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.
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Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)
“Boozers, Brothels, and Bare Knuckle Brawlers: Buffalo Bill’s Little Known Business Partner”
Presented by Kellen Dane Cutsforth
Come and learn more history about Buffalo Bill’s business partners in this entertaining presentation by Kellen Cutsforth. This presentation is an informative look at the early days of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and provides information about the use of primary resources for genealogical researchers.
Kellen is a professional author and ghostwriter. He has published five books and over 40 articles on the history of the Old West. Kellen is a columnist for Western Writers of America’s Roundup magazine. He is a member of WWA and a former president of the Denver Posse of Westerners. Along with his publishing attributes, Kellen has over 20 years of experience as a researcher and lecturer.
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, July 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)
“Extending Your Family Tree: Creative Ways to Connect with DNA Matches and Find Common Ancestors”
Presented by Megan Koepsell
Creative ways to think outside the box to find useful DNA matches and how to connect with them to help you find common ancestors and break down brick walls.
- Past presenter at national and state conferences in work-related fields
- Past president of Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society (HRGS)
- Past two-term VP/Program Chair of HRGS
- Past Member’s Surnames of Interest Chairperson for the Wales Ireland Scotland England (W.I.S.E.) Family History Society
- Actively researching for 10 years
- Author of “Listening to the Voices of Our Ancestors: A Practical Manual for Developing Your Intuitive Genealogical Abilities”
Monday, August 22 , 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)
“The Organizational Power of Timelines”
Presented by Diane L Richard
Hit a brick wall? Wondering why your ancestors did what they did? Need to separate several same-named contemporaries? Learn about timelines and how they might help you solve your puzzles. Creating a chronological multi-columned matrix can help you focus on missing gaps, clarify seemingly contradictory information, discover previously invisible relationships, and identify paths to future discoveries. Color-coding or other distinguishing methods can also highlight locale or surname overlaps, related records, and more. These are not the timelines you learned to make in school. This visual representation presents complex information in an easy-to-see format. Timelines are dynamic tools you will never regret making. They are as unique as each project you undertake.
Diane L. Richard, Mosaic Research and Project Management, www.mosaicrpm.com, has been researching genealogy since 1987. And since 2004, she has focused on the records of North Carolina and southern states. She has authored over 500 articles on genealogy topics. In 2019, she published “Tracing Your Ancestors – African American Research: A Practical Guide” (Moorshead Publications). She has been editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) Journal, since 2016. Diane has delivered presentations about the availability and richness of records documenting Southerners, pursuing formerly enslaved ancestors and their descendants, genealogical research tips, techniques, tools and strategies, under-utilized resource collections, etc. She has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Bryan Cranston episode) and The Dead Files (Detox episode).
Monday, September 19, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)
“MyHeritage Tests and Tools, In Depth”
Presented by Glen York
MyHeritage is one of the newest companies offering autosomal DNA tests. This presentation focuses on those tests, exploring the results and tools provided by MyHeritage in order to understand and analyze your autosomal DNA results.
Glen comes to us with: BA Social Science; Masters Telecommunications; Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021; Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh 2018, 2020; Institute 4 Genetic Genealogy conference 2017, 2018; 35 years Family Genealogy research; Manage DNA tests for over 35 family members; Co-Administrator BATES Y-DNA surname project; Facilitator for Larimer County Genealogical Society and Longmont Genealogical Society DNA Study Groups; and President Larimer County Genealogical Society
Monday, October 17, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Mountain)
“The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria”
Presented by John E. Putman
This program chronicles the causes, events, and aftermath of the Salem Witch incident in which the speaker’s ancestors played a part on both sides of the polarized villagers.
John’s Credentials include:
- MA in Political Science, University of Colorado
- Member Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society (PPGS) past 15 years
- Past President Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society (PPGS)
- PPGS Delegate to Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies
- 12th Generation American
Monday, November 21, 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 Miller, holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Speaker credentials and is a fellow of the National Genealogical Society. She is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer who lives in Broomfield and was one of the founding members of the Society. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ and NGS Magazine. Julie was the NGS interim Education Manager (2018), and is a member of the NGS conference committee. She was a volunteer at NARA-Denver for twenty-one years. Julie’s website can be found at JPM Genealogy Research.