2016 Programs

2016 Programs and Speakers

Please Note: Unless otherwise specified, all meetings are held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Church of the Hills located at 28628 Buffalo Park Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439

***  DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM for Social Time!  ***

January 9 (Presentation at the Evergreen Library)

Program: Myths, Legends, and Lies: The Dangers of Family History Research
Description: Can you handle the truth?

Family History research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to Television Programs like Who Do You Think You Are?Genealogy Roadshow, and Finding Your Roots. But before you jump in, have you asked yourself, “Am I fully prepared for what I might discover?” Together we will be talking about the dangers in opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora’s Box, and shining the light on the ethical dilemmas you might encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors.

Speaker: Michael Stills, President of the Mountain Genealogists Society for this eye-opening presentation at the Evergreen Library. The programs starts at 2:30pm.

January 14

Program: “Brick Walls”

Description: If you have been stuck trying to find that elusive relative, join us to learn new techniques that you might not have tried before. This will be a "members helping members" meeting. If you are new to genealogy, this is a great time to come and gain knowledge of new and old searching techniques.

Speaker:  "Members helping Members" Meeting. For more information call Randi Marcos 303-941-0020

February 11

Program: Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection: Reading Yesterday’s News online today
Description: Join us for a free presentation about the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library.  The Collection contains over 700,000 pages of Colorado newspapers from 1859 on, and over 160 individual newspaper titles.  The Collection is still growing, and we add new titles every year. We have recently launched a new site. We'll look at how to use the new website and share some articles from Colorado's past.
Speaker: Leigh Jeremias, Digital Collections Coordinator, Colorado State Library

March 10

Program: Wiki's for Genealogy

Description: 

Everyone knows about Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia, but many people do not know that there are other “Wikis” out there, to include many dedicated to genealogy. 

Wikis enable communities to write documents collaboratively using a simple markup language and a web browser. The “community” can be the world, as with Wikipedia, or a smaller group, such as a corporation, governmental organization—or the genealogy community. Learn how to use this simple but powerful tool, and about its many applications. We’ll also create and post a new Wikipedia page during the presentation!

Speaker: Dave Barton is a past President of the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society and currently is the Communications Chair and Newspaper Editor for that society.  For the past few years, he’s been sharing the results of his research by blogging and contributing to Wikis which will be the focus of his presentation.

 

April 14

Program: Gathering History of the Living and Dead Using Mobiles

Description: Gordon Talyor will discuss criteria for selecting apps to include reputable cloud storage, share story gathering hints & examples. Easy organize albums and privacy protocols.

Bring your Smart Phones, tablets or mobile devices. His Objective is to inspire gathering stories of living and dead, photos videos etc., using these devices for the benefit of current and future generations. He will discuss criteria for selecting apps to include cloud storage to meet your needs/objectives.

Speaker: Gordon Taylor has 50+ Years of genealogy experience. He is VP of Joseph Taylor Sr. Family Association, managing a descendants program using tech to gather histories. He is Asst. Director of  aFHC CO., moderates a Senior Genealogy Club, a member of the CO Genealogy Society Computer Interest Group teaching technology. A retired USAF colonel, degrees in business, online learning, USU and IT, GWU. He and Susan have 8 children/26 grandchildren. He owned the first mobile, a 28 lbs Osborne.

 

May 12

Description: Learning without $pending: Getting a Free Genealogical Education

Program: Genealogy can be a very expensive pursuit and acquiring the knowledge to research well can add to the costs significantly. Seminars, institutes, conferences, and distance learning courses offer excellent learning experiences – but at a price. Learn about the many opportunities to advance your genealogical skills and knowledge without spending a penny. Explore websites, wikis, webinars and more in this presentation.  Live demonstrations are included (subject to the availability of high-speed Internet).

Speaker: Beth Benko is a professional genealogist providing family history research for clients and lecturing to local organizations. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science.  She worked as a software developer and manager for 30 years before leaving the corporate world to pursue her interests in family history.  Beth is on the board of several local genealogical societies, a volunteer at NARA and Denver Public Library, and a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogist

Learn more about Beth at Group W Genealogy 

 

June 9 (LOCATION CHANGE)

*** We will be meeting at: ***

Church of the Transfiguration: 27640 Hwy 74

Just West of Downtown Evergreen.

Program: My Heritage Library Edition of Family History Research

Description: Learn to use MyHeritage Library Edition free with your library card from home. This presentation will help you learn how to navigate the various features & records in the MyHeritage databases. Deena Coutant will be guiding us on this journey she is a full-time professional researcher, genetic genealogist & photo organizer, she profiles strategies to help her clients successfully discover, celebrate, share & properly preserve their families' memories-leveraging modern technology to bring them from the obsolescence of the past into the digital age. DigiDeenfa Family Heritage Solutions preserves what time tends to erase.  It provides more than 5 billion historical records from all over the world, including census records, family trees, tombstone photos, historical photographs, government and court records, wills and probate records, obituaries, and more. 

Speakers: Deena Coutant is passionate about creating family legacies that connect the past, present and future generations, through stories, photos, research or by uncovering the DNA of those ancestors who were previously lost to history.  As a full-time professional researcher, genetic genealogist and photo organizer, she profiles strategies to help her clients successfully discover, celebrate, share and properly preserve their families' memories-leveraging modern technology to bring them from the obsolescence of the past into the digital age. DigiDeena Family Heritage Solutions preserves what time tends to erase.

 

June 25 (Presentation at the Evergreen Library)

Program: Climbing your Family Tree at Ancestry.com

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Description:

Ready to explore your family tree? Learn how to start your family history research using the tools available on Ancestry. com. Discover the best practices in genealogy research while avoiding common pitfalls. Using Ancestry.com as our platform we will show you what’s really behind those shaky leaves as we give you a boost up on climbing your family tree.

Speaker: Michael Stills, President of the Mountain Genealogists Society for this eye-opening presentation at the Evergreen Library. The programs starts at 2:00pm.

 

 

July and August

No Programs / MGS Picnic

 

September 8

Program: Members Helping Members

Description: Our meeting will be Members helping Members. We will set aside our normal guest speaker program and focus on helping members. If you have a burning question, a stubborn brick wall or just want to listen and learn, join us to get your questions answered or help another member if you have some insight to their troubles.

Speakers: Members of the Mountain Genealogists Society

 

October 13

Program: Myths, Legends, and Lies: The Dangers of Family History Research
Description:

Can you handle the truth?

Family History research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to Television Programs like Who Do You Think You Are?Genealogy Roadshow, and Finding Your Roots. But before you jump in, have you asked yourself, “Am I fully prepared for what I might discover?” Together we will be talking about the dangers in opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora’s Box, and shining the light on the ethical dilemmas you might encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors.

Speaker: Michael Stills, President of the Mountain Genealogists Society.

November 10

Program: DNA Presentation and Testing

Description: With nearly 3 million genotyped individuals, genetic genealogy is rapidly emerging as one of the quickest ways to break decades-old brick walls and connect with cousins who are researching the same families.

This class will provide an overview of the 3 main types of DNA tests that are useful for genetic genealogy, including Y DNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA. Learn how each test works, what research questions each test can answer, which inheritance patterns are followed, and how to decide who to test. Discussion will include an overview of the 3 main testing labs, cost of testing, and ideas for motivating family members to test. A foundation in ethical and legal issues will be provided, including Genetic Genealogy Standards and how DNA testing fits into the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Optional DNA testing will be available following the presentation, for a fee.

Speaker: The courses will be taught by Deena Coutant. Deena is a full-time professional researcher and genetic genealogist.  She is passionate about connecting the past, present and future generations, through stories, photos, or by uncovering the DNA of those ancestors who were previously lost to history. She provides strategies to help her clients successfully discover, celebrate, share and properly preserve their families’ legacies, through both traditional genealogical research and DNA testing. Deena offers a unique blend of DNA and genealogy services through her company, DigiDeena Family Heritage Solutions.

 

December

No Programs / MGS Holiday Party