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.

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

Meeting will be held using the Zoom teleconference application (https://zoom.us).  Members and guests may register HERE.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

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 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

Meeting will be held using the Zoom teleconference application (https://zoom.us).  Members and guests may register HERE.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

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.

Sep
7
Tue
“The Gentlemen Judges: The Justices of the Peace” – by Judy Russell, JD
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please register for this meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0od-mprDwvHNRYYRU1X_IuN2LxXlOB1aYw.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Presentation:

Landowners but legal laymen, America’s early justices of the peace served up ground-level justice and local governance, creating records unparalleled for genealogists.

Speaker:

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠ from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. Her blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com.