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.
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.
Speaker: 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.
America in the 19th century saw geographic, cultural, and historic changes that affected the records that were created. While this was true for all Americans, it was especially true for women. We’ll look broadly at the 19th century to understand the changes in women’s lives and the new records that were created.
Speaker: Sylvia Tracy-Doolos has been interested in genealogy for over thirty years, and working as a genealogist for nine as the owner of New Leaf Genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Colorado Genealogical Society (CGS), and Broomfield Genealogy Society. Sylvia is President of the Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society (WISE), and is the Genealogist for Adams County Genealogical Society. She has a B.A. in History and minored in English focusing on linguistics so she could focus on studying how language and immigration created and changed America. She also is a family history writing coach, guiding and inspiring people as they share their family’s story in their authentic voices.