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Most genealogists know that conducting locations-based research is going to help them find information about their ancestors, but how many look at the entire community to find out how ancestors lived? How do you conduct a community-wide search? What’s involved and what can you learn? The Boulder Pioneers Project has been an on-going look at the original source materials for Boulder County to discover the people who arrived before statehood in 1876. Many interesting and surprising stories have come to light as a result of the research. A community-wide project may help you discover much more about your ancestors than what you can find looking at individual record groups alone.
Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than three decades, and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876). She is the author of more than ninety annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies throughout the state and is working with the Colorado State Archives on state-wide indexing projects. Dina is the author of 10 books about publishing and genealogy including, Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors, and two recent books, Map Your US Research: A Workbook for Genealogists and Colorado’s Historical Assets: A Research Guide for Genealogists, Local Historians and History Buffs … . Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she’s not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado or deep in the bowels of an archive researching something.