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. While we support genealogical research throughout Colorado, we focus on El Paso and Teller Counties.
Key local resources:
Pikes Peak NewsFinder (index to newspapers and other local records)


September 11, 2019 PPGS Meeting


Overcoming a Thirty-Year Brick Wall:
How We Found the Real Family Name and Our Shtetl in Lithuania
by Debbie Schwartz
This presentation is part amazing story, part lesson on careful research and detective work, and part a series of steps anyone can take to increase the odds of overcoming the challenges in their own genealogy research. Jewish-origin genealogy is often difficult; however, the lessons from this type of research can assist anyone with brick walls to find new clues that often lead to more verified ancestors, origins, and information. 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
6 p.m., GenMixer Social Hour

7:00 p.m., program begins

The Venue, Library 21c
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society usually meets on the second Wednesday of each month in The Venue, Library 21c. Guests are welcome. For more information, call PPLD, 531-6333 ext. 2252.

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

Facts and Tips
Many legal instruments other than deeds appear in deed books. They include Bills of Sale, Prenuptial Agreements, Powers of Attorney, Contracts, Affidavits, Wills and Inventories and Voter and Jury Lists.

Civil records are created by and for a governmental agency.
[Basic Information]

Rhode Island conducted a state census in: 1774 (Colonial census), 1777 (Military census), 1782, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1905, 1915, 1925 and 1935.

September 6
MyHeritage LIVE 2019
If you can attend, great! If you can't, many of the sessions will probably be streamed and recorded for free access later, as was the 2018 program.   Sessions will likely be on DNA, MyHeritage platform, and genealogy in general.   For information and to register, click here. 
September 11
Church and Cemetery Records in Depth
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner Class Size: 16 Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com   Most of our ancestors claimed an affiliation with some religion and all of our ancestors eventually died, with most being buried (until recent ...
September 21
Introduction to Genealogy
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner Class Size: 25 Restrictions: None. Open to the public. Reservations: Required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253.    Exploration of the methods and records used in researching your family history. Includes discussions of: ​Why genealogy? Setting goals Getting organized Recording information Common ...
September 26
Using GEDmatch to Analyze DNA Test Results
Instructor: Dr. Greg Liverman Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner Genetic Genealogist Class Size: 100 Restrictions: Open to the public. Fee: $10/person. Pay by cash or check at the door. Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at greg.liverman@live.com   This lecture will provide an overview of GEDmatch and a demonstration of GEDmatch tools ...