Welcome to BGS!

Our aim is to make Genealogy fun and exciting.  As such, we provide opportunities and education programs to help individuals find their roots.   In addition, you can find out about the numerous resources available for ancestral research. We encourage our members to learn the proper ways to document their discoveries and share them with others.  Founded in 2001, BGS serves Broomfield and the surrounding Boulder-Denver metropolitan area.

Visitors and Guests are Always Welcome!

For guests and non-members, please send your email request to attend the Zoom meeting to membership@broomfieldgensoc.orgseveral days ahead of the scheduled meeting date.
To join the Broomfield Genealogy Society Membership Application, go HERE.


Time to Renew Your Membership

BGS Members!  Thank you for your participation in our all-volunteer, non-profit organization.  We look forward to your continued support during 2022.  This is a reminder that annual membership dues for 2022 are due beginning January 1.  Please renew your dues by February 17, in time for our first meeting in 2022.  If you have not already, please use the link below to renew your membership for 2021.  Thanks.

Click: Join or Renew Online
Looking forward to seeing all of you in February!

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Start of Programs for 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)

“A Whole New World of Catholic Records”
Presented by Margaret R. Fortier 

Margaret R. FortierCatholic sacramental records can be genealogical gems as they identify important moments, places, times, and cultural information about your ancestors. Board-certified genealogical researcher, Margaret Fortier, CG will discuss exciting developments in online Catholic records availability.  Parish records for the United States and international Catholic communities will be covered.   The presentation will address what the records mean, what they contain, and how to find them online and offline. Attendees will receive a locator chart for online Catholic records worldwide.

Margaret Fortier holds a BSBA from Boston College and an MS in Human Factors in Information Design (HFID) from Bentley University.  She is based in the Boston area and is a Certified Genealogist®, genealogical researcher, speaker, and writer.  You can visit her website by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the 3rd Monday in February being Federal Holiday, February’s meeting will be held on the prior Thursday.

Monday, March 21, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)

“Extra! Extra! Read All About It–Newspapers as a Research Resource”
Presented by Del Ritchhart

Overview of several top internet newspaper research sites and the types of facts that can be gleaned from Historical Newspapers and how to effectively mine genealogical information from these on-line sites.

Del is a researcher with over 25 years’ experience with an online tree with over 16,000 people. Has given over 130 presentations in Southern California and Northern Colorado in the past eight years. Past President and Program Chair of the San Diego Computer Genealogy Society.  Published two family history books. The first in 2011 “Breathing Life into Family Ancestors” and the second in Sep 2019 “Ordinary People Who Accomplished the Extraordinary–Our Ancestors and Their Descendants”.  Chair of the 2019 International German Genealogy Conference Sponsor/Vendor/Exhibitor Committee.  Member Larimer County Genealogical Society and Leader of their German Study Group. Secretary of Longs Peak Sons of the American Revolution Society. Worked with multiple clients including getting a father and two sons certified for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and The Mayflower Society.  Retired Navy Captain and former VP Business Development, Lockheed Martin Corporation. 

Monday, April 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)

“Using Sanborn Maps and City Directories to Locate Your Ancestors”
Presented by Ed Story

We often hear that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. That surely applies to looking for ancestors as well. Many people stop at the census. City directories can provide significant additional information and, when combined with Sanborn maps, help gain a better understanding of where our ancestors lived. Here, we will go over some examples and methods that can be used to gain the most from these two resources.

Then learn how to merge information from city directories and maps to locate a home in a city, even when street names have been changed.

Ed’s Credentials include: 

  • Published in Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy and Everton’s
  • Member of Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society
  • Member of Southern Arizona Genealogical Society
  • Member of Friends in British India Society

Ed’s research focus on New Jersey, India, and England and he likes explaining how to find information on ancestors, using the internet or libraries.

Monday, May 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)

Stay tuned for May’s program and speaker announcement…


Monday, June 20, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)

“Using WikiTree – the Global Tree To Search For Your Ancestors!”
Presented by Mags Gaulden

June’s program explains how WikiTree can help you in your genealogical research. Starting with you, adding your direct family lines and connecting to existing ancestors’ profiles. WikiTree is a global family tree with one profile per person who ever lived. It is an incredible tree with an overwhelming amount of information and cross-referencing and database and DNA features and… Whatever your family lines are, we will cover how to connect your lines and connect to some of the features that make WikiTree what it is.

Mags Gaulden is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist.

After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own Genealogy as a “hobby.”  This 30-year “hobby” eventually led her to a Leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project, The United Empire Loyalist Project and the British Home Children Project.  She also leads the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies and the McElmoyle DNA Project.  Work with WikiTree led to Mags starting Grandma’s Genes in 2016.

Mags is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven.  She serves as an Admin for Facebook groups, including the ISOGG Facebook Group.  She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.  Through her non-profit work with mitoYDNA.org, Mags and other genetic genealogists are providing a free and accessible YDNA and mtDNA database for the Genealogy Community. “Doing DNA Right”, mitoYDNA.org.

Monday, October 17, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)

“Alien Registration Records”
Presented by Julie Miller

Alien Registrations contain a wealth of personal information and should not be overlooked when researching immigrant ancestors. This lecture will discuss what Alien Registrations are available, information found in the records, and how to access the records.

Julie’s website can be found at JPM Genealogy Research (jpmresearch.com).


Please return here to see more BGS coming events and activities.  And don’t forget to check the Special Interest Group page for additional events.