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Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16
Pikes Peak Celtic Fest  (Special Events)
Western Museum of Mining and Industry


Saturday, June 29
Free: DNA specialist Debbie Parker Wayne  (Special Events)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Conference Center, Denver Public Library
Free all-day presentation by genetic genealogist Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL.
 
Sponsored free by Denver Public Library.
 



Wednesday, July 10
Court Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
21C Library, ENT Conference Center
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CCG
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


Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20
Midwestern Roots 2019  (Conferences)
Indianapolis, IN
For more information, click here.


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


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


Camp Derrick
Saturday, July 27
Camp Derrick  (Special Events)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Training Room, Floor 7, Denver Public Library
Free, summer camp for genealogists at Denver Public Library.
 



Wednesday, August 14
Land & Property Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location TBD
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, August 21 through Saturday, August 24
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2019  (Conferences)
Washington, D.C.



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


Sunday, September 15 through Sunday, September 22
Family History Library Research Trip  (Field Trip)
Salt Lake City, UT
Trip organized by Colorado Palatines to America German Genealogy Society
 
Early bird registration with deposit before June 1.
Questions and to request registration form: Kent Robinson, nekero@aol.com


Saturday, September 21
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Penrose Library - 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


Saturday, September 28
Conference for a Cause  (Special Events)
Speaker: Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist
Sponsor: Larimer County Genealogical Society
 
  • No person shall ... Gallop Horse in the streets: Using Court Records to Tell the Story of Our Ancestors' Lives
  • No, No Nanette! What Negative Evidence Is ... and Isn't
  • No Vitals? No Problem: Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence
  • After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA
Registration opens May 1. See www.lcgsco.org/





Saturday, October 5
GenGen101 (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.


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


Saturday, October 26
Heritage Festival, Black Genealogy Search Group  (Special Events)
Denver Public Library
Speaker: Angela Walton-Raji, nationally known genealogist, African Roots podcaster, author and founding member of AfriGeneas.com
 
Presenting topics on the African-American Great Migration and Unique African-American Collections in Large Databases
 
Sponsored by Black Genealogy Search Group, Denver
 
Contact: Janet K. Taylor, 303-355-3764


Sunday, October 27
Military Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Location TBD
Instructor: J Richards
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 25
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



Friday, November 1 through Saturday, November 2
Colorado Palatines to America Fall Conference  (Conferences)
Conference Center, Denver Public Library
Speaker: Roger Minert
 
Friday:
"Conducting Family Research in Europe"
"German Training and Research Materials Found on FamilySearch" by Cina Johnson
 
Saturday:
"German Immigrants in American Church Records--An Update"
"German Census Records, 1816-1916"
"German Residential Registration Records"
"Surnames in German-Language Regions of Europe"
 
Registration will open in June.
 
Please contact Sandy Carter-Duff (sandy@carduff.com; 303-777-1391) or Jean West (jgopack@gmail.com; 303-736-2697) for further information.
 


Saturday, November 2
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


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