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Saturday, February 23
From Storage Box to Story Book  (Classes)
9:00 am to 10:00 am
North Family History Center
Speaker: Parris Neal
 

We have often been challenged to find a way to convert all of our photos, memories, articles, group sheets, and important documents from our "storage boxes" into a family history that can be understood, appreciated, added to, and passed along to the next generation. Brother Neal has gone through the experience and will show how to make that conversion into an "electronic family history scrapbook" that can include art, hot links, stories, and all of the other priceless collectibles that will culminate into a real time story book.

 
Register here; free class. Walk-ins welcome!
 
North Family History Center, 8710 Lexington Dr., Colorado Springs; entrance on southeast corner.


Sunday, February 24
JGSCO: Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage  (Special Events)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Denver Academy of Torah, 6825 E. Alameda, Denver
Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage will discuss:
 
What Is MyHeritage and Why Is It Beneficial to Me?
MyHeritage great technologies are the intersection of technology and genealogy: Smart Matches, Record Matches, Record Detective, Instant Discoveries, Photo Discoveries, Global Name Translation, PedigreeMap, and Consistency Checker are just a few. Daniel will describe the challenges they solve and explain how you can make the most of them.
 
I Have Thousands of DNA Matches, Now What?
The MyHeritage DNA Matching service enables those who have taken a DNA test to enjoy exceptional matching capabilities, displaying the possible relationship between you and the other person. Daniel will explain the nuances of DNA tests and share how you can use the ancestral surnames and places in both trees, common matches, and the chromosome browser to narrow down the good matches and decide who you should contact, all this with a Jewish twist.
 
$10 to nonmembers.
 
Presented by Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado
 



Sunday, March 3
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


Wednesday, March 20
PPLD Special Collections Tour  (Field Trip)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade
Get a tour of the new Special Collections layout on the upper floor of the Carnegie Library with Brett Lobello and Danielle Pieper. Stay until 9 p.m. to do research, if desired.
 
Free and everyone welcome!
 
Free parking after 6 p.m., so give the meter a little change.


Thursday, March 21
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 through Saturday, March 30
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
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 president@ppgs.org
 
Class description to follow.


Monday, April 8 through Saturday, April 13
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
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


Friday, April 26 through Saturday, April 27
Spring German Genealogy Seminar  (Conferences)
Denver Public Library
Speaker: Gail Shaffer Blankenau
 



Thursday, May 16
Transcribing, Abstracting, and Extracting  (Classes)
1:00 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
 
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
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
East Library - East Annex
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: 28
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 through Sunday, June 2
SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2019  (Conferences)
Los Angeles



Saturday, June 8
Poets, Professors, and Provacateurs  (Special Events)
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
East Library
2019 Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium
 
 
Complimenary light lunch.
 
Space is limited, so register soon if you want to attend.


Wednesday, June 12
Genealogical Proof Standard  (Classes)
10:00 am to 12:00 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
 
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?


Wednesday, June 12
Immigration and Naturalization in Depth  (Classes)
1:00 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
 
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, July 20
Symposium on Genetic Genealogy  (Seminar)
Conference Center, Denver Public Library
Sponsored by Colorado Genealogical Society
 
$10 for materials.
 


Saturday, July 20
Genealogical Traps - Are You Sabotaging Your Family History?  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
21C Library, ENT Conference Center
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: 20
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
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
 
Class description to follow.



Thursday, August 1
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 through Saturday, August 24
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2019  (Conferences)
Washington, D.C.



Sunday, September 1
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
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



Tuesday, October 1
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
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
Premiere, Finding Your Roots, Season 5, PBS  (TV)



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
 
Class description to follow.


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