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Meeting Locally, Researching Globally

Colorado Genealogical Society

Beginning Genealogy

11 October 2014

5th Floor Gates Room, 10 am – 3:30 pm. Learn how to get started in genealogy or jump start your research. Lou-Jean Rehn, instructor.

Program Meeting

17 October 2014

Colonel Henry Clay Merriam and Early Fort Logan

presented by Jack Ballard

Colonel Henry Clay Merriam, a Medal of Honor winner in the Civil War, established and commanded a number of significant forts throughout the West, protected rail lines, and maintained peace between settlers and Indians.  Merriam was the first real commander of Fort Logan and had the longest tenure as commander.  Ballard will discuss the early days of Fort Logan during the Merriam years, 1889 through 1897.

Dr. Ballard, a career Air Force officer and former history instructor at the Air Force Academy, holds a PhD from UCLA, has written seven books, and served as president of the Littleton School Board where he was chosen for the All-Colorado School Board.  He is on the Board of Directors for Friends of Historic Fort Logan.

If you have pictures, letters, records, etc. from Fort Logan, please bring them to share!

GEM: Carol Darrow will talk about

Clean out your closets and drawers! Bring your genealogy publications and other items you no longer need to put out on our "free" table.

Special Interest Class

18 October 2014

Tracing Your Ancestors in the Census: The Backbone of Your Research

Instructor: Lou-Jean Rehn

Join Lou-Jean Rehn as she shows us how to make sense out of the census. She will share some information about the why and how of the Federal Census. Learn about the hidden clues in the census records. Together the class will get hands on experience using the census by tracing a family from 1940 through several generations back to 1820. We will learn to figure out those tick marks on the early census.

For more information about classes, see our Contact Us page for Education Chair Lou-Jean Rehn. Be sure to check back often to view the future class offerings.


19 October 2014

Facilitator: Carol Darrow
Denver Public Library, Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Assignment for October: Write a 1 page narrative of one ancestor. We will share these at the meeting.

This is our fifth year for the group but newcomers are welcome to join any session. We'll start by helping people get over the fear of writing about their lives and the lives of their ancestors and then start work on a personal project.


22 October 2014 - Lunch Bunch

The October Lunch Bunch will meet at Patsy's, 3651 Navajo Street, Denver, at 11:30 am on Wednesday, 22 October. Patsy's is a historic Denver Italian restaurant that opened in the early 1920s the area known as Little Italy -- the neighborhood is now called Lower Highland. Patsy's has unique charm and character. Learn about Patsy's at
Please RSVP to Sandy Ronayne by Monday, 20 October if you would like to join the group for good food and conversation.


Reminders or Special Announcements

Colorado Marriages, 1858-1939

This immensely popular and useful CGS/DPL statewide index to Colorado marriages, previously available only on CD-ROM sold by the Society, is now available for free on the Denver Public Library website. Check it out at Colorado Marriages, 1858-1939.