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, currently by Zoom.

BGS Discussion Group: Researching in Washington D.C. @ Zoom
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bring your questions and your knowledge about researching in Washington, D.C., and we’ll talk.  We’ll also discuss planning research trips in general.  Get ready to go on the road and find some new discoveries!  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.

“The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper” – By Cyndi Ingle (Cyndi’s List)
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Register here for the meeting:  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.


When Google and traditional search engines don’t return useful information, don’t stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The “hidden web” lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.


Cyndi Ingle is the creator and innovator behind the award-winning and globally recognized, a free categorized list of more than 337,000 links for genealogical research. In its 25 years online Cyndi’s List has consistently remained in the top tiers for genealogical research tools online. It helps millions of visitors worldwide and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, People Magazine, Wired, Ancestry Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 41 years, has an expertise in using technology for genealogy. Additionally, her many active years in genealogy have also resulted in a specialty for research in the United States and bringing together traditional methodology with organization, computers, software, and the Internet. Cyndi is the recipient of the 2018 Society of Genealogists Prince Michael of Kent Award, the 2016 National Genealogical Society President’s Citation, and many other awards and honors. She has served in several capacities for genealogical organizations. Cyndi is an internationally-known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings, seminars, and webinars ( She coordinated courses for the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and she has authored numerous articles and three books. Cyndi, her mother, and four Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.

“The 1950 Census: Baby Boomers, Suburbanites, and Anti-Communists” – By Michael Brophy
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration link:


The 1950 Census will be released to the public in April of 2022. Find out how the information can benefit your research now to be ready for the release.


  1. Review: Census Basics. Every 72-year release, Required under the Constitution, used for statistical data and representation in the Congress.
  2. Life in 1950. The coming of the Korean War, a fun look back.
  3. Map of the US in 1950. 48 States, population figures
  4. The 1950 Census Form: What was asked: Analysis, employment questions, enhanced sampling, War experience, Americans living abroad enumerated for the first time.
  5. Methodology Tools, Maps, Ed Districts, Steve Morse tools up now.
  6. Other Current 1950 census research: 1950 Census records on various websites, census substitutes, city directories, other modern research resources.
  7. Statistical Analysis. A macro look at the population figures and what the numbers reveal about the population in 1950.


Michael Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. His currently the Vice President of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) and the first Treasurer of the New England of Association of Professional Genealogists.  Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Mike was featured on the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? and the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy show about heir searchers. Mr. Brophy was hired to conduct research and several historical authors.

He has lectured on a wide variety of genealogy subjects at the National Genealogy Society’s Annual Conference in 2019, 2014, 2012 and 2011 and The Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR). He specializes in New England and Irish genealogy subjects. His genealogy education includes eight certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University. He is a licensed private investigator in Massachusetts.