Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
Welcome to the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. Our mission is to preserve family history by indexing records; support research with free classes, lectures, and one-on-one help; and contribute to public genealogy causes. While we support genealogical research throughout Colorado, we focus on El Paso and Teller Counties.
Key local resources:
Pikes Peak NewsFinder (index to newspapers and other local records)


August 14, 2019 PPGS Meeting


Tips and Tricks to
Hone Your Skills
Pick your table, switch every 15-20 minutes.
  • Finding elusive obituaries, Joey Bippus
  • Hidden side of Ancestry, Linda Pearce
  • Railroad pension records: Where they are and what they can tell you, Nancy Wehner
  • Scandinavian research tips, Andy Likins
  • DNA: Which vendor is best?, using Ancestry's ThruLines, Greg Liverman, et al.
  • Prints and Maps, Special Collections staff
  • Navigating NEGHS databases, John Putnam
  • Using Excel to create a family tree, Ed Storey
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

7:00 p.m., program begins

(No GenMixer social hour this month)

Columbine Room, downstairs, Penrose Libary
20 N. Cascade
Colorado Springs, CO
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society usually meets on the second Wednesday of each month in The Venue, Library 21c. Guests are welcome. For more information, call PPLD, 531-6333 ext. 2252.

Upcoming Workshops
Using City Directories & Maps to Full Advantage
Using City Directories and Maps to Full Advantage, July 20, by Ed Storey, 1-3 p.m., Computer Lab, Library 21c. Free and open to the public. Registration required: e-mail instructor at esc7fg@falconbb.net.
Land and Property Records in Depth
Land and Property Records in Depth, Aug. 14, by Nancy Niles Wehner, CG, 1-5 p.m., B6, Library 21c. Free to PPGS members but can join at class. Registration required: e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com.
Church and Cemetery Records in Depth
Church and Cemetery Records in Depth, Sept. 11, by Nancy Niles Wehner, CG, 1:30-4:30 p.m., B6, Library 21c. Free to PPGS members but can join at class. Registration required: e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com.

Sample PPGS Newsletter (PPGS members can see all newsletters in the Members Only section)

Facts and Tips
In Land Deeds, check to see if buyer and/or seller is from the same area where the land is being sold.
[Land Records]

An acre is a square measure of land containing 10 square chains, 160 square rods, or 43,560 square feet.
[Land Records]

Registrations of births, marriages, and deaths first began for some areas in Germany in 1792 when the French invasion of the area west of the Rhine brought that region under their administration.
[German Research]

July 27
Camp Derrick
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 ...
August 14
Land and Property Records in Depth
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 ...
August 21
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2019
For info: https://fgs.org/conferences/
September 6
MyHeritage LIVE 2019
If you can attend, great! If you can't, many of the sessions will probably be streamed and recorded for free access later, as was the 2018 program.   Sessions will likely be on DNA, MyHeritage platform, and genealogy in general.   For information and to register, click here.