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Friday, September 18
Colorado PalAm Fall Seminar  (Seminar)
Zoom
Speaker: Kent Robinson; for information and registration form, click here.
 
FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER
 
On FRIDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020, Mr. Robinson will present a lecture titled "Extend Your German Research—Websites to Locate Print Resources: WorldCat, Interlibrary Loan, Google Books, Internet Archive, PERSI, and others." 
This lecture will be FREE, but one must pre-register in order to receive the handouts.
 
SATURDAY, 17 OCTOBER
 
On SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020, Mr. Robinson will give presentations on the Key Essentials of German Genealogy:
               Determining the Village of Origin, (30 min.) and German History and Geography (30 min.)
               Dies und Das (This and That)—a Variety of Useful Information
               Resources—Books and Websites
               Using Records in the Homeland
A complete printed copy of all the Power Point presentations, including an extensive bibliography, will be included in the registration fee and will be sent out to attendees prior to the Seminar.
 
NOTE: If you signed up for the cancelled Spring 2020 Seminar, your registration fee has been automatically transferred to this fall seminar, but you must re-register. Directions on how to access ZOOM and the lecture times will provided prior to the Seminar dates.
 
Questions: Contact Jean West at jgopack@gmail.com or phone 303-736-2697


Saturday, September 26
Understanding and Using Family Tree DNA: Free Class  (Classes)
9:30 am to 12:00 am
Zoom
Speaker: Greg Liverman
Sponsor: Colorado Genealogical Society
 
Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has provided DNA tests to genealogists since 1999. The company offers a complete line of tests from Family Finder (autosomal) to Mitochondrial (mtDNA) to Y-DNA tests, including the comprehensive Big Y. Greg will explore how to use each of the tests in genealogy.
 
Greg’s free class will include:
  • A brief review of DNA testing for genealogy – what types of tests are available at Family Tree DNA ( https://www.familytreedna.com) and what we can learn from them.
  • Y-DNA
  • Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
  • Autosomal DNA (Family Finder)
  • Autosomal DNA
  • Biogeographical mapping (ethnicity) with myOrigins and ancientOrigins.
  • Finding cousins with Family Finder
  • Deciphering Y-DNA results
  • STR matches
  • SNP tests and haplogroups
  • Projects
  • Deciphering mtDNA results
  • Matches
  • Haplogroups
  • Projects
  • Q&A

Greg Liverman, Ph.D., began tracing his family history in the 1990s with an old Macintosh computer and a copy of Family Tree Maker. At that time, family and career pursuits did not leave much time for genealogy work. He was finally able to return to charting his family history in 2009. Living on a ranch on the western slopes of Pikes Peak means there are few libraries nearby, so Greg has become adept at using online resources for both domestic and foreign research. He has researched his family history "on the ground" in libraries, cemeteries and records offices in seven states, with more on the list to visit. He has experience in using various techniques, based on the careful application of reason and logic, to successfully break down "brick walls."
 
Greg and his wife Wendy added genetic genealogy or DNA testing to their brick wall demolition toolkit in 2013 and have immersed themselves in the details of DNA tests and evaluation methods. They have answered several questions about their family history using DNA evidence. Greg launched Pinewood Genealogy to help people with their genealogy research and genetic genealogy analysis.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
For more information on this class, contact Sandy Ronayne at membership@cogensoc.us



Tuesday, October 20 through Thursday, October 22
Colorado Virtual Family History Fair  (Special Events)
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Zoom
Free; registration info to come.
Sponsored by CCGS and other Colorado genealogical organizations
 
Sessions:
  1. Introduction to Family History and Genealogy: Why? How to start? What is involved? Research Process; Gathering; Recording; Sources, etc.
  2. DNA Basics: Why test; Types of tests; Testing Companies; Fears/Privacy, Insurance fears. etc.  What are you hoping to learn from the test?
  3. DNA the Next Step:  Intermediate DNA.
  4. FamilySearch Overview: Family tree; Record hints; Record browser; Library catalog; Books
  5. FamilySearch Wiki: Research Process; Ethnic; Geographic; Religious; Handwriting; Language helps; Naturalization; Land; Probate etc.
  6. Census: Why census; what can be learned/found; Various US censuses; other countries’ censuses
  7. Vital Records: Birth/Marriage/Death records: how to find and use them
  8. Methodology: Research Process; Research Logs; To-do lists; Research vs hints; Ethnic/geographical/religious research, Genealogical Proof Standard, source citations
  9. Professional Genealogy/Genealogists: What do professional do? Why or when do you seek a professional? Myths and truths; how to become a pro?
  10. Free Websites: (include a mention of the FS Wiki)
  11. Educational Resources: Webinars; Podcasts; Online classes; Blogs; Conferences; FS Wiki; The Family History Guide (https://www.thefhguide.com/)
  12. Family Trees: Online (FamilySearch FamilyTree, Ancestry, MyHeritage, Geni?, others?); Books; Desktop Genealogy Software – Pros and Cons of online vs desktop software
 



Thursday, February 25, 2021 through Saturday, February 27, 2021
RootsTech 2021 -- Free  (Conferences)
Virtual
The 2021 RootsTech conference will be held online for free to all.