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 Dina Carson
Searching in databases can produce gold mines of information. They can also be frustrating and inefficient if you do not know how to conduct an effective search. It’s important to learn the lingo of databases to take advantage of the advanced search features. You will discover how to: narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumb navigation. You will learn how the most common typing mistakes can fool even the best searches. Sometimes you must stop looking for people and start looking for data points. As databases become more sophisticated, you will learn how to master the sliders and bring on the browse. If you have searched a database and not found what you were looking for, after this talk, you will want to look again.
The ever-evolving free genealogy website, FamilySearch, will be explored with all its new features and updates. And, time permitting, a brief peek as to where the 77% of the non-indexed records can be found.
Vickie Smejkal is an experience Genealogist and current Director of the Aurora Family History Center. She is a stay-at-home grandmother of three, two of which are special needs. She lives in a four-generational home with her mother, daughter, grandchildren, and two dogs. In her spare time she enjoys working on her own Family History, and if that is not enough, she works on projects such as Block 12 (a pauper’s site at Riverside); Veterans of Riverside Cemetery; and the occasional headstone picture taking to post on Findagrave.
Spreadsheets were originally created to calculate (and re-calculate) large columns and rows of numbers. They can also be used to manage and analyze vast amounts of genealogical data. Learn about using spreadsheets to organize information from city directories and census records. See how to create a timeline of your ancestors’ lives.
Classes are free. To save your seat and receive a handout, please register: firstname.lastname@example.org