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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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HRGS November 2018 Program – Beginning British Genealogy

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 21, 2018

We recently polled you, the membership of the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society, for your preference in programs and topping the list was British heritage. We want to deliver what you want, so our November meeting will feature just that subject.

British IslesJoin us at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 6 at the Highlands Ranch library for a presentation by Joan Grady, Ph.D. of “Beginning British Genealogy.” Doctor Grady will introduce us to a multitude of websites and other sources that will help us dig deep into our British heritage. And if you don’t have British ancestry, come anyway. Much of what we’ll learn will apply to all genealogy research.

Doctor Grady has a PH.D. from the University of Colorado, an M.A. from Columbia University, an MLA from the University of Denver and a B.A. from Hunter College.  She has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public and private education and presently consults in the educational field in addition to her work as speaker, genealogist and destination lecturer. She has been involved in genealogy research since the early eighties and has studied genealogy at Brigham Young University. Her area of expertise is the British Isles. 

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. to chat with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the answer to your most perplexing “brick wall.”

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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!



Snow season is upon us. If winter weather threatens, before venturing out, please check our website at https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com for the latest update.

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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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