Upcoming events

    • 10/26/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    Many useful records for genealogy research are not online. How do you find these records and then how do you access them? Learn how to find and use archives, repositories, depositories, historical societies, and more to expand your family history research.

    Suz Bates, B.S., M.S., Genealogist, Speaker, Researcher, Family History Consultant, has been a family history researcher for over 40 years and a private consultant for 20 years. Having begun her genealogy interests in the early 1970’s, before computers, she spent many hours at the Newberry Library with a special admittance pass. She learned the traditional research methods from many kindly old gentlemen and ladies holed away doing family research before it was popular.

    Suz has been a member of various genealogy and history associations including the National Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the NSDAR with local membership in the Du Page County Genealogical Society, the Fox Valley Genealogical Society, and CAGGNI She is listed in the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Genealogy and Local History Librarians.


    • 11/10/2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Presentation
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    The Bad Old Days of Colorado - The Outlaws, Renegades and Dissolute

    A talk about Colorado’s earlier, hardscrabble days and the people who populated the territory/state. Colorado had a rough reputation – and we earned it!

    Randi Samuelson-Brown

    Randi is originally from Golden, Colorado, but now resides in Denver. The Bad Old Days of Colorado was a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards – History in 2021. One of her lectures on the book was featured on C-SPAN Book TV.

    • 11/30/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    Organizing and analyzing the piles of data you have collected can be intimidating. But there are simple tools you can use to get the job done. Timelines that include the dates of events and the age of the person can help you avoid 9-year-old fathers or children born years after the death of the mother. Identity charts help to highlight differences between people of the same name who live in the same place. FAN Club charts help you identify the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of your ancestor.


    Carol Cooke Darrow has been a professional genealogist for more than 20 years. She currently teaches Beginning Genealogy classes on ZOOM, 10 am – noon on the 2nd Saturday of the month and facilitates a family history writing group called WriteNOW.







    • 12/06/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    Catholic Church records can provide information about births, marriages, and deaths for periods when civil vital records do not exist. They can also establish time and place for an ancestor. This lecture reviews the different types of Catholic Church records available and how to locate those records.


    Julie Miller, holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Speaker credentials and is a fellow of the National Genealogical Society. She is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer who lives in Broomfield. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ and NGS Magazine. Julie was the NGS interim Education Manager (2018), was a member of the NGS conference committee from 2007-2021, and was a volunteer at NARA-Denver for twenty-one years.


    • 12/08/2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Spies, Slackers, and Aliens:  The American Protective League

    Organized in Chicago, IL in 1917 by citizens who believed the United States Department of Justice was understaffed and not up to the task of fighting against espionage. Working as a volunteer force of more than 250,000 members the APL was given absolute power to stop ordinary citizens in the streets by checking whether men were legally registered for draft, or were sympathetic to the Germans, or those unregistered aliens living in the United States. Long believed to be a pseudo-patriotic organization, it was in truth a paranoid extremist group setup to counter anti-war activism and left-wing labor and politics.


    MICHAEL L. STRAUSS, AG is a professional Accredited Genealogist® and a nationally recognized speaker. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah, he has been employed as a Forensic Investigator for more than 25 years. Strauss has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a qualified expert witness in the courts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he is the Military Course Coordinator

    • 01/12/2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Live Presentation

    Colorado's Ignominious Days Under the Ku Klux Klan

    Colorado once had the second largest Ku Klux Klan membership of any state in the United States. The 1924 state elections brought a resurgence of the KKK’s power far west of its traditional concentration in the Deep South. A reinvigorated membership drive in the West revived a dying institution at a time when the KKK hadn’t even entered most Coloradoans’ thoughts, much less their lives, for generations. How and why did this happen?

    Presentation by Sharon Danhauer

    Sharon’s passion for learning about, preserving, and sharing local history began while she and her twin sister Karen were students in the Denver public school system in the 1950s, when the teacher read Little Britches by Ralph Moody to the class.  Sharon is a 4th generation Coloradoan, a native of Colorado Springs.  She has served several years on the Board of Directors for Berthoud and Loveland Historical Societies, the Rocky Mountain Map Society, the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of OCTA (Oregon-California Trails Association), the Association of Northern Front Range Museums, Historic Larimer County, and was a member of the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association for many years.  She is proud to be a part of the educational and preservation goals towards which Northern Colorado historians are working.  



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