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October 2017 Meeting – Preserving Digital Memories

Posted by hrgenealogy on September 19, 2017

Recovering old photos can be particularly rewarding because it allows us to put faces to the names, and helps us to visualize the world as it once was. To find out how to do this, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at the Highlands Ranch Library, 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 3 for a presentation by Ed Campbell and Penny Mannel of “A Page is Turned,” on how to restore old photos and more.

There are many ways to utilize images from the past to help bring the stories they illustrate to life. The folks at “A Page Is Turned” are experts in digitizing and restoring many forms of media, from old photos and film to modern video and audio formats. Bringing these precious memories into the digital world allows for a variety of options to help tell the stories that we want to share with family and friends. During their presentation, Ed and Penny will discuss many of the methods that can be utilized to help bring the past to life.

Ed Campbell & Penny Mannel at “A Page Is Turned” have been in the business of helping folks preserve their precious memories for more than ten years. They recognize the importance of the personal nature of their work, and make every effort to meet or exceed their client’s expectations in all aspects of the work they do. Ed has been interested in digital image manipulation since he acquired his first computer in 1983. He has been working with Adobe Photoshop® since 1991, in both personal and professional capacities, and is well-regarded in the field of digital photo restoration.

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.”

See you there!


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HRGS September 2017 Meeting – Researching Your German Ancestry”

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 23, 2017


Did you know that German-Americans are the largest ethnic group in America? That fact gives the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society’s September program special significance. If you have German ancestry – or if you don’t, but want to learn some nifty research tips – join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at our first fall meeting in Shea A and B of the Highlands Ranch Library for “Researching Your German Heritage,” presented by John Mears.

This is not John’s first appearance at HRGS. Last fall, he gave a presentation on researching Irish heritage that received rave reviews. We’re certain not to be disappointed with this encore. Learn how to make the most out of a research trip to Germany, and, more importantly, how to find much of what you are looking for online from the comfort of your home.

Involved with genealogy for 45 years, John has been a professional genealogist for the last 15 years. He has worked in three Family History Centers – in Detroit, Michigan; in Albany, New York; and in Centennial, Colorado.  He also taught seminars for the Colorado Genealogical Society as well as beginning, Irish, and German genealogy classes at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado and at seminars throughout Colorado. He recently retired as the Temple Recorder at the Denver Colorado Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. for networking with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solutions to your most vexing research questions.

See you on the 5th!

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Finding Old Maps on the Internet – Handouts

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 5, 2017

Old Map of USAlmost forty HRGS members and guests braved a cold, snowy night, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, to hear Ted Bainbridge give an excellent presentation on how to find old maps on the internet. For those who attended, and those of you who were not able to make it, click below to download his handouts. These documents have live links to the websites he talked about during his presentation.

Finding Old Maps on the Internet – Article

Finding Old Maps on the Internet – Handout

Our last meeting before summer break will be on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. and will feature a presentation by Jewell Wellborn on the Spanish Flu Epidemic. Don’t miss it!

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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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