30 August 2007

Highlands Ranch Community Genealogy Fair

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Highlands Ranch is hosting a Free Community Genealogy Fair on Saturday, 27 October 2007. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and classes begin at 9 a.m.

There are 28 classes planned featuring information about genealogy computing, PAF & FamilySearch.org, genealogy resources, foreign research, repositories, family & personal history, and youth. There will be an opportunity to obtain information and work on the Boy Scouts of American Genealogy Merit Badge. See the schedule for a complete list.

The day will include “Ask an Expert.” Trained genealogists from the Family History Center will be available during the fair to help with specific genealogical questions in their field of research.

Lunch is available or you can bring your own.

Saturday, 27 October 2007
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
9800 Foothills Canyon Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Sign up online at 2007 Community Genealogy Fair.

Local authors publish book on tax records

The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records is scheduled to be released soon by Heritage Books, Inc. of Westminster, Maryland. The book is co-authored by two local genealogists, Susan Winchester and Carol Darrow, CG. Susan holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the Colorado Genealogical Society (CGS) and volunteers at the Family History Center in Northglenn. Carol is a certified genealogist living in Denver. She is a well-known speaker in Colorado and has been an active member of CGS for a number of years. She is the CGS Education Director, Newsletter Editor, and she also helps coordinate the annual seminar.

The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records will give you the techniques to locate, read, and understand the valuable information in tax records. It includes examples from New England, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona and more.

The book is currently in production according to Heritage Books. You can learn more about the book and pre-order at HeritageBooks.com.

29 August 2007

Beau Sharbrough to speak September 10

Beau Sharbrough will be presenting the program at the Computer Interest Group of the Colorado Genealogical Society (CIG) meeting on 10 September 2007. Beau is the Vice President of Content for Footnote.com and will be speaking about the Footnote.com Web site.

Footnote.com was launched earlier this year and is a subscription site which features historical documents through their partnerships with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), The Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Allen County Library, and others. Their newest offering is the digital version of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

The CIG meeting will take place on Monday, 10 September, 7 p.m. at the regular meeting place, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2300 South Patton Court, Denver. For more information and a map, visit the CGS/CIG Web site.

9 August 2007

Divorce data is back

In May we reported that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Enviroment had removed marriage and divorce indexes from their Web site. This week there is good news for Colorado researchers who have been feeling the loss of that divorce index.

Because of the efforts of a Colorado State Archives volunteer, Gerald Sherard, a new divorce index is now becoming available on the Archives Web site as part of the Colorado Historical Records Index. The cases range from the 1870s to 1939. As of today, the database includes only the plaintiff entries, but the defendant entries will be added soon, making a total of 160,000 entries.

According to the Records Description, researchers will often be able to follow up by ordering or viewing original case files at the Archives:

The case files normally have the complaint, the decree, names of children and other documentation in them. The State Archives has a large portion of the divorce cases from throughout the state during the time span of the index. It is likely that we can find divorce court case files in Adams, Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek (to 1927), Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Denver, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Kit Carson (1904-1910 with many missing), Lake, LaPlata, Larimer, Lincoln, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma (to 1923), Montrose (to 1934), Morgan (to 1922), Otero, Ouray (to 1935), Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, Summit, Teller, Weld, and Yuma counties.

7 August 2007

August-September 2007 Events

Here are some important events coming up in the next two months:

See the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies events calendar for regular society events in Colorado.