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!!


TRIP AND TOUR
Genealogical Talk and Tour at Historic Rockland Church and Cemetery.
24225 Rockland Road, Golden, CO
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wear sturdy shoes as we will be walking on uneven ground in a pioneer cemetery!
(Go West on Interest 70. Turn on exit #256 toward Lookout Mountain. Take U.S. 40 to Rockland Road. Turn on Rockland Road, about 1/4 mile to church and cemetery.)
Hosted by Steve Engle, M.A. History & Cemetery Sextant and
Sid Platt, Engineer & Rockland Church Historian
 
We will meet in the church and have a power point presentation on the location, purpose and development of this church and cemetery in 1879.  Notice the classic Greek revival architecture and the original planked floors.  In the power point we will focus on 6 historically significant burials. We will briefly tell their stories inside the church to minimize the time standing outside.  Steve and Sid will talk about their research on what worked, what is yet to be discovered and genealogic failures.
 
Outside we will visit six gravesites and will review epitaphs and artwork on the tombstones.
 
Refreshments will be served inside/outside depending on the weather. 
Come Explore With Us!!
 
Please note that restroom facilities do not exist. A pioneer outhouse exists for emergencies.
Suggested Donation of $5.00.

 

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.
 


 

CLASS

 

WRITING UP THE FAMILY TREE

Monday, October 17, 2016,

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Belmar Library

555 South Allison Parkway

Lakewood, CO

 

When you decide to write about your family history, you will want to decide what story to tell, who  your audience will be, how you will get started, and how you will publish your story.

 

Carol Cooke Darrow, CG, has written three family histories and will speak about answering those questions about your writing.
 
This class will be fun and informative, and fire up your desire to dig in and write those stories!
 
Suggested Donation - $5.00

 

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!!


 

Members of
 

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.
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
Germanic Genealogical Society of CO
Tuesday - Sep. 06, 2016
Discussion among members and visitors on their summer research, trips, family reunions, etc., plus viewing a video on an aspect of genealogical research pertinent to those of us with German ancestors.
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?”
CGS/Computer Interest Group - Workshops
Saturday - Sep. 17, 2016
Workshops include: DNA Discussion, Scanning and Digital Imaging,  Internet Searches
Genealogical Talk and Tour at Historic Rockland Church & Cemetery
Tuesday - Sep. 27, 2016
Genealogical Talk and Tour at Historic Rockland Church & Cemetery Hosted by Steve Engle, M.A. History & Cemetery Sextant and Sid Platt, Engineer & Rockland Church Historian Meet at the Rockland Historic Church & Cemetery at 10 AM on Tuesday, September 27. Wear sturdy shoes as we will be walking on uneven ground in a pioneer cemetery. We will meet in the church and have a power point presentation on the location, purpose and development of this church & cemetery in 1879. Notice the classic Greek revival architecture and the original planked floors. In the power point we will focus on 6 historically significant burials. We will briefly tell their stories inside the church to minimize the time standing outside. Steve & Sid will talk about their research on what worked, what is yet to be discovered and genealogic failures. Outside we will visit six gravesites and will review epitaphs and artwork on the tombstones. Refreshments will be served inside/outside depending on the weather. Come explore with us. Please note that restroom facilities do not exist. A pioneer outhouse exists for emergencies. Directions are on our "Home Page" Suggested Donation of $5.00.  
Aurora Genealogical Society of CO - Overcoming Brick Walls by Mapping Census Data
Tuesday - Sep. 27, 2016
Overcoming Brick Walls by Mapping Census Data Presented by Ted Bainbridge PhD Studying census records along with contemporary maps can reveal information not contained in either source alone, and not accessible by any other means.  Demonstration of three longstanding research puzzles: what maps and census records were used, methods of analysis, and what was discovered. 
Germanic Genealogical Society of CO - Death Indexes and German Roots Websites
Tuesday - Oct. 04, 2016
Joe Beine will present a talk on "Death Indexes and German Roots Websites".