Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
An Invitation to Anyone with Ancestors!
Welcome to the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, at the foot of 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 focus on El Paso and Teller counties.
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. Beginning in April, we will meet at Library 21c. 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 receive additional benefits listed at Join PPGS. Come find your roots with us!
Key local resources:
Pikes Peak NewsFinder (index to newspapers and other local records)


 April 11, 2018 Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society



Adding Life to Your Family History




Speaker: Nancy Wehner, CG


​​​Names, dates, and places are the backbone of the family structure; but really knowing your family requires digging deeper and understanding their world. Both documents and artifacts can serve as a starting point to ask critical "why" and "how" questions about your ancestors that will let you learn more about their lives and incorporate that knowledge into your family history. Join Nancy for a discussion of the mind-set and means needed to gain this deeper understanding, and how to incorporate it into your family history.

This presentation will be illustrated by examples from her own and other familites to show how taking the time to find additional records, find subject matter experts, think outside the box , and being persistent can help you turn a paragraph of yawn-worthy statistics into a portrait of your ancestors that family will want to read.

Don't miss it! Our first meeting at Library 21c will feature fun, celebration, and door prizes for members!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

7 p.m.

The Venue, Library 21c
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month in The Venue, Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District. 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
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Penrose Library Aspen Room
Getting Started, Standards & Terminology and Census Records
Prerequisite: None
Genealogy Level II
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1 p.m. - 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
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., East Library Community Meeting Room
Military, Land and Court Records
Prerequisite: Genealogy Level I or permission of instructor
Classes are taught by J Richards, PPGS Education Chairman.

Sample PPGS Newsletter (PPGS members can see all newsletters in the Members Only section)

Member of
Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies
Federation of Genealogical Societies

Facts and Tips
Migration is the movement from one place of residence to another, usually within a country.
[Basic Information]

Store your original documents in a safe place apart from your working files.
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Early roadways were established following Indian paths or trade routes.

March 18
Who's Buried in Arlington National Cemetery?
Speaker Tom Tudor served as sentinel and commander of the relief at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from Feb. 15, 1969, until Memorial Day, 1970. Tom's presentation illuminates the history of the cemetery and the fascinating stories behind those who were laid to rest there.   Reservations required: 720-447-8600 ...
March 24
Genealogy Level III
Area of focus: Military, Land, and Court Records   Prerequisite: Genealogy Level I or permission of instructor. Reservations required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253. Free. Instructor: J Richards, PPGS Education Chairperson
March 31
Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) of WWII
PPGS Member Mary Warren Daley graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980 in the first coed class. She served in the Air Force for 26 years in many capactities, including as a USAFA professor. She retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2006.  In this presentation, she sheds light ...
April 14
Spring Seminar, Colorado Genealogical Society
Speaker: Diahan Southard, DNA specialist; $35   Click here for more information.   Diahan will present four programs on genetic genealogy at this joint seminar: Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing: So you have had your autosomal DNA tested. Now what? Come learn in 45 minutes what ...