The Boulder Genealogical Society is here to help you with your family history no matter where you are researching. We also contribute to the greater genealogical community through local history research.
Society meetings are free and open to the public
on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm
at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community
350 Ponca Place, Boulder
We meet in the 4th floor Assembly Room. To reach this room, enter through the Ponca Place lobby and sign in at the table. Take the elevator at the back of the lobby up to the 4th floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left (south). The Assembly Room will be on your left.
Note: Frasier Meadows is in the midst of a major building project and your usual parking place may not be available. Plan to arrive early to find a spot. Consider carpooling.
Presented by Kay Hartrick
Using newspapers for genealogy research can yield many treasures beyond the standard obituary. Marriage announcements can provide many details about the families involved, not just the couple being married. Birth announcements can be the only record of this event. And, best of all, news about court appearances can be an invaluable key to court files, including divorces and other significant events. By following a trail of articles from Illinois to California to Missouri, we will follow a women’s life and her curious trail that would be impossible to find without newspaper articles. We will discuss various websites that provide access to newspapers and what to do when the newspaper you need is not online.
Please reserve your spot by sending email to Diane Barbour at email@example.com.
One of the persistent issues genealogists face is the long-term preservation of decades worth of research and accumulated materials. Family members may show little interest in maintaining genealogical research or even family heirlooms, and museums may not consider such material suitable for their holdings. Risks to this material, even under normal conditions, are extensive. Family keepsakes and printed documents or photographs can be damaged through normal degeneration, improper storage, accidents, or natural disaster. Preservation of digital information is complicated by continuing file format and operating system changes, as well as the failure of physical media. The preceding list is by no means comprehensive. For many of us, solutions to these issues can languish as other work (or, procrastination . . .) continues.
On 5 February BGS is organizing a share session in which members have been invited to describe efforts to preserve their genealogy research and family treasures. Members will discuss the types of information and artifacts they possess, how the material is organized, as well as their preservation plans and dilemmas.
Dorothy Coltrin will present the following topics: 1) Purpose of a DNA Test, 2) Chemistry and Biology of DNA, 3) Use of Y-chromosome for your surname, 4) Use of autosomal (at) for connections to cousins, 5) Use of mitochondrial (mt) DNA for connection to your mother’s line, 6) Description of various companies offering DNA analysis, 7) Use of third-party GED Match, 8) Importance of paper research. She will give examples from her own DNA work and there will be plenty of time for questions.
Classes are free. To save your seat and receive a handout, please register: firstname.lastname@example.org