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Sunday, June 9
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
East Library - Room F1
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: None. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253. 
 
Exploration of the methods and records used in researching your family history. Includes discussions of:
  • ​Why genealogy?
  • Setting goals
  • Getting organized
  • Recording information
  • Common record types
  • Where to find records


Wednesday, June 12
Genealogical Proof Standard  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
Standards help us to do our best work. The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) provides a guideline for establishing a genealogical conclusion with reasonable certainty. The class will include an exercise in determining if an example conclusion meets the GPS. Included will be:
  • Types of proofs and evidence
  • The elements of the GPS
  •           A reasonably exhaustive search
  •           Complete and accurate source citations
  •           Analysis and correlation of information
  •           Resolution of and conflicting evidence
  •           A soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion
  • Are conclusions forever?


Wednesday, June 12
Immigration and Naturalization in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
Unless you're Native American, your ancestors came here from somewhere else, a process called immigration. Once here, they had the option to go through the process of naturalization in order become a citizen. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop on immigration and naturalization records. Included will be:
  • A brief history of immigration and naturalization in the United States
  • Common immigration routes
  • Common types of immigration records
  • Common types of naturalization records



Wednesday, July 10
Court Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
21C Library, ENT Cenference Center
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 20
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
The involvement of our ancestors with the court system is often more extensive than we might believe. Whether a civil case or a criminal case, whether as the plaintiff or the defendant, whether over a strayed cow or the murder of an unfaithful spouse, our ancestors made their way into court records. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop on court records. Included will be:
  • A BRIEF overview of the court system
  • Special considerations with regard to women in the court system
  • Types of court records commonly used by genealogists, including wills, other probate records, guardianships, order books, minute books, and civil and criminal court dockets
  • Finding and accessing court records


Saturday, July 20
Using City Directories & Maps to Full Advantage  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
21C Library - Computer Lab
Instructor: Ed Storey
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: 32
Restrictions: None. Open to the public. Computer skills not required, but the ability to follow along on the computers will enhance the class experience.
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ecs7fg@falconbb.net
 
For those of us whose ancestors lived in larger towns or urban areas, unique resources in the form of city directories and Sanborn fire insurance maps provide a look at those ancestors and where they lived that is not available to those with rural ancestors. This class will be a lecture with the opportunity to follow along on library computers. Included will be:
  • What are city directories and what information do they provide
  • What are Sanborn fire insurance maps and what do they tell us about our ancestors
  • How can city directories and maps be used together to learn more about our ancestors
  • How to recognize and deal with changing street names and numbering
  • How to use modern mapping programs to locate your ancestor’s house



Wednesday, August 14
Land & Property Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
Some of our ancestors lived in the city, some in the country, and most of them owned land or other property. These records can help us place our ancestors in time and place, as well as tell us much about their economic status. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop on land and property records. Included will be:
  • Common types of property records
  • Indexes to deeds
  • Typical deed information and language
  • Land descriptions and how to plot them
  • Tax lists and what they tell us
  • Homesteads
  • Maps
  • Other interesting property records



Wednesday, September 11
Church and Cemetery Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
Most of our ancestors claimed an affiliation with some religion and all of our ancestors eventually died, with most being buried (until recent history when cremation has become more common, with or without a following burial). Depending on denomination, church records can provide significant information on the major events in our ancestors lives. Cemeteries might be associated with the ancestor's church, or might be publically or privately owned. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop on church and property records. Included will be:
  • Denominational differences in records
  • Common church records
  • Translating church records
  • Common cemetery records
  • Cemetery web sites: use and reliability
  • Issues of record access


Saturday, September 21
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Penrose - Aspen Room
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: None. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253. 
 
Exploration of the methods and records used in researching your family history. Includes discussions of:
  • ​Why genealogy?
  • Setting goals
  • Getting organized
  • Recording information
  • Common record types
  • Where to find records



Tuesday, October 1
Military Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location TBD
TENTATIVE: CLASS TO BE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER - ACTUAL DATE & TIME WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE
Instructor: J Richards
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: TBD
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at richards.jw@att.net
 
Surprisingly few years in the Colonial and United States periods were without military conflict – some at a limited level, some worldwide. As a result, a large number of our ancestors are likely to have served during one or more conflicts; leaving behind military service records. In addition, many of our civilian ancestors participated in the cause by providing time, labor, and/or materials and others were effected by conflict directly (plantation burned down) or indirectly (rationing). This class will be a lecture about military records including:
  • A brief overview of Colonial/U.S. conflicts up to World War II
  • Finding military records and not finding military records – records disasters
  • Examples or records types available for the more common conflicts: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, and World War II
  • Examples of records involving civilians


Saturday, October 5
GenGen 101 (Introduction to Genetic Genealogy  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Penrose - Aspen Room
Instructor: Dr. Greg Liverman
Recommended Minimum Experience 
Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only. Students must have a working knowledge of basic genealogy (pedigree charts, use of basic genealogy records, etc.)
Reservations: Required; e-mail instructor at 
greg.liverman@live.com
 
 
This is an introduction to the use of genetic testing for genealogy and will cover testing companies, the different types of tests, ancestry admixture (ethnicity), the basic science of DNA inheritance and will include some examples and case studies.



Friday, November 1
Colonial America Topic -TBD  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location TBD
TENTATIVE: CLASS TO BE SCHEDULED FOR November - ACTUAL DATE & TIME WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE
Instructor: John Putnam
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: TBD
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at jeputnam@aol.com
 
Class description to follow.


Friday, November 1
Connecting the Dots - Turning Indirect/Negative Evidence into a Conclusion  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location TBD
TENTATIVE: CLASS TO BE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER - ACTUAL DATE & TIME WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Intermediate
Class Size: TBD
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
There are times when it seems that an ancestor must have been dropped to Earth (or swept away therefrom) by aliens. No matter how hard you try, no matter how many records you search, nothing provides you with explicit information (direct evidence) on that ancestor’s parents, or what became of his children, etc. But even in the absence of such direct evidence, it is possible to arrive at valid conclusions using indirect evidence and negative evidence. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop about the thought processes and methods used to arrive at a genealogical conclusion in the absence of direct evidence. Included will be:
  • A review of source types, information types, and evidence types
  • How the Genealogical Proof Standard and Genealogy Standards play into reaching a valid conclusion
  • How to proceed to reach a conclusion
  • Proofs: Statements, arguments, and summaries
  • Conflicting evidence and what to do about it
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Thursday, November 21
Ethnicity: Why is My Indian Princess Wearing a Kilt?  (Classes)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Penrose Library - Aspen Room
Instructor: Dr. Greg LIverman
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner. Some knowledge and experience with DNA testing is best.
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: Free. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at greg.liverman@live.com
 
Presentation will include:
  • A brief DNA refresher
  • Our paleolithic kin: Neanderthals and Denisovans
  • Migration patterns of our ancient ancestors using Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA
  • Interpreting "ethnicity" reports - what is ethnicity?
  • What do atDNA biogeographical admixture ("ethnicity") reports tell us?
  • Why is the report different from what I was told by me family? How does atDNA recombination effect the results?
  • Which companies report is right?
  • If time is available: Walk through of AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and LivingDNA