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 beautiful 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 including the towns of Manitou Springs, Fountain, Monument, Calhan, Peyton, Yoder, and other rural communities.
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 of our society receive additional members-only benefits listed at Join PPGS. Come find your roots with us!

July Meeting

The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society


"Everything I Learned about Research I Learned from Genealogy"    


Speaker: Joyce Lohse

Joyce will discuss how the genealogy research applies to writing and resulted in seven award-winning historic biographies.  Her biographies combine a blend of her journalism background with her genealogy research skills and passion for history.  This presentation will highlight experiences while researching her latest biography, "Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor," published by Filter Press in 2016.  It seems appropriate that we study details of the Penrose biography while gathered in Penrose Library!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7 p.m.

Penrose Library
20 N. Cascade Ave.
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the 1905 Carnegie Reading Room at the Penrose Library, PPLD. 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, October 1, 2017, 1 - 5 p.m., Penrose Library, Aspen Room
Getting Started, Standards & Terminology and Census Records
Prerequisite: None
Genealogy Level II
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1 - 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, June 24, 2017, 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)


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Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies
Federation of Genealogical Societies

Facts and Tips
A variation of the Soundex called the American Soundex was used in the 1930's for a retrospective analysis of the US censuses from 1890 through 1920.
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Given names can have many variations in spelling as well as surnames.
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Clues found in multiple types of primary and secondary records, indexes and sources must be investigated.
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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, PPGS Education Chairperson
June 24
Newspaper Research Techniques and Websites
Speaker: Gale Myers   Register here; free class. Walk-ins welcome!   North Family Discovery Center, 8710 Lexington Dr., Colorado Springs; entrance on southeast corner.
July 6
DNA Testing for Health
by Dr. Greg Liverman  
July 8
CCGS Board Meeting
PPGS is hosting the quarterly meeting of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS) board. PPGS volunteers may be needed to help host this event.   Megan Munroe, with the Colorado vital records office will speak for about 45 minutes on vital records issues.   A tour of the library ...