Pikes Peak Genealogical Society

PPGS Study Groups

Generally self-directed PPGS study groups are open to PPGS members; guests are welcome, but if you plan to attend regularly, please join the society to support its efforts.
Point of contact for Study Groups: Jan Myers.We hope to be establishing German/Prussian and French-Canadian study groups soon.
DNA Study Group
Meets 7 p.m., third Thursdays, Aspen Room, Penrose Library
Typically has 10 to 20 attendees who use direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests as a genealogy research tool. Beginners are welcome.
  • Jan. 16: Planning meeting to discuss and select topics for 2020 DNA Study Group meeting, Aspen Room, Penrose Library. What would you like to see/present?
  • Feb. 20: DNA mentoring session. Please bring your questions, the issues and data you're working with, and put your head together with experienced DNA users.
  • In-person meeting CANCELED -- March 19:
  • CANCELED Apr. 16: Kate Crow, MS, CGC, Centura Health, "Oh, the Places We’re Going! Update on Medical Genetics in 2020" 
  • May 21: meeting was held via WebEx; group discussion and announcements of new things.
  • June 18, Megan Miller, "Skeletons and Secrets: Handling DNA Surprises," meeting at 7 p.m. via WebEx.
Megan Miller was born and raised outside Rockford, IL, and has been in Denver for almost 7 years.  She and her husband of 14 years have two elementary-aged children. She has been doing genealogy research for 17 years. Her maternal ancestors are mainly Swedish, having emigrated from Sweden in 1880 -1910 wave of immigration. Her great grandparents immigrated from Friel and Boras, and her great grandmother's parents came from Kyrkefalla and an unknown village in Vastra Gotalan.
Rhonda Weiler, a member of PPGS and the DNA Study Group, heard Megan Miller in February at the Colorado Swedish Genealogical Society meeting in Denver. She said,  "I was particularly impressed with Megan's presentation. She gave an especially professional presentation on her DNA surprise with poise, candor. and humor. With such a challenging personal topic she weaved her story with very helpful suggestions on 'do's and do not's' if someone should come across this discovery of their history or a friend shares a similar story."
All members of the PPGS DNA Study Group have received an invitation to the WebEx meeting (WebEx is like Zoom). If you would like to attend, please email lvixie@comcast.net for an invitation.
  • July 16: DNA mentoring session.
  • Aug. 20
  • Sept. 17
  • Oct. 15: DNA mentoring session.
  • Nov. 19
Colonial America Brick Wall Study Group
Meets second Wednesday, before PPGS montly meeting, Library 21c.
Facilitator: John Putnam
  • Jan. 8: Canceled due to event conflict.
  • Feb. 12
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • Aug. 12
  • Sept. 9
  • Oct. 14
  • Nov. 11
  • Dec. 9
The Write Stuff (Genealogical Writing Study Group)
Facilitator: Nancy Wehner, CG
1. Our first meeting will by Monday, 9 March, from 6-8 p.m. at Penrose Library, Columbine B. The next three meetings will be 23 March (CANCELED), 6 April, and 27 April. All meeting dates are Mondays, as the day everyone said they could attend the group. All meetings will be from 6-8 p.m.
2. For the first two months (March and April), we are planning on meeting twice each month to help people really get rolling with their writing goals. Meetings are normally going to be on the third Monday of each month, which will start in May.
3. The March and April meetings are going to toggle back and forth between Penrose and East Libraries, as those were the only places we could get rooms reserved with sufficient space for the group. Starting in May, we hope to be in 21c for our meetings.
4. Remember that street meter and garage parking around the Penrose library is now paid until 10 p.m., so be prepared for that. However, if you park at the meters in either the upper or lower lots of the library, that is free after 6 p.m., so you only need to feed the meter to get to that time.
5. Meetings will start promptly at 6 p.m., so give yourself a little leeway to get to the room and settled.
6. You will receive an agenda for each meeting about 1-2 days prior to the meeting. It is up to you to bring it with you (if you want to). We will not be providing copies at the meeting.
7. Be prepared at every meeting to do skills exercises, actual writing, and/or peer review of what you are working on.
This is your group. While I and some others are acting as your facilitators, we need open, honest feedback of what you like, don't like, would like to see, etc.
Looking forward to seeing you all and having a great launch for the group.
Nancy Wehner
Canada/French Canada Study Group
Facilitator: Elaine Fraser
Elaine is asking anyone interested in this group, which hasn't met yet, to sendher the surames, provinces, places withing provinces, and websites you've been using. She'll compile this, then send it out to the group as a starting point when it can meet.
Germany/Prussia Study Group
Facilitator: Jan Myers
Meets 4:30 - 6 p.m., second Monday of month at Library 21c. Room to be announced each month. Contact Jan Myers to be placed on mailing list. All PPGS members welcome.
The objectives of the group are to learn about the history and borders of the countries in an effort to locate research records, how to read official records, provide help in online searches, translation of records, and study of methods to break brick walls. There is even a rumor of attending an Oktoberfest later this year--strictly as an informational exercise, of course! Several speakers have been lined up to assist the group in their search efforts.