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
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.
Researching in a frontier territory can be tricky, but not impossible. New tools have come along to help you find materials related to what would become Colorado when only explorers, Native Americans and mountain men roamed the plains. Once the gold rush began, more records were created, but figuring out where the records are, and what they were called can be challenging when the same spot in modern Colorado could have been in Kansas or Nebraska Territories, the extralegal Jefferson Territory, or eventually in the Colorado Territory. Something as simple as a Post Office can help you locate a long-gone mining settlement. Railroads once reached remote mining communities, but before there were railroads, there were toll roads and freighters who carried goods and ore along them. Brand books can help you locate cattlemen across the plains, and early newspapers show that Colorado had a diverse ethnic population. Even if you don’t have Colorado ancestors, come learn about how records were created and deposited to help you locate records in the places you are researching.
This is the second of a four-month series in which we will cover the eight chapters of the book Research Like A Pro. This book is designed to enhance the skills of those who want to learn some of the tools professionals use to further their genealogy research. This is not a beginner class. We recommend that those who register have some skills in researching. Two chapters will be covered in one month until all eight chapters are completed. While not required, we strongly recommend that participants purchase Research Like a Pro, by Diana Elder, $18.89 (or $2.99 for Kindle) at Amazon. You may be able to obtain a copy of the book from your local library. The class will include a brief overview of the chapters by the mentor with the remaining time being devoted to discussing the different assignments. You will get the most from this series if you have read the appropriate chapters and completed the tasks at the end of each before each class. Choose a person from your own research to use as a subject for the entire series of classes. Attendance at all of the classes in the series will be beneficial to all researchers but is not required.
YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a limit to the number of participants.
Class 2, covering chapters 3 and 4 of Research Like a Pro, will cover “Locality Research” and “Research Planning.”
Make sure you are registered so we can inform you of changes due to illness or weather. Register at email@example.com.
Can lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution be traced down a maternal line of misbegotten children? It can, and I did. Join Christine Cochran as she shares an incredible story in which illegitimacy is a family tradition!
Christine Cochran is a professional genealogist and owner of Our Provenance, Ltd. She has been conducting genealogical research for more than ten years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the Colorado Chapter of APG. She is past Vice-President and Researcher for Colorado Genealogy Society and delegate on the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. She is also a member of the Mountain Genealogists Society and the Foothills Genealogy Society. She volunteers as a genealogist at the Denver Public Library – Western History and Genealogy Department and as an indexer at the Colorado State Archives. She holds a BS in Geological Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, a Master’s in Computer Information Systems from Regis University, and is a graduate of Professional Genealogists Study Groups (ProGen.) Drawing on a wide range of skills, Christine helps people discover the stories in their family histories.