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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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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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