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Longmont Genealogical Society

LGS Programs 2016 & 2017

Meeting Place

First Lutheran Church - 803 3rd Avenue, Longmont

 We meet in the "Friendship Center" room which is on the street level. It is accessed by the west door that faces 3rd Avenue,  It is adjacent to a small parking lot with 2 Handicap spots.  

More parking is available on the West side of the building with a stairway leading to this upper level.


For information about for Past Programs and Speakers, please click here

January 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Dina Carson presents - “Hiding in Plain Database: Tips and Tricks for Finding Exactly the Records You’re after.” Searching in databases can produce gold mines of information. They can also be frustrating and inefficient if you do not know how to conduct an effective search. It's important to learn the lingo of databases to take advantage of the advanced search features. You will discover how to: narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumb navigation. You will learn how the most common typing mistakes can fool even the best searches. Sometimes you must stop looking for people and start looking for data points. As databases become more sophisticated, you will learn how to master the sliders and bring on the browse. If you have searched a database and not found what you were looking for, after this talk, you will want to look again.

Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades, and lectures frequently to genealogical and historical societies throughout the West. She is the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876) and the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company and is the author of 10 new books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist's Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors. Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she's not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.

February 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM

 “Discussion Groups on Personal  Genealogy Software” - Learn about the genealogy software options that are out there and ask questions of people who use them and know them best. A great way to keep your family history organized and ready to share with those relatives you're sure to find this year.                                                                     


March 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM  It’s More Than Just a Shaky Leaf, presented by Beth Benko. In this presentation, learn tips and tricks for searching the more than 18 billion records on  Find out about using wild cards to improve your searching success.  See the differences between Basic and Advanced Search.  Get the most out of your subscription dollars and see what features are available for free from home and from your local library.  Learn how to use the public member trees to get hints about your ancestors, connect with people researching the same ancestors and collect Ancestry database records associated with your family.  Live demonstrations are provided when high-speed Internet is available. Beth Benko is a professional genealogist providing family history research for clients and lecturing to local organizations. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Science.  She worked as a software developer and manager for 30 years before leaving the corporate world to pursue her interests in family history.  Beth is an officer and volunteer in several local genealogical societies, a volunteer at NARA and Denver Public Library, and a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.,

Program handout can be downloaded by Clicking Here.

Aril 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM Dorothy Coltrin - “The Intricacies of Autosomal DNA” "Autosomal DNA is probably the most popular type of DNA being done by genealogists and the least understood. A  Besides describing the underlying biology of the analysis, I will provide some guidelines as well as examples to evaluate your data. Recommended reading is Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne's book: Genetic Genealogy in Practice."

Dorothy has a Master's degree and taught at a California community college for 30 years. She has been interested in genealogy for about 10 years, focusing on some of the brick walls for her family. She is a member of Boulder Genealogy Society, W.I.S.E. Family History Society (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England), and NEHGS. She often travels to ancestral homelands to walk in her forebears' footsteps and to locate obscure local sources for her genealogy.

May 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM  Bonnie Kohl - "Adoption: Filling the Void"
June 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM TBD
July 13, 2017 at 12:00 Noon POT LUCK
August 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM Pat Roberts presents - "Hidden in Plain Sight: Art of Cemeteries"

Be sure to attend all these great programs in 2016 & 2017!

Mark these dates on your calendar so you won’t miss any of these excellent programs, and remember to invite your friends.


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