Lecture at the Library on Saturday, June 24

Learning to use Ancestry (the library edition)

Lecture at the Library from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ready to explore your family tree? Watch your family tree grow as you start or continue your family history research using the tools available on Ancestry.com.  The Mountain Genealogists Society helps you navigate the Library version of Ancestry.com, which is free to use with your library card.  Discover best practices in genealogy research while avoiding common pitfalls in this interactive session. Please bring a laptop if you have one.  Mary Dickoff will be the primary with other club members assisting.

June 14 – Rockland Cemetery Project

A reminder that we will be meeting at the Evergreen Library to begin work on the Historic Rockland Cemetery Project.  If you are able to join us, fantastic!  If you can bring a laptop, even better.  If not, come anyway and help us to help Steve learn about the people buried at the cemetery.

Evergreen Library
Noon – 2pm

May 11 Meeting and Program

Come join us at the Church of the Hills in Evergreen at 7:00 for a short meeting and then a presentation on New England History and Genealogy: An Overview from Settlement to Revolution

As the second oldest area in the “New World” to undergo European settlement, many present day Americans can trace their ancestry back to the Pilgrims or the Puritan Great Migration. For some, it is very easy to trace your ancestry back to these original settlers due to the extensive records that their largely Puritan forebears maintained for us. Others find tracing their ancestry more difficult for varied reasons. John will share the importance to understand New England’s history, its settlement patterns, and its town structure to improve your chances to tackle New England brick walls While records are important to prove your genealogical past, it is often difficult to know where to look for these records unless you know the area’s history not to mention the formative activities that our ancestors undertook which provide rich stories for your family histories.

April 13 ~ Meeting and Program

NOTE location change: We will be meeting at the Conifer Historical Society (aka the Little White Schoolhouse) on Barkley Road in Conifer.

Dina Carson will be presenting “Hiding in Plain Database: Tips and Tricks for Finding Exactly the Records You’re After
Searching in databases can produce gold mines of information. They can also be frustrating and inefficient if you do not know how to conduct an effective search. It’s important to learn the lingo of databases to take advantage of the advanced search features. You will discover how to: narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumb navigation. You will learn how the most common typing mistakes can fool even the best searches. Sometimes you must stop looking for people and start looking for data points. As databases become more sophisticated, you will learn how to master the sliders and bring on the browse. 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 has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades, and lectures frequently to genealogical and historical societies throughout the West. She is the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876) and the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company and is the author of 10 new books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist’s Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors. Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she’s not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.