Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
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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.
We meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in The Venue, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs. A social hour GenMixer starts at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For monthly meeting information see Programs or call (719) 531-6333, ext. 2252. For our free classes and more genealogy events, see Calendar of Events. For help with your research, including our one-on-one GenMentor assistance, see GenMentors or Research Help. Members receive additional benefits listed at Join PPGS. Come find your roots with us!
PPGS works closely with and supports Pikes Peak Library District's Special Collections, which houses the best local genealogy collection. In this June 6, 2018, Gazette editorial, ML Cavanaugh effectively captures why libraries are so important, especially in the digital age: Libraries Are Our Community's Greatest Investment
Key local resources:
Pikes Peak NewsFinder (index to newspapers and other local records)

 July 11, 2018 Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society



The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Colorado: Epidemiology Meets Genealogy



Speaker: Katie Rudolph

Colorado's influenza mortality rate was the fifth highest in the U.S. Why did a western state with a relatively small, low-density population suffer from so many influenza deaths? How was the virus handled in Colorado Springs and Denver? What can surviving records tell us about this pandemic and how it affected our ancestors?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

6 p.m. GenMixer social hour

7 p.m. Program

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. Guests are welcome. 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 29, 2018, 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., East Library Community Meeting Room
Getting Started, Standards & Terminology and Census Records
Prerequisite: None
Genealogy Level II
Saturday, October 20, 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
Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1 p.m. - 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

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
The state of Arizona conducted a state census in: 1864, 1866, 1867, 1869, 1872, 1874, 1876, 1880, 1882.

A primary source is a record created at the time of, or shortly thereafter, an event or circumstance occurred.

When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request a non-certified copy. It contains exactly the same information as the certified copy but is less expensive.
[Vital Records]

June 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
July 4
New marker dedication for Civil War Vet Billy Coon
Billy Coon was a veteran of the Mexican-American and Civil Wars. The American Legion is placing a new marker for him in Eastonville Cemetery. PPGS did some research on him for this application. PPGS VP Danielle Pieper will present known information about his life. Anyone is welcome to attend this ...
July 7
Genealogy/DNA Seminar
Annual Seminar   Speakers: Pat Roberts, "How to be a Genealogical Family Tree Research Detective" Dr. Greg Liverman: "Ethnicity: Why Is My Indian Princess Wearing a Kilt?"   Door prizes including a DNA kit and more.   For more information, click here.   $20
July 15
Sons of Israel Cemetery Tour
PPGS FIELD TRIP SONS OF ISRAEL CEMETERY TOUR Sunday, July 15, 2018 2 p.m. OR Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:30 a.m.   Description:  This is a Jewish cemetery located on the southwest side of Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs. This small cemetery was established in 1903 to serve the ...