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The Colorado Genealogical Society

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CCGSFirst Families of Colorado Recognition Program

Program Meetings

Where: Downtown Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Ave Pkwy, 7th floor training room

When: 3rd Saturday of the month 9:30-noon. Business and program will begin at 10 am. Come at 9:30 for socializing. We do not meet in December, July and August.

You can take a look at last year's programs here and this year's past programs here.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

I am Not a Savage: American Indian Performers in Europe

Speaker: Steve Friesen

Steve Friesen

Between 1887 and 1935, wild west shows, beginning with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, showcased American Indians during their travels around Europe. The shows enabled the Indians to preserve their culture when official United States policy aimed at destroying it. They further gave them an opportunity to get off the reservation, make a decent wage, and travel to Europe. Friesen’s lecture will tell the stories of the Indians who traveled to Europe and include photographs of artifacts left by them in Europe. His research included doing genealogical research on several individuals and he will talk about the challenges associated with doing that. His book on the subject is set to be released in early 2017.

Steve Friesen has been director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave since 1995. During this time he has given numerous lectures about Buffalo Bill and the West. His book Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary was published in summer of 2010 by Fulcrum Press and his newest book I am Not a Savage: American Indian Performers in Europe will be released by University of Oklahoma Press in early 2017.
Like Buffalo Bill, Friesen was raised in Kansas. He attended Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, once characterized by Buffalo Bill as the wildest and wickedest town in the West. Friesen received his MA in American Folk Culture in 1976 and has worked at a variety of museums, including Denver’s Molly Brown House, throughout his 40 year career. His abiding historical interest is in the American frontier, beginning with colonization of the eastern seaboard and continuing through Buffalo Bill’s period. His first book A Modest Mennonite Home, dealt with the German settlement of Pennsylvania in the early 18th century.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria: A Caldron of Religious, Economic, Social, and Political Ingredients Gone Awry

Speaker: John Putnam

John Putnam

Even with the benefit of hindsight, historians have pondered the causes of the events surrounding the Salem Witchcraft trials for over three hundred years. As a descendent of both the protagonists and antagonists, this historical incident continues to fascinate and amaze John Putnam who continues to read widely on this incident. Besides the incredible historical story, it is also becomes a genealogical story for him too since his direct Putnam ancestors were involved in most aspects of the witchcraft hysteria that occurred in his ancestral hometown of Salem Village (now Danvers, Massachusetts). Because of its relatively small size, Salem Village faced a long period of “healing” following this incidents. John will share many genealogical, historical, religious, social, economic, and political factors that led to and followed the horrific events in 1692.

John is a native of Western Massachusetts where he grew up on a farm; attended public schools, and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. where he earned his BA in Government/Political Science. John has spent the last 47 years in the insurance industry..
John’s interest in genealogy started at a very young age when his two grandmothers would tell stories about the family. As a twelfth generation New Englander, there were many stories to be told. His Putnam ancestors lived in Salem/Danvers, MA where they were very involved in the Salem Witchcraft incident. Both his parents were active in their local historical society and frequently added to John’s interest in Western Masssachusetts’ local history.
John is the past President of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. In December 2011, he wrote a paper telling about his Teaching Grannies for a local genealogy course taken at Pikes Peak Community College. In June 2012, he presented a paper at the Pikes Peak Regional Historical Symposium on Historical Floods in the Pikes Peak Region.

Previous Programs 2015-2016

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Genetic Genealogy Overview

Speaker: Deena Coutant

This class will provide an overview of the 3 main types of DNA tests that are useful for genetic genealogy, including Y DNA, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA. Learn how each test works, what research questions each test can answer, which inheritance patterns are followed, and how to decide who to test. Discussion will include an overview of the 3 main testing labs, cost of testing, and ideas for motivating family members to test. A foundation in ethical and legal issues will be provided, including Genetic Genealogy Standards and how DNA testing fits into the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Ethnic History of Early Colorado

Speaker: Dr. James Walsh

This presentation will offer a survey of immigrant communities in Colorado throughout the 20th century, exploring various ethnic experiences and asking what remains of our states' early cultural enclaves.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Thomas Has a Wife - John Has a Daughter - Is She William's Mother

Speaker: James K. Jeffrey

Exploring ancestors is our passion but identifying women in our lineages can be a challenge. What should you do when the records yield no names for your ancestor's wife? This talk will assist the genealogists in exploring the research methods and tools necessary to reconstructing the identity of our female ancestors.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

A Pine Post Four Inches Square: Staking a Claim on Mining Records

Speaker: Jen Baldwin

The gold rush produced more than flakes and nuggets, it produced a paper trail. Explore mining records through the story of one man’s decade in the Rocky Mountains.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Using Early American Records to Tell the Story of a Pioneer

Speaker: Diane Barbour

Using the life of Amasa Delano Sproat, we explore records that are available during the time-period before 1850 and the every name census. Usually a difficult period for genealogy research, the participant will learn what records are available and how to obtain them. This program will help with that early American research.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Homestead Records: A Genealogist's Guide

Speaker: Roberta "Bobbi" King

There’s a story within every envelope of homestead records such as widows continuing the work begun by homesteader husbands, grasshopper scourges that wiped out crops, and pioneers who launched larger enterprises from a 160-acre start. Records also contain information regarding single women striking out on their own and single homesteaders who met and married. They show how the residency requirements were satisfied. This lecture introduces the researcher to the detailed accounts of homesteaders' lives contained within the land entry files held at the National Archives, the contents of which contain testimonies, affidavits, and supporting letters documenting the settlers' claims to free grants of land.

Come and see examples of records that bring homesteaders to life. And learn what you can discover about your own ancestor from these very public record documents.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Cancelled due to Snow - to be rescheduled

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Finding Civil War Soldiers on the Internet

Speaker: Ted Bainbridge

Ted’s relatives who were soldiers in the Civil War include 74 men named Trout, 82 at Pickett’s Charge, and 68 at Lee’s Surrender. Now he is going to show us how we can find out if any of our relatives were Civil War soldiers, and how we can collect information about those individuals.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

City and County Directories: Windows to Your Ancestors' Community

Speaker: Beth Benko

City and county directories list the names and addresses of the local inhabitants, and they can also provide a picture of the community where our ancestors lived. Like current directories, historical listings show resident’s name and address, and may contain occupation, spouse’s name, and sometimes children’s names. Many directories also have information on cemeteries, newspapers, churches, schools, “secret societies,” maps, and more. They can provide background material to help us see our ancestors in the context of their community. See examples of the variety of information available.

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Programs From This Year 2016-2017

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Forensic Anthropology: Accounting for Missing U.S. Service Members

Speaker: Christine Pink

This talk covered a history of efforts by the United States to recover, identify, and repatriate the remains of fallen soldiers and airmen from past conflicts. The focus of the presentation will be on the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency-Central Identification Laboratory (DPAA-CIL) and the more recent formal use of forensic anthropological methods in this endeavor. The presenter will share some of her personal experiences as a forensic anthropologist working with the DPAA-CIL as a forensic anthropologist from 2011 to 2015.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Evelyn Booth, Benefactor of Buffalo Bill Cody

Speaker: Kellen Cutsforth

His talk revolved around a little known benefactor of Buffalo Bill Cody named Evelyn Booth, a financial agreement entered into by the men, and the use of primary resources to conduct research on the men and their dealings. The talk is not only an entertaining story but contains relevant research techniques and resources that would be of use to genealogical researchers.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Hail to the Chiefs

Speaker: Wayne Watson

This talk was sub-titled "Tidbits about Our Lesser Known Presidents." Hear fascinating information on the nation’s presidents presented by historian Wayne Watson. Lincoln was the tallest president, but who kept a pet alligator in the White House? Who got stuck in the White House bathtub?

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Heirlooms and Their Stories

Presented by CGS members

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Pueblo's Working Class Foundation...

Speaker: James Walsh

James Walsh was unable to do this presentation due to a family emergency. The group viewed the online RootsTech video of Diahan Southard's DNA talk, DNA The Glue that Holds Families Together.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Hiding in Plain Database: Tips and Tricks for Gathering Exactly the Information You're After

Speaker: Dina C. Carson

Dina spoke about ways to improve your searching on the internet.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Researching US World War I Records

Speaker: Sandy Ronayne

On 6 April 1917 the US Congress declared war on Germany. President Woodrow Wilson had asked for the declaration of war because the “world must be made safe for democracy.” Wilson called the “immediate addition” of 500,000 men through a draft and the “organization and mobilization of all the material resources of the country to supply the materials of war.”
The first U.S. troops arrived in France in June 1917 and, by the spring of 1918, provided a significant fighting force for the Allies. The arrival of fresh U.S. troops was a key factor in breaking the stalemate that had developed between the beleaguered European troops, contributing to the end of the war on 11 November 1918. In all, more than 4 million U.S. troops were mobilized during the war and more than 2 million served in Europe. Women also served in the war both stateside and overseas. Women served as military nurses and telephone operators.

Sandy discussed how to find and obtain WWI records – from draft registration cards through discharge papers.

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