Foothills Genealogical Society
Foothills Genealogical Society
of Colorado, Inc.



General Meeting – September 14, 2016
Wednesday
1:00 p.m.
Applewood Valley Methodist Church
2035 Ellis St.
Golden, CO
Ample parking in the church parking lot. Handicap accessible.
Guests are always welcome.
 
PROGRAM
"Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths and Reality "
Presented by
Greg Liverman
 
The use of DNA testing in genealogy, or genetic genealogy, is a rapidly evolving field.  Tests can cost a substantial amount of money.  The talk is aimed at genealogists who want to know what DNA testing is all about and how it can be used.
 
Greg Liverman, Ph.D., began tracing his family history in the 1990s with an old Macintosh and Family Tree Maker.  He lives in Florissant, Colorado and has researched family history in libraries, cemeteries, and records offices in seven states and also become adept at using online resources for research.  In 2013 he added DNA testing to his brick wall demolition toolkit.  He developed “Cracking the Code” to answer frequently asked questions by many genealogists such as “What is this DNA testing all about and why should I care?”
 
The Book Nook will be open before and after the meeting!!


General Meeting – October 12, 2016
Wednesday
1:00 p.m.
Applewood Valley Methodist Church
2035 Ellis St.
Golden, CO
Ample parking in the church parking lot. Handicap accessible.
Guests are always welcome.
 
PROGRAM
"SMALDONE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AN AMERICAN CRIME FAMILY"
Presented by
Dick Kreck
 
Born in San Francisco. Grew up in Glendale, CA. Wrote and published his first newspaper at age 10.
Obtained BA in Journalism from San Francisco State College. Worked as a copy editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times. Joined The Denver Post in 1968 and held various editing jobs there, including a turn as editor of Roundup magazine. He wrote a city column for The Post for 18 years and covered local television and radio before he retired from the paper in June 2007.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame.
 
Reflecting his passion for local history, his books include “Colorado’s Scenic Railroads” (1997); “Denver in Flames” (2000); “Murder at the Brown Palace” (2003), which was on the Denver Post best-seller list for 22 weeks, and “Anton Woode: The Boy Murderer” (2006); “Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family” (2009). “Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad,” is about towns that lived and died with the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.
His newest book is “Rich People Behaving Badly,” due out this summer.
 


 

General Meeting – November 9, 2016
Wednesday
1:00 p.m.
Applewood Valley Methodist Church
2035 Ellis St.
Golden, CO
Ample parking in the church parking lot. Handicap accessible.
Guests are always welcome.
 
PROGRAM
CITY AND COUNTY DIRECTORIES:
WINDOWS to YOUR ANCESTORS' COMMUNITY
Presented by 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.
 
Beth Benko is a professional genealogist providing family history research for clients and lecturing to local organizations. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science.  She worked as a software developer and manager for 30 years before leaving the corporate world to pursue her interests in family history.  Beth is an officer and volunteer in several local genealogical societies, a volunteer at NARA and Denver Public Library, and a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her website is at Group W Genealogy.
 
The Book Nook will be open before and after the meeting!!


 

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28th Annual Cemetery Crawl, Russell Gulch Cemetery
Saturday - Aug. 27, 2016
Tickets for the 28th Annual Cemetery Crawl are now available. The Crawl will be Saturday, August 27th, at 11 a.m. at Russell Gulch Cemetery. There is plenty of parking at the cemetery and shuttle buses will also run out of the Teller House Parking Lot beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, with kids 12 and under free. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Gilpin History Museum at 303-582-5283, stopping by the museum or the Tour Office in Washington Hall during business hours, or online at Eventbrite.com (search for Gilpin Historical Society Cemetery Crawl). The Central City Beer Festival will be the same day. There is still plenty of time to come to the museum and see this year’s special exhibits on Wendell Willkie’s 1940 campaign stop in Central City and the 1876 Centennial Exposition if you haven’t been yet. While in town you can also tour the Teller House, Opera House, Thomas House, and Coeur d’Alene. We hope
National Archives and Records Administration-Workshops
Monday - Aug. 29, 2016
The National Archives at Denver is offering a spring series of workshops for genealogists.  The workshops will be held in the training room of our facility, located at 17101 Huron Street, Broomfield CO 80023.  The classes are free but you need to sign up for them via e-mail or by calling 303-604-4740.  Please include your phone number and indicate the sessions desired.  Workshops are limited to the first 45 registrants.  Questions regarding the workshops can be directed to the archives staff Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 720-604-4740 or by e-mailing Denver.archives@nara.gov
Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths and Reality
Wednesday - Sep. 14, 2016
Presented by Greg Liverman The use of DNA testing in genealogy, or genetic genealogy, is a rapidly evolving field.  Tests can cost a substantial amount of money.  The talk is aimed at genealogists who want to know what DNA testing is all about and how it can be used. Greg Liverman, Ph.D., began tracing his family history in the 1990s with an old Macintosh and Family Tree Maker.  He lives in Florissant, Colorado and has researched family history in libraries, cemeteries, and records offices in seven states and also become adept at using online resources for research.  In 2013 he added DNA testing to his brick wall demolition toolkit.  He developed “Cracking the Code” to answer frequently asked questions by many genealogists such as “What is this DNA testing all about and why should I care?”
Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society
Sunday - Oct. 09, 2016
Salt Lake City Research Trip--A great time of undisturbed research time at the Family History Library. Perfect for beginners and seasoned researchers.  Contact Sandy Breed at sbreed@wise-fhs.org  
Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family
Wednesday - Oct. 12, 2016
Presented by Dick Kreck Born in San Francisco. Grew up in Glendale, CA. Wrote and published his first newspaper at age 10.Obtained BA in Journalism from San Francisco State College. Worked as a copy editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times. Joined The Denver Post in 1968 and held various editing jobs there, including a turn as editor of Roundup magazine. He wrote a city column for The Post for 18 years and covered local television and radio before he retired from the paper in June 2007. In 2010, he was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame. Reflecting his passion for local history, his books include “Colorado’s Scenic Railroads” (1997); “Denver in Flames” (2000); “Murder at the Brown Palace” (2003), which was on the Denver Post best-seller list for 22 weeks, and “Anton Woode: The Boy Murderer” (2006); “Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family” (2009). “Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad,” is about towns that lived and died with the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. His newest book is “Rich People Behaving Badly,” due out this summer(2016).
Conference for a Cause
Saturday - Oct. 15, 2016
Presented by Curt Witcher, Director of the Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library Confernce for a Cause is a fundraising seminar benefiting the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign and the Historical Marker Project at Grand View Cemetery (Fort Collins) with the Council Tree Chapter, NSDAR. Historical Research Methodology: Engaging the Process to Find all the Answers. Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for Military Records and Research. Mining the Mother Lode: Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research. Doing Effective Genealogical Research in Libraries. 
City and County Directories:Windows to Your Ancestors' Community
Wednesday - Nov. 09, 2016
Presented by 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. Beth Benko is a professional genealogist providing family history research for clients and lecturing to local organizations. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science.  She worked as a software developer and manager for 30 years before leaving the corporate world to pursue her interests in family history.  Beth is an officer and volunteer in several local genealogical societies, a volunteer at NARA and Denver Public Library, and a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her website is at Group W Genealogy.