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September 2018 Program: “Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths & Reality.”

Posted by hrgenealogy on July 15, 2018

What’s all this fuss about DNA testing for genealogy? How do you get started? What company should you test with? How much will it cost? To get the answers to these and other questions, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the James H. LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch, Colorado for a presentation of “Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths & Reality,” by Greg Liverman, PhD.

DNA ImageIn his presentation, Doctor Liverman will describe how DNA testing is useful to genealogists, how results are interpreted, the limits to what genetic genealogy can realistically do for the average researcher, the science and terminology of DNA testing, which companies perform tests, and which tests are useful to genealogists. He will use actual case studies to illustrate the potential benefits and limitations of DNA testing in genealogy.

Doctor Liverman began tracing his family history in the 1990’s with an old Macintosh computer and a copy of Family Tree Maker. After forty years working as a journalist, scientist and business manager, he has become adept at using online resources for both domestic and foreign research. Using these tools, he has researched his family history “on the ground” in libraries, cemeteries and records offices in seven states to successfully break down many “brick walls”. He added genetic genealogy or DNA testing to his brick wall demolition toolkit in 2013, and since then has immersed himself in the details of DNA tests and evaluation methods. Recently, he launched Pinewood Genealogy to help people with their genealogy research and genetic genealogy analysis.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with fellow genealogists. Share your discoveries – and problems. You never know who might have the solution to your most challenging “brick walls.”

See you in September!

 

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HRGS May 2018 Meeting – Overcoming Brick Walls

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 23, 2018

Do you often find that you are running into dead ends in your genealogical research? Join us in Rooms Shea A and B of the James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 1st, and author Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D. will show you tips and techniques that will help you get past them in his presentation, “Overcoming Brick Walls.”

Ted has been a genealogical researcher, teacher, speaker, and writer since 1969. He frequently speaks to organizations and societies in Colorado and Pennsylvania, where he conducts most of his research. His genealogical and historical articles are published often throughout the United States, to include the HRGS Newsletter, and in several foreign countries. He has served as president of the Longmont Genealogical Society and as a staff member in two LDS Family History Centers.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions with fellow genealogists. After the meeting, join us at the Landsdowne Arms for our spring social and continue the genealogical discussions over a libation or two.

As always, this time of year, in the event of inclement weather check the HRGS website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.

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March 2018 Program – Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Online Media

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 17, 2018

There are so many genealogical resources available to researchers today: Ancestry.com, Family Search, Find a Grave, to name a few. But even with this wealth of information, we still run into those dreaded “Brick Walls.” What to do? Well we have help. Come to the HRGS meeting in Shea A and B of the Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 6 and learn from professional genealogist Diane Barbour what other sources might have the information you need.

Did you know there are other types of media available to us besides traditional genealogy websites? Have you thought about using online books?  Videos, audio recordings and other media are also coming online. In her presentation, “Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Online Media,” Diane will introduce us to three websites: Haithi Trust, Internet Archive and Google Books. These sites have a wealth of information and are adding new material daily.

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. Solutions. For more information, visit her website at https://mdbfrisco.wordpress.com/.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for discussions with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.”

As always this time of year, in the event of inclement weather check the HRGS website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com before venturing out.

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A Letter from the HRGS President – Board Nominations

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 10, 2018

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Hello everyone,

As announced at the January and February HRGS meetings, we are seeking nominations for four open Board of Directors positions.  Elections are in May and these 2-year appointments begin in September 2018.  Members who have not yet served on the Board, as well as our more experienced members, are encouraged to consider volunteering for one of these positions.  The time commitment is very reasonable and you will be making a substantial contribution to a group that has provided many fine presentations and resources for your research.  The job descriptions are below.  Please note that the members that are currently holding these positions are happy to provide mentoring to make the transition easier, if that would be helpful to you.

Please contact the Head of the Nominations Committee, Megan Koepsell, at MKOEPSELL2198@msn.com for more information, to express your interest in one of these positions, or to nominate someone else.  Thank you.

Patty Nash
President, HRGS

Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society
Officers’ Duties

PRESIDENT

  • Preside at all meetings of the general membership and the Board of Directors.
  • Create the agenda for both meetings with input from the other Board members.
  • With the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint all Chairpersons of Standing Committees with the exception of the Nominating Committee, and make special appointments.
  • Sign, with the Society Secretary, all contracts and documents authorized on behalf of the Society.
  • Sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer for authorized disbursements on behalf of the Society.

VICE PRESIDENT

  • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of, or at the request of, the President.
  • Be the Director of the Program Committee, and appoint assistants in charge of related subcommittees as needed.
  • Oversee preparation and distribution of communications to the membership and the community.
  • Schedule speakers for monthly programs.
  • Schedule the annual genealogy fair.

TREASURER

  • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and Vice-President, or at their request.
  • Be custodian of HRGS funds using electronic banking and record keeping software.
  • Sign checks for authorized disbursements.
  • Deposit all income for HRGS.
  • Notify members of the annual membership renewal date and collect dues.

SECRETARY

  • Record the minutes of the General Membership meetings and be the custodian of these and other records of the Society.
  • Sign, with the President, all contracts and documents authorized by the Society.
  • Conduct the correspondence of the Society and maintain a file of this correspondence.
  • Assist in any Society mailing as requested by the officers and committee chairpersons.

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February 2018 Meeting – Irish Heritage Workshop

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 21, 2018

For the last time this year, our February meeting will be in the Upstairs Quiet Reading Room at the Highlands Ranch Library. We’ll take advantage of the intimate setting for a workshop on Irish Heritage, facilitated by HRGS member Megan Koepsell.

Irish MapAre you facing numerous “brick walls” while researching your Irish heritage? Do you wonder if you’ll ever discover when your ancestors came to America – or where they lived when they got here? Well join us at the Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 6 and get the help you need.

Megan will give us tips on places and websites she uses for her research, to include several Irish and UK subscriptions like Find My Past and British Newspaper Archive. She’ll demonstrate how to use these resources by taking questions from participants. Bring your toughest problems and “brick walls,” and Megan will search for solutions.

This will be a great opportunity for those of us with Irish Heritage to really make progress on our “brick walls.” And for those who can only wish they were Irish, there will be plenty of tips and techniques you can learn as well.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions for fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.”

As always this time of year, in the event of inclement weather check this website before venturing out.

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January 2018 Meeting – Ancestry.com and Family Search

Posted by hrgenealogy on December 20, 2017

Family Search LogoDo you find that you are not getting all the help you need from Ancestry and Family Search? Are you facing numerous “brick walls” while researching your family heritage? Do you wonder if you’ll ever discover when your ancestors came to America – or where they lived when they got here? Well join us at the Highlands Ranch Library at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 2, and ring in 2018 learning tips and techniques on how to get the most out of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. Family History Center experts Sandee Brooks and Perry Hillegas will show us how to use these two programs, and how together they are more powerful than using each alone. We’ll also learn how to use both at the library for free.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions for fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.”

As always, in the event of inclement weather, check this website before venturing out.

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HRGS December 2017 Meeting: Listening to the Voices of Our Ancestors

Posted by hrgenealogy on November 19, 2017

Some of the most fun in genealogical research is those moments where we feel we were guided to find that certain record or document that has eluded us: times that seem almost too coincidental to be coincidental. Join us 7:00 p.m., Tuesday December 5th for “Listening to the Voices of Our Ancestors.” HRGS member Megan Reilly Koepsell will share amazing stories of her ancestors guiding her research. Bring your own stories to share at the end of this program. We want to hear from other people who have had similar experiences to Megan. 

Megan has been interested in family history since childhood.  She has been doing genealogy for almost ten years, and because of the help of her ancestors, she believes she has found a lot of information and broken through many brick walls! When not doing genealogy, she is a registered nurse who is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, a Reiki practitioner, and teaches meditation at an Oncology rehab center. She also co-leads meditation trips to Ireland.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and discussions for fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your hardest “brick wall.” After the meeting, join us for libations and stimulating conversation with fellow genealogists at Landsdowne Arms.

See you then!

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