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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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November Program – German Heritage Workshop – and More

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 25, 2017

Are you facing “brick walls” while researching your family heritage? Do you wonder if you’ll ever discover when your ancestors came to America? Join us at 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 7th in the upstairs quiet reading room at the Highlands Ranch Library and get the help you need. We will forego our normal program presented by a subject matter expert, and instead break into groups for workshops focusing on problems and topics that interest and challenge you. Members helping members (and guests) with their “brick walls” – assisting those who face challenges we’ve overcome.

GermanyBased on interest expressed at our September meeting, our featured workshop will focus on researching German heritage. For those who do not share that ancestry, we’ll also have experts from local Family History Centers facilitating other workgroups to share tips and techniques for using Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and other online resources. They’ll be online during the workshop, and will help research specific problems people are having.

Bring your questions and problems. We’ll see what we can do to help you solve them.

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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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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