Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
 
Welcome to the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. 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. We focus on El Paso and Teller Counties, but we support genealogical research throughout Colorado, the US, and the world. 
 
PPLD Special Collections: 20 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; appointments not required. Great US genealogy collection.
Key local resources:
Pikes Peak NewsFinder (index to newspapers and other local records)
 

October 13 Meeting
 
 
The WPA Era: Free Records Boon from the Government
 
 
by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
 
During tough economic times in the 1930s and 1940s, government programs put many people to work. The Works Progress/Projects Administration created a goldmine of records that are useful for today’s genealogists. WPA record transcrip- tions, courthouse and manuscript inventories, indexes, city/county histories, and histories of businesses and families may exist for your ancestral locale. We will discuss many of those WPA creations, some of which you already use regularly, and where others may be found today. We will also discuss the online explosion of WPA materials.
 
Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant who focuses on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She is a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She has her own educational website and blog at http://genealogybypaula.com. Paula is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former president of the Northland Chapter of APG. She has been a Board-Certified Genealogist since 1988.
 
 
PPGS members should receive an email invitation to the Zoom meeting by the day before the meeting. If you don't receive it, check your spam folder, then message the webmaster.
 
Guests are welcome to attend the meeting via Zoom. Please request an invitation from the PPGS President.
 
 
Wednesday, October 13
 
6:30 p.m., Mountain Time, Zoom hangout begins
 
7 p.m., Mountain Time, Meeting begins via Zoom
 
The Venue, Library 21c
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
 
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month in The Venue, Library 21c, when the library is open to public meetings (not yet). Guests are welcome. For more information, call PPLD, 719-531-6333, ext. 1252.
 

Sample PPGS Newsletter (PPGS members have access to newsletters since 1980 in the Members Only section)

Facts and Tips
Lineal descendant means being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor.
[Definitions]

Identify all researchers by name for all contributions, including your own.
[Sources-Citations]

The U.S. Federal Census has been taken every 10 years since 1790.
[Census]


September 3
Webtember
Free online genealogy webinars from Family Tree Webinars on Fridays in September. Will be recorded and all may be viewed for free through Sept. 30.   Register: https://familytreewebinars.com/webtember   Schedule Date Time (Eastern U.S.) Live/Pre-recorded Speaker Title Sep 3 10:00am Live Geoff Rasmussen FAN Club in Action: a Simple Case Study ...
September 19
Introduction to Genealogy
  THIS IS A ZOOM MEETING. Please set up your computer with the Zoom client app prior to the meeting, so that you are not delayed getting into the meeting. Set up is simple but is specific to the search engine you use - follow directions carefully.   The ZOOM ...
September 21
AAHGSCS 40th Anniversary
Come celebrate the African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs 40th Anniversary!    
October 2
CCGS Fall Conference,
Free to members of PPGS (a Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies member)   Keynote speaker: D. Joshua Taylor: "Societies Now and into the Future"   Register here: https://cocouncil.org/smw-workshops.html   Choose from four of 20 workshops at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.