2017 FALL Programs

Columbine welcomes members, friends and guests to enjoy
our programs, and share information about family history.
New adventures await this fall at Columbine!


CGHS November 2017 Programs:

CGHS Nov 2017 Member Notice

Tuesday, November 14; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, November 14; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. “Using Chancery Court Records in Genealogy Research” presented by James Jeffrey, Special Collections Librarian, Western History and Genealogy at the Denver Public Library

Chancery Court records are a goldmine for family historians. The hope and angst of families as played across decades and generations through Chancery Court files can reveal familial connections. Based on English Common Law, every state during the colonial and modern periods has Chancery Court records. If you have never heard of them in the course of your research this presentation will introduce you to this segment of court records where you can discover your ancestors in their most litigious moments.


Tuesday, November 21; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. **EARLY BIRD SESSION** “Help with U.S. State Genealogy Research”

Join other CGHS members as they share their experience with research in ten to twelve selected U.S. states including Kentucky, Virginia, Illinois and Missouri. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose one or two states to focus on. There will also be a “Brick Wall/Other States” table. Come with your questions and “brick walls” and see what others are doing to find solutions.

Tuesday, November 21; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. “The WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II” presented by Sarah Byrn Rickman, WASP author and historian

The Women’s Air Service Pilots or WASP organization formed during World War II lasted only a few years and involved just over 1,000 women pilots. But it was a vital component of America’s war effort. Sarah Rickman has authored eight books on this subject that include histories, biographies and fictional accounts. Come join us to hear some of the stories of these groundbreaking women flyers.


CGHS October 2017 Programs:

CGHS Oct 2017 Media Notice

Tuesday, October 10; 1-3 p.m. – “The Life and Work of Emily Griffith” presented by Brian Trembath, Special Collections Librarian, Western History and Genealogy at the Denver Public Library.

Emily Griffith was an innovative educator whose teaching career began in a one-room sod schoolhouse in Nebraska. Seeking better opportunities, she came to Denver in 1894 with her family. Here she developed her dream of providing free universal education to adults. The “Opportunity School” opened in 1916. A success from the beginning, Emily ran the school until her retirement in 1933. Renamed the Emily Griffith Opportunity School in her honor, it continues today as the Emily Griffith Technical College. Join us for a look at her career and the lasting contributions she made to education in Colorado.

Tuesday, October 17; 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Early Bird Class – “DNA Testing and Analysis at Family Tree DNA” presented by Greg Liverman, PhD

This intermediate-level class will focus on genetic testing offered by Family Tree DNA. Topics will include the different types of tests offered, their interpretation, and the use of reports to identify ancestors. Attendees should have participated in introductory lectures, have a basic understanding of DNA and have tested at one or more companies. This is not a basic class! No prior registration is required.

Tuesday, October 17; 1-3 p.m. “Ethnicity Testing: Why is My Indian Princess Wearing a Kilt?” presented by Greg Liverman, PhD

Dr. Liverman will wrap up his visit to CGHS with this general interest presentation on the different types of ethnicity testing offered by Ancestry DNA, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA.


SEPTEMBER 2017 Programs at CGHS:

Tues. Sept. 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m. “The History of Denver’s Fort Logan Army Base” presented by Dr. Jack Ballard, Local author and historian
Established in 1887, Fort Logan was the first Federal military post in the Denver area. This presentation will cover highlights of Fort Logan’s history from its role in the Spanish-American War to its development as a recruiting and training center in World War I and World War II, and finally its closure in 1946.

Tues. Sept. 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m. “Earlybird Class – Basic Genealogy Research”
This two-hour session will be an introduction to selected genealogy research tools and techniques for beginners. A team of fellow CGHS members will present topics including census records,, Family Search and searching the internet. Handouts will be provided.

Tues. Sept. 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m. “Obituaries From the Denver Post”, presented by Claire Martin, Journalist
Genealogists are always on the hunt for obituaries which can be a goldmine of personal data and family relationships. Claire Martin’s long career at the Denver Post focused primarily on feature writing, but she has described writing obituaries as an extraordinary opportunity to tell the life stories of many different people and to look at their place in history. Come and hear behind-the-scenes perspective on obituaries.

Program Preview
CGHS 2017 Scheduled Fall Programs
September 12 – Dr. Jack Ballard – about Fort Logan
September 19 – Earlybird Genealogy Class – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
September 19 – Claire Martin (former Denver Post journalist) – Obituaries
October 10 – Brian Trembath – on Emily Griffith
October 17 – Greg Liverman – DNA –
(an earlybird class and afternoon program)
November 14 – James Jeffrey —
November 21 – Sarah Rickman —
December 12 – Holiday Social and Potluck — Sharing Ancestors’ Keepsakes

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2017 SPRING Programs

MAY 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 1:00 p.m. — “Finding Hidden Treasures in Family Search”
presented by Barbara Elliott, CGHS Member

The website is an indispinsable genealogy database that every researcher is familiar with. But how effectively are you using the website’s search function? Barbara Elliott has over 30 years of experience working at Family History Centers. She will share her knowledge of the different search techniques that are available and demonstrate how to go beyond the routine and familiar searches to discover harder-to-find information.

Tuesday, May 16, 1:00 p.m. — “Spring Fling” featuring the annual used book sale followed by a potluck lunch and a special member-sharing program!!

11:00 — Used book sale of genealogy and history items. (Donations accepted for the sale)
12:00 — Potluck luncheon — bring a favorite dish or treat to share!
1:00 — “Ancestors’ Heirloom Fashioni Style Show”. Members are invited to share articles of clothing or accessories passed down from earlier generations.

Program is followed by Columbine Writers’ Group meeting.

APRIL 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 1:00 p.m. — “Recording Your Family History”
presented by Dr. Ron Ross, Author and Family Historian

Dr. Ross began his work preserving the stories of the living for the benefit of their descendants over 30 years ago. He developed his oral history technique when he recorded the life stories of his now-deceased parents. He will share his work and demonstrate his methods by having audience members actually record portions of their family history. You can preview his methods at his website:

Tuesday, April 18, 9:30 p.m. — **EARLY BIRD CLASS**
Family Tree Maker Software — Part 3, with Deena Coiutant, Professional Genealogist

Tuesday, April 18, 1:00 p.m. — “Identifying Old Photos”
presented by Kirsten Canfield, Multimedia Librarian, Arapahoe Libraries

Do you have old family photographs that lack identification? Want some tips on searching for clues that could help date an image or identify the people or locale? In this presentation Kirsten will cover techniques and resources for learning more about your mystery photos.

Program is followed by Meeting of the Columbine Writers’ Group

MARCH 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 1:00 p.m. — “Irish Roots”
presented by Columbine member Marylee Hagen

Marylee Hagen will share over 20 years of research experience and how she found and met her mother’s living relatives in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.  She started first in the United States before going abroad and followed her ancestors backwards to their homelands.  Important strategies, techniques, resources and examples of documents, records and photos will be shown through a power point presentation and display boards.

Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m. — “Spencer Penrose: Researching A Legacy,”
with Columbine member Joyce B. Lohse

Spencer Penrose, who acquired a fortune in the mining industry, used his wealth, business sense, and clever publicity tactics to promote and develop the Pikes Peak Region. In addition to the Broadmoor Hotel, he built the Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain Highways, Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Manitou Incline, and other attractions, as well as hospitals, schools, and libraries. The Penrose Legacy continues to support Colorado through the El Pomar Foundation.

Program is followed by Meeting of the Columbine Writers’ Group.


Tuesday, February 14, 1:00 p.m. — “Research Land Records”
with Russ Hamilton, Foothills Genealogical Society

Land records are an important source of genealogical information that can provide more than just transactional data. Using records from his own family research in Crawford County, Missouri, Russ will share the story of ancestors who settled the area in the 1820s and will relate how analyzing land records helped him overcome a brick wall in his research.

Tuesday, February 21, 1:00 p.m. — “Obituaries from the Denver Post”
with Claire Martin, former Denver Post journalist

Genealogists are always on the hunt for obituaries which can be a goldmine of personal data as well as a trap of misinformation. Claire Martin’s long career at the Denver Post focused primarily on feature writing, but she describes writing obituaries as “extraordinary” because of the opportunity it gave her to tell the life stories of many different people and to look at their place in history. Come and hear her behind-the-scenes perspective on obituaries!


Tuesday, January 10, 1:00 p.m. – “Family in a Shoebox: Genealogy and Postcards” –
with Dede Horan, Dede Horan’s Postcards ‘n’ More

Are there some old postcards in your stash of family photos? Do you know how you can use them in your family research? This presentation will introduce the history of postcards with examples of various types of historic cards. Learn how postcards can add to your knowledge of your family and enhance the stories you want to tell.

Tuesday, January 17, 1:00 p.m. – “Library Media and Digitization Tools” –
with Kirsten Canfield, Multimedia Librarian for Arapahoe Libraries

The local public library with its knowledgeable staff is a readily accessible resource for a wide range of digital-age technologies. This presentation will introduce the high-tech resources available at the Arapahoe Libraries for digitizing various forms of media such as photographs, slides, film and video and audiotapes. Get to know the options available for preserving, enhancing and sharing these items.


Have you started researching your roots and need a system to organize all your wonderful finds? Learn why Family Tree Maker software is a popular choice for genealogy software. Earlybird classes will be taught by Deena Coutant, of DigiDeena Consulting Service.

February 21, March 21, April 18 — 9:30 a.m. Earlybird Classes
February 21 — FamilyTreeMaker Sofware Class 1 of 3
March 21 — FamilyTreeMaker Software Class 2 of 3
April 18 — FamilyTreeMaker Software Class 3 of 3
Teaching is of benefit to all levels of genealogists.


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