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.

Research Like a Pro – Class 1 @ Meadows Branch Library
Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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 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

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.