BGS Classes & Events

Upcoming Beginning Genealogy Classes

Hiding in Plain Databases by Dina Carson

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Searching in databases can produce gold mines of information. They can also be frustrating and inefficient if you do not know how to conduct an effective search. It’s important to learn the lingo of databases to take advantage of the advanced search features. You will discover how to: narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumb navigation. You will learn how the most common typing mistakes can fool even the best searches. Sometimes you must stop looking for people and start looking for data points. As databases become more sophisticated, you will learn how to master the sliders and bring on the browse. If you have searched a database and not found what you were looking for, after this talk, you will want to look again.

BGS Class: Courthouses & City Halls–OR–What You Will Miss if You Never Leave Your Computer @ Meadows Branch Library
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The local county courthouse or city hall were places where most of your ancestors visited at least a few times in their lives. They recorded deeds, marriages, and deaths. Their property was assessed and they paid taxes. Some petitioned for new roads or new services. These centers of local government hold countless records useful to genealogists and some of them are rarely used which is a loss for the historical narrative of your family. There is great value in getting out into the community where your ancestors once lived. An experience you’ll miss if you do all of your research from your desk. Instructor will be Dina Carson.  

Register with Diane Barbour,

Small Groups Forming

Looking for more personal attention on a specific topic? Check out these small group opportunities:

Intermediate/Advanced Study Group

This group reads and discusses NGSQ articles. The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month by Zoom or at the Brewing Market in Lafayette: 2770 Dagny Way (corner of 95th and Arapahoe)4:30-6pm. Contact Pam Michener to RSVP and for more information.