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.
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.
Thomas MacEntee is 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.”
Bring your questions and your knowledge about hiring genealogy professionals to help your research, and we’ll talk. When can a professional support your research? How do you find a professional? This will be an informal session to share our research, tips, sources, and whatever comes to mind. Moderator: TBD
Discussion groups are for BGS members only. The Zoom link is sent each month in the BGS newsletter.
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.
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.