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HRGS May 2017 Meeting and Program: 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 16, 2017

 

Everyone knows that World War I was one of the greatest tragedies in human history. Over nine million soldiers and seven million civilians perished during the conflict, and many more lives were disrupted. But not everyone knows that a worse calamity followed the Great War—The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 and 1919. An estimated 500 million people were infected worldwide, and 50-100 million died of the disease. With Americans accounting for over six hundred thousand of those deaths, we can be sure that all of us had ancestors whose lives were affected by this calamity.

 

Influenza Pandemic

Join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at the James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library, 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2nd for a presentation about this catastrophe by DAR member Jewel Wellborn, and learn what our grandparents and great-grandparents experienced.

Jewel Wellborn is a member of the Columbine Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Professionally, she is President of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development, Inc., an independent energy consulting company located in Littleton, Colorado.  Jewel received her Master of Science degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines, is married and has two children.

Her interest in the 1918-1919 Influenza began when she realized her grandfather’s two brothers had died of the influenza after returning home from World War I.  Her interest in the pandemic continues through the Columbine DAR Chapter, whose Historical Preservation Committee is in the process of placing a Historic Monument to memorialize the over 1,500 Spanish Flu victims buried in mass graves on the grounds of the Fairmount Cemetery in Denver.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversations with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the solution to your toughest “brick wall.” Following the meeting, we’ll assemble at the Landsdowne Arms in the Highlands Ranch Town Center for libations and genealogical discussions. Don’t miss it.

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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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HRGS Facebook Page

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 25, 2016

HRGS is now on Facebook.

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