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.

“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

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 will be reading and discussing NGSQ articles. The group will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month 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.

Reunion Users Group

This group is for users (or those interested in) of Reunion software for Mac. The group will be meeting quarterly usually on the 4th Saturday of the months of February, May, August and November. We are meeting: April 21st, 2015 at 10:00 at the Page 2 Coffee shop in Gunbarrel. 6565 Gunpark Dr, Boulder, CO 80301 Contact Betsy Imig to RSVP and for more information.

DNA Study Group

Dorothy Coltrin is interested in hosting a DNA group. If you are interested in joining a group on DNA please email Dorothy.

Heritage Scrapbooking Group

Donlyn Arbuthnot is interested in hosting a heritage scrapbooking group in Louisville. If you are interested in joining this group, please email Donlyn.