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2018 Seminar
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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 10 February 2018
Check out Carol's 4 videos below for more information! New video #4 on finding helpful volunteers.

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
  • 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 video on genealogy, also done by 50 Plus News, is available at Vimeo: Do It Yourself Genealogy

4. Carol's newest video on genealogy volunteers, done by 50 Plus News, is available at Vimeo: Genealogy Volunteers to the Rescue.

Special Interest Classes 2017-18

4th Saturdays, 9:30 am - Noon
New Location - 7th Floor Training Room, Downtown Denver Public Library
Contact person: Sandy Ronayne

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:30 am - Noon

Beginning DNA
Speaker: Sandy Ronayne
Sandy Ronayne


Sandy will facilitate a lively discussion of Genetic Genealogy, including an overview of the types of DNA tests, discussion of the major testing companies, and common questions regarding test results, e.g., why does my cousin match with someone that I don't? Bring your questions, experiences, and ideas.
There will be DNA-related door prizes.

Sandy Ronayne, who has tested with, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23 and Me, and MyHeritageDNA, will provide an overview of Part 3.  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.

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

WriteNow! Meetings 2017-18

A Free Writing Group for Family Historians

SUNDAY afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 pm; once a month September to May
Rick Ashton Room, 7th floor tower, Downtown Denver Public Library. If for some reason the elevator does not go up to 7th floor, tell the security guard at the Broadway entrance that you are there for WriteNow! It is on his schedule.
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, 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. 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)