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.

“…What’s New?” by Vickie Smejkal @ Frasier Meadows Retirement Community - 4th Floor Assembly Room
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm


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.

Think Inside the Boxes: Organize and Analyze Your Data with Spreadsheets, presented by Beth Benko @ Meadows Branch Library
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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:

“Non-Population Census Schedules: Agricultural, Industry, Mortality, Slaves, Social Statistics, State, School and other Specialized Census Records” by Dina C. Carson @ Frasier Meadows Retirement Community - 4th Floor Assembly Room
May 7 @ 7:00 pm


The Census Bureau has been collecting more than personal data since 1810 when they started asking questions about how things were made in the United States. By 1850 they had established six separate schedules to gather data on the population, slaves, mortality, agriculture, manufacturing and social statistics. While these schedules are not as helpful for typical genealogical tasks such as establishing relationships, they are helpful for learning about how and ancestor lived. Census schedules can help you find pensioners and veterans. If you have Native American ancestry, the Indian Census Schedules are invaluable. It wasn’t only the Federal government that collected census data, so did states, some cities, school districts and others. If you have only been using the Federal Census Schedules to find your family, you may be missing some valuable information.


Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades, and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876). She is the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies throughout the state and is working with the Colorado State Archives on state-wide indexing projects. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company and is a partner in Imagination Technology, a graphic design and marketing firm working with small business clients. Dina is the author of 10 books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist’s Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors. In early 2018, Dina was the coordinator and primary instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s course, Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age. Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she’s not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.