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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 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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HRGS Meeting and Event Schedule

Posted by hrgenealogy on October 7, 2015

Genealogy Tree

Here’s the upcoming 2015-2016 HRGS program schedule. All monthly meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month, September through May at the Highlands Ranch Library. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and networking with HRGS members. Times for the Genealogy Fair will be published as we get closer to the event.

  • November 3: “How to use Wiki’s for Genealogy,” by HRGS member Dave Barton:

  • December 1: “Everything I Know About Genealogy, I Learned from Jane Austen,” presented by James Jeffries, Genealogy Specialist Special Collections Librarian at Denver Public Library:

  • January 5: “Researching European Roots without a Passport” by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist, Unraveling Your Past.

  • February 2: “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic” by Jewel Wellborn.

  • March 1: “Putting Faces to Names,” by Andy Likins

  • April 2: Genealogy Fair at the Highlands Ranch Library.

  • April 5: “Archiving and Preserving Family Records,” by Shaun Boyd.

  • May 3: “Ways to Say Goodbye,” by Sylvia Tracy-Doolos, Family History Researcher, New Leaf Genealogy.

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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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