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 either the Highlands Ranch or Lone Tree Libraries.  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.

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Member of The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies

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HRGS September 2019 Program: Extending Your Family Tree: Creative Ways to Connect with DNA Matches and Find Common Ancestors

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 14, 2019

For the first meeting of our fall 2019 schedule, the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society will be back at the James H. LaRue (Highland Ranch) Library. And we will have a great program to kick things off. Join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2019 for “Extending Your Family Tree: Creative Ways to Connect with DNA Matches and Find Common Ancestors” presented by HRGS Vice President of Programs Megan Reilly Koepsell.

DNA ImageIt can be overwhelming looking at numerous DNA matches, which can number in the thousands. What can we do with those matches and where do we even begin to make sense of it all? Megan will guide us through creative ways to think outside the box to find useful DNA matches and connect with them to find common ancestors and break down those brick walls.

Megan Reilly Koepsell lives in Highlands Ranch. She has had a life-long interest in family history and has been spending every available waking moment doing genealogy for about ten years. A Registered Nurse and Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, she is certified in Mind-Body Medicine and also holds a certificate in Holistic Nursing. Megan teaches meditation at an oncology rehab clinic in the Metro Denver area, has a Healing Touch practice out of her home, and owns a travel business leading meditation trips to spiritual places in Scotland and Ireland. She is close to completing her first book on genealogy serendipities and coincidences.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with fellow genealogists. And if you feel inclined, join us after the meeting at the Landsdowne Arms for more networking and a libation or two.

See you September 3rd!

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HRGS May 2019 Program – Using Maps for Genealogical Research

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 7, 2019

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 at the Lone Tree Public Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, CO 80124 for “Using Maps for Genealogical Research,” presented by author and genealogist Roger L. Dudley.

sanborn fire map 1903

Sanborn Insurance Fire Map – 1903

In his presentation, Roger will emphasize the importance of using maps to research a family or a community. Maps are a snapshot in time that can prove or disprove the presence of a person or a place. Different maps will show different things and searching for the right map can make all the difference. Sanborn Fire Insurance maps and dozens of other types of maps will be discussed, along with how to locate and use them.

Roger Dudley was born and raised in Denver, attended Mesa College in Grand Junction when it was a junior college; Colorado State College in Greeley, graduating after it became the University of Northern Colorado; and earned a master’s in library science from Emporia State University. After a 35-year career in video production, he retired from Public Service Company of Colorado. In 2006 he became a reference librarian and archivist at the Denver Public Library assisting people with questions about genealogy, house history, general history, and anything else that can be imagined. He has written two books – one for his family (Kravig) and one for every genealogist on the planet called In Their Time, which is a chronological journal available as print on demand. He retired in 2019 from the Denver Public Library.

Come early at 6:30 p.m. to network with other members and guests. You never know who might have the answer to your most perplexing genealogy question.

 

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HRGS April 2019 Program – Glamorous Genealogy or Fabulous Family History: Choosing a Do-Able Project

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 14, 2019

Most genealogists love the hunt. They relish their time in the archives and libraries and can’t get to bed without one last look at the computer. Most of our non-genealogical relatives would rather read about what you’ve found with or without the trip through the dust. But how do you choose a project that will showcase your hard work, without committing to another War and Peace?

To find out how, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society, 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 2 at the Lone Tree Public Library located at 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, CO 80124 for a presentation of “Glamorous Genealogy or Fabulous Family History: Choosing a Do-Able Project,” by author and publisher, Dina Carson.

Leave the epic adventure to Tolstoy, this class will give you some tips and tricks to focus your research and writing so that you can wrap up a project in time for a holiday or family gathering, and then move on to the next interesting thing to share with your family.

Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876). She is the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She has been the editor of the Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly (BGSQ) for the past 10 years. The BGSQ has finished its 50th year of publishing in 2018. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies throughout the state and is working with the Colorado State Archives on state-wide indexing projects. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company. Dina is the author of 10 books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist’s Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors. In early 2018, Dina was the coordinator and primary instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s course, Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age. Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she’s not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with HRGS members and guests. This time of year, inclement weather is always a possibility. In the event of snow, check the HRGS website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.

 

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HRGS March 2019 Program – International Genealogical Resources

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 19, 2019

Renovation continues at the Highlands Ranch Library, so again in March, the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society will meet at the new Family History Center (FHC) located at 9800 B Foothill Canyons Blvd, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129. Join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2019 for a series of workshops about online research tools.

  • Ancestry International facilitated by Cindy Jaramillo. Discover how you can use Ancestry.com to expand your genealogy research overseas.
  • Scandinavian research facilitated by HRGS members Tony Helmstad. Learn about genealogy resources for Norway, Finland, Denmark, and the Netherlands. If you have Scandinavian heritage, this is the workshop for you.
  • FindMyPast facilitated by Megan Koepsell and John Manutes. FindMyPast is a UK-based online genealogy service that hosts over 4 billion searchable records of census, directory and historical record information.
  • MyHeritage facilitated by Gordon Taylor. MyHeritage is an online genealogy platform with web, mobile, and software products and services. Users of the platform can create family trees, upload and browse through photos, and search billions of global historical records.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with HRGS members and guests. This time of year, inclement weather is always a possibility. In the event of snow, check this website before venturing out.

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HRGS February 2019 Program – Genealogy Resources

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 24, 2019

Genealogy Tree

Following up on our well received program at our first meeting in 2019, in February we will once again meet for workshops on research programs that can help you with your genealogical research. Join us 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 5 at the Highlands Ranch Family History Center, located at 9800 B Foothill Canyons Blvd, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129 for two round-robin sessions:

  • FamilySearch WIKI. A free, online genealogy and family history guide that lists websites, provides research strategies, and suggests records and resources to help you find ancestors from all over the world.
  • Fold3. Premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.

We’ll have Family History Center experts and HRGS mentors to demonstrate these programs and use them to solve your problems. Bring your most vexing “brick wall” and they’ll see what they can do. Bring a laptop or memory stick to capture what you find.

 Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with HRGS members and guests. This time of year, inclement weather is always a possibility. In the event of snow, check the HRGS website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.

 

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HRGS January 2019 Meeting – Online Research Tools

Posted by hrgenealogy on December 17, 2018

Renovation is about to begin at the Highlands Ranch Library, so the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society will be meeting in alternative locations for the next few months – perhaps for the first time in two decades. At 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 we will meet at the new Family History Center (FHC) located at 9800 B Foothill Canyons Blvd, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129 for a series of workshops about online research tools.

 Ancestry.com, Family Search, Newspaper.com and NewspaperArchive.com – along with a tutorial on using Google in your genealogical research. We’ll have Family History Center experts and HRGS mentors to demonstrate these programs and use them to solve your problems. Bring your most vexing “brick wall” and they’ll see what they can do. Bring a laptop or memory stick to capture what you find.

 Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with HRGS members and guests. This time of year, inclement weather is always a possibility. In the event of snow, check this website before venturing out.

 

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December 2018 Program – Thousands of New Civil War Records. Is your Ancestor in Them?

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 12, 2018

Ever hear about the United States Sanitary Commission? No, it’s not an organization that deals with sewers. It was a little-known volunteer organization that provided care and many services for Union soldiers during the Civil War. In the process, they created thousands of records rich in genealogical information that has just become available to the public.

Sanitary Commission

Want to know more? Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 4 at the Highlands Ranch Library and learn from Certified Genealogist Diane Barbour the amazing story of the Sanitary Commission’s work and how to obtain their records.

Diane Barbour has been doing genealogy for about 20 years. In June 2012, she graduated from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto, earning her educational qualification of PLCGS or Professional Leaning Certificate in Genealogical Studies. She attends Advanced Institutes yearly and has taught genealogy locally and nationally. Her first love is teaching. Diane is past president of Broomfield Genealogical Society and has volunteered for many jobs with other organizations. She is the education coordinator for Boulder Genealogy and volunteers at the Denver Public Library and National Archives in Broomfield.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. for conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the answer to your most vexing problem. After the meeting, join us at the Landsdowne Arms to continue the conversation with the aid of a libation.

Inclement weather can spoil anyone’s plans this time of year. If snow is in the forecast, please check our website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.

 

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