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 March 27, 2015
The third annual HRGS / James H. LaRue Genealogy Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 4 at the Highlands Ranch/James H. LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch.
As in past years, the fair will feature displays of genealogy books available for checkout at the library, family genealogies contributed by HRGS members, vendors who provide services to those researching their heritage—and, of course, great speakers.
We will have two presentations during the day: at 11 p.m., Barbara Fines Price will again give her popular presentation from last year on Genealogy basics; HRGS member and professional genealogist Deena Coutant will speak at 1 p.m. about “Online Family Searching.”
The following members and vendors will also have booths:
HRGS members displayed the fruits of their research.
We expect this to be as fun and educational an event as it was the past two years and hope to see a large turnout from HRGS members and the community. Tell your friends and neighbors and plan to attend yourself.
See you at the fair!
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Posted by hrgenealogy on March 27, 2015
Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at the Highlands Ranch Library on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Pat Kramer, former Vice President of the HRGS, about a very shady ancestor. Pat will tell the story of her accidental discovery of four words on a tombstone of a man buried in the same cemetery as her paternal grandmother, what they meant, and where they led her. Those words sparked Pat’s curiosity! Come listen, and see where in the 19th century the four words originated–and why they were so important to her grandfather’s tale. In addition to telling her grandfather’s story, Pat will show a DVD and share copies of the newspaper articles, and books she used as references.
After retiring from a career in nursing in 2004, Pat Kramer became interested in her family’s heritage. To improve her research skills, she joined the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society (HRGS) and found help interfacing with other members, attending the monthly presentations, and attending genealogical classes. She also gave back to the society, becoming Vice President of the society. In this position, she, along with a small committee developed the PIG (Partners in Genealogy) Program. This program focused on the exchange of information among the members in small group settings. These breakout sessions consisted of the more experienced members assisting the less experienced members, and often tackled “brick walls.” A number of breakthroughs by members occurred during these sessions.
Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. Every month people find someone with the solution to their toughest “brick wall.”
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Posted by hrgenealogy on August 14, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Bagpipers performed at various times during the day.
Sunday morning vintage British cars made an appearance.
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)
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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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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