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
 
A followup class workshop will be held on February 21 and March 2.
January 21
How to Record Your Family History
Dr. Ron Ross
February 2
Class:  Beginning Genealogy (repeat of January 17 class)
 
A followup class workshop will be held on February 21 and March 2.

February 18

Colorado History:  Truth & Mystery
Joyce B. Lohse
February 21
Workshop:  Practical Genealogy
 
March 2
Workshop:  Practical Genealogy (repeat of February 21 workshop)
 

March 18

Breaking Through Brick Walls with Reason & Logic
Greg Liverman

April 15

Ireland:  The Emerald Isle
Diane Barbour
May 21 – CANCELLED due to Library Remodeling
 
June 17
For Better or For Worse: Marriage, Separation and Divorce
Join Carol Darrow to learn how to find these challenging records.
Carol Cooke Darrow
Jul 6
Special event:  Film “Forgotten Ellis Island” and Pizza Night
Hours:  6:30 – 8:30 PM
PBS film shows the experiences of immigrants at Ellis Island, particularly the hospital operated by the US immigration services. Pizza provided, donation asked.
Lynnette Pendleton
 
Jul 15
Denver Public Library Field Trip
Have you visited the Denver Public Library lately? See what this library has to offer – North American, European and Colorado genealogy and more – the Denver Library has one of the largest genealogical collections this side of the Mississippi!

Please join us on Saturday, July 15 for a tour of the Denver Public Library in Denver. We will meet at the Philip Miller Library at approximately 9 am and carpool to DPL where James K. Jeffrey, Genealogy Specialist, will conduct the tour of the genealogical facilities. The tour will start promptly at 10:30 AM. There will be a lunch break at noon after which we will return to the Genealogy Section for independent research.

Please register to receive additional details.

Jul 17
Workshop:  Genealogy Outside the Box: Using Social Media for Genealogy
Hours:  6:30 – 8:30 PM
Ready for something new and exciting? Join me for a workshop exploring new and surprising resources you may not have considered. See how Facebook, Pinterest, Ebay, YouTube, etc. can further your genealogical research. Who knew? Learn about privacy issues, how to find what interests you, and the do’s and don’ts of using these sites. Go beyond Ancestry and Family Search to see what else is waiting for you on the internet, and give your research a fresh new boost!
Noel G Ferre
Aug 3
Roundtable:  SHARE – evening session
Hours:  6:30 – 8:30 PM
Enjoy an open forum discussion on all aspects of research for those who prefer or are only available in the evening. Discuss problems, successes, and discoveries!
Noel G Ferre
Aug 15
Class:  Researching Land Records
Hours:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Broaden your knowledge of land records, and how they can enrich your family research. Find out what is available, where to find it, and what you will learn.
Don Purkey
Aug 19
Hiding In Plain Database
If you have searched a database and not found what you were looking for, after this talk, you will want to look again.
 Dina Carson
Aug 21
Workshop:  Scrapbooking for Genealogy
Hours:  4:30 – 6:30 PM
Learn some family-pleasing ways to pass along your genealogical work by using the art of scrapbooking. Enjoy a different approach to a serious effort. See how to make gifts for others that reflect your family research!
Candy McCune
Sep 7
Class:  Beginning Genealogy (part 1 of 2)
Hours:  6:30 – 8:30 PM
Learn the basics of good research. Start on the right foot, knowing tricks it has taken others years to learn. Standards, methods, and helpful guidance will get your research started without the usual hiccups.
Lynnette Pendleton
Sep 16
Sources and Documentation
Hours:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to create a good source, how to use it to justify your facts and conclusions and then how to connect individuals into families and a pedigree.
Larry Dodge
Sep 19
Class:  Practical Genealogy (part 2 of 2)
Hours:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Use the basics learned in part one in a hands-on session of practical experience. Guided by an experienced researcher, learn where and how to find the records you need for your own genealogy.
Don Purkey
Oct 5
Turkey Day and the Family Tree:  Preparing for your Thanksgiving Celebration
Hours  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Thanksgiving and the holidays are on the way!  Traditions provide a great opportunity to discuss family history.  Older family members can provide a wealth of information, stories and clues to your past.  These stories and clues will enrich your personal research and are essential tools to learn more about your family.  Don’t wait until it’s too late!  With a little preparation, you may be able to use the occasion to your genealogical advantage.  Join us for some inspirational ideas to get the conversation started!

Oct 21
Untangling Your New England Roots:  An Overview from Settlement to Revolution
Hours:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Do you share New England Roots with John E. Putnam from Pre-Revolutionary times? Do you know the history and migration patterns that your ancestors experienced during these times?  Even though you may not share any roots from this geographical area, there are many factors that started in New England that still impact us all.
 
Note:  John likes to customize his talks to his audiences.  He asks that attendees share with him the following information:
1.  What are your top 5 New England surnames and in what towns & states did they live?
2.  What is your single biggest New England research brick wall?  Please provide brief details.
3.  What information about New England would most benefit your research?

Please provide this information to jeputnam@aol.com before October 14, 2017.

 
 
Oct 21
Open House:  Falling for Genealogy
Hours:  Noon – 4 PM
Your Ancestors Are Waiting For You To Find Them!
Knowledgeable genealogists will be available to assist you with research skills, specific questions and instruction for both the beginners as well as advanced genealogists. Get started, get organized or break through a brick wall! Make connections with experienced researchers, learn the latest tips and tricks in the field of genealogy and enjoy a FREE afternoon with fellow genealogists!
Nov 18
Sources or Clues? Pitfalls of Using Published Genealogies and Online Trees
What happens when we just copy and use what is in published sources and online trees? This case study illustrates the confusion and proliferation of errors that may result.
Julie Miller
 Dec 16 – TBA
CRCGS Holiday Celebration
 

2018 Topics

January 20
Ancestry DNA Matches: Who Are All of these People, and Why Do I Care?
Wendy Dillenschneider will instruct on Ancestry DNA results: how to interpret, evaluate, understand DNA circles, and use triangulation to identify ancestors.
Wendy Dillenschneider
February 17
Finding English Families in Online Sources Beyond Ancestry and Family Search
Many people, when looking for English ancestors do not venture far beyond Ancestry or FamilySearch.  In reality, there are many additional places to look, particularly, for earlier records.  The presentation will focus on other places to look, primarily sources that are free and online. 
Ed Story
March 17
Planning for Success:  Genealogy Research Plans
Complex research questions will require a more formal process for developing and executing research plans
Beth Benko
April 21
Topic TBA
Bobby King 
May 19
State and Special Censuses
Many of us use Federal Census records as the backbone of our family history work.  Come see what information is available and learn how to access these special censuses.
Kathy Tarullo