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)


 November 14, 2018 PPGS Meeting


The Great War: The Five A's:

Alliances, Armaments, Attrition, America, and Armistice (and Beyond)              


Speaker: Mark Ewig

One hundred years after the end of the Great War, this presentation focuses on how the series of alliances led to a war that no one expected. French and German preparations, as well as advancements in armaments, led to a gruesome war of attrition never seen before. While the war was somewhat worldwide in scope, America entered late, but still suffered severely. The results of the WWI armistice affected Europe and the world for the next 80 years, and some effects especially in the Middle East will cause tensions today. J Richards will also discuss where and how to find ancestors' World War I records.
Mark Ewig has spent his life studying the world. With a BS degree from the Air Force Academy (International Affairs major) and an MA from the University of Utah in Middle Eastern Studies, Mark spent 26 years in the Air Force in the intelligence field having served in Thailand during the Vietnam war, Germany, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia.  Upon his retirement, he went into public school teaching where he taught at both Lewis-Palmer and Palmer Ridge High Schools in Monument. His emphasis was on AP US history, AP US government, and micro and macroeconomics. He received numerous local and state-wide awards in both history and economics. In May, Mark retired after twenty years of public high school teaching.


Wednesday, November 14, 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 PPLD, 531-6333 ext. 2252.

Upcoming Free Workshops

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

Genealogy Level I
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
Saturday, November 17, 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

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

Facts and Tips
Between 1763 and 1783, Michigan was part of Quebec Territory.
[Land Records]

The details from a source are the skeleton of our family tree.

An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
[Basic Information]

October 15
British Institute 2018
For info: www.isbgfh.org   Member registration: 2 January 2018 - 31 March 2018 General registration: 1 April 2018 - 30 September 2018 Late registration: 1 October 2018 - 8 October 2018   Tracks on English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, and Scots-Irish research.
October 19
National Archives Trip
Meet at NARA Denver, 17101 Huron St., Broomfield, CO at 10 a.m.   The staff will give us an introduction, then we can do research. Staff will be available to help.   NARA Denver website   Contact Programs VP Danielle Pieper for carpooling options.  
October 20
Colorado Palatines to America
Speaker: Paula Stewart-Warren, CG Lectures: World War I Era U.S. Alien Registrations German Research Gem: Back Issues of Genealogical and Historical Periodicals Major Midwestern Databases and Indexes They Joined, They Wrote, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Organizations and Other Collections
October 20
Genealogy Level II
Instructor: J Richards Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner Class Size: Unlimited Restrictions: Genealogy Level I or permission on the instructor. Open to the public. Free. Reservations: Required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253.   Area of focus: Vitals records, Church and Cemetery records, Newspapers, and Immigration records.