Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
An Invitation to Anyone with Ancestors!
Welcome to the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. We are located in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, at the foot of beautiful Pikes Peak. Our mission is to preserve family history by indexing records; support research with free classes, lectures, and one-on-one help; and contribute to public genealogy causes. While we support genealogical research throughout Colorado, we have a special focus on El Paso and Teller counties including the towns of Manitou Springs, Fountain, Monument, Calhan, Peyton, Yoder, and other rural communities.
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visitors are welcome. For monthly meeting information see Programs or call (719) 531-6333, ext. 2252. For more genealogy events throughout the state and our free classes, see Calendar of Events. For help with your research, including our one-on-one GenMentor assistance, select GenMentors or Research Help.
Members of our society receive additional members-only benefits listed at Join PPGS. Come find your roots with us!

May Meeting

The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society


"Errors, Evidence and Standards of Proof!"     


Speaker: Dr. Ted Bainbridge

What is the difference between a citation and a source?  What is a repository and what is a database?  What kind of evidence do I need to make all these wild claims about my ancestors?  What kind of proof do I need to document my source of information?  What errors does my research contain and where can I find them?  Have you ever wondered about these questions, if so, you need to attend Dr. Ted Bainbridge's presentation on "Errors, Evidence, and Standards of Proof!"  Dr. Bainbridge will provide information on kinds of errors made in genealogical research along with some hilarious examples.  He will look at the causes of common errors and how to avoid them.  He will also explain the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard, established by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and how we can learn by writing.



Wednesday,  May 11, 2016

7 p.m.

Penrose Library
20 N. Cascade Ave.
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The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the 1905 Carnegie Reading Room at the Penrose Public Library. Programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 531-6333 ext. 2252.

Upcoming Free Workshops

Reservations required for all workshops--please call (719) 531-6333, ext. 2253

Genealogy Level I
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., East Library Community Meeting Room
Getting Started, Standards & Terminology and Census Records
Prerequisite: None
Genealogy Level II
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m., Penrose Library Aspen Room
Vital Records, Church & Cemetery Records, Newspapers and Immigration Records
Prerequisite: Genealogy Level I or permission of instructor
Genealogy Level III
Sunday, June 26, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m., Penrose Library Aspen Room
Military, Land and Court Records
Prerequisite: Genealogy Level I or permission of instructor
Classes are taught by J Richards, PPGS Education Chairman.

Member of
Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies
Federation of Genealogical Societies

Facts and Tips
Genealogical citation is not always uniform. Elements include name of the person who created the document, date of the records, form used (county deed book, microfilm, etc.) and where the document can be found again.
[Evidence and Documentation]

There is no greater legacy for your children and grandchildren than teaching them about the history and lives of their ancestors.
[Important Facts]

A census is closed to the public for 72 years after it is taken.

May 4
NGS Annual Conference
Four days of classes, lectures, and conference.  For more info: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org
May 8
DNA: Health and Genealogy
by Greg Liverman Overview of DNA tests How it can aid in a healthy life Stories and case studies. Learn how to research. Sponsored by Pikes Peak Library District
May 14
CCGS Society Management Day
Free to members of CCGS member societies. Registration Form
May 17
Genealogy Roadshow New Season Premiers on PBS
Check out the new season of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS tonight.