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, special interest groups, one-on-one help; and contribute to public genealogy causes. We focus on El Paso and Teller Counties, but we support genealogical research everywhere. 
 
PPLD Regional History & Genealogy at Penrose Library: 20 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs, Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 - 5 p.m.; appointments not required. Great U.S. genealogy collection.
Key local resources:
Pikes Peak NewsFinder: index to newspapers and other local records
 

June 12 Meeting
via Zoom
 
Exploring the Greatest Generation:
Adding Context to the Veteran's Story 
 
 
by Jennifer Holik
 

Contextual records are everywhere, not just in the National Archives!

Once you have established what units your service member was in and where they served (see May's program by Jennifer), it's time to explore unit-level records. In this program, you’ll explore:

  • The second part of the research strategy to piece together your veteran’s story.
  • How to add to your timeline of service and expand the narrative.
  • Explore various histories, journals, photos, and maps for all the military branches.
  • You will learn about the most valuable foundational records to put your service member into context and write a richer story everyone will want to read.

These records help you write the narrative to your stories. They will also help you understand why your veteran was who they were after service and probably bring up more questions for you to consider.

 
 
Jennifer uses storytelling along with the records to help us understand the deeper impacts of service. She has written more than 20 books on genealogical research, military research, and writing. She operates the World War II Research & Writing Center.
 
Members: If you need the monthly meeting link, log in with your user name and password, then click on "Monthly Meeting Zoom Link," the second button under Member Log In. 
 
Guests are welcome to attend the meeting via Zoom. Please request an invitation from the PPGS President.
 
 
Wednesday, June 12
 
6:30 p.m., Mountain Time, Zoom hangout begins
 
7 p.m., Mountain Time, Meeting begins via Zoom
 
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month via Zoom. Guests are welcome.
 
 

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

February 1
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) - 2024 Virtual, Weekly Courses
  SLIG weekly classes are being offered virtually in the Spring of 2024.   Registration: SLIG 2024 registration is open.   Course Information: Still wondering which course is right for you? View course outlines and videos for SLIG here: Utah Genealogical Association - Courses (ugagenealogy.org) including:   Bring 'Em Back to Life: Writing Our Ancestors' ...
May 25
WriteAid writing group
WriteAid is a free group for people who want to write and publish. You don't have to be a genealogist to attend, but many are. It meets the fourth Saturday of the month.   May 25 meeting: speaker Harold Bailey who wrote and published the family history book Seaward: Chasing Master Mariners in the ...
June 9
WriteNow!
  This is a free genealogical writing group sponsored by the Colorado Genealogical Society (CGS) - you do not have to be a CGS member to attend. However, PPGS does encourage you to become a member if you are finding that you are attending on a regular basis - support the ...
June 19
Juneteenth: From a Historical Perfective
Sponsored by African-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs