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.

“E di Famiglia (It Runs In the Family): Researching your Italian Immigrant Ancestors” – By Sara Dawson @ Calvary Bible Church
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


The Italian state was created in 1861, the same year the American Civil War started. It wasn’t completely unified until 1870, the same year the Confederate States of America was officially dissolved. Whether your ancestors immigrated prior to the unification of Italy or during the Great Migration of the late 19th century and early 20th century, tracing your Italian heritage can be very rewarding. Italian families often lived in the same communities for hundreds of years, creating a wealth of civil and church records in the process. We’ll discuss using US records to lead us back across the ocean to your ancestor’s homeland.


Sara Dawson, owner of Descent Detective – guides clients through the tangled webs and brick walls along the path to discover their connections to the past. She believes that when we experience history through the stories of our ancestors, the past comes alive. We uncover mysteries and treasures, creating a full awareness that educates us on our truth and constructs the pillars that provide a powerful sense of belonging to our family story.

This is an in-person meeting, but we are going to try and make it available as a hybrid. If you are unable to make it in person, please register at


“Introduction to Swedish Research” – By Kay Hartrick @ Calvary Bible Church
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


This presentation will focus on the wonderful household examination records maintained in Sweden from the 1700s.  If you haven’t seen these records, you’ll be amazed at their detail and comprehensiveness.  The language barrier is not that hard to overcome.  We’ll talk about what information you need from U.S. sources in order to locate ancestors in Swedish records, and we’ll go the opposite direction to find Swedish immigrants that seemingly disappear while crossing the ocean.  In addition to household examination records, we’ll cover naming conventions and look at birth, marriage and death records that reach back to the 1600s in some parishes.


For ten years, I have been actively pursuing past family members, primarily in my husband’s family, with homesteaders in Nebraska and Montana, Confederates in Georgia, Irish quarry workers in Rhode Island, Quakers, and many military veterans.  My own family lived in Delaware, Maryland (Eastern shore, Baltimore, and farther west), Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.  I completed the certificate program in Genealogical Research at Boston University in 2011 and have attended SLIG, IGHR, and the Applied Genealogy Institute.  I am past president of the Boulder Genealogical Society and am the currently treasurer and librarian of the society.  I also volunteer with ICAPGen™ Study Groups for genealogists seeking accreditation and in the library at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden.



“Researching the American Quakers” – By Glenn York @ Calvary Bible Church
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


The religious group known as Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) came to the Pennsylvania region in the late 17th Century and spread rapidly along the East coast. By the early 19th Century many Quakers migrated to the Northwest territory and by 1900 they had settled across the entire country. Quakers were known to keep detailed family records providing a wealth of information to those with Quaker ancestors.  This presentation will cover some of the basic beliefs and organization of the Quaker communities.  We will discuss migrations and records left behind that can advance your research.


Glenn York is an avid genealogist with decades of research experience at numerous facilities across the United States.

Glenn began researching by pouring over microfilm at the National Archives and reading books at the Library of Congress in the 1980s while living in the Washington DC area.

Most of Glenn’s immigrant ancestors came to Colonial America, and many of their descendants were among the westward migrations who homesteaded and settled in the Great Plains. Both of his paternal grandparents were born on homesteads in Kansas. With strong Quaker ancestry, Glenn has researched Quaker history and records in both North America and the British Isles.

Glenn’s formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Telecommunications. He has completed over 12 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 is past President of the Larimer County Genealogical Society and is the delegate to the National Genealogical Society for the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and many other genealogical and historical societies.

Glenn facilitates monthly DNA study groups for two area genealogical societies, The state wide Advanced DNA Study Group, teaches genealogy classes, and volunteers at a local library He is a Co-Administrator for the BATES Y-DNA surname and the Swedish Colonial Society DNA Projects at Family Tree DNA.