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 2016-2017 Schedule

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 20, 2016

Genealogy Tree

Before leaving her position as VP Programs, Megan Koepsell filled the entire meeting schedule until May 2017. Here is what she lined up for us:

September 6, 2016: “Self-Publishing Your Genealogy History,” by Joe & Jan McDaniel of BookCrafters. (See the announcement in the post below)

October 4, 2016: “Researching Your Irish Roots,” by Professional Genealogist John Mears.

November 1, 2016: “The Salem Witch Hunt and How it Relates to Genealogy,” by HRGS member Karen Pavone

December 6, 2016: “Making the Most out of a Salt Lake Center Research Trip,” by Certified Genealogist Barb Fines Price. Also, HRGS After-Meeting Social Event at Landsdowne Arms

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

April 2017 (date TBD) Genealogy Fair

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

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HRGS September 2016 Program Announcement

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 20, 2016

Why do we spend long hours researching our heritage? To honor the memory of our ancestors, of course, but also to share what we’ve learned with our family, now and for generations to come. What better way to do that, but by publishing a book of genealogy? Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 6 for “Self-Publishing Your Genealogy History” presented by Joe and Jan McDaniel owners of the self-publishing company, BookCrafters and learn how.

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This presentation is geared to those writers and authors who have never published a book before. Joe and Jan will describe the step-by-step elements of publishing a book, including estimates of costs, options for printing and distribution, and the importance of formatting the book cover and interior. They will show many examples of books they have published and will provide complimentary copies of their fifty page Self-Publish-Your-Book Handbook for each attendee.

Joe and Jan McDaniel began self-publishing personal travel journals in 1996. As technology improved, they took advantage of rapid advances in publishing and printing options. They became “authorized bookmakers” for Blurb, an online publisher, in 2007. As authors needs changed, they began working with Lightning Source Inc., Snowfall Press and BookPartners. They have published over 250 books in multiple genres including memoirs, biography, fiction and non-fiction, business, spiritual, photography and fine art, memorials, children, reunions, poetry and guidebooks.

Publishing Image

In their home-based business in Parker, Colorado, Joe and Jan work together to complete book projects from inception to distribution. Jan does the text editing and formatting; Joe handles the photo editing, cover designs, registrations and technical matters. Most of the work is done in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

Jan’s degree in education led to teaching and many years’ experience as administrative assistant to corporate executives. Joe worked in marketing and international project management, although his degree is in biological sciences. He lived in southern Africa for 25 years and is an award winning photographer. Joe and Jan have traveled many places but Africa is their favorite destination.

BookCrafters are members and Associate Service Providers of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). Many of their authors’ books have been winners of CIPA annual EVVY Awards contest. They are also members of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

Genealogy and Mythology

We will meet in Shea A at the James LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library. Show up early at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have a solution to your most daunting problem.

 

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2016 Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 16, 2016

2016 Genealogy Fair Logo

The 2016 Genealogy Fair at the James R LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library was great fun! Large and enthusiastic crowds enjoyed the many booths in Shea A and packed Shea B for three excellent workshops. Thanks to all the HRGS members who shared their time and their knowledge with those who attended. Without your help year after year, this fair would never happen.

Members Table

HRGS members brought their family trees, photos and other materials and were available to explain how they overcame those inevitable “brick walls.” Bring the fruits of your labors to next year’s fair. Sharing is half the fun of genealogy.

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Scottish Festival

During the time we had a booth at the Scottish Festival, we accumulated a number of books, maps and other research material about the British Isles. All these great resources were on display at the Genealogy Fair. Do you have Scottish ancestors up your tree? How about English, Welsh and Irish? If you did not have a chance to make it to the fair, we’ll have them available at the next meetings. Learn all about clans, septs, tartans and more! And if you find something that will really help you with your research, you can take it with you to use over the summer.

 

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Library Books

The 2016 Genealogy Fair at the James R LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library was great fun! Large and enthusiastic crowds enjoyed the many booths in Shea A and packed Shea B for three excellent workshops. Thanks to all the HRGS members who shared their time and their knowledge with those who attended. Without your help year after year, this fair would never happen.

 

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Threads of the Past- Cover

Local author Lanie Tiffenbach, had a book signing for her novel, Threads of the Past: Stories of Pioneer Women and their Quilts. Inspired by her immigrant ancestors and based on extensive genealogical and historical research, the book spans a time period from 1857 to 1939. Lanie tells the stories of courageous pioneer women surviving extraordinary challenges and hardships on the raw frontier of Minnesota.  The evolution of quilting in America is woven throughout their tales, and the book is illustrated with over 100 wonderful vintage photos.

These brave immigrant women’s stories are the stories of all of us, for we are all the descendants of immigrants. This book will be especially enjoyed by genealogists and quilters, but also by anyone who loves true stories that capture the power of hope and dreams, the importance of family, and the meaning of home.

 

 

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Deena's Display

HRGS member and certified genealogist Deena Coutant has participated at every Genealogy Fair. She was back this year with a display of the hottest topic in genealogy research: DNA. In addition to answering questions, she even took swabs to send in for interested people. Who knows what she’ll find out! Check out her website at DiggiDeena Consulting and learn about all the other services she provides.

 

 

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A Page is Turned

Also returning to the Genealogy Fair this year were Ed Campbell and Penny Manel from A Page is Turned. Ed and Penny preserve memories with Digital Transfer to DVD of Photos, Slides, Negatives, Documents, 8mm Film, and Video & Audio. They are also experts in Image Restoration & Enhancement.

 

 

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DAR

Have you pondered joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Mount Rosa Chapter of the DAR helped those attendees who were looking for help. Even those not looking to join, learned how they can use the societies resources at the DAR Website.

 

 

 

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Archives

Jerry Sherad brought a wide range of information about the Colorado and Nebraska State Archives, the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki, and U.S. and Canadian mining accidents.

 

 

 

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The genealogy wiki WeRelate, is a collaborative tool that seeks to create a unified family tree that includes all of us. Check out Dave Barton’s presentation on the Firelands History Website.

 

 

 

 

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Family Legacy

Gordon Taylor and his Senior Genealogy Group were back with the latest information about Legacy Family Tree.

 

 

 

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In addition to the booths in Shea A described above, we had a series of workshops in room Shea B that were very well attended.

 

Gordon's Presentation

Family Search expert Gordon Taylor, gave tips on “Recording Life One Event at a Time.”

 

Barbara Price Presentation

Certified genealogist Barbara Fine Price once again helped those starting their genealogical journey with her popular presentation, “Beginning Genealogy.”

 

Deena's Presentation

After lunch we finished the workshops with Deena Coutant’s “Succession Planning for One’s Lifetime of Genealogical Research.”

Thanks to everyone who attended for making this a great event. See you next year.

 

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April 2016 Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 13, 2016

 

Do you wonder about how to store your “stuff”? Are you confused by the variety of storage containers on the market? Do you know how to prepare for disasters and what to do if one happens? And what about digital stuff? Is your data secure and in a form you and your children will be able to access in the future?

Document StorageIf you are plagued by these questions, or haven’t yet given them a thought, you should come to the next HRGS meeting at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5 for “Clean, Dry, Dark and Cool: Save your family treasures” presented by Shaun Boyd, the President of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and a long-time Douglas County Archivist! Bring your treasures to brainstorm solutions!

Shaun Boyd has been an Archivist with the Douglas County History Research Center at the Library in Castle Rock since 1998. She has an MA in History from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University. Shaun also attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s “Preserving Photographs in a Digital World” seminar at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. She is the current president of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and a past Secretary of the (National) Academy of Certified Archivists.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation. It’s a great way to meet other genealogists and share your research with people who understand the importance of family heritage.

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October 2015 Meeting – “Genealogy Wikis and Wikipedia”

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 4, 2015

Technical difficulties plagued Dave Barton’s “Genealogy Wiki’s” presentation on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, but the forbearance of a large and enthusiastic audience saved the day. Thank you to everyone who attended for your kind attention and your curiosity.

Genealogy TreeWikis enable communities to write documents collaboratively using a simple markup language and a web browser. The “community” can be the world, as with Wikipedia, or a smaller group, such as a corporation, governmental organization—or the genealogy community.

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During Dave’s presentation, we learned how Wikis work, and saw firsthand how three types of Genealogy Wikis work:

WikiTree: a genealogy wiki.

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Unfortunately, we did not have time to create a Wikipedia article during the presentation, but Dave gave us a peek “behind the curtain” at the edit page for an article he had created for his ancestor, mathematician Suzan Rose Benedict.

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Thanks again to everyone who attended. If you were not able to make the meeting, you can peruse the presentation slides at HRGS Genealogy Wiki’s & Wikipedia Presentation.

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HRGS Meeting and Event Schedule

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 7, 2015

Genealogy Tree

Here’s the upcoming 2015-2016 HRGS program schedule. All monthly meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, September through May at the Highlands Ranch Library. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and networking with HRGS members. Times for the Genealogy Fair will be published as we get closer to the event.

  • November 3: “How to use Wiki’s for Genealogy,” by HRGS member Dave Barton:

  • December 1: “Everything I Know About Genealogy, I Learned from Jane Austen,” presented by James Jeffries, Genealogy Specialist Special Collections Librarian at Denver Public Library:

  • January 5: “Researching European Roots without a Passport” by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist, Unraveling Your Past.

  • February 2: “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic” by Jewel Wellborn.

  • March 1: “Putting Faces to Names,” by Andy Likins

  • April 2: Genealogy Fair at the Highlands Ranch Library.

  • April 5: “Archiving and Preserving Family Records,” by Shaun Boyd.

  • May 3: “Ways to Say Goodbye,” by Sylvia Tracy-Doolos, Family History Researcher, New Leaf Genealogy.

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HRGS 2015 Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on May 10, 2015

The third annual HRGS Genealogy Fair on Saturday, April 4 at the Highlands Ranch/James H. LaRue Library was a great success. A good sized crowd stopped by to visit the booths and to attend classes and we gained thirteen new members. Welcome to all who have joined us!

Deena Coutant of Digi-Deena Consulting

Deena Coutant of Digi-Deena Consulting

We had two presentations: Barbara Fines Price gave her ever-popular “Beginning Genealogy” presentation, and HRGS member and professional genealogist Deena Coutant spoke about “Online Family Searching.” Thanks to both for a great presentation.

In addition to member genealogy displays, we had tables by local vendors who support genealogy research:

Everyone who came by enjoyed this fun and educational event.

Next year’s fair will be Saturday, April 2nd. See you there!

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