Foothills Genealogical Society
of Colorado, Inc.
Due to Covid-19
Applewood Valley United Methodist Church is CLOSED
MONTHLY MEETING INFORMATION
Second Wednesday of the Month - 1:00 P.M.
Applewood Valley United Methodist Church
2035 Ellis St., Golden, CO
September - May
Ample parking in the church parking lot.
Guest are always welcome!
FOOTHILLS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
IS GOING ZOOM!
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GENERAL MEETING - OCTOBER 14, 2020
WEDNESDAY - 1:00 P.M.
"The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria:
A Caldron of Religious, Economic, Social, and Political
Ingredients Gone Awry"
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 these 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 Massachusetts’ 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.
"Getting Ready to Cross the Pond"
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Class will be taught by Diane Barbour
"Start with what you know and work back." Often it is necessary to know what town, city, county, or village your ancestors are from. There are many records on this side of the puddle that may reveal that information. This is a discussion of what those records would be and where to find them. After hearing this talk the participant will have a better idea of the plethora of information on this side of the pond before expanding their research to another country.
GENERAL MEETING - NOVEMBER 11, 2020
WEDNESDAY - 1:00 P.M.
"Directory Assistance: Finding Your Family History in City Directories"
Looking for records in-between U.S. censuses that may reveal your family's relationships, movements, occupations and other stories? Directories may help you build year-by-year narratives about their lives. You'll learn what's in city directories, how to explore them in major online collections and elsewhere, and how to use them in conjunction with other resources to reconstruct more detailed, nuanced narratives about your family's history.
Sunny Jane Morton is an internationally-known genealogy educator. She is a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine; Contributing Editor and Content Manager for YourDNAGuide.com; frequent contributor to FamilySearch’s blog; and Editor of Ohio Genealogy News. She is co-author of the acclaimed How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, with Harold Henderson, CG, and author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, now in its 2nd edition.
GENERAL MEETING - DECEMBER 9, 2020
WEDNESDAY - 1:00 P.M.
"David Coward, State Liaison for Colorado to the Records Preservation & Access Committee"
Records Preservation & Access Committee ("R.P.A.C.") is a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and the National Genealogical Society. R.P.A.C. advises the genealogical and historical communities about access to vital records, current legislation that affects the genealogical and historical communities, and records preservation policies and practices.” David Coward will be telling us about this very important Committee and about the Model Vital Statistics Act that was just updated by the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems ("NAPHSIS") and about Jude’s law passed here in Colorado. This presentation is going to be very informative, please plan on attending!