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- Special Interest
Beginning Classes 2016-17
2nd Saturdays from 10:00 am - Noon.
Gates Room, 5th Level, Downtown Denver Public Library
Presented by Carol Darrow, CG
No classes are held in July and August when we take a summer break.
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.
Special Interest Classes 2016-17
4th Saturdays, 10 am - Noon
New Location - 7th Floor Training Room, Downtown Denver Public Library
Contact person: Sandy Ronayne
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Treasures Found in Deed Books
Speaker: Carol Cooke Darrow
Deed books to U.S. lands were often used as the official record of the county. They included land descriptions, the history of a title to land, mortgages and deeds of gift as well as apprenticeship papers, manumission papers, and pre-nup agreements that detail family relationships and other personal information.
Carol Cooke Darrow is a Certified Genealogist who has spent years transcribing and interpreting deeds and land records. She will guide you through the handwriting, legal language, relationships and land description challenges that open the door to the gold contained in deed records. She currently volunteers at DPL on Tuesday mornings and at the National Archives in Denver on Thursdays.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
AncestryDNA Matches: Who Are All of These People and Why Do I Care?
Speaker: Wendy Dillenschneider
This class is for anyone who has tested with AncestryDNA or is thinking of testing and wants to learn more about the test, test results, and how to best interpret those results for use in genealogical research. Targeted at the amateur and professional genealogist, AncestryDNA has the largest consumer database of autosomal DNA test results in the world. Over 3 million people have tested with AncestryDNA. It is the leader in the use of combined genetic and genealogical data to predict the ancestor that you have in common with another individual. However, AncestryDNA does not offer a chromosome browser, so genealogists must use tree triangulation to discover common ancestors. AncestryDNA provides several tools to help you with your tree triangulation work.
Wendy will discuss:
- AncestryDNA Results – what they are, how to interpret and evaluate them
- Using tree triangulation to identify ancestors
- Tips and tricks for discovering your ancestors and working with matches
- Case studies and stories
Wendy Dillenschneider began tracing her family tree 35 years ago when she was living in Munich, Germany. She figured that “Dillenschneider” had to be a German name, so she started looking uip the name in phones books at the post office. She didn’t find any family in Germany, but she finally located them in Alsace.
Decades later, working out of her ranch on the western slope of Pikes Peak, Wendy has extended her family tree using online resources for both domestic and foreign research. She is adept at research in Pennsylvania, where her family settled in the United States. She is collaborating with a cousin in Alsace to trace the migration of the Dillenschneiders from Alsace to America.
Wendy and her husband, Greg Liverman, added genetic genealogy or DNA testing to their genealogy toolkit in 2013 and have since immersed themselves in the details of DNA tests and evaluation methods. They have answered several questions about their family history using DNA evidence.
WriteNow! Meetings 2016-17
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 you 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.
12 February 2017 - 4th floor Rockwell Room - Discuss formatting issues and how to set up a book format for your project. Share your first draft and compare to outline. Assignment: Continue writing on your project.
12 March 2017 - Discuss electronic publishing options. Assignment: Continue work on your project.
9 April 2017 - Discuss revisions to your project and how to smooth the narrative. Assignment: Complete your project.
21 May 2017 - Present your project to the group.
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
Scrapbook with journaling
Case study (how did you figure out your ancestor’s story and how did one document lead to the next)