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.

Aug
13
Thu
“The Basics of the Use of DNA in Genealogy…What DNA Can Tell You and What It Can NOT Tell You” by Dorothy Coltrin @ Your Home via Zoom
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The topics for this presentation will include 1) Purpose of a DNA Test, 2) Chemistry and Biology of DNA, 3) Use of Y-chromosome for your surname, 4) Use of autosomal (at) for connections to cousins, 5) Use of mitochondrial (mt) DNA for connection to your mother’s line, 6) Description of various companies offering DNA analysis,  7) Use of third party GED Match, 8) Importance of paper research.  I will give examples from my own DNA work and there will be plenty of time for questions.

To register for the class and receive the Zoom link, please send an email to education@bouldergenealogy.org.

Sep
1
Tue
“Lineage Societies – What, Why and How” By: Sandy Carter-Duff
Sep 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presentation: 

Sandy will explain what lineage societies are and tell why it is important to join one.  The main emphasis of the program will be on HOW you must document your lineage i.e., what is acceptable and what is not.  Sometimes obvious documentation such as birth, death and marriage certificates are not available.  She’ll present ways to get around that problem.  Finally, she’ll share of list of lineage societies – common and rarely known – with websites to explore specific requirements and make contacts.

Speaker:

Sandy Carter-Duff began researching her family history in the 1970’s.  Her passion stems from her youth as an Air Force brat.  As her family moved from one station to another, she envied classmates with many extended-family in their lives.  When she learned her father was adopted, the challenge to find the heritage and story of his birth roots peaked her curiosity.  She joined the Colorado Genealogical Society about 1988 to learn family research skills; she is a past president.  She also joined the Computer Interest Group, Palatines to America, the W.I.S.E. Family History Society, NGS, NEHGS and several state societies.  DPL Genealogical Collection Specialist James Jeffrey once told her to join a lineage society if she had no plans to publish a family history as this would be the next best way to preserve her research for future generations.  She began this pursuit about 2009 and now belongs to ten lineage societies.

Oct
6
Tue
“Beyond Obituaries: Genealogy Research in Newspapers,” By Kay Hartrick
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presentation:

Beyond obituaries! Using newspapers for genealogy research can yield many treasures beyond the standard obituary.  Marriage announcements may provide many wonderful details about the families involved, not just the couple being married.  Birth announcements might be the only record of an event.   And, best of all, news about court appearances can be an invaluable key to court files, including divorces and other significant events.  By following a trail of news articles from Illinois to California to Missouri, we will follow a woman’s life and her curious trail that would be impossible to find without newspaper articles.  We will discuss various websites that provide access to newspapers and what to do when the newspaper you need is not on-line.

Speaker:

For eight years, Kay Hartrick has been actively pursuing past family members, primarily in her husband’s family, with homesteaders in Nebraska and Montana, Confederates in Georgia, Irish quarry workers in Rhode Island, Quakers, and many military veterans.  Her own family stayed closer to home base in Delaware and Maryland, Eastern shore, Baltimore, and farther west. Kay completed the certificate program in Genealogical Research at Boston University in 2011 and has attended SLIG and IGHR.  This year she expects to finish her third year studying military records at IGHR.  Kay is the currently president of the Boulder Genealogical Society.