Past Programs

2015 Programs

January 13, 2015 1:00pm
“Show and Tech” – by Librarians and Technology Specialists from Arapahoe Library District
Experience how libraries are changing: learn about the new resources available to you, from Ancestry databases to filming studios. We will have the opportunity to go “hands on” with new technology such as Google Glass, 3D Printing and Flying Drones.

January 20, 2015 1:00pm
Beyond the Census: The Non-Population Schedules” by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting
The U.S. Federal census has been taken every ten years beginning in 1790, but have you wondered if there’s more to the census than the population statistics that were captured each decade? Learn to go beyond the population schedules and use the 6 “non-population” schedules taken during 1850-1885, including the agricultural, defective/dependent/delinquent, manufacturing/industrial, mortality, slave, and social statistics schedules. Discover where to locate these schedules, the clues they contain, and strategies for use.

February 10, 2015 1:00pm
Finding Old Maps on the Internet” by Ted Bainbridge, PhD
Dr. Bainbridge suggests that a genealogist start with the decision of what kinds of maps he/she wants. His handouts include detailed instructions on how to find old and modern maps on the Internet for free. He includes lots of real research puzzles solved by using maps.

February 17, 2015 1:00pm
Double header!
Special Projects at the Littleton History Museum” by Bob Jenkins, CGHS Projects Committee Chairman
Riverside Cemetery” by Steve Johnson, Columbine Newsletter Editor and Photographer
Bob Jenkins and other CGHS members have been actively indexing obituaries from the Littleton Independent newspaper for the years 1880 to 2000. Bob will share the results of this multi-year project. CGHS’ own Steve Johnson will share the stories and photographs from Riverside Cemetery in Denver.

March 10, 2015 1:00pm
Genealogy DNA Testing – What’s this all about??
by Ric Morgan, Attorney, Genealogist, Goat Farmer
DNA testing is quickly becoming an important part of genealogy research, and new genealogy DNA tests have become very useful for determining ancestry. Each of us inherits a unique genetic code from our parents. This creates a molecular link between generations which reaches far back in time, and can be of great help in reconstructing our family histories. This session will focus on the basics of genealogy DNA testing, and will discuss the following questions: What is genealogy DNA testing, and how does it work? Can I really find my ancestors using genealogy DNA testing? How can genealogy DNA testing prove or disprove my family tree research?

March 17, 2015 9:30am Early Bird Workshop
Organizing and Digitizing Physical and Digital Photos
by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting
Many people are overwhelmed by the amount of family documentation they have collected over the years as they have researched their genealogy. The problem is compounded because most people have a mix of both physical and digital documents and photos, and the collection keeps growing every day! The issue manifests most often when the “stuff” outgrows the containers where it is stored, and we have trouble quickly finding items when they are needed. Learn to improve your organization skills by applying the best practices for organizing digital and physical items. The presentation also includes ideas for digitizing, storing and backing up important information.

March 17, 2015 1:00pm
Historic Buildings and the Research — Colorado Mansions, Castles and Hotels” by Linda Wommack, local historian, author and historical consultant
Linda’s presentation will draw on her recently published book, Historic Colorado Mansions & Castles which details the history of ten historic homes ranging in location from Denver to Durango. The history and significance of these structures will be featured together with stories of their builders and owners.

April 14, 2015 1:00 p.m.
“Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection” by Mary McCarthy, Colorado State Library
The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently has over 600,000 pages of digitized historic Colorado newspapers, dating from 1859. It contains a wealth of historic news for research, genealogy, or just for fun. Access to the collection is free. Learn the basics of how the site works and how to research historic newspapers.

April 21, 2015 1:00 pm
“My Irish Genealogy Inspired by Music”
by Star Edwards, Harp Instructor, Musician and Author
This presentation will be an exploration of the music of Star’s ancestors. She will play music from her family’s roots in County Cork, Ireland, interspersed with family history. In addition Star features music from the 40’s to honor her father’s uncle’s band, Sandy Edwards and the Texas Pals.

May 12, 2015 1:00pm
A Tale of Two Case Studies
by Gina Ventola, Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society Member
Gina will present two case studies using DNA technology to find answers from the past. Come join us to hear this exciting story!

May 19, 2015 11:00am
Used Book Sale
Come browse through competitively-priced genealogical and historical books and media

May 19, 2015 12:00pm
Potluck Luncheon

May 19, 2015 1:00pm
Gidgets and Gadgets for Genealogy
Members share their favorite little things for genealogical research.

June through August
Summer break – no programs

September 8, 2015

1 p.m. “Publishing Shorts” – Family Newsletters by Livie Grogan, member, Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society

Avid genealogists share tips, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of self-publishing.

September 13, 2015

2 – 4 p.m. “Introduction to Genealogy” @ Bemis Public Library  CANCELED

September 15, 2015

1 p.m. “Legacy Stories” by Gordon Taylor, Assistant Director of the Littleton Family History Center, family man and experienced genealogist will introduce LegacyStories.org, a free living history library that provides life story learning, recording, archiving and sharing to families, professionals and groups.  Legacy Stories offers a variety of options to compose and record legacy stories including multi-media story pages, oral history slideshows and the ability to record powerful Pict-Oral Memories with Apple and Android mobile apps.

September 8, 2015

1 p.m. “Publishing Shorts” – Family Newsletters by Livie Grogan, member, Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society

Avid genealogists share tips, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of self-publishing.

September 13, 2015

2 – 4 p.m. “Introduction to Genealogy” @ Bemis Public Library  CANCELED

September 15, 2015

1 p.m. “Legacy Stories” by Gordon Taylor, Assistant Director of the Littleton Family History Center, family man and experienced genealogist will introduce LegacyStories.org, a free living history library that provides life story learning, recording, archiving and sharing to families, professionals and groups.  Legacy Stories offers a variety of options to compose and record legacy stories including multi-media story pages, oral history slideshows and the ability to record powerful Pict-Oral Memories with Apple and Android mobile apps.

October 13, 2015

1 p.m. “Probate for the Genealogist” by Richard Kautt, Lawyer and Genealogist, will cover modern and historical probate practices to provide background to genealogists in researching probate records.

October 20, 2015

9:30 a.m. Early Bird “Testate Records” by Kirk Patton, Attorney

1 p.m. Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years by Mary Taylor Young.

Author Young tells a story that stretches from the dawn of time into the future. Journey back to witness the rise, fall, and rise again of mountains. Meet ancient people who built rock game drives still visible atop Trail Ridge, and Utes and Arapaho who left behind only their names for many Park features. Learn how a young man named Enos Mills became a passionate advocate for this mountain wonderland and devoted his life to preserving it as a national park.

November 10, 2015

1 p.m. “They Weren’t all Prostitutes and Gamblers” by Dr. Sandra F. Mather PH.D, Professor Emerita, Author and Historian

We are privileged to learn about the lives of early Colorado women from a noted historian and author who is also the current president of the Summit Historical Society. Dr. Mather brings these female pioneers to life from her research in newspaper accounts, census records, photos and diaries. One diary in particular stood out to her – the diary of Anna Sadler Hamilton from the years 1885 and 1887.

 

2014 Programs

January 14, 1:00 P.M.
“Swedish Shorts” presented by  Beverly Harbourt, Brian Rapp, and Ron Floberg

Hear three short presentations on basic Swedish research using ArkivDigital and other online resources, three new ways to do Swedish research and “What is a Backstuga?”

January 21, 1:00 P.M.
“Conducting Successful Interviews” presented by Kim Paul, Owner, Leave A Legacy
Enhance your interviewing techniques by learning how to best capture personal family stories from living relatives.

February 11, 1:00 P.M.
“Galvanized Yankees” presented by Karen Hancock, Retired Teacher and Genealogical Researcher

A search for relatives lead Karen to discover who a “Galvanized Yankee” is and she will share how to find out if you have one in your family, too.

February 18, 10:00 A.M.
“Capturing Oral History with Saving Memories Forever” presented by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting

Saving Memories Forever offers a simple solution to record and share stories.  The service uses a smartphone app that you—or your grandkids—could use to capture recordings anytime and anywhere the stories roll.  It also includes a private website where recordings can be uploaded, organized and enhanced with the addition of photos or documents.  If you have a smartphone, please bring it, and if you don’t, come anyway and learn how you can use the website for your stories.

February 18, 1:00 P.M.
“Cherokee Ranch and Castle History:  The History and Genealogy” presented by Meg Anderson and John Lake, caterers and friends of the late Tweet Kimball

Come and hear about Cherokee Ranch and Castle, the history of the area, as well as some of the genealogy of Tweet Kimball as told by the couple who catered, butlered and were friends of the lady of the castle.

March 11, 1:00 P.M.
“What’s New at Family Search”  presented by Concetta Kile, Littleton Family History Center
Learn about what’s new on FamilySearch.org

March 18, 9:30 A.M.
“Introduction to Genealogy” presented by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting

Are you curious about tracing your roots and learning more about the ancestors in your family tree? The popularity of genealogy as a hobby has exploded due to the ease of researching online and because of TV shows that illustrate how fun and addicting it can be. Learn how to get started and explore the many benefits of this hobby, from connecting with cousins to discovering your family’s origins.

March 18, 1:00 P.M.
“Thinking Outside the Pine Box” presented by Kirk Patton, Professional Genealogist, Fincastle Ancestry Research
A survey of death-related genealogical sources.

April 8, 1:00 P.M.
Book Discussion of The Night Sky by Maria Sutton, author
This talk pertains to German research

April 15, 2014
Summer Luncheon, themed “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things”

May 13, 1:00 P.M.
“A New Age Family History Tour” by Joyce Lohse, award-winning author, LohseWorks

May 20, 1:00 P.M.
Columbine Writers Group Shares All

September 9, 1:00 P.M.

“Giving Away Your Family Tree: A Treasure Trove of Family History Gifts,” by Dina Carson, author Iron Gate Publishing
Have you ever wondered how you could turn a family group sheet into some you could wrap and give as a gift? Have you set your sights on a wall hanging or a quilt that honors your family history? How about finding a way to share Grandma’s china without giving away the dishes? We’ll talk about some clever ways you can present your genealogical research in a way that family members will cherish.

September 16, 9:30 A.M.

Using Family Tree Maker 2014 Software (Part 1 of 3) by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting
Have you started researching your roots and need a system to organize all your wonderful finds?  In this 3-part series, learn how Family Tree Maker software integrates with Ancestry.com to make the search, storage and sharing processes more seamless. Participants will learn effective search strategies on Ancestry.com, as well as how to enter or merge information into Family Tree Maker, and ultimately how to create charts and reports that can be shared with family or used as research tools.  Session 1 covers the People and Places workspaces.

September 16, 1:00 P.M.

“She’s Not Dead, He Took Another Bride,” by James Jeffrey, Denver Public Library, Western History & Genealogy
The census gives us a decennial peek into our ancestors’ households. However, to discover the nuances of their lives, we must delve deeper into traditional and lesser-used resources. Discover the techniques used to gain an intimate view of your ancestors’ family life.

October 14, 1:00 P.M.

“WorldCat.org” by John Mears
This program will focus on the family history uses of the World Catalog.  The World Catalog is a database of 100 million entries–the holdings of libraries in the United States and in many foreign countries.  You will learn how to access books and other media about your ancestors’ churches, communities and, perhaps, families.

October 21, 9:30 A.M.

Using Family Tree Maker 2014 Software (Part 2 of 3) by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting
In this 3-part series, learn how Family Tree Maker software integrates with Ancestry.com to make the search, storage and sharing processes more seamless.  Session 2 covers the Media, Sources, and Publish workspaces.  RSVP here.

October 21, 1:00 P.M.

“Organized Chaos,” by Nancy & Gary Ratay
Finding your family history is often like organizing chaos. In this presentation we will cover naming and organizing scans, photos and .pdf documents so that finding them will not involve another family search.

November 8, 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Introduction to Genealogy and Bemis Library Tour by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting
Are you curious about tracing your roots and learning more about the ancestors in your family tree? The popularity of genealogy as a hobby has exploded due to the ease of researching online and because of TV shows that illustrate how fun and addicting it can be.  Learn how to get started and explore the many benefits of this hobby, from connecting with cousins to discovering your family’s origins. The presentation will include 2 hours of instruction that covers general methodology, record types, and resources. Mid-way through the presentation, the group will take a tour of the onsite resources at Bemis, including its microfilm room where films from the Family History Library can be rented and viewed, and the large book collection, many of which have been donated by the Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society.

November 11, 1:00 P.M.

Annual Business Meeting and Elections
“Your Military Ancestor,” by Marilyn Elrod

Trace your military ancestors in various wars through the Internet and at Federal, state, and local levels.  Along the way, you will find interesting stories and documents.  Share your military memorabilia to honor your ancestor on Veterans Day.

November 18, 9:30 A.M.

Using Family Tree Maker 2014 Software (Part 3 of 3) by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting
In this 3-part series, learn how Family Tree Maker software integrates with Ancestry.com to make the search, storage and sharing processes more seamless.  Session 3 covers the Web Search workspace, Ancestry.com TreeSync, and other maintenance tasks such as backups and exports.  RSVP here.

November 18, 1:00 P.M.

“Heirlooms & History:  Glimpses into 19th Century Lives from Unique Family Documents” by Tom Tyler, Denver University Professor

Journals of an ancestor’s two voyages on a Nantucket whaling ship in the 1820s and 1830s led to a family history quest that is still ongoing.  A more complete biography of the Nantucket whaler and his family emerged.  A museum database available online provided useful facts but also raised questions.  The Google Books library, online historic maps and newspapers, as well as other internet resources, yielded narrative material as well as explaining old skeletons (e.g. slave ownership, murder, divorce, etc.).

December 9, Noon

Holiday Luncheon and program “Christmas Memories”

 

2013 Programs

10 December 2013, Noon
Holiday Potluck and Program

19 November 2013, 1:00 P.M.
“Case Study:  Homestead Records Research” by Jim & Carol Wolff

12 November 2013, 1:00 P.M.
Annual Elections and Member “Brick Walls” Discussions

15 October 2013, 9:30 A.M.
Webinar “Reverse Genealogy:  Finding the Living” by Megan Smolenyak

15 October 2013, 1:00 P.M.
“What the Library of Congress Has for Genealogists” by Peggy Cummings

8 October 2013, 1:00 P.M.
“Don’t Give Up the Search” by Carol Swenson, AG

17 September 2013, 1:00 P.M.
“Castle Garden:  New York’s Immigrant Depot, 1855-1890” by Carol Darrow, CG

10 September 2013, 1:00 P.M.
“Finding the ‘R’ at the Library” by James Jeffrey