Pioneer Monument, Denver


The Colorado Genealogical Society

since 1924

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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 2016-17

2nd Saturdays from 10:00 am - Noon.
Gates Room, 5th Level, Downtown Denver Public Library
Presented by Carol Darrow, CG
Next class 9 September 2017 (check out Carol's videos below for more information!)

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.

View a short video of Carol explaining her class for 50 Plus News.


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

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, 26 August 2017

Introduction to The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
Part 3 (cont'd)
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 third in a series of special interest classes using Blaine's book and methodology, will focus on Analyzing and Applying Text results.  We will discuss Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA and identify how strategies for using your DNA results to break through brick walls and answer challenging research questions.

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 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.

We will continue special interest classes on the methodology in Blaine's book throughout the summer.  Each of these classes will include 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!

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 2016-17

A Free Writing Group for Family Historians

SUNDAY afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 pm - see you next fall!
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.


Happy summer break – see you next September.

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)