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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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HRGS Facebook Page

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 25, 2016

HRGS is now on Facebook.

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HRGS 2015 Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on May 10, 2015

The third annual HRGS Genealogy Fair on Saturday, April 4 at the Highlands Ranch/James H. LaRue Library was a great success. A good sized crowd stopped by to visit the booths and to attend classes and we gained thirteen new members. Welcome to all who have joined us!

Deena Coutant of Digi-Deena Consulting

Deena Coutant of Digi-Deena Consulting

We had two presentations: Barbara Fines Price gave her ever-popular “Beginning Genealogy” presentation, and HRGS member and professional genealogist Deena Coutant spoke about “Online Family Searching.” Thanks to both for a great presentation.

In addition to member genealogy displays, we had tables by local vendors who support genealogy research:

Everyone who came by enjoyed this fun and educational event.

Next year’s fair will be Saturday, April 2nd. See you there!

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Scottish Festival 2014

Posted by hrgenealogy on August 14, 2014

1 Nessie

For the third year running, HRGS had a genealogy booth at the Colorado Scottish Festival on Saturday, August 9th and Sunday the 10th at the Highland Park in Highlands Ranch. As always has been the case, we had a great time helping people learn about their heritage!

Our booth was in a new location this year, but that did not keep festival goers from finding us. Crowds were the largest we’ve seen.

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.


Things soon got going--and stayed busy all day.

Things soon got going–and stayed busy all day.



After helping people identify their clan, we often directed them to that clan’s tent. Over 20 clans were represented at the festival.

1 Clans 1

Besides the fun of helping others and meeting new people, we were able to enjoy the many festival events and booths for free. Here are some highlights of the festival:

On Saturday, a parade of dogs marched down the main festival thoroughfare.

1 Sheepdogs

1 Dogs Pulling Wagon


Bagpipers performed at various times during the day.


1 Bagpipes


Sunday morning vintage British cars made an appearance.


1 Cars

The Scottish traditional games were held in front of our tent’s new location, giving us a ringside seat.

Throwing the sheaf ( a bale of hay)

Throwing the sheaf ( a bale of hay)

Thanks to volunteers Ernie Kummerer, Dave, Lucy and Alicia Barton, Deanana Kovavich, Georgina Ham, Lilly and Matthew Miller, Gordon Taylor, Jean and Jim Genaski, Brendan Murphy and Bonnie Wright for generously giving their time to help people learn more about their Scottish heritage. We also appreciate Linda Boyle, Barry Wolfe and Eileen Langdon for volunteering. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, they were not able to participate.
Many thanks to HRGS, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England (WISE) and Douglas County Library for generously loaning valuable research materials. Eileen once again did a great job obtaining the WISE materials for us.
All volunteers did a great job and enjoyed interacting with those attending the festival who stopped by. We will have a booth at next year’s festival so please plan to volunteer. We’d love to have you!

Genealogy Tent 2


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HRGS Second Annual Genealogy Fair

Posted by hrgenealogy on March 2, 2014

The Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society and Highlands Ranch Library second annual Genealogy Fair on Saturday, March 1 was a great success, with over thirty people braving the weather to attend.  The displays of library genealogy books and research contributed by our members were very well received, as were the tables of our vendors. Many thanks to Albion Design Centre, DiggiDeena Consulting, A Page is Turned, Creative Family Tree, Tattered Cover Press, and Legacy Family Tree for showing us what they do. If you did not have the opportunity to attend, check out their websites for details about their services.


HRGS Genealogy Fair 2014.

Also, thanks to our workshop presenters: Barbara Fines Price for her session on Genealogy 101 and Deena Coutant’s Family Tree Genealogy software presentation. Both seminars were well attended.

This is a year’s fair gave both those new to genealogy to learn how to get started and those “old hands” among us to pick up new tricks.

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Dues are Due!

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 19, 2014

Membership dues for the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society are payable 1 January, 2014 (except for those who registered at the August 2013 Genealogy Fair through January 2015). Dues are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.

If you have not done so already, please send a check payable to “HRGS” or “Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society” and bring to the February 4 meeting, or mail to:

Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society

c/o Highlands Ranch Library

9292 S Ridgeline Blvd

Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

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January Membership Meeting

Posted by hrgenealogy on January 8, 2014

On Tuesday, January 6, twenty-five HRGS members and visitors started 2014 right with an enjoyable and informative presentation by John Simmons of “What John’s DNA Reveals”, a lighthearted look at the wonderful world of DNA as it applies to genealogy.  We learned how DNA testing provides new ways to look for family members of long ago, is able to break through brick walls and provides new connections for our family trees.

As has been our custom this past year, many arrived at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and great conversations about genealogy and the brick walls we have encountered.

Join us in February for another great meeting.


HRGS President Megan Koepsell opened the meeting with announcement and new discoveries.

HRGS President Megan Koepsell opened the meeting with announcement and new discoveries.


John Simmons explains the finer points of how DNA testing can help with pesky brick walls.

John Simmons explains the finer points of how DNA testing can help with pesky brick walls.


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