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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 13 January 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 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 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, 27 January 2018, 9:30 am - Noon

Analyzing DNA Test Results At Family Tree DNA
Speaker: Greg Liverman
Greg Liverman

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 of the tests in genealogy.

Greg’s class will include:

  • A brief review of DNA testing for genealogy – what types of tests are available and what we can learn from them.
    • Y-DNA
    • Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
    • Autosomal DNA (Family Finder)
  • Autosomal DNA
    • Biogeographical mapping (ethnicity) with myOrigins and ancientOrigins.
    • Finding cousins with Family Finder
  • Deciphering Y-DNA results
    • STR matches
    • SNP tests and haplogroups
    • Projects
  • Deciphering mtDNA results
    • Matches
    • Haplogroups
    • Projects
    • Q&A

Greg Liverman, Ph.D., began tracing his family history in the 1990s with an old Macintosh computer and a copy of Family Tree Maker. At that time, family and career pursuits did not leave much time for genealogy work. He was finally able to return to charting his family history in 2009. Living on a ranch on the western slopes of Pikes Peak means there are few libraries nearby, so Greg has become adept at using online resources for both domestic and foreign research. He has researched his family history "on the ground" in libraries, cemeteries and records offices in seven states, with more on the list to visit. He has experience in using various techniques, based on the careful application of reason and logic, to successfully break down "brick walls."
Greg and his wife Wendy added genetic genealogy or DNA testing to their brick wall demolition toolkit in 2013 and have immersed themselves in the details of DNA tests and evaluation methods. They have answered several questions about their family history using DNA evidence.
Greg launched Pinewood Genealogy to help people with their genealogy research and genetic genealogy analysis.

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, 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)