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.
Our female ancestors had little legal standing in the community and, once they married, their individual identity was all but lost. If you are trying to identify a married woman who lived prior to the 1850 census, you do not even have a first name to start with. Finding a maiden name is almost always essential to further research on a particular ancestral line. This class will suggest methods for identifying maiden names and parents of our female ancestors. Specific record groups will be discussed.
Karlene H. Ferguson is a certified genealogist. She is a member of the Boulder Genealogical Society and has held several positions on the board of directors. She did not start doing family research until she retired and every relative she needed to talk with was gone. Not only does Karlene enjoy doing research, she also enjoys writing the stories of her ancestors.
All classes are free. To reserve your seat and receive a handout, please register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 breadcrumb 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 email@example.com.
This is the first of a four-month series in which we will cover the eight chapters of the book Research Like A Pro. This book is designed to enhance the skills of those who want to learn some of the tools professionals use to further their genealogy research. This is not a beginner class. We recommend that those who register have some skills in researching. Two chapters will be covered in one month until all eight chapters are completed. While not required, we strongly recommend that participants purchase Research Like a Pro, by Diana Elder, $18.89 (or $2.99 for Kindle) at Amazon. You may be able to obtain a copy of the book from your local library. The class will include a brief overview of the chapters by the mentor with the remaining time being devoted to discussing the different assignments. You will get the most from this series if you have read the appropriate chapters and completed the tasks at the end of each before each class. Choose a person from your own research to use as a subject for the entire series of classes.
YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a limit to the number of participants.
Class 1, covering chapters 1 and 2 of Research Like a Pro, will show you how creating a research objective will help you stay focused and on track in your research, saving you time as you search. By defining a precise question either to identify an individual, prove a family relationship or to discover an event your ancestor participated in, you can hone in on specifics rather than searching at random. The next step in focusing your research is to conduct a research review of what you already have so that you don’t repeat the research, and also to analyze what you have to glean all of the information from each source before you move on to other sources. Putting your evidence along with your research objective into a timeline will help you identify holes in your research, and show where conflicts may exist that need to be resolved.
Make sure you are registered so we can inform you of changes due to illness or weather. Register at email@example.com.