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.

“Build Your English Family Tree: Parish Registers to Statutory Records” By Diane Barbour, PLCGS @ Your Home via Zoom
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Learn about the basic English records, some from as early as 1537, and where to find them. Beginning with Old Parish registers and continuing with statutory records and census records, you will be able to start your English family tree.


Diane has been doing genealogy for about 20 years. In June 2012, she graduated from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto to earn her educational qualification of PLCGS or Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies. She attends Advanced Institutes yearly and has taught genealogy locally and nationally. Her first love is teaching. She is past president of Broomfield Genealogical Society and is current Vice- President and education coordinator of the Boulder Genealogical Society.  Diane volunteered for many jobs with other organizations. She has volunteered at the Denver Public Library and National Archives in Broomfield.

“Switzerland Trail of America – Narrow Gauge Railroading in the Mountains of Boulder County,” By Larry Dorsey
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


The program describes the railroad nicknamed “The Switzerland Trail” serving the mining towns of Boulder County from the 1880’s to 1919 when it was abandoned. Photos of early railroading in Boulder and scenes in the mining camps of old Boulder County are included. 


Larry Dorsey is a retired history teacher from the Boulder Valley District having taught at Fairview, Boulder and Centaurus High Schools. He is a Trustee of the Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, Colorado and the Chair of the Superior Historical Commission. He and his wife, Cheryl, are Boulder County residents since 1967.

“The Basics of the Use of DNA in Genealogy…What DNA Can Tell You and What It Can NOT Tell You” by Dorothy Coltrin @ Your Home via Zoom
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The topics for this presentation will include 1) Purpose of a DNA Test, 2) Chemistry and Biology of DNA, 3) Use of Y-chromosome for your surname, 4) Use of autosomal (at) for connections to cousins, 5) Use of mitochondrial (mt) DNA for connection to your mother’s line, 6) Description of various companies offering DNA analysis,  7) Use of third party GED Match, 8) Importance of paper research.  I will give examples from my own DNA work and there will be plenty of time for questions.

To register for the class and receive the Zoom link, please send an email to