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.

“Learning without $pending: Getting a Free Genealogical Education.” by Beth Benko
Dec 3 @ 4:36 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.

“Gather Up The Fragments: Civil War Quilts,” By Jeananne Wright
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Quilts and the Civil War are interwoven in a way that will enlighten and entertain the audience.  This trunk show features 1840-1870 quilts, including authentic Civil War quilts.  Find out what kinds of quilts were made for the soldiers and what kinds might have been used on the Underground Railroad.


Jeananne Wright is a nationally recognized quilt historian, speaker, and an AQS certified appraiser.  She offers a dozen different programs and has given several hundred since the early 1990s.

Jeananne began collecting antique quilts in the 1960s and now has one of the premiere collections in the country, with quilts spanning more than 200 years.  Her earliest dated quilt is 1811.  She has been the featured quilter at numerous venues, has curated many exhibits, judged quilt shows, and frequently writes about quilts.  Her quilts have been widely published, and she has been featured in Quiltmaking Magazine and Quilters Newsletter Magazine.

She devotes much time to lecturing, appraising, and caring for her quilts, and admits to being happily quilt obsessed.  Since 2006 she has made 70 quilts using 1930s and 40s era quilt blocks,  arranging them in unusual and unorthodox ways using feed sacks on the front and back.

Jeananne is a retired 4th grade teacher, a grandmother of 7 (including triplets), and lives in Longmont Colorado.