28 May 2008

Joanne Classen service this Saturday

Many long-time patrons of Denver Public Library’s genealogy department, as well as genealogists active in the Colorado community, have been saddened to hear of the passing of Joanne Classen, who died 17 May 2008 at the age of 78.

Joanne’s obituary appeared in the Denver Post, 25 May 2008, page 10B, and is available online at “Joanne Classen.”

There will be special services for her Saturday, 31 May 2008, at 11:00am, Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda in Denver.

Joanne served in many genealogical organizations, holding key positions in the Colorado Chapter of Palatines to America, the Colorado Genealogical Society, and the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. She was known for her steadfast dedication, knowledge, and experience.

Thanks to Sandy Carter-Duff and Dick Spielman for passing on this information.

May Genealogy Column

Julie Miller’s monthly column is in the 25 May 2008 edition of the Broomfield Enterprise. The topic for May is “Lots of ways to grow your family tree-tracing abilities.” The column discusses educational opportunities for improving genealogy research skills.

24 May 2008

Update on Revolutionary War workshop

As we reported a few days ago in Special Revolutionary War workshop, registration for that workshop was limited to 25 people. The limit was quickly reached, but Joan Peters has generously agreed to repeat the workshop on June 19th, also limited to 25 people. For more information and sign-up details, see the earlier post.

Thanks to the Education Committee of Boulder Genealogical Society for this tip.

20 May 2008

Free access to Ancestry military records

Today’s Denver Post has an article “U.S. war records available to masses,” which describes recent agreements between the National Archives and Ancestry.com. The story also mentions an offer which allows anyone to search Ancestry’s military databases free, beginning today through 31 May 2008.

To access the free records, visit < www.ancestry.com/military/ >. You will need to sign up for a free account to see individual records.

Thanks to subscriber Gerald Sherard for letting us know about this story.

17 May 2008

Special Revolutionary War workshop

A free workshop on “Men of America’s Forgotten War: The Revolutionary War Veteran” will be presented by Washington genealogist Joan Peters on Wednesday, 18 June 2008. The sessions will be held from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm in the fifth floor Gates Conference Room at Denver Public Library (Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue).

Joan W. Peters is a Certified Genealogist and author of numerous books on Virginia genealogical records and Revolutionary War research. Her topics will include:

  • Creating a Profile and Drawing a Portrait
  • Using a Diverse Record Base

Registration will be limited to 25, and advance sign-up is required. To reserve your place, call Western History/Genealogy at (720) 865-1821, or sign up at the WH/G Reference Desk.

There will be a lunch break from approximately noon-1 pm. The Library opens on Wednesdays at 10 am.