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
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 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.

Female Surnames, presented by Karlene Ferguson, CG @ Meadows Branch Library
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our female ancestors had little legal standing in the community and, once they married, their individual identity was all but lost. If you are trying to identify a married woman who lived prior to the 1850 census, you do not even have a first name to start with. Finding a maiden name is almost always essential to further research on a particular ancestral line. This class will suggest methods for identifying maiden names and parents of our female ancestors. Specific record groups will be discussed.

Karlene H. Ferguson is a certified genealogist. She is a member of the Boulder Genealogical Society and has held several positions on the board of directors. She did not start doing family research until she retired and every relative she needed to talk with was gone. Not only does Karlene enjoy doing research, she also enjoys writing the stories of her ancestors.

All classes are free. To reserve your seat and receive a handout, please register by email at

“Learning without $pending: Getting a Free Genealogical Education.” by Beth Benko
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm


Genealogy can be a very expensive pursuit and acquiring the knowledge to research well can add to the costs significantly. Seminars, institutes, conferences, and distance learning courses offer excellent learning experiences – but at a price. Learn about the many opportunities to advance your genealogical skills and knowledge without spending a penny. Explore websites, wikis, webinars and more in this presentation.  Live demonstrations are included (subject to the availability of high-speed Internet).


Beth Benko is a professional genealogist providing family history research for clients and lecturing to local organizations. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science.  She worked as a software developer and manager for 30 years before leaving the corporate world to pursue her interests in family history.  Beth is on the board of several local genealogical societies, a volunteer at NARA and Denver Public Library, and a member of the National Genealogical Society.

“Nelly and the Mother Line: Roaming the Maritimes Finding 9 Generations of Acadian Mothers,” By Nancy Boudrot Spear
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Nancy Boudrot Spear will speak about her newly published book, Nelly & the Mother Line: Roaming the Maritimes Finding 9 Generations of Acadian Mothers. The book chronicles her travels around eastern Canada focusing on  genealogy and highlighting her matrilineal lineage. She begins with Jeanne Chebrat, the first in her line to arrive in Nova Scotia from France in the mid 1600s. She’ll talk about her search, the people who guided her, original sources she used, and ancestral sites she found. Hers is a story of the Acadian people told through the lives of her foremothers.  She’ll also introduce us to the beautiful Nova Scotia landscape and the warm and generous people who live there today.


In addition to doing genealogy, Nancy paints (mostly) landscapes in oils. She is retired from working at Penn State University in Alumni Relations and as a Director of Development. She and her husband live half time in Lafayette and half time on family land in Nova Scotia.