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 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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HRGS 2017 Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 13, 2017

Genealogy Fair

It’s not an April Fool’s joke that on Saturday, April 1, 2017 the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society will hold its annual Genealogy Fair at the James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., we’ll have booths, workshops, and tons of online research tools, you can test drive to see what works best for you.

The theme for this year’s fair is “Getting Started—Keeping Moving,” and will be geared to help those who are just starting their genealogy journey, as well as those who are on the research road, but need additional resources to get past those dreaded “brick wall.”

In Shea B we’ll have two genealogy workshops, one from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and another 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Both classes will show newbies how to get started researching, and will provide information on resources that are available on-line for beginners and the more experienced alike.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. volunteers will be available demonstrate many of those on-line genealogy resources, to include those requiring on-line subscriptions such as Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, NewspaperArchive.com, and MyHeritage. You’ll be able to try these resources out for FREE to find out which ones would be of most value to you.

As at past fairs, we’ll have displays by three local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Family History Center in Littleton, the digital company A Page is Turned, and genealogies and family trees of HRGS members.

This will be our best fair ever, so don’t miss out! See you on the 1st!

 

 

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HRGS March 2017 Program:

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 13, 2017

A picture is worth a thousand words, the saying goes. That’s especially true for genealogy research, especially when it comes to the most informative pictures of all: maps! Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 4 at the James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library for “Finding Old Maps on the Internet,” by Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D., and learn how cartography can help you make sense of your research and get you past those dreaded “brick walls.”

Old Map of US

Ted will show us how to decide what kind of maps we need, and how to find old and modern maps on the internet for FREE. He’ll also present case studies of how maps were used to answer research questions: what kinds of maps were hunted, how they were located, and how they helped solve problems. A detailed handout of step-by-step instructions along with a set of live links to valuable websites will be provided to help us put into practice what we learn.

A genealogical researcher, teacher, consultant, speaker, and writer since 1969, Ted has served as president of the Longmont Genealogical Society. He has been a staff member for two LDS Family History Centers and the director of one.  His genealogical and historical articles are published frequently by many international, national, state, and local organizations, and he has been a frequent contributor to the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society. Ted often writes articles and creates Power-Point presentations specifically requested by historical and genealogical societies.  You can contact him at ted.bainbridge@gmail.com.

Don’t lose your way in your research! Come out for this great presentation and learn how to find those maps that will help you navigate past those pesky brick walls! Show up early at 6:30 p.m. for conversation with fellow genealogists. Share what you know and pick up tips and tricks to help with your research.

See you on April 4!

 

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HRGS March 2017 Program: Collecting Family Stories

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 16, 2017

How does the work of a personal historian relate to that of a genealogist? Facts and dates are not the most interesting result of our research—it is the stories about our ancestors that really draw us in. Join us at the Highlands Ranch Library at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 for “Collecting Family Stories” by Mary Beth Lagerborg, and learn how to unearth those tales that will give color to your family history.

family-storiesMary Beth will address how a personal historian builds upon the bare bones provided by genealogy, adding stories, usually through interviews – the flesh and blood of our heritage. She will share the complexities and joys of discovering memorable stories, as well as tips for conducting a good interview. Mary Beth sits on the board of directors of the Association of Personal Historians. Read more about her and her business, Retelling: Creating Legacy Through Your Story, at her website, www.Retelling.net.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the key to your most vexing research problems.

Winter is not yet over, so if snow is in the forecast the day of the meeting, check this website for updates prior to venturing out. And remember: stay safe.

See you on March 7!

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Posted by hrgenealogy on January 8, 2017

The Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society January program was extremely topical: DNA testing in genealogy research, presented by Deena Coutant. To show how topical that subject is, we had the biggest turnout in our history—and no one went away disappointed. In February, we’ll build on that with a yDNA Case Study by HRGS member Cliff Butler. Join us for what will be another great presentation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2016 in the upstairs Quiet Reading Room at the James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library.

Cliff will describe his experience with having his yDNA analyzed as part of his paternal ancestry research. The result: over fourteen individuals were identified who match his DNA, and he successfully placed six of them into his family tree. He has not been able to find a Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) for the remaining eight individuals—yet. In his presentation, Cliff will explain the procedures, efforts, and results he and his cousin used to establish lineage, and how new results of the testing may enable him to add more individuals to his family tree.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the key to your most vexing research problems.

Because our December meeting was cancelled for inclement weather, we missed gathering for an “after party” at the Landsdowne Arms in the Highlands Ranch Town Center. Not wanting to wait until May to enjoy libations and conversation, we’ll try again after the February meeting.

Speaking of inclement weather, we aren’t out of the proverbial woods yet, so if snow is in the forecast the day of the meeting, check this site or our Facebook page for updates prior to venturing out. And remember: stay safe.

See you on February 7!

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Ring in the New Year with the January 2017 Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on December 18, 2016

What is the latest development in genealogy beside digitization of records these days? Why DNA testing, of course. Ring in the New Year by joining the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 for a presentation of “DNA Testing,” by Deena Coutant, HRGS member and owner of DigiDeena Consulting. This is the first of a two-part series on the uses of DNA in genealogy.

dna-imageDNA analysis is one of the fastest growing genealogy research tools today, with the capability to break decade-old brick walls.  In her presentation, Deana will cover the three major types of genetic genealogy tests (Y DNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA) and what type of information is provided or answered by each test.  She’ll also give us an overview and comparison of the three major testing companies and introduce the newly-released Genetic Genealogy Standards and show us how DNA testing now fits into the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the key to your most vexing research problems.

Erring on the side of safety, we decided to cancel our December meeting due to a forecast snow and icy roads. And winter has just begun. Once again, we ask that, if snow is in the forecast the day of the January meeting, you please check this website or our Facebook page for updates.

See you next year!

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HRGS Facebook Page

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 25, 2016

HRGS is now on Facebook.

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HRGS 2016-2017 Schedule

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 20, 2016

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Here’s our schedule through September 2017.

January 3, 2017: “DNA Testing,” by Deena Coutant of DigiDeena Consulting

February 7, 2017: “yDNA Case study/connecting with DNA Matches to Learn More about Genealogy,” by Clifford Butler.

March 7, 2017: “Collecting Family Stories,” by Mary Beth Lagerborg.

April 1, 2017 Genealogy Fair

April 4, 2017: “Finding Old Maps on the Internet” by Ted Bainbridge.

May 2, 2017: “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic,” by Jewel Wellborn.

September 5, 2017: “Researching Your German Ancestry,” by James Mears.

What would you like to see in the schedule? Let us know in the comments section below!

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