CGHS 2018 SPRING Programs

Columbine welcomes members, friends and guests to enjoy
our programs, and share information about family history.
Join us, as new genealogy adventures await at Columbine!

CGHS 2018 Spring Programs:

Jan. 9 – Hispanic Roots in Colorado – Denise Lovato Duran
Jan. 16 – Marriage, Separation & Divorce – Carol Darrow
Feb. 13 – Early North Eastern Ancestors – John E. Putnam
Feb. 20 – Rich People Behaving Badly – Richard Kreck
March 13 – Honor Flight of Colorado – Mary Denise Haddon
March 20 – Getting to Know Uncle Moses: Building a Profile of Your Interesting Ancestors – Greg Liverman
April 10 – Tiny Town (pending confirmation)
April 17 – Census Records/Maps – Kirsten Canfield
(all programs are subject to change)



CGHS Jan 2018 Media Notice

Tues., January 9, 9:30-11:30 – Board of Directors meeting
All outgoing and incoming board members should be present as business and duties transition from the 2017 to the 2018 Board of Directors.

Tues., January 9, 1-3 p.m. – “The Gonzales and Paiz Families from Northern New Mexico to Early Colorado,” presented by Denise Lovato Duran, Vice President of the Colorado Hispanic Genealogy Society

Denise Lovato Duran is descended from settlers who were brought to present-day New Mexico by the conquistadors as early as 1598. Her family later settled in Las Animas County in the Colorado Territory in the 1860s. She has been exploring this heritage since 1984 and will share insights into her family’s story and the early history and settlement of the Southwest.

Tues., January 16, 1-3 p.m. – “Marriage, Separation and Divorce,” presented by Carol Cooke Darrow, Certified Genealogist

Marriage, separation and divorce have shaped the lives of many of our ancestors and their descendants. What may have started out as a dream of love and happiness may have turned into a nightmare of arguments, fights, separation, divorce, or desertion. Carol will introduce us to the types of records available and how to search for them.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – 9:30am to 11:30am
Beginning Genealogy
Presenter – Barbara Elliott, CGHS member
Explore the possibilities of researching family history with an experienced genealogist. Barbara Elliott has over 30 years of experience in genealogy. She will talk about where to start, census records, digital databases and online searches.  During the past thirty years Barbara has worked at the LDS Family History Center and does research using the extensive films at the LDS Library.  She knows the ins and outs of their databases and says that she can find just about anything.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – 9:30am to 11:30am
Using Directories and Sanborn Maps to Learn More about the Lives of our Ancestors.
Presenter- Ed Storey, Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society, Published Author
Genealogy is much more interesting when we learn more than just vital records about people.  Details of where they lived and worked can help us better understand our ancestors.  Fortunately, there are two widely available types of documents.  City directories often give both street address and occupation.  They also, came out frequently enough to enable us to follow the ancestors as they moved or changed employment.  Sanborn maps were produced to help property insurers determine the type of structure and therefore the rate for insurance.  They were quite detailed and enable us to learn some details about where our ancestors lived.  The directories are needed to gain the most from the maps.  Still, it might not be easy as street names and routes changed over the years.   The presentation will show how to obtain these documents and to use them to best advantage.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 9:30am to 11:30am
Ancestry DNA Matches: Who Are All of these People, and Why Do I Care?
Presenter – Wendy Dillenschneider
Targeted at the amateur and professional genealogist, AncestryDNA has the largest consumer database of autosomal DNA test results in the world. Over 3 million people have tested with AncestryDNA. They are leaders in the use of combined genetic and genealogical data to predict the ancestor that you have in common with another individual. AncestryDNA does not offer a chromosome browser, so genealogists must use tree triangulation to discover common ancestors. AncestryDNA provides several tools to help you with your tree triangulation work.



Tuesday, December 12 — CGHS Annual Holiday Potluck!

Setup starts at 11 a.m. – Bring a dish or item of your choice for the potluck

The Bookstore will be open!

Raffle drawing will feature a grand prize of Family Tree Maker 2017 software

Lunch begins at Noon followed by a member-share program —

“Sharing Family Treasures Held in Your Heart or in Your hand”

Members share a treasured family memory, story or heirloom.

Happy Holidays to all members and friends of Columbine!


NOVEMBER 2017 Meetings

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:

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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