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.

Oct
5
Tue
“Using Tree Information Provided by DNA Testing Companies” – by Glenn York
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Members may register with the link provided in the BGS newsletter.  Register here for the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIucOqsqTkoGtVV3-joGtDtXLTLsKdUDZ7W.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Presentation:

In this presentation, we will look at the three different approaches DNA testing companies use to find family relationships, exploring Ancestry “Thru-lines”, MyHeritage “Theories of Family Relativity”, and 23andMe “Your Family Tree.” We will briefly look at some third-party tools that help build tree information from DNA test results and discuss how each can be useful to advance your research.

Speaker:

Glenn York is an avid genealogist with decades of research experience at numerous facilities across the United States. An early user of technology in genealogy, Glenn used computer bulletin board systems to communicate with other genealogists in the 1980s, and began researching by pouring over microfilm at the National Archives and reading books at the Library of Congress while living in the Washington DC area.

Over the years, Glenn has gained extensive experience in genetic genealogy, and works with all major DNA testing companies. He was first tested in 2005, and he currently manages DNA tests for over 30 family members.

Glenn’s formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Telecommunications. He has completed eight courses of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg (GRIP) and has participated in many genealogy conferences and seminars.

Glenn currently serves as President of the Larimer County Genealogical Society and is the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies’ delegate to the National Genealogical Society. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and many other genealogical and historical societies.

Glenn facilitates monthly DNA study groups for two area genealogical societies, teaches genealogy classes, and volunteers at a local library to help people with genealogy research. Glenn has assisted many in discovering their biological families through his understanding of genetic genealogy.

 

Nov
2
Tue
“Blitzkrieg Genealogy: How Throwing Out Your Research Plan Can Yield Exciting Results” – By Dina C. Carson
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Members may register with the link provided in the BGS newsletter.  Register here for the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckdOqoqDMpHtIKnX05pYNX6RRGUEk9WqwU.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Presentation:

A standard research plan helps you to focus your research in order to answer a specific question. But what if the search for the answer causes you to miss other information about your ancestors? The blitzkrieg approach allows you to search in a much wider way and what you stumble across can be just as exciting as answering a targeted research question. The blitzkrieg approach is not haphazard, though. It too focuses your research, although in a different way. Combining a standard research plan with a blitzkrieg approach can yield exciting … and unexpected … results.

Speaker:

Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than three decades, and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876). She is the author of more than ninety annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies throughout the state and is working with the Colorado State Archives on state-wide indexing projects. Dina is the author of 10 books about publishing and genealogy including, Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors, Map Your US Research: A Workbook for Genealogists and Colorado’s Historical Assets: A Research Guide for Genealogists, Local Historians and History Buffs … . Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she’s not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado or deep in the bowels of an archive researching something.

Dec
7
Tue
“Early Tracks and Trails” – By J. Mark Lowe
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Members may register with the link provided in the BGS newsletter.  Register here for the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrf-GprzsiHNCHbZq-N66lacwYe1mGbANM.  The Zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Presentation:  

A review of resources and strategies to locate and follow the earliest roads identified throughout the Southern states.

Speaker:

J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years through YouTube, Webinars, and Institutes.  

 

He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia) and TIGR (Texas), does Webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events, and provided content for podcasts on Gimlet Media, including Twice Removed.