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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Premiere, Finding Your Roots, Season 5, PBS  (TV)


Saturday, January 26, 2019
Black History Month Kick-Off Fair  (Special Events)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Gym, Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou
PPGS will be represented by Programs VP Danielle Pieper and Membership VP Kim Weber .
 
Stop by and say hi!
 



Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Census Records in Depth  (Classes)
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
East Library - East Annex
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 28
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
This class will provide an in-depth look at census records in the United States. The class will be a combined lecture and workshop, with hands-on exercises in the use of census records. Included will be:
  • Federal population schedules
  • Federal non-population schedules: slave, mortality, agricultural, DDD, veterans, Indian, manufacturing, merchant seaman, social statistics
  • Missing Federal schedules
  • State census records
  • Reliabilty of census records
  • Getting the most out of census records: how to use pre-1850 records, interpreting mysterious codes


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Colonial America Topic - TBD  (Classes)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: John Putnam
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at jeputnam@aol.com
 
Class description to follow.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 through Saturday, March 2, 2019
RootsTech 2019  (Conferences)
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Hotel registration is now open.
Conference registration opens 20 Sep 2018.



Sunday, March 3, 2019
Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths and Reality  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Penrose - Aspen Room
Instructor: Dr. Greg Liverman
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner. People who are considering or have just started DNA testing and genetic genealogy who want to know "what's it used for" and "what's the big fuss." This is aimed at the genealogist who wants to know what DNA testing is all about and how it can be used.
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: Free. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required; e-mail instructor at greg.liverman@live.com
 
The use of DNA testing in genealogy, or genetic genealogy, is a rapidly evolving field. Tests can cost a substantial amount of money. In this class we will review:
  • Myths and Truths about DNA testing - how can DNA testing help the genealogist - or not
  • DNA terminology - jsut enough to be dangerous
  • Overview of DNA tests, test results & analysis tools from the major testing companies : Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, autosomal DNA (DNA matches, FamilyFinder, DNA Relatives)
  • Where to find more information
  • Case studies and stories


Thursday, March 21, 2019
Vital Records in Depth  (Classes)
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Penrose Library - Aspen Room
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 28
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
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


Friday, March 29, 2019 through Saturday, March 30, 2019
CGS Spring Seminar  (Seminar)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Denver Public Library
Speaker: Paul Woodbury
 
Free DNA class on Friday, March 29; info to come
Four lectures on Saturday, March 30
  • DNA Testing Plans
  • Autosomal DNA Coverage
  • Evaluating Shared DNA
  • DNA Case Studies
For information, see https://cogensoc.us/seminar.php



Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Court Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Suzanne Mulligan
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at katderoet@gmail.com
 
Class description to follow.


Monday, April 8, 2019 through Saturday, April 13, 2019
Salt Lake City Research Trip  (Special Events)
Salt Lake City, UT
Research trip to the Family History Library, Salt Lake, sponsored by Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado. Deposit required by January 15.
 
For information, click here.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Science and Art of Source Citations  (Classes)
2:00 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
 
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



Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Transcribing, Abstracting, and Extracting  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location TBD
TENTATIVE: CLASS TO BE SCHEDULED FOR MAY - ACTUAL DATE & TIME WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: TBD
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
 
Many records that we use as genealogists are fairly extensive and may have significant amounts of boiler-plate language; particularly land records and court records. Older handwriting can make these documents even more difficult to work with. Transcribing these types of documents, while taking a bit of time, means not having to re-translate that writing over and over again. Making an abstract then helps to preserve the essential information without having to wade through the boiler-plate material over and over again. Extracting records provides a compact version of what can be voluminous record sets. This class will cover the standard methods for generating transcripts, abstracts, and extracts or records. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop.


Saturday, May 25, 2019
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
East Library - Room TBD
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: TBD
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


Thursday, May 30, 2019 through Sunday, June 2, 2019
SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2019  (Conferences)
Los Angeles



Saturday, June 1, 2019
Immigration and Naturalization in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location TBD
TENTATIVE: CLASS TO BE SCHEDULED FOR JUNE - ACTUAL DATE & TIME WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: TBD
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 throught 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, June 1, 2019
Genealogical Proof Standard  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location TBD
TENTATIVE: CLASS TO BE SCHEDULED FOR JUNE - ACTUAL DATE & TIME WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: TBD
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?



Saturday, July 20, 2019
Symposium on Genetic Genealogy  (Seminar)
Conference Center, Denver Public Library
Sponsored by Colorado Genealogical Society
 
$10 for materials.
 


Saturday, July 20, 2019
Genealogical Traps - Are You Sabotaging Your Family History?  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location TBD
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: TBD
Restrictions: None. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253. 
 
Interpreting the information in records is not always as simple as it seems, and a mis-step can send your research down the garden path. This class will look at common issues and mistakes that need to be avoided. Included will be discussions of:
  • Naming issues
  • Location issues
  • Date issues
  • Handwriting issues
  • Calendar issues


Saturday, July 20, 2019
Using City Directories & Maps to Full Advantage  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
21C Library - Computer Lab
TENTATIVE DATE
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
 
Class description to follow.



Thursday, August 1, 2019
Land & Property Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location TBD
TENTATIVE: CLASS TO BE SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST - ACTUAL DATE & TIME WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: TBD
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, August 21, 2019 through Saturday, August 24, 2019
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2019  (Conferences)
Washington, D.C.



Sunday, September 1, 2019
Church and Cemetery Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 4:00 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: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: TBD
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, 2019
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Penrose - Room TBD
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: TBD
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, 2019
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
 
Class description to follow.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019
GenGen101 (Introduction to Genetic Genealogy)  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Penrose - Room TBD
TENTATIVE: CLASS TO BE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER - ACTUAL DATE & TIME WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE
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.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Premiere, Finding Your Roots, Season 5, PBS  (TV)



Saturday, November 2, 2019
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
 
Class description to follow.


Thursday, November 21, 2019
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 the results?
  • Which companies report is right?
  • If time is available: Walk through of AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and LivingDNA