Foothills Genealogical Society
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
1:00 p.m.
info@foothillsgenealogy.org
Ample parking in the church parking lot. 
Handicap accessible
Guest are always welcome!



FOOTHILLS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
IS GOING ZOOM!
 
 
 Not familiar with Zoom?  Zoom is a popular video and audio application that works on PCs and Macs.  It is increasingly being used to virtually attend meetings, training, webinars, and events.  The Zoom communications enables participants to hear and see each other during the meeting.  It also allows for presentation of other audio and visual information to meeting attendees.  You can join by using your PC or Mac, Smart Phone, tablet, or telephone. 
 
In the past few months, the FhGS Board and Training Committee have been using Zoom to conduct meetings and find it to be a useful application.  Before the practice session it would be helpful to review the attached PDF documents.  If you need additional information, go to www.Zoom.us to get started. It is a free service.  Zoom.us has many training videos available to help you get started.

 

FOOTHILLS CLASS
 
"Q Looks Like 2: Deciphering 19th Century Handwriting"
 
Monday, September 14th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
VIA ZOOM
 
Class will be taught by Dina Carson  
 
One of the biggest challenges for researchers and indexers alike is reading handwriting in old documents. If you have ever struggled with the content of a letter, a will, a land transaction or a court record, learning about the history of penmanship, and the Spencerian Writing style will help you transcribe the documents you need to show your family's history. Platt Rogers Spencer developed the Spencerian script in the 1840s to help foster better business communications. He died in 1864 but his sons published his text, Spencerian Key to Practical Penmanship which helped to make Spencerian script a standard across schools in the United States and abroad for the next 75 years. Spencer's script is full of flourishes, but with a little practice you will be able to decipher the easy-to-mistake letter forms which will make doing research on 19th and early 20th century documents much easier.

 

GENERAL MEETING - OCTOBER 14, 2020
WEDNESDAY - 1:00 P.M.
VIA ZOOM


PROGRAM
"The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria:
A Caldron of Religious, Economic, Social, and Political
Ingredients Gone Awry"
Presented by
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 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.


FOOTHILLS CLASS
 
"Getting Ready to Cross the Pond"
 
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
VIA ZOOM
 
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.
VIA ZOOM


PROGRAM
"Directory Assistance: Finding Your Family History in City Directories"
Presented by
Sunny Morton
 

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.



 

PROUD MEMBERS OF
 

 
 

FhGS August-September Board Meeting
Tuesday - Aug. 25, 2020
Members are always welcome!
40th Anniversary of Foothills Genealogical Society
Wednesday - Sep. 09, 2020
"Q Looks Like 2: Deciphering 19th Century Handwriting"
Monday - Sep. 14, 2020
FhGS October Board Meeting
Tuesday - Oct. 06, 2020
Members are always welcome!
"The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria: A Caldron of Religious, Economic, Social, and Political Ingredients
Wednesday - Oct. 14, 2020
"Getting Ready to Cross the Pond"
Wednesday - Oct. 21, 2020
FhGS November Board Meeting
Tuesday - Nov. 03, 2020
Members are always welcome!
"Directory Assistance: Finding Your Family History in City Directories"
Wednesday - Nov. 11, 2020