2017 FALL Programs

Columbine takes a break during the summer months for fun, relaxation, reading, research, travel, visits, and discovery in our search for family history. We’ll see you in September!

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CGHS 2017 Scheduled Fall Programs
September 12 – Dr. Jack Ballard – Fort Logan
September 19 – Claire Martin (former Denver Post journalist) – Obituaries
October 10 – Brian Trimbath – on Emily Griffith
October 17 – Greg Liverman – DNA –
(an earlybird class and afternoon program)
November 14 – James Jeffrey – about Pikes Peak
November 21 – Hispanic Roots in Denver
December 12 – Holiday Social and Potluck — Sharing Ancestors’ Keepsakes

Summer Board of Directors meeting:
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m. at The Egg & I
on University, across from Southglenn

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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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2016 FALL Programs

September 13, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
“DNA presentation”– Deena Coutant, Genetic Genealogist, DigiDeena  Family Heritage Solutions
This presentation will provide a foundation in the Genetic Genealogy Standards which provide guidelines for purchasing, recommending, sharing and interpreting DNA test results.  Deena will cover the advantages and limitations of DNA testing and lay out realistic expectations of how to properly use DNA as a key tool in every researcher’s genealogy arsenal.

September 20, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
“Bemis Library Resources for genealogical and historical Research” – with Claire Mattoon
Littleton’s Bemis Library has an extensive genealogy reference collection of both print and digital materials.  The library is also a deposit site for the Family History Center.  This program will feature an introduction to several databases, tips on using online resources for genealogical research and examples of the library’s physical resources that are of interest to the historian and genealogist.

October 11, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
“Researching Land Records” – presented by Pam Heath
Why are land records so important to genealogy research? This presentation will discuss where to locate various types of land records and how to read them using examples of actual documents. The differences between metes and bounds and platted land descriptions will be discussed and an explanation of available software to map metes and bounds land will be provided. The use of maps, atlases and gazetteers will also be covered.

October 18, 2016 – “Early Bird Class,” 9:30-11:30 a.m.
“Genealogical Research with Estate Records: Where There’s Not a Will, There’s Probably Still a Way,” with Kirk Woosley Patton, JD
This hands-on workshop will cover the types of records generated when a person dies without leaving a will. An actual probate case will be examined to illustrate the legal process and suggest additional lines of research. Kirk Patton is an attorney and professional genealogist whose primary genealogical focus involves research with original estate and land records. (This program replaces one snowed out last fall.)

October 18, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
“The Salem Witch Hunt and How it Relates to Genealogy” — presented by Karen Pavone, Mayflower Descendant
Millions of people worldwide can claim descent from someone involved in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The trials marked a turning point in Colonial American history from Puritan communalism to Yankee independence and from faith in a collective conscience to skepticism toward moral governance. Karen Pavone is an indirect descendant of five of those executed and 55 of those accused as a result of the trials.

November 8, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
Elmar Fend, CGHS member, presents “Ancient Origins and Migration Paths.”
“I will keep the presentation on an easy to understand level, based on DNA research, linguistics research and historian recordings.”

November 15, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
Julie Miller’s presentation, “Carriers of News and Knowledge: Post Office Records”
A lesser-known resource comes to light at Columbine.

December 13, 2106 – Holiday Potluck at Noon – Program at 1:00 p.m.

Coming Soon – in Spring 2017:

Early Bird Sessions – Tuesdays, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 — 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Three part series on Family Tree Maker
Class Description: Have you started researching your roots and need a system to organize all your wonderful finds? Learn why Family Tree Maker software is the most popular choice in genealogy software today. Receive an overview of the 7 work spaces in the Family Tree Maker software: Plan, People, Places, Media, Sources, Publish, and Web Search. Learn quick ways to customize the layout of the software to your preferences. Participants will be ready to start entering their family history information and working in the software after attending this class series. Applicable to both PC and Mac versions.

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2016 Spring Programs


January 12, 2016
1:00 p.m.  “Compiled Family Histories and Genealogies: How to Find Them, Use Them, and Interpret Them” – James Jeffrey, Genealogy Specialist, Western History and Genealogy, Denver Public Library

January 19, 2016
1:00 p.m.  “Tracing Your Norwegian Ancestors” – Marylee Hagen, Cultural Director and Genealogy Support Director, Fjelldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, Denver

February 9, 2016
1:00 p.m.  “New and Old Ways to Search and use” – Carole Jacobs from the Family History Center, 1939 E Easter Ave, Centennial, Colorado 80122

February 16, 2016
9:30 a.m.  Early Bird – DNA Session 1 of 3
1:00 p.m.  “Yellowstone or Bust!!” – Dr. Dora Lodwick will talk about a covered-wagon trip her great grandparents took from Canyon City to the newly opened Yellowstone National Park. Discover the challenges they faced along the way!

Dr. Dora Lodwick was a university professor for 30 years teaching documentary research as part of social research methods.  She has published several professional books as well as a diary-based biography of her parents.  She spent her first 18 years in Brazil and has worked extensively in Latin America.

March 8, 2016
1:00 p.m. “Using Google for Genealogical Research” – Sandee Brookes from the Family History Center, 1939 E Easter Ave, Centennial, Colorado, 80122

March 15, 2016
9:30 a.m.   Early Bird – DNA Session 2 of 3
1:00 p.m. “Lineage Societies” – Bev Nelson, member Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society

April 12, 2016
1:00 p.m. “Women in the Civil War” – Sandy Ronayne, member Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society

April 19, 2016
9:30 a.m.   Early Bird – DNA Session 3 of 3
1:00 p.m. “Japanese Internment in Colorado and Camp Amache” – Hank Tobo

May 10, 2016
1:00 p.m. “The Development of the Santa Fe Railroad and its Art Collection” – Bryan Trembath, Denver Public Library, and Kristen Fong, American Museum of Western Art

May 17, 2016
noon   Luncheon and Book Sale

Summer Break – June through August – (BOD meeting August 9, 9:30 a.m., at The Egg and I)

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