Longmont Genealogical Society
Past Program Reviews

We all gain from sharing our knowledge and experiences with others. The society greatly appreciates the fantastic presentations we have had during the past few years.  Here is a listing of some of those memorable events. 
Give them a big round of applause !

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Ted Bainbridge presents: "I Can't Find Them in the Census! "Six suggestions that greatly increase chances of success.  Details and explanations.  Two-page handout is a reminder/checklist.

Barbara Hoffman - Indentured Servants: Indentured servants prior to and during the Revolutionary War. Barbara will talk about the various means by which people were placed into servitude, where most of them came from, the contract they were under, and why servitude was used in the colonies. Her talk will be approximately twenty minutes. She will be in a period costume representing Mary Elizabeth who will speak of her journey as an indentured servant. She has written a book, Echoes of Freedom, which will be available for sale. Barbara's object is to inform people of their heritage, our history.


Scott Rochat - Nextlight - "Shining the Light on It"

Pat Roberts presents: - "Revolutionary War Research." More details to come. Pat has 30+ years genealogical experience as a  Researcher, teacher, lecturer and writer.  Active in many national, state and local genealogy societies. Past president of CCGS and Boulder Genealogical Society. Graduate of University of Colorado with major in English and minor in History. Attended summer sessions at the University of Iowa Writer's Institute and Samford University's Institute for Genealogical Research. Attended the Salt Lake Genealogical Institute and the British Genealogical Institute several times. Frequently attends the National Genealogical Society's annual national conferences. Has been a delegate to the annual conferences of the Federation of Genealogical Societies for a number of years. Currently Education Chair for the Boulder Genealogical Society and the Lineage Specialist for the Denver Chapter - DAR.

Kayann Short presenting “Anna of Five Names: Researching 19th-Century Norwegian Immigrants”: This talk shares Dr. Short's research into finding her great-great-grandmother, a Norwegian immigrant to Minnesota, whose many name variations made the search challenging. Dr. Short will offer research tips and stories of serendipitous discoveries made with the help of wonderful people along the way.  Kayann Short, Ph.D., is a farmer, writer, and teacher at Stonebridge Farm, the first community-supported agricultural farm in Boulder County. Her book, A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography, is a memoir of reunion with her family’s farming past and a call for farmland preservation today.

Ed Storey presents  "British Officers - How To Find Out About When and Where They Served" - Ed examines the structure of some useful sources to gain information on military ancestors "Trained as an engineer, Ed Storey has lived in Rochester, El Paso & Beijing. His genealogical focus has been Britain, Germany, India, & St Helena Island. He has been a writer for genealogical magazines for over ten years & lives with his wife, Nancy, in Falcon, CO. Ed's broad level of experience in many countries and places is sure to give us some exciting insights into the military experiences of our own ancestors. Gals, bring your hubbies and friends to this one - they will love it. What guy doesn't love a good military story?

Diane Barbour presents "Path to the Past: Using Periodical Literature in Genealogical Research. One of the most often overlooked sources for genealogists is written literature. Using the Periodical Source Index is the way you open the door to this literature. Genealogy societies have been in existence since the mid-1800s. Many of them produce periodicals containing a vast array of information about an almost endless variety of topics. After taking this class, the participant should be able to use PERSI (The Periodical Source Index), and find and locate articles pertaining to their family research. Intermediate to Advanced.  Diane has been doing genealogy for about 15 years. In June 2012, she graduated from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto to complete her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies or PLCGS. This certificate represents 50 completed classes in methodology, American records and English records. Diane continues her education by attending several conferences and Institutes every year. She is the past President of Broomfield Genealogical Society and current Vice-President and on the education committee for Boulder Genealogical Society. Diane also volunteers at the Denver Public Library 5th floor genealogy department and the National Archives in Broomfield.

Summer Potluck and LGS 30th Anniversary - Our July meeting will be a summer Potluck luncheon and a special 30th Anniversary celebration of the beginning of Longmont Genealogical Society in 1986.

A few special items related to our July meeting:

First. we have invited as our special guest the 13 living charter members of LGS. Invitations have been sent to them. However, we would like to invite all former members to come and join us. However, we have lost contact with them. But maybe you haven’t! So if you know of a former member of LGS. Please invite them to come and join us for our 30th Anniversary celebration. Usual applies, they should bring a covered dish to share and their own table service.

Second, we are not having a speaker for this meeting. Society members are helpimg us with our program by giving a short sketch of their favorite, or most interesting ancestor. Period costume and first person presentation encouraged but not required. Something in the range of 5 to 10 minutes is desired and we would like to have a half dozen presentations if possible. So review your research, and help us celebrate our family history by bringing a favorite ancestor or person from your research alive!

Third, We hope to do a game called “Who Did That / Who Lived There”. So remember where you were living and what you were doing in 1986. We’ll ask you to list your name, living location and job title from 1986. And, see who lived in the most interesting places and had the most unusual jobs. Should be Fun! Plan to join us and have a wonderful time visiting with new and current members and guests!

JOHN W. MEARS presents Researching your German Ancestors - the class will focus on finding information on your German ancestors in the United States and in Germany.  We will review German records readily available to researchers here with examples for the class.  We will briefly look at interpreting Gothic German handwriting. Involved with genealogy for 45 years, John has been a professional genealogist for the last 15 years.He has worked in three Family History Centers - in Detroit, Michigan; in Albany, New York; and in Littleton, Colorado.  He has taught seminars for the Colorado Genealogical Society as well as beginning, Irish, and German genealogy classes at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado and at seminars throughout Colorado. He was formerly Temple Recorder at the Denver Colorado Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  John, a favorite speaker at LGS is back with more information to help us with our research. Please plan to join us.

Variety of Classes taught by members.

Fun and informative. Don't miss out on this one. Your chance to pick and choose from 4 excellent classes.

Harry Ross Presents: “Beginning Scottish”
Karyl Bainbridge Presents: “Beginning Genealogy“
Mick Mickelson Presents: "Internet Sites" and
Tom Floodeen Presents: "Family Search with emphasis on Family Tree"

Julie Miller presents: "Organizing Your Genealogy Without Losing Your Mind" Most of us struggle to identify the best system for organizing our genealogy. A system that fits you will reduce the time spent on retrieving information, repeating research, and relocating documents. This lecture will discuss techniques to organize your genealogy so you will spend more time researching and less time reorganizing. Julie Miller, CG (SM) is a full-time researcher, lecturer, and award-winning writer. She is chair of the NGS conference committee and was the chair of the 2010 and 2012 NGS conferences. Julie has been a volunteer at the National Archives at Denver for eighteen years.

"The First Draft of History: Newspapers in the St. Vrain Valley" - presented by Erik Mason. Erik Mason is the Curator of History at the Longmont Museum, responsible for preserving the Museum’s historic object and archival collections.  In his 20 years at the Longmont Museum, he has helped hundreds of people research a wide variety of local history topics in the Museum’s archives, and developed numerous history exhibits and programs. He is also responsible for the acquisition of the Longmont Times-Call archives, a rich resource of newspapers, microfilm, photographs, and clipping files that is now available to the public at the Longmont Museum.

Longmont has a rich and varied history of newspapers, dating back to the town’s founding in 1871. At one time, presses churned out as many as four different newspapers in Longmont. This presentation explores the history and the personalities behind the early Longmont newspapers, and the major news events covered by local newspapers over the last 145 years. There will also be a look at the ongoing work of cataloguing the archives of the Longmont Times-Call, now available for public access at the Longmont Museum.


Christmas Pot Luck, Program and Election of Officers!

"No Vacancy" Barbershop Quartet

Special music just for us!

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