31 October 2008

Thomas and Patricia Shawker to speak at CGS Annual Seminar

Thomas H. Shawker, M.D. and Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG will be the featured speakers at the Colorado Genealogical Society’s (CGS) annual seminar on 20-21 Febrruary 2009.

Friday night’s program will take place during the Society’s regular meeting held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2300 S. Patton Court, Denver, 7-9 pm. Dr. Shawker will speak on “Genealogy and Your Health.” The meeting is free and open to the public.

Saturday’s program will be held at the Denver Public Library Conference Center, 13th and Broadway, Denver. The cost of the all day seminar is a $30 materials fee per person, with an optional lunch offered.

The topics to be presented by Dr. Shawker are:

  • DNA Testing: the Very, Very Basics
  • Race Ethnicity, and Ancestry: DNA Testing

The topics to be presented by Patricia Shawker are:

  • One Family’s Foot print in the Federal Records
  • Before Statehood: Territorial Records

For registration information visit the CGS Web site. (Note that CGS has a new Web address).

23 October 2008

CSU Germans from Russia Project

Yesterday, Gary Routh posted a story on his genealogy-bits blog about the oral histories from the Colorado State University (CSU) Sidney Heitman Germans from Russia Collection.

CSU has posted online the audio and transcript files of twenty of the sixty interviews that were conducted in 1975-78 as part of the Germans from Russia in Colorado Study Project. CSU Libraries has dedicated an entire section of their Web site to this collection which includes a photo gallery, full-text finding aid for the collection, and additional resources.

It’s a great site and I’d recommend that you take a look and listen to some of the interviews. They are well worth the time even if you don’t have German from Russia ancestors.

21 October 2008

CIG to host seminar

On Saturday, 1 November 2008, the Computer Interest Group (CIG) of the Colorado Genealogical Society will host “Enhancing Your Use of Computers and Software for Genealogy and Family History.”

  • Morning
    9:30 – 10:00 – Registration
    10:00 – 10:55 – Genealogy Software Panel
    11:15 – 12:30 – Scanning and Digital Photograph or AniMap and Gensmart

  • 12:30-1:30 – Sloppy Joes, Chips and Drink-$5 donation
    Lunch on your own or brown bag
  • Afternoon
    1:30 – 2:45 – Sessions for each: Reunion, Family Tree Maker, The Master Genealogist, RootsMagic, Legacy
    3:00 – 4:00 – Top Genealogy Websites

The seminar will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2300 S. Patton Court, Denver, Colorado. The cost will be $5.00 for CIG members, $10.00 for non-members. For more information and a registration form, go to the CGS/CIG Web site.

17 October 2008

NARA hosts Veteran’s Day Workshop

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)-Rocky Mountain Region will host a free workshop in honor of Veteran’s Day on Friday, 7 November 2008. The workshop, “Using Military Records for Family History Research,” will be given in the training room of Building 48, Denver Federal Center, 6th & Kipling, from 9:00 to 10:30 am.

Advanced sign up is necessary. Please call (303) 407-5740 to reserve your spot.

15 October 2008

October genealogy column

Julie Miller’s monthly column is in the 12 October 2008 edition of the Broomfield Enterprise. The title for October is Historical society libraries hold wealth of resources. The column is about the wide variety of sources that can be found in small historical society libraries.