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.

Jun
1
Tue
“Apprentices, Indentured Servants and Redemptioners; White Servitude in America” – by Peggy Lauritzen
Jun 1 @ 6:55 pm – 7:55 pm

**Note – Meeting will be held using the Zoom teleconference application (https://zoom.us).  The meeting link will be provided to members by email shortly before the meeting.  Non-members can RSVP to recieve the link by contacting “president@bouldergenealogy.org.”

Presentation:

An estimated one-half of early immigrants came to America against their own will; some as indentured servants. This lecture will examine the many different forms of servitude and indentureship in early America, including the “warning out” system prevalent in New England.

Speaker:

Peggy Lauritzen has been an Accredited Genealogist for nearly twenty-five years and has been involved in genealogy research her entire life. She is the author of several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, an instructor at Ancestry Academy and Family Tree University, an instructor at several GRIP and SLIG courses, and a columnist for Reminisce Magazine. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy and became a Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society. she is a former researcher at Ancestry ProGenealogists.

Jul
6
Tue
“Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching” – by Thomas MacEntee
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

**Note – Meeting will be held using the Zoom teleconference application (https://zoom.us).  The meeting link will be provided to members by email shortly before the meeting.  Non-members can RSVP to recieve the link by contacting “president@bouldergenealogy.org.”

Presentation: 

While you may think you’ve hit a brick wall with your research, have you tried using cluster and collateral search strategies to look for an opening? Researching non-direct relations as well as those friends and neighbors in your ancestors’ network can pay off in ways you might not imagine. Learn why researching those in-laws, “shirt-tail cousins” and others who may not be a direct-line ancestor as well as “friends, neighbors and associates” can help you break down your genealogy research brick walls.

Speaker:

Thomas MacEntee is a , a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High-Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com.  Thomas declares he is “a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.”

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

**Note – Meeting will be held using the Zoom teleconference application (https://zoom.us). The meeting link will be provided to members by email shortly before the meeting.  Non-members can RSVP to receive the link by contacting “president@bouldergenealogy.org.”

PRESENTATION:

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.

SPEAKER:

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.