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
at Frasier
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.

“It’s a Needle in a Haystack: Slave Research” – by Deborah A. Abbott, PhD
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Meeting will be held using the Zoom teleconference application (  Members and guests may register HERE.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.


The most difficult part of genealogical research for African Americans is finding and correctly identifying enslaved ancestors and their owners. Researching the slavery era requires time, patience, determination, and perseverance. This lecture will help you to identify the clues and resources needed to recreate the journey from slavery to freedom. Case studies will be used to illustrate how different methods and resources help connect former slave(s) to their slave holding families.


Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology. She is an instructor as well as the coordinator for the African American tracts at IGHR (University of Georgia in Athens) and GRIP (LaRoche University in Pittsburgh). She is an instructor at SLIG in Salt Lake City, UT, and TIGHR in Dallas, TX. Dr, Abbott is a member of NGS, APG and GSG. A Cleveland, OH native, she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, and Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland.

“The Gentlemen Judges: The Justices of the Peace” – by Judy Russell, JD
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Members may register with the link provided in the BGS newsletter.  A registration link will be provided here on August 15th.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.


Landowners but legal laymen, America’s early justices of the peace served up ground-level justice and local governance, creating records unparalleled for genealogists.


The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠ from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. Her blog is at

“Using Tree Information Provided by DNA Testing Companies” – by Glenn York
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Members may register with the link provided in the BGS newsletter.  A registration link will be provided here on September 15th.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.


In this presentation, we will look at the three different approaches DNA testing companies use to find family relationships, exploring Ancestry “Thru-lines”, MyHeritage “Theories of Family Relativity”, and 23andMe “Your Family Tree.” We will briefly look at some third-party tools that help build tree information from DNA test results and discuss how each can be useful to advance your research.


Glenn York is an avid genealogist with decades of research experience at numerous facilities across the United States. An early user of technology in genealogy, Glenn used computer bulletin board systems to communicate with other genealogists in the 1980s, and began researching by pouring over microfilm at the National Archives and reading books at the Library of Congress while living in the Washington DC area.

Over the years, Glenn has gained extensive experience in genetic genealogy, and works with all major DNA testing companies. He was first tested in 2005, and he currently manages DNA tests for over 30 family members.

Glenn’s formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Telecommunications. He has completed eight courses of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg (GRIP) and has participated in many genealogy conferences and seminars.

Glenn currently serves as President of the Larimer County Genealogical Society and is the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies’ delegate to the National Genealogical Society. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and many other genealogical and historical societies.

Glenn facilitates monthly DNA study groups for two area genealogical societies, teaches genealogy classes, and volunteers at a local library to help people with genealogy research. Glenn has assisted many in discovering their biological families through his understanding of genetic genealogy.