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2018 Seminar
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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 (map)

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 2016-17 past programs here.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Cyber Security for Genealogy Societies

Speaker: Dr. Steve Beaty

Steve Beaty

Dr. Steven Beaty, computer science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, explains about "Cyber Security for Genealogy Societies." He provides several examples of hacking and phishing schemes, how it affects you, and prevention methods.

Dr. Steve Beaty has an extensive background in both the theoretic and pragmatic aspects of computer science. He wrote compilers at Cray Computer, and both managed a large group of developers and was a software test architect at Hewlett-Packard. He is a professor, was chair and interim vice-president at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was the security team lead at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. He works on a number of open-source projects and consults with a variety of businesses.

Saturday, 17 March 2018





Saturday, 21 April 2018

Pledging Brotherhood: An Introduction to Fraternal, Benevolent, and Secret Societies

Speaker: Jen Baldwin

Jen Baldwin

During the 1800s, 1 in every 7 people in the United States was a member of a fraternal society. Explore the various types of organizations and understand how they differ from each other, and gain your own secrets to accessing their record collections.

Jen Baldwin has been working in the realm of professional genealogy since 2010. She is currently the Data Acquisition Manager, North America for Findmypast. Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy and social media related topics, and was part of the research team for Genealogy Roadshow, season two on PBS. Her research focus generally tends towards the Western United States - especially the Gold Rush era - and fraternal societies. She is the author of course materials for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and numerous Legacy QuickGuides. She is a proud volunteer for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, serving as a Board Member and Education Chair, and the Larimer County Genealogical Society (CO).


Programs From Last 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.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

I am Not a Savage: American Indian Performers in Europe

Speaker: 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 told 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 talked about the challenges associated with doing that.

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. He had his newest book I am Not a Savage: American Indian Performers in Europe released by University of Oklahoma Press with him for sale.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

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

Speaker: 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 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.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Finding Dirk

Speaker: Jill Morelli

A surprising number of individuals have ancestors who disappear into "insane asylums" in the 19th and early 20th centuries for mostly unknown reasons. Follow Jill's journey to obtain the records-- publicly available and the court obtained-- that have provided the life story of her great grand uncle Dirk who spent his entire adult life in the asylums of 19th century Illinois. Along the way, we will learn about the history of mental illness from its earliest beginnings to today's headlines.

Jill Morelli, Certified Genealogist®, lives in the Pacific Northwest and lectures across the country specializing in methodology, unique record sets, 19th century Midwest and her Scandinavian and Northern German ancestors. She serves as President of the Seattle Genealogical Society and shares her enthusiasm for her passion with whoever will listen. She demystifies the journey of applying for the Certified Genealogist credential through her blog and her online class.

GEM: We introduced Cina Johnson as our liaison with the Family History Library. She conducted a short survey of members on their use of FamilySearch and demonstrated search features on the FamilySearch web site.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

What Does Your Handwriting Say About You... And Your Ancestors?

Speaker: Kathi McKnight

In her talk, Kathi engaged the audience to learn 3 easy steps analyze anyone’s signature. Throughout her talk she revealed many industry secrets and showed how and why this ancient science has stood the test of time and is still being used today.

Author and internationally recognized master certified graphologist Kathi McKnight has analyzed thousands of handwriting samples since 1991. President of the Rocky Mountain Graphology Association, she is regularly sought out by the media to give expert opinions. Kathi has been featured on Dr. Oz, CNN, Fox TV, Today Show, Washington Post, Real Simple Magazine, Sport Illustrated and much more. She speaks, consults and demonstrates how to use the ancient science of handwriting analysis to understand ourselves and others. And even how to change your writing to change your life

Using humor and deep insight, Kathi keeps audiences on the edge of their seats as they learn about this fascinating, ancient and very revealing science.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Pueblo’s Working Class Foundation: Exploring Ethnic Communities in an Early 20th Century Steel Town

Speaker: Dr. James Walsh

This talk looked at Pueblo, Colorado during the 1920s, based upon census data from 1920 and the coal miners' strike of 1927-8. James looked at specific ethnic communities in Pueblo and surrounding mining camps, immigration patterns, and worker resistance and solidarity.

Dr. James Walsh has taught history and political science at CU Denver for the past 18 years, specializing in labor, immigration, social movements, Irish America, and the use of "organic" theater in the classroom. Walsh is also the founder of the Romero Theater Troupe, an all- volunteer community theater troupe whose mission is to preserve stories of human rights acts and activists past and present.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Using FamilySearch, Basic Methods to Enhance Your Genealogy

Speaker: Cina Johnson

With all the changes and updates in FamilySearch, Cina took us back to the basics. If you just started with FamilySearch or have been a long time user, Cina brought us up to date on the newest features and how to efficiently use Family Search. We learned to search records, make connections and tell stories.

Cina started working at the local Family History Center 26 years ago, just before FamilySearch released the Ancestral File on CD. She and her husband served in the Family and Church History mission in Salt Lake City in 2004-2005. They were assigned to work with the group who were preparing training and support materials for the “New FamilySearch”, which is now the FamilySearch Family Tree. Since then, she has served as an assistant director of her Family History Center. She is currently employed by RootsMagic, which is fully FamilySearch Certified. This long history of working with and around FamilySearch gives her perspective to the past and a working knowledge of the current website and it’s features. She is looking forward to helping the members of the CGS better utilize the many resources of FamilySearch.

See our new page about Cina and her alliance with us. Use that page to get in touch with her with questions or recommend topics for future programs.

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