What's Inside the Family History Guide
Mission Statement: "Our mission is to greatly increase the number of people actively involved in family history worldwide, and to make everyone's family history journey easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable."
The Family History Guide is a free website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you're brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher—or somewhere in between—The Family History Guide can be your difference maker.
Here are some of the unique features you'll find on the site:
Bob Taylor has been actively doing family history for over 25 years. He has combined his passion for genealogy with his background in instructional design to produce an industry-leading learning resource for family history—The Family History Guide.
Bob earned his BA degree from Brigham Young University and MA degree from California State University, Los Angeles, both in Music Education. A career change led him to instructional design and technical writing, where he has worked for large technology corporations such as Novell, Intel, and Western Digital.
Bob has been a featured presenter at RootsTech 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020. He has also presented at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Pikes Peak Library (Colorado) Fair, Riverton FamilySearch Library, UVTAGG, and the BYU Family History Conference, in addition to numerous Family History Fairs in the United States.
This Class will cover material presented in the Ancestry.com Tips and Tricks class held in 2019 at the Lakewood Library. We'll look at Site Preferences, Email Settings, Member Connect, "Backing Into It" to save time, looking at Census records in a new way, working with Passenger Lists, Tips for using the Card Catalog, and more.
We'll also be looking at new features in Ancestry.com like the "Side Panel" for reviewing Hints, new MyTreeTags, StoryScout, and more.
The class will be taught by Pam Heath, Education Coordinator, for Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado.
Genealogy Pit Stop: Research in 15 minute Increments
Participants will learn what race car driving teams already know: you can accomplish important, detail-oriented work in a short amount of time. You’ll learn how to leverage to-do lists, research logs, tracking systems, clue gathering tricks and more to actually do genealogy research every day! No more saving that research for when you have a large block of time . . . which never seems to happen.
“I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success."
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.
The Bad Old Days of Colorado - The Outlaws, Renegades and Dissolute
A talk (and power point) about Colorado’s earlier, hardscrabble days and the people who populated the territory/state. Colorado had a rough reputation – and we earned it!
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.
This fun and informative talk begins with the Norman Conquest in England and continues to modern day surnames. You will hear about the history and evolution of surnames. Those difficult patronymic names are discussed along with remedies What’s countries used to try to eliminate them. Find out why there are so few surnames in Wales. It’s almost impossible to think of a world without surnames. Take a peek into that world and discover where so many of our surnames came from.
Diane Barbour, PLCGS, has been doing genealogy for about 20 years. In June 2012, she graduated from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto to earn her credentials of PLCGS or Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies. She attends Advanced Institutes yearly and has taught genealogy locally and nationally. Her first love is teaching. She is currently President of the Anthem Ranch Genealogical Society and is Vice- President of Boulder Genealogy. She has also been education coordinator for both groups. Diane volunteers for many jobs with other organizations. She has volunteered at the Denver Public Library and National Archives in Broomfield.
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
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.