Monthly Programs

CRCGS-Logo-Medium-ColorThe Castle Rock Colorado Genealogical Society meets on most 3rd Saturdays from 10:00am to Noon for its monthly program.  In most months, a presenter typically lectures for an hour about a particular genealogy topic; in some months a special class or event is held.  No registration is required to attend the monthly program lectures, and visitors are always welcome.

For up-to-date scheduling details

see Calendar of Events or Upcoming Event List

2017 Topics

January 17
Class:  Beginning Genealogy
Please join us in this basic course designed for the beginner.  We will touch on how to use records you might already have in your home, how to decide what you need to learn, how and where to find the records, analyze them and record them!  We’ll introduce pedigree charts, group sheets and much more!
Session 1 hours:  10 AM – Noon
Registration Required – Click to register for the 10AM-Noon session
Session 2 hours (repeat):  6:30-8:30
$5 fee to cover handouts.
A followup class workshop will be held on February 21 and March 2.
January 21
How to Record Your Family History
In a joint collaboration with Philip S. Miller library,  Dr. Ron Ross will speak on “How to Record Your Family History.”
Dr. Ron Ross
February 2
Class:  Beginning Genealogy (repeat of January 17 class)
Please join us in this basic course designed for the beginner.  We will touch on how to use records you might already have in your home, how to decide what you need to learn, how and where to find the records, analyze them and record them!  We’ll introduce pedigree charts, group sheets and much more!
Session hours:  6:30-8:30
Registration Required – Click to register
$5 fee to cover handouts.
A followup class workshop will be held on February 21 and March 2.

February 18

Colorado History:  Truth & Mystery
Joyce Lohse’s presentations include asides about finding the true story of Colorado’s famous pioneers through study of primary evidence and public records.
Joyce B. Lohse
February 21
Workshop:  Practical Genealogy
This workshop is designed for the person who has taken the Beginning class and who now would like to learn tips and tricks of using their software, how to search on Ancestry.comfamily search.org, how to tap into other resources, and how to organize their digital and paper files.  It is designed as a workshop, so bring your questions and your laptops if available.
Registration Required – Click to register
March 2
Workshop:  Practical Genealogy (repeat of February 21 workshop)
This workshop is designed for the person who has taken the Beginning class and who now would like to learn tips and tricks of using their software, how to search on Ancestry.comfamily search.orghow to tap into other resources, and how to organize their digital and paper files.  It is designed as a workshop, so bring your questions and your laptops if available.
Registration Required – Click to register

March 18

Breaking Through Brick Walls with Reason & Logic
Let’s break down some walls!  All of us have at least one which plagues us and this month Greg Liverman will show us how to apply the scientific method to our family history research using logic and critical thinking to break down our brick walls.
Greg Liverman

April 15

Ireland:  The Emerald Isle
By popular demand, and after last year’s snow cancellation, we will now have the much anticipated presentation, “The Emerald Isle!”  Diane Barbour will begin with some basic Irish history and from there on to record groups and their availability.
Diane Barbour
May 21
Directories and Maps
Please join us as Ed Storey shows us a path a bit outside the box to provide an additional glimpse into our ancestor’s life.  He will examine how to use maps, directories and other sources to gain information about where a person lived and what they did for a living.
Ed Storey
June 17
Divorce Records

July 15

Denver Public Library Field Trip
Aug 17 – TBA
Sep 16
Research Plans
Oct 21 – TBA
Dec 16 – TBA
CRCGS Holiday Celebration

2016 Topics

January 21
The Intricacies of Autosomal DNA
A hands-on presentation with members encouraged to bring their Family Tree DNA or Ancestry DNA analysis
Dorothy Coltrin
February 20
Miners, Ranchers & More: Find Your Colorado Roots
Learn about the wide variety of resources available for researching your Colorado ancestors.
Annette Burke Lyttle
March 19
Navigating NARA
This presentation will describe the holdings and research facilities of the National Archives central and regional locations, with a focus on the National Archives at Denver.
Beth Benko
April 16
Searching for Your Irish Roots
The speaker will share her 20 years of research experience and how she found and met her mother’s living relatives in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.
Marylee Hagen
May 21
Organizing Your Genealogy without Losing Your Mind
This lecture will discuss techniques to organize your genealogy so you will spend more time researching and less time reorganizing.
Julie Miller
June 19
The Dos and Don’ts of Archiving Your Genealogical Material “Clean, Dry, Dark and Cool”
Preserving family treasures is part of many genealogists’ activities.  Shaun Boyd, Archivist with the Douglas County History Research Center, will talk about conditions of storage, common problems with choosing which materials to save, and what to do with all those pesky computer files.
Shawn Boyd
July 16
Annual CRCGS Picnic
Aug 16
DNA Beginner’s Workshop – Focus on Testing
Deena Coutant
Aug 20
Homestead Records and Public Land Survey Systems
This lecture will discuss the Homestead Act of 1862, and help you to understand the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) upon which it was based.
Pat Roberts
Sep 17
Researching US Military Records
The presenter will discuss researching military records in the United States.  He will focus on bounty land warrants, military service records and pension records.
Oct 15
AM DNA Lecture:  The Joys and Perils of DNA Testing
What You Need to Know to Be an Ethical Genetic Genealogist
PM DNA Open House Table:  Ask questions, purchase DNA test kits
Deena Coutant
Oct 15
Falling for Genealogy: A Free Open House 
Oct 18
DNA Intermediate Workshop – Focus on Results

Dec 17
CRCGS Holiday Celebration