2015 Programs

March 10, 2015 1:00pm
Genealogy DNA Testing – What’s this all about??
by Ric Morgan, Attorney, Genealogist, Goat Farmer
DNA testing is quickly becoming an important part of genealogy research, and new genealogy DNA tests have become very useful for determining ancestry. Each of us inherits a unique genetic code from our parents. This creates a molecular link between generations which reaches far back in time, and can be of great help in reconstructing our family histories. This session will focus on the basics of genealogy DNA testing, and will discuss the following questions: What is genealogy DNA testing, and how does it work? Can I really find my ancestors using genealogy DNA testing? How can genealogy DNA testing prove or disprove my family tree research?

March 17, 2015 9:30am Early Bird Workshop
Organizing and Digitizing Physical and Digital Photos
by Deena Coutant, Professional Genealogist, DigiDeena Consulting
Many people are overwhelmed by the amount of family documentation they have collected over the years as they have researched their genealogy. The problem is compounded because most people have a mix of both physical and digital documents and photos, and the collection keeps growing every day! The issue manifests most often when the “stuff” outgrows the containers where it is stored, and we have trouble quickly finding items when they are needed. Learn to improve your organization skills by applying the best practices for organizing digital and physical items. The presentation also includes ideas for digitizing, storing and backing up important information.

March 17, 2015 1:00pm
Historic Buildings and the Research — Colorado Mansions, Castles and Hotels
by Linda Wommack, local historian, author and historical consultant
Linda’s presentation will draw on her recently published book, Historic Colorado Mansions & Castles which details the history of ten historic homes ranging in location from Denver to Durango. The history and significance of these structures will be featured together with stories of their builders and owners.

April 14, 2015 1:00 pm
“Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection
by Mary McCarthy, Colorado State Library (Colorado Department of Education.
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently has over 600,000 pages of digitized historic Colorado newspapers, starting in 1859.  A wealth of Colorado historic news for research, genealogy, or just for fun. Access to the collection is free. Learn the basics of how the site works and how to search historic newspapers.

April 21, 2015 1:00 pm
“My Irish Genealogy Inspired by Music”
by Star Edwards, Harp Instructor, Musician and Author
This presentation will be an exploration of the music of Star’s ancestors. She will play music from her family’s roots in County Cork, Ireland, interspersed with family history. In addition Star features music from the 40’s to honor her father’s uncle’s band, Sandy Edwards and the Texas Pals.


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