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The Colorado Genealogical Society

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Denver Public Library

We meet at the Denver Public Library, Downtown


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  • Beginning
  • Special Interest
  • WriteNow!

Beginning Classes 2017-18

2nd Saturdays from 10:00 am - Noon.
Gates Room, 5th Level, Downtown Denver Public Library
Presented by Carol Darrow, CG
Next class 14 October 2017 (check out Carol's 3 videos below for more information!)

***The November Beginning Class will be held 4 November 2017 with NO hands-on after. This is due to DPL being closed 11 November for Veteran's Day.

There is hands-on practice for 2 hours after the initial class hours. Advance registration and reservations are not required. The classes are free and open to the public.

Pick the date you can attend. This is a one-time basic course for the beginner, repeated each month. However, feel free to come for a refresher as desired. Attendees will be introduced to thinking genealogically through the exploration of the following:

  • Introduction to the census using Ancestry.com
  • Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets
  • Other Major Record Groups

Attendees should dress comfortably. Consider bringing a seat cushion and bottled water.

1. A short video of Carol explaining her beginning class for 50 Plus News.


2. Here is Carol talking about Researching Unique Individuals, also done by 50 Plus News.


3. Carol's newest video on genealogy, also done by 50 Plus News, is available at Vimeo: Do It Yourself Genealogy

Special Interest Classes 2017-18

4th Saturdays, 10 am - Noon
New Location - 7th Floor Training Room, Downtown Denver Public Library
Contact person: Sandy Ronayne

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Introduction to The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
DNA Book
Sandy Ronayne

Facilitated by Sandy Ronayne

Blaine Bettinger’s book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy provides a framework for genetic genealogy testing and more importantly for analyzing your results. Blaine has also included research forms and other resources.

This class, which is the final in a series of special interest classes using Blaine's book and methodology will focus on reviewing what we have learned. We will go over all the parts we have covered: DNA testing, pros and cons of the test, testing companies, solving questions and third-party tools.

The class will be interactive.  Please talk about your experiences and how you have analyzed and used test results.  We will all learn by sharing and doing exercises.

Sandy Ronayne, who has tested with AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, 23 and Me, and MyHeritageDNA will provide a review. Sandy has identified "cousins" through her DNA tests and has assisted friends in learning about their ancestors and identifying unknown family lines through DNA results and analysis. Through Sandy's analysis of his DNA results, one friend learned about his mother's family and his Colonial/Revolutionary War ancestors -- including Loyalists who went to Canada.  He has contacted and shared info with his Canadian family members.

We will have at least one DNA-related door prize.  Door prizes include Blaine's book, a book by Blaine and Debbie Parker Wayne -- Genetic Genealogy in Practice, and AncestryDNA test kits.  The classes will be interactive and fun! Please join us to learn how to use Blaine's terrific book most effectively and efficiently.

There is no fee for this class -- but please let Sandy know if you plan to attend so we can have enough handouts. Email Sandy at the Education Chair on the Contact page.


WriteNow! Meetings 2017-18

A Free Writing Group for Family Historians

SUNDAY afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Usually Gates Room, 5th Level, or Rockwell Room, 4th level, Downtown Denver Public Library (watch your email or this webpage for updates)
Facilitator: Carol Darrow, CG

  • Group is open to all beginners and more experienced writers who want to put their genealogy into a written document.
  • Assignments for various levels of experience
  • Opportunity to share your writing with the group as you wish.
  • Shape your writing to the goal of the month.


Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017: Share your story. Discuss basics of narrative writing and hooks for attracting your audience. Assignment for November: Write a 1-3 page story about a different family member using a hook as a topic sentence and expanding on stories.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017: Share your ancestor story. Discuss document preparation, footnotes, style sheets. Assignment for December: Write a personal article about a holiday memory.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017: Share your holiday article. Discuss photo editing, grayscale, cropping. Assignment for January: Create an outline for your major project.
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018: Bring and share your project outlines. Discuss scope of story, length, gaps in history, handling difficult information. Assignment: Start writing on your project.
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018: Discuss formatting issues for your project. Share your first draft and compare to outline. Assignment: Continue writing on your project.
Sunday, March 11, 2018: Share your project work. Discuss electronic publishing (e.g. Lulu.com) and the many specific decisions you need to make. Assignment: Continue work on your project.
Sunday, April 8, 2018: Share your project progress, do revisions, discuss other aspects of project. Assignment: Complete your project.
Sunday, May 20, 2018: Present your project to the group.

Possible Projects

Memoir of a key aspect or event in your life
Collection of individual narratives of your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents
Story of significant event(s) in life of your ancestor
Three generation study of your family
House history
Scrapbook with journaling
Case study (how did you figure out your ancestor’s story and how did one document lead to the next)