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 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.
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 receive additional benefits listed at Join PPGS. Come find your roots with us!
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 February 14, 2018 Meeting

The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society



Planting Your Tree for the Next Generation:

How to Share Your Family History Research




Speaker: Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

Genealogists are often very good at finding documents and people to create a family tree. But ensuring that hard-earned research and materials are properly preserved and distributed to extended family, to libraries and archives, or online requires thought, preparation, and tools. Together, we'll explore practical and creative ways to share research in print, online, audio, video, and with arts and crafts.
Plan to share and tell us about how you have creatively shared your genealogy.
Ellen received bachelor's degrees in political science and business administration from Alfred University. She served as an intern at the U.S. Congress. She is currently a marketing professional, genealogy speaker and instructor, past column and newsletter writer for several publications, and past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7 p.m.

Penrose Library
20 N. Cascade Ave.
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the Aspen/Children's Reading Room at the Penrose Library, PPLD. Programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 531-6333 ext. 2252.
Note: PPGS will meet in the Aspen/Children's Reading Room in Penrose Library January through March, then will meet in The Venue, at Library 21c. PPGS will use the Knights of Columbus Hall meeting space when renovated.

Upcoming Free Workshops

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

Genealogy Level I
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., East Library Community Meeting Room
Getting Started, Standards & Terminology and Census Records
Prerequisite: None
Genealogy Level II
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., East Library Community Meeting 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
Church records may include births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. Be sure you have the correct church/religious denomination.
[Church Records]

The Family Group Sheet identifies a couple and their children.
[Basic Information]

The first federal census was taken in 1790 and is taken every ten years on an established day.
[Basic Information]

January 27
Researching in Ancestry.com
Speaker: Vint Atkinson   Register here; free class. Walk-ins welcome!   North Family History Center, 8710 Lexington Dr., Colorado Springs; entrance on southeast corner.
February 10
Genealogy Level I
Area of focus: Getting started, standards and terminology, and census records. Reservations required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253. Free. Instructors: J Richards, PPGS Education Chairperson, and Andy Likins  
February 28
RootsTech 2017
March 1
Free: RootsTech 2018 -- Local Live Streaming
Get together with your genie friends to watch live-streamed programming from RootsTech in Salt Lake City. Free.   The Venue is the main meeting room on the upper level at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs. Lots of free parking. North of Chapel Hills Mall.   Keynote Speaker: ...