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)


March 11, 2020 PPGS Meeting

What Would Nancy Drew Do in the Quest for Missing Family?

by Ellen Kowitt

For fans of the girl sleuth or newcomers to her mysteries, this entertaining "then and now" lecture showcases genealogy resources found in the text of the classic Nancy Dre series and journeys through contemporary online records, photographs, and maps found in digital libraries, as well as archival collections, cemeteries, and newspapers. This adventure around the world explores old and new tools of the trade including tackling foreign languages and find clues and records in untraditional places.
Ellen Kowitt is president of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado, and a member of the Indian Peaks DAR chapter. She has been researching her own family history of 25 years and enjoys helping others. Ellen lectures, publishes articles, accepts clients, and volunteers at the Colorado State Archives indexing naturalization and probate records.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
6 p.m., GenMixer

7 p.m., Meeting begins

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 PPLD, 531-6333, ext. 1252.

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

Facts and Tips
When doing field research never use water-based pens. A few drops of rain can be lethal to your notes.
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The first federal census was taken in 1790 and is taken every ten years on an established day.
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Sometimes you might be looking at a transcription or abstract made from an original record. While every effort is made to ensure transcriptions are accurate, it is essential to examine a copy of the original record.
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February 23
The Oregon & California Trails
Instructor: Terry Sunderlin Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 16 Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only. For membership information, see the Join PPGS tab in the menu to the left at http://ppgs.org. Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at sunderlint@hotmail.com   This presentation primarily is centered on the Oregon Trail & the California Trail.  ...
February 26
RootsTech 2020
Click here for free live-streaming schedule.
March 12
MyHeritage 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon
24 hours of free genealogy and DNA lectures from MyHeriage and FamilyTreeWebinars. They will be archived and free for a week if you can't see them live, then available with a subscription.   For schedule and to register: https://familytreewebinars.com/intermediate_page.php?diply_nm=24   The Classes Title Speaker Sydney London / GMT Eastern U.S. ...
March 13
CO-Palam Spring Seminar
Speaker: Teresa Steinkamp McMillin   See attached flier.   Friday, March 13, 1 - 4 pm Topics will be The Voyages of our German Ancestors and Research (presented by Teresa) Resources for German Genealogists in the Denver Public Library (presented by James Jeffrey). The Friday afternoon program is free and ...