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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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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 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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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 2016-2017 Schedule

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 20, 2016


Here’s our schedule through September 2017.

January 3, 2017: “DNA Testing,” by Deena Coutant of DigiDeena Consulting

February 7, 2017: “yDNA Case study/connecting with DNA Matches to Learn More about Genealogy,” by Clifford Butler.

March 7, 2017: “Collecting Family Stories,” by Mary Beth Lagerborg.

April 1, 2017 Genealogy Fair

April 4, 2017: “Finding Old Maps on the Internet” by Ted Bainbridge.

May 2, 2017: “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic,” by Jewel Wellborn.

September 5, 2017: “Researching Your German Ancestry,” by James Mears.

What would you like to see in the schedule? Let us know in the comments section below!

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2016 Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on April 16, 2016

2016 Genealogy Fair Logo

The 2016 Genealogy Fair at the James R LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library was great fun! Large and enthusiastic crowds enjoyed the many booths in Shea A and packed Shea B for three excellent workshops. Thanks to all the HRGS members who shared their time and their knowledge with those who attended. Without your help year after year, this fair would never happen.

Members Table

HRGS members brought their family trees, photos and other materials and were available to explain how they overcame those inevitable “brick walls.” Bring the fruits of your labors to next year’s fair. Sharing is half the fun of genealogy.



Scottish Festival

During the time we had a booth at the Scottish Festival, we accumulated a number of books, maps and other research material about the British Isles. All these great resources were on display at the Genealogy Fair. Do you have Scottish ancestors up your tree? How about English, Welsh and Irish? If you did not have a chance to make it to the fair, we’ll have them available at the next meetings. Learn all about clans, septs, tartans and more! And if you find something that will really help you with your research, you can take it with you to use over the summer.



Library Books

The 2016 Genealogy Fair at the James R LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library was great fun! Large and enthusiastic crowds enjoyed the many booths in Shea A and packed Shea B for three excellent workshops. Thanks to all the HRGS members who shared their time and their knowledge with those who attended. Without your help year after year, this fair would never happen.



Threads of the Past- Cover

Local author Lanie Tiffenbach, had a book signing for her novel, Threads of the Past: Stories of Pioneer Women and their Quilts. Inspired by her immigrant ancestors and based on extensive genealogical and historical research, the book spans a time period from 1857 to 1939. Lanie tells the stories of courageous pioneer women surviving extraordinary challenges and hardships on the raw frontier of Minnesota.  The evolution of quilting in America is woven throughout their tales, and the book is illustrated with over 100 wonderful vintage photos.

These brave immigrant women’s stories are the stories of all of us, for we are all the descendants of immigrants. This book will be especially enjoyed by genealogists and quilters, but also by anyone who loves true stories that capture the power of hope and dreams, the importance of family, and the meaning of home.




Deena's Display

HRGS member and certified genealogist Deena Coutant has participated at every Genealogy Fair. She was back this year with a display of the hottest topic in genealogy research: DNA. In addition to answering questions, she even took swabs to send in for interested people. Who knows what she’ll find out! Check out her website at DiggiDeena Consulting and learn about all the other services she provides.




A Page is Turned

Also returning to the Genealogy Fair this year were Ed Campbell and Penny Manel from A Page is Turned. Ed and Penny preserve memories with Digital Transfer to DVD of Photos, Slides, Negatives, Documents, 8mm Film, and Video & Audio. They are also experts in Image Restoration & Enhancement.





Have you pondered joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Mount Rosa Chapter of the DAR helped those attendees who were looking for help. Even those not looking to join, learned how they can use the societies resources at the DAR Website.






Jerry Sherad brought a wide range of information about the Colorado and Nebraska State Archives, the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki, and U.S. and Canadian mining accidents.









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The genealogy wiki WeRelate, is a collaborative tool that seeks to create a unified family tree that includes all of us. Check out Dave Barton’s presentation on the Firelands History Website.







Family Legacy

Gordon Taylor and his Senior Genealogy Group were back with the latest information about Legacy Family Tree.






In addition to the booths in Shea A described above, we had a series of workshops in room Shea B that were very well attended.


Gordon's Presentation

Family Search expert Gordon Taylor, gave tips on “Recording Life One Event at a Time.”


Barbara Price Presentation

Certified genealogist Barbara Fine Price once again helped those starting their genealogical journey with her popular presentation, “Beginning Genealogy.”


Deena's Presentation

After lunch we finished the workshops with Deena Coutant’s “Succession Planning for One’s Lifetime of Genealogical Research.”

Thanks to everyone who attended for making this a great event. See you next year.


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April 2016 Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 13, 2016


Do you wonder about how to store your “stuff”? Are you confused by the variety of storage containers on the market? Do you know how to prepare for disasters and what to do if one happens? And what about digital stuff? Is your data secure and in a form you and your children will be able to access in the future?

Document StorageIf you are plagued by these questions, or haven’t yet given them a thought, you should come to the next HRGS meeting at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5 for “Clean, Dry, Dark and Cool: Save your family treasures” presented by Shaun Boyd, the President of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and a long-time Douglas County Archivist! Bring your treasures to brainstorm solutions!

Shaun Boyd has been an Archivist with the Douglas County History Research Center at the Library in Castle Rock since 1998. She has an MA in History from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University. Shaun also attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s “Preserving Photographs in a Digital World” seminar at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. She is the current president of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and a past Secretary of the (National) Academy of Certified Archivists.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation. It’s a great way to meet other genealogists and share your research with people who understand the importance of family heritage.

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