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.

“Locating Images of Ancestors: Putting a Face with That Name,” by Andrew Likins @ Virtual meeting via Zoom application
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

**NOTE – Meeting will be held using the Zoom conference application ( The meeting link will be provided to members by email shortly before the meeting. Non-members can RSVP to receive the link by contacting”


Having images of our ancestors makes them come to life for us. We’ll learn about how you can locate images of your ancestors – some in unexpected places. Since my early days of family history research, I’ve made it a priority to locate images of my ancestors. Up to today, I have images of all of my direct line ancestors through my 2nd great grandparents, over half of my 3rd great grandparents, and several beyond that, going back before the invention of photography.


Andy Likins has been fascinated by family history for as long as he can remember and has been actively researching for over 35 years.  Ancestry Magazine and have published articles he has written on topics relating to American and Scandinavian research, and he has performed research for PBS’s Finding Your Roots. His memberships include the Swedish Colonial Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Andy is a professor at Pikes Peak Community College and also does genealogical research for clients. Collecting images of family members is one of his favorite aspects of genealogy.


“GenSmarts: The Best Genealogy Research Tool You Never Heard of,” by Del Ritchhart @ Virtual meeting via Zoom application
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

**NOTE – Meeting will be held using the Zoom conference application ( The meeting link will be provided to members by email shortly before the meeting. Non-members can RSVP to receive the link by contacting”


GenSmarts is an application that interacts with your genealogy program and provides research suggestions using artificial intelligence analysis.  It develops a profile of the individuals in your program based on where and when they lived.  It then matches the profiles with GenSmart’s inventory of known records.  The program then makes predictions based on this comparison.  It is prioritized to highlight missing data and then provide suggestions for search. It will then search selected web sites for the missing data.

GenSmarts works with all the major genealogical programs and is compatible with Windows NT, Vista, XP, 98, 7 and 8 and 10.  Although it isn’t designed to work with the Mac, Mac users can use it.  They just need a virtualization software with a Windows VM (Virtual Machine) setup such as Parallels Desktop for Mac, VMWare Fusion, or VirtualBox, and generate a GEDCOM file from their Mac software, and then copy it over into the VM. Or use something like CrossOver from CodeWeavers, which makes it even easier since you aren’t loading a full VM session.

The presentation will familiarize you with the capabilities of GenSmarts, demonstrate some of the major features of the application, and provide tips on using the program in conjunction with online research and trips to libraries, archives and other repositories.


Del began researching his family history in 1994.  He served in leadership positions in several San Diego genealogy organizations; including President, Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego and Program Director, San Diego Genealogical Society.  He was Chair of The Working Group for soliciting Sponsors, Exhibitors and Advertisers for the June 2019 International German Genealogy Partnership Conference held in Sacramento.  He currently leads the German Study Group for the Larimer County Genealogical Society and is Secretary of the Longs Peak Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Del has given over 120 genealogy presentations to numerous groups in the Southern California and Northern Colorado areas in the past nine years.  He published, “Breathing Life Into My Family Ancestors” in late 2011 and published his second book “Ordinary People Who Accomplished the Extraordinary—Our Immigrant Ancestors and Their Descendants” in November 2019.

BGS Discussion Group: Research in the South @ By Zoom
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bring your questions and your knowledge about Research in the South, and we’ll talk. This will be an informal session to share our research, tips, sources, and whatever comes to mind.  Moderator: Dina Carson

Discussion groups are for BGS members only.  The Zoom link is sent each month in the BGS newsletter.