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.
Cousin Chart: What's a first cousin once removed vs. a second cousin? 
Join PPGS with this Application Form.
Key local resources:
Pikes Peak NewsFinder (index to newspapers and other local records)


October 14 Meeting

Thanks to COVID-19, PPGS meetings are being held by Zoom; invitations are emailed to members. If you're a member and haven't received an invitation by the day before the meeting, please email webmaster@ppgs.org. If you're not a member and want to view this program with us, email president@ppgs.org.


"Memento Mori Halloween Wake:

Dead or Alive?"

by Linda Pearce
Morbid curiosities or touching tributes to the deceased? Postmortem photography was commonplace worldwide from 1840 to 1920, and now, with the spread of social media sites and technology, the practice is experiencing a renaissance. From the tearfully poignant to the ghoulishly macabre, the internet is filled with pictures of the dead. But were the people in these photos really dead? And, if so, what can the photographs tell us about society’s attitudes toward death and mourning?
Take a stroll with us as we wander through the virtual cemetery of post-mortem photography from 1840 to the present day. But beware! For as the ancients caution, “Remember---you must die,” memento mori.


Wednesday, October 14
6:30 p.m., Zoom hangout begins

7 p.m., Meeting begins via Zoom

The Venue, Library 21c
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month in The Venue, Library 21c, when the library is open to public meetings. Guests are welcome. For more information, call PPLD, 531-6333, ext. 1252.


Sample PPGS Newsletter (PPGS members have access to newsletters since 1980 in the Members Only section)

Facts and Tips
When the head of the household is no longer listed, don't assume he/she is dead. The person could be living with one of the children.

Google your Family Tree at www.Google.com.

Don't wait around for databases to be added to your favorite genealogy sites. Volunteer to index records at websites like FamilySearch.org or Ancestry World Archives Project.
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September 18
Colorado PalAm Fall Seminar
Speaker: Kent Robinson; for information and registration form, click here.   FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER   On FRIDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020, Mr. Robinson will present a lecture titled "Extend Your German Research—Websites to Locate Print Resources: WorldCat, Interlibrary Loan, Google Books, Internet Archive, PERSI, and others."  This lecture will be FREE, ...
September 19
Introduction to Genealogy
THIS IS A ZOOM MEETING. Please set up your computer with the Zoom client app prior to the meeting, so that you are not delayed getting into the meeting. Set up is simple but is specific to the search engine you use - follow directions carefully.   Instructor: Nancy Niles ...
September 26
Understanding and Using Family Tree DNA: Free Class
Speaker: Greg Liverman Sponsor: Colorado Genealogical Society   Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has provided DNA tests to genealogists since 1999. The company offers a complete line of tests from Family Finder (autosomal) to Mitochondrial (mtDNA) to Y-DNA tests, including the comprehensive Big Y. Greg will explore how to use each ...
October 20
Colorado Virtual Family History Fair
Free; registration info to come. Sponsored by CCGS and other Colorado genealogical organizations   Sessions: Introduction to Family History and Genealogy: Why? How to start? What is involved? Research Process; Gathering; Recording; Sources, etc. DNA Basics: Why test; Types of tests; Testing Companies; Fears/Privacy, Insurance fears. etc.  What are you ...