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
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.
Many genealogists have a long held family story claiming they are related to a famous person (locally/nationally/internationally). BGS members will describe their “famous” family member and how they proved the relationship using accepted genealogy practices. OR, . . . how the family myth was disproved and the results of that probably unsettling news.
This is the first of a four-month series in which we will cover the eight chapters of the book Research Like A Pro. This book is designed to enhance the skills of those who want to learn some of the tools professionals use to further their genealogy research. This is not a beginner class. We recommend that those who register have some skills in researching. Two chapters will be covered in one month until all eight chapters are completed. While not required, we strongly recommend that participants purchase Research Like a Pro, by Diana Elder, $18.89 (or $2.99 for Kindle) at Amazon. You may be able to obtain a copy of the book from your local library. The class will include a brief overview of the chapters by the mentor with the remaining time being devoted to discussing the different assignments. You will get the most from this series if you have read the appropriate chapters and completed the tasks at the end of each before each class. Choose a person from your own research to use as a subject for the entire series of classes.
YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a limit to the number of participants.
Class 1, covering chapters 1 and 2 of Research Like a Pro, will show you how creating a research objective will help you stay focused and on track in your research, saving you time as you search. By defining a precise question either to identify an individual, prove a family relationship or to discover an event your ancestor participated in, you can hone in on specifics rather than searching at random. The next step in focusing your research is to conduct a research review of what you already have so that you don’t repeat the research, and also to analyze what you have to glean all of the information from each source before you move on to other sources. Putting your evidence along with your research objective into a timeline will help you identify holes in your research, and show where conflicts may exist that need to be resolved.
Make sure you are registered so we can inform you of changes due to illness or weather. Register at email@example.com.
Researching in a frontier territory can be tricky, but not impossible. New tools have come along to help you find materials related to what would become Colorado when only explorers, Native Americans and mountain men roamed the plains. Once the gold rush began, more records were created, but figuring out where the records are, and what they were called can be challenging when the same spot in modern Colorado could have been in Kansas or Nebraska Territories, the extralegal Jefferson Territory, or eventually in the Colorado Territory. Something as simple as a Post Office can help you locate a long-gone mining settlement. Railroads once reached remote mining communities, but before there were railroads, there were toll roads and freighters who carried goods and ore along them. Brand books can help you locate cattlemen across the plains, and early newspapers show that Colorado had a diverse ethnic population. Even if you don’t have Colorado ancestors, come learn about how records were created and deposited to help you locate records in the places you are researching.