BGS Classes & Events

Upcoming Beginning Genealogy Classes

Hiding in Plain Databases by Dina Carson

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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.

Female Surnames, presented by Karlene Ferguson, CG @ Meadows Branch Library
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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

Register with Diane Barbour,

Small Groups Forming

Looking for more personal attention on a specific topic? Check out these small group opportunities:

Intermediate/Advanced Study Group

This group will be reading and discussing NGSQ articles. The group will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Brewing Market in Lafayette: 2770 Dagny Way (corner of 95th and Arapahoe)4:30-6pm. Contact Pam Michener to RSVP and for more information.

Reunion Users Group

This group is for users (or those interested in) of Reunion software for Mac. The group will be meeting quarterly usually on the 4th Saturday of the months of February, May, August and November. We are meeting: April 21st, 2015 at 10:00 at the Page 2 Coffee shop in Gunbarrel. 6565 Gunpark Dr, Boulder, CO 80301 Contact Betsy Imig to RSVP and for more information.

DNA Study Group

Dorothy Coltrin is interested in hosting a DNA group. If you are interested in joining a group on DNA please email Dorothy.

Heritage Scrapbooking Group

Donlyn Arbuthnot is interested in hosting a heritage scrapbooking group in Louisville. If you are interested in joining this group, please email Donlyn.