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 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
Genealogy Outside the Box:  Researching with Social Media
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 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
Sep 16
Taking Stock: Identifying the Holes in Your Research and Developing a Solid Research Plan
This lecture will provide various ideas in developing timelines, document analysis and creating research plans for organizational and research success.
Mona Lambrecht, MA
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!
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