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Wednesday, February 26 through Saturday, February 29
RootsTech 2020  (Conferences)



Thursday, March 12 through Friday, March 13
MyHeritage 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon  (Special Events)
3:00 pm to 3:00 pm
24 hours of free genealogy and DNA lectures from MyHeriage and FamilyTreeWebinars. They will be archived and free for a week if you can't see them live, then available with a subscription.
 
 

The Classes

Title Speaker Sydney London / GMT Eastern U.S.
How Do I Know It's Correct: Evidence and Proof  Rebecca Koford, CG, CGL Fri Mar 13, 8am Thu Mar 12, 9pm Thu Mar 12, 5pm
Not Who He Once Was: Tips for Finding Your Name-Changing Ancestor  Mary Kircher Roddy, CG  9am  10pm  6pm
A Vast and Virtual Genealogical Library is Waiting for Your Exploration  Mike Mansfield  10am  11pm  7pm
How DNA Influences Our Identity  Diahan Southard  11am  Fri Mar 13, 12am  8pm
Searching By Name: Swedish Records Using ArkivDigital  Kathy Meade  12pm  1am  9pm
Advanced Googling for Your Grandma   Cyndi Ingle  1pm  2am  10pm
Can a Dead Man Sign a Deed?   Kelvin L. Meyers  2pm  3am  11pm
Civil Registration in Australia   Helen V. Smith  3pm  4am  Fri Mar 13, 12am
Four Sources for New Zealand Family History   Fiona Brooker  4pm  5am  1am
Documents of Death   Helen V. Smith  5pm  6am  2am
MyHeritage DNA 101  Ran Snir  6pm  7am  3am
Emigration via Hamburg   Andrea Bentschneider  7pm  8am  4am
Thankful Villages: the Impact of World War One on Communities   Kirsty Gray  8pm  9am  5am
Empower yourself with the MyHeritage DNA Health test  Shahar Bitton  9pm  10am  6am
How to Use Dutch Parish Records from the 17th and 18th Century   John Boeren  10pm  11am  7am
Researching a Hessian Soldier   Craig R. Scott, MA, CG  11pm  12pm  8am
Researching Scandinavian Ancestors? It's Amazing What You Can Learn  Mike Mansfield  Sat Mar 14, 12am  1pm  9am
Black, Yellow, Red: Find Your Belgian Ancestors!   Marie Cappart  1am  2pm  10am
The Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America   Cari Taplin, CG  2am  3pm  11am
Digital Image Workflows That Really Work   Denise May Levenick  3am  4pm  12pm
The Coded Census: Deciphering U.S. Census   Thomas MacEntee  4am  5pm  1pm
Advanced Features of MyHeritage.com   Daniel Horowitz  5am  6pm  2pm
The Science of Family History  Devin Ashby  6am  7pm  3pm
"My Ancestors Were Normans" - Oh Really? Prove It!   Dr. Bruce Durie  7am  8pm  4pm


Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 14
CO-Palam Spring Seminar  (Seminar)
Speaker: Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
 
See attached flier.
 
  • Friday, March 13, 1 - 4 pm
    • Topics will be The Voyages of our German Ancestors and Research (presented by Teresa) Resources for German Genealogists in the Denver Public Library (presented by James Jeffrey).
    • The Friday afternoon program is free and open to the public.
  • Saturday, March 14, 9:30 am - 4:15 pm
    • Teresa will present four programs:  Boost your German Research: Understand Jurisdictions; He Took Her Name: Understanding German Form Names; Untangle the Web of German Websites; and Get with the Times: German Newspaper Research.
    • The materials fee for the Saturday seminar is just $35 per person.
  • The Book Fair will be open both days.
  • Register for the Saturday seminar by Feb. 15 and your name will be entered into a drawing for lunch with the speaker.
You do not want to miss this seminar!
 
Please see attached flyer for the registration form and more information.
 
For more information, contact Yvonne Schaefer at  kc3845@gmail.com  or Jean West at jgopack@gmail.com.
 


Saturday, March 21
Vital Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only. For membership information, see the Join PPGS tab in the menu to the left at http://ppgs.org.
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
Vital records (birth, marriage, death) provide important information on the connections and major events of our ancestors lives. But, vital records go far beyond the basic certificates that we often consider. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop, with hands-on exercises in the use of vital records. This class will only be covering civil vital records - use of church records, newspapers, etc. will be covered in other classes. Included will be:
  • Availabilty of birth, marriage, and death records: requirements for recording
  • Privacy issues in obtaining records
  • Birth records: original, delayed
  • Marriage records: applications, licenses, returns
  • Death records: original, coroner's inquests, removal records
  • Reliability of vital records



Saturday, April 11
Genealogical Proof Standard  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
21C Library, ENT Conference Center
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only. For membership information, see the Join PPGS tab in the menu to the left at http://ppgs.org.
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?


Saturday, April 11
Science & Art of Source CItations  (Classes)
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 16
Restrictions:Open to PPGS members only. For membership information, see the Join PPGS tab in the menu to the left at http://ppgs.org.
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
Source citations are a vital element in allowing us and our readers to 1) relocate a source, if needed and 2) evaluate the quality and likely reliability of our information. Few genealogists start out understanding, let alone writing, appropriate source citations to support their research, and in the long-term most seriously regret this failure. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop on how to write source citations. Included will be:
  • What is a source citation
  • The Gold Standard of source citations - Evidence Explained
  • What elements make up a good source citation
  • How to order the elements of a source citation
  • How to cite sources in your writing


Sunday, April 26
Galvanized Yankees  (Classes)
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Terry Sunderlin
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only. For membership information, see the Join PPGS tab in the menu to the left at http://ppgs.org.
 
This presentation is about ‘Galvanized Yankees,’ southern prisoners of war who ‘swallowed the dog’ and took the oath of allegiance to the union.  The presentation covers what is meant by the term ‘Galvanized Yankees’ and the origins of the term.  It covers how many Galvanized Yankees served during the Civil War, when & where they served.  Some mention will be made concerning ‘Galvanized Confederates,’ those Union Soldiers who took an oath to the Confederacy.  The presentation covers the prisoner of war camps where these Galvanized Yankees were recruited from as well as which years they were recruited.  The presentation covers the reasons that prison recruitment was relooked and the proponents and opponents of the topic.  It covers the reasons why prisoners did not take the oath as well as the many reasons why southerners took the oath.  The presentation covers “The Bloody Year on the Plains!” pertaining to when & where these Galvanized Yankees fought Indians on the plains.  We will look at one company of Galvanized Yankees and see how often they moved and were on the march throughout their time of service.  The presentation addresses each Regiments Service and looks at some facts pertaining to the Galvanized Yankees.  We will address some Galvanized Yankee accomplishments as well as take a look at some friends of the Galvanized Yankees.  The presentation covers some famous former Galvanized Yankees and then discusses doing research on Galvanized Yankees.  The presentation concludes with a look at some of the records that are available through the National Records and Archives Administration (NARA).



Saturday, May 9
Immigration & Naturalization Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only. For membership information, see the Join PPGS tab in the menu to the left at http://ppgs.org.
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


Saturday, May 23
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
10:30 am to 2:30 pm
East Library - East Community Meeting Room
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 60
Restrictions: None. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253  or to register online go to https://ppld.librarymarket.com/introduction-genealogy-finding-your-family-history
Additional: Bring snacks and/or a lunch, as we will not be taking a break long enough for you to go out and eat.
 
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



Saturday, June 6
Pikes peak Regionl History Symposium  (Special Events)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs
Topic: "Iron Rails, Wagon Trails, and Snail Mail"
 



Saturday, July 25
WISE English Research Seminar  (Seminar)
Denver Public Library
Speaker: David Allen Lambert
 



Saturday, September 19
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Penrose Library - Columbine A
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: 100
Restrictions: None. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253 or to register online go to https://ppld.librarymarket.com/introduction-genealogy-finding-your-family-1
Additional: Bring snacks and/or a lunch, as we will not be taking a break long enough for you to go out and eat.
 
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