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.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure you are registered so I can inform you of changes due to illness or weather. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.