost but Now are Found

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 16, 2020

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 1 on Zoom “They Once Were Lost but Now are Found:” Using U.S. Church Records to Solve Genealogical Mysteries.

Church records can be challenging to locate and access in the U.S. When are they worth your while? When you’re trying to answer specific kinds of questions.  I’ll share lively case studies that use church records from various time periods, denominations, and ethnic groups to address common types of research problems.

Sunny Morton is co-author of the critically acclaimed How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records with Harold Henderson, CG. She is Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, Editor of Ohio Genealogy News, and Content Manager/Contributing Editor at Your DNA Guide. Find her at www.sunnymorton.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.

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, December 1, please contact us at hrgenealogy@gmail.com.

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