31 July 2008

R.I.P. – Barbara Brown

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Barbara Brown, a longtime Colorado genealogists, who died on Sunday, 27 July 2008.

Barbara’s obituary appeared in the Denver Post, Wednesday, 30 July 2008, and is available online at “Barbara Brown.”

Barbara was active in the Colorado genealogical community for many years, member of the D.A.R. for fifty years, and was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Services will be held at the Arapahoe Road Baptist Church, 780 E. Arapahoe Rd., Centennial on Friday, 1 August 2008, 11:00 a.m.

Thanks to Janice Prater for providing this information.

17 July 2008

Dr. James G. Ryan to speak at W.I.S.E. seminar

Dr. James G. Ryan, Ph.D., from County Dublin, Ireland, will be the featured speaker at the Wales. Ireland. Scotland. England Family History Society (W.I.S.E.) seminar on Saturday, 8 November 2008.

Dr. Ryan is the author of Irish Records-Sources for Family History & Local History, Tracing your Dublin Ancestors, Irish Church Records, and Sources for Irish Family History.

The seminar will be held at the Denver Public Library Conference Center, 13th and Broadway, Denver from 9 am-4 pm. The cost of the all day seminar is $25 if paid by 1 November, $30 if paid after that date.

The topics to be presented are:

  • Basic Irish Genealogy
  • Irish Church Records
  • Irish Catholic Records
  • Online Resources for Irish Research

Lunch will be on your own, brown bags are okay.

For more information contact:
Sandy Carter-Duff at sandy@carduff.com or (303) 777-1391 or
Jan Prater at the Denver Public Library, Western History & Genealogy.

FGS Conference to be held in Philadelphia

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) will be holding their annual conference Footprints of Family History in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 3-6 September 2008.

The conference will be held downtown at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and there are several places close to the conference for research: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, NARA-Mid-Atlantic Region, Free Library of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia City Archives.

Two Colorado genealogists will be presenting lectures:

  • Roberta “Bobbi” King
    Wednesday, 3 September, 11:30 a.m., “Voting: When Yes Means No, and No Means Yes”
    Saturday, 6 September, 9:30 a.m., “Survey First, Settle Later: A Discussion of the Public Lands Survey”
    Saturday, 6 September, 2 p.m., “Homestead Records: A Day in the Life of Your Ancestors”
  • Julie Miller, CG
    Friday, 5 September, 11 a.m., “Carriers of News and Knowledge: Post Office Records”
    Saturday, 6 September, 8 a.m., “Google’s Not the Only Game in Town”
    Saturday, 6 September, 11 a.m., “Beyond Population Schedules”

FGS announced this week a “Bring the Whole Gang” member society discount. The discount will be given to
societies that bring at least five members to the conference. Details are at Conference Rebate.

For more information and to register for the conference, go to FGS Annual Conference.

For the latest information about the conference and related activities visit the FGS Conference Blog.

13 July 2008

July Genealogy Column

Julie Miller’s monthly column is in the 13 July 2008 edition of the Broomfield Enterprise. The topic for July is Genealogy disaster plan a precaution worth taking. The column gives some suggestions on how to safeguard your genealogy in case of a natural disaster.

11 July 2008

Open Public Records Brochure released

A new brochure ” The Case for Open Public Records” was released yesterday by the The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC). RPAC is a joint advisory committee of the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, and the International Assocation of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

The new tri-fold brochure addresses the facts, pros, and myths for keeping public records open. It also gives guidelines for the access that we need.

The Committee has posted the brochure on the RPAC Web site and has given permission for local genealogical societies to reproduce it. Copies can also be ordered for 12 cents each plus shipping by contacting Jan Alpert at janalpert@aol.com.

The brochure follows the release of the “The Case for Open Records: A Position Paper” earlier this year by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Open records has become a major issue for genealogists. Please take the time to educate yourself on the issue and share that information with friends, family, and your legislators.