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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Posted by hrgenealogy on April 17, 2014
What is this new social media thing called blogging? What do WordPress, Blogger.com, and Tumblr mean? And what in the world could any of this have to do with genealogy? Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 in Shea A of the James H. LaRue (Highlands Ranch) Library, located at 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 for a presentation by HRGS member and past president Dave Barton to learn about using blogging to share your genealogy research—and as a research tool!
In the movie Contagion, a character describes blogging as “graffiti with punctuation.” But this versatile platform offers much more than an opportunity to vent. Dave will discuss the different platforms available and show newbies how to get started. More important, he will give tips on how genealogists can use blogs to share their stories about their ancestors! Whether you are an experienced blogger, just starting out, or are only interested in learning more about this new communication tool, you will find this presentation interesting and useful.
Dave Barton has served as President and Secretary of HRGS and is currently communications chair. For four years he has used his blog and website, Firelands History Website, to share stories about his ancestors. In that time, he has registered over 45,000 visits to his site and made connections with scores of cousins and genealogy enthusiasts.
The May meeting is the last of our “genealogy year” at HRGS. As per the by-laws, we will have election of officers. Stop by to witness the conclusion of this hard fought campaign and congratulate the winners. The advantage of our elections: there are no losers!
We invite you to arrive early at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy snacks and discussion with other members and guests. Who knows—you might find a solution to one of your “brick walls”!
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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.
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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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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Posted by hrgenealogy on January 8, 2014
On Tuesday, January 6, twenty-five HRGS members and visitors started 2014 right with an enjoyable and informative presentation by John Simmons of “What John’s DNA Reveals”, a lighthearted look at the wonderful world of DNA as it applies to genealogy. We learned how DNA testing provides new ways to look for family members of long ago, is able to break through brick walls and provides new connections for our family trees.
As has been our custom this past year, many arrived at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and great conversations about genealogy and the brick walls we have encountered.
Join us in February for another great meeting.
HRGS President Megan Koepsell opened the meeting with announcement and new discoveries.
John Simmons explains the finer points of how DNA testing can help with pesky brick walls.
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Posted by hrgenealogy on August 25, 2013
On Saturday, August 24 HRGS presented a class on Scottish Genealogy at the Highlands Ranch Library. Diane Barbour, an expert on Scotland and researching Scottish genealogy, showed us how to work our way back to when our Scottish ancestors immigrated to this country, then explained how to conduct research in Scotland.
Diane graduated from the University of Michigan in Dental Hygiene. June 2012. Her genealogical credentials include the Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto and a certificate in Scottish Research from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Certificate.
The class gave great information for experienced genealogists and those just getting started. We had a great turnout, with 25 in attendance. Thanks to Lisa Casper and the staff at the Highlands Ranch Library for supporting and promoting this event.
Below are a couple of photos of the event.
Diane Barbour talking about conducting research in Scotland
Discussions continued during the break
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Posted by hrgenealogy on August 11, 2013
Again this year, HRGS had a genealogy booth at the Scottish Festival at Highland Park in Highlands Ranch, August 10 and 11, and it was a great success!
Thanks to volunteers Jeff Fischer, Eileen Langdon, Florene Moore, Linda and Barry Boyle, Ernie Kummerer, Harry Ross, Laura and Greg Schickendaz, Megan and Caitlin Koepsell, Dave Barton, Deanana Kovavich, and Melanie Taffaro for generously giving their time to help people learn more about their Scottish heritage.
We also created interest in HRGS and in the Scottish Genealogy Class we are having 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 24 at the Highlands Ranch Library. This class will be presented by Diane Barbour, an expert on Scottish genealogical research. More information about this course will be posted on this site in the next few days. If you have Scottish ancestors, or are just interested in Scotland, please plan to attend.
All volunteers did a great job and enjoyed interacting with those attending the festival who stopped by. We will have a booth at next years festival–please plan to volunteer. We’d love to have you.
Below are photos of this years booth.
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Posted by hrgenealogy on April 14, 2013
The Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society and the Highlands Ranch Library hosted a Genealogy Day/Open House 12-5 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at the Highlands Ranch Library that was a great success.
Both those just thinking of researching their heritage as well as “old hands” looking for help with “brick walls” found the resources they needed. In addition to showing off the work of our members, participants learned about online and print genealogy resources that are available for free at the library and from Kim Paul of Leave a Legacy Videos how to interview family members to uncover what they know about our ancestors. Those who are ready to share their research with other got help from John Zeck at Tattered Cover Press Services, who showed us how to publish a professional looking book. Also, the professionals at Scangaroo offered 5 free photos scanned, and demonstrated their unique mobile scanning services.
Below are photos of the event. We are looking forward to another genealogy fair / open house next year.
The Highlands Ranch Library has many resources for genealogical research.
HRGS members displayed the fruits of their research.
Ken and Joyce Gardner and their research on French-Canadian and Scandinavian genealogical resources and heritage.
Dave Hensley and Philip Halls answered questions about their mobile scanning services.
Kim Paul of Leave a Legacy Video talks about how to interview family members.
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