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Camp Derrick
Saturday, July 27
Camp Derrick  (Special Events)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Training Room, Floor 7, Denver Public Library
Summer Camp for Genealogists! Have fun and expand your knowledge of genealogy. Spend the day researching your family and attend a lecture or two.
Getting Started in Writing Your Family History
10 am - Noon
Speaker: Carol Darrow
Carol offers a course, WriteNow!, from September through May. Participants discover methods and techniques for crafting a family narrative. This class is intended to inspire you to take the plunge.
City Directories Give Direct Results - 1 pm - 2 pm
Speaker: Sandy Johansen
Discover examples of what information can be gleaned, plus how using a spreadsheet to abstract information from city directories can be used to sort data in multiple ways to show family relationships, property ownership over time and migration patterns. This can also lead to information on death year and migrations to other cities opening up opportunities for further records research.
Household Inventories Lead to Genealogical Discoveries
Speaker: Sandy Johansen
Did you know that odd items found in a household inventory can lead to genealogical discoveries? An example is a single photograph plus extended family collaboration via Ancestry that led to some very interesting discoveries, i.e., how a Swede had his photo taken sitting on the King's throne in Hawaii after the overthrow in the 1890s; a receipt for an electric bill payment led to the discovery of the property address of land in Florida that was owned by an adopted sibling. Other examples: 'Who is the person whose initials are engraved inside a small gold ring left in a grandmother's jewelry box?' and 'Who is the woman named Sylvia buried in the family cemetery plot next to our grandmother?'

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 
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
Penrose - Aspen Room
Instructor: Suzanne Mulligan
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at katderoet@gmail.com
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
"Conducting Family Research in Europe"
"German Training and Research Materials Found on FamilySearch" by Cina Johnson
"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 9
Connecting the Dots - Turning Indirect & Negative Evidence into a Conclusion  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 16
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