Welcome to BGS!
Welcome to the Broomfield Genealogy Society (BGS) home page.
We aim 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.
Visitors and Guests are Always Welcome!
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all meetings, programs, classes, etc., are being conducted through ZOOM. Members will receive an invite to Zoom meetings via email.
For guests and non-members, please send your email request to attend the Zoom meeting to email@example.com,
several days ahead of the scheduled meeting date.
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Monday, August 16, 2021 at 6:30 PM MDT
“Gravestones and Epitaphs of Our Ancestors”
Presented by Michael Strauss
For our August meeting, we will be hearing from Michael Strauss on the topic of “Gravestones and Epitaphs of Our Ancestors.” Michael is the principal owner of Genealogy Research Network and an Accredited Genealogist since 1995. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah and has been an avid genealogist for more than 40 years.
Locating the gravestone of our ancestors can solve mysteries that might otherwise remain hidden in time. This lecture focuses on the evolution and history of gravestone markers along with the materials used to construct them. Particular attention is given to the use of symbols, markings, and tracing the carvers as a means to discover new information about our distant departed. Discussion on how to preserve and read old tombstones employing mirrors; along with how over time epitaphs and other written personal messages can bring us closer to our ancestors”.
This program was initially planned for the October meeting (being the month with Halloween), but Michael had a commitment that prevented him from speaking then. Hence, the August meeting.
Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM MDT
“Breaking through Brick Walls with Reason & Logic (Part I)”
Presented by Greg Liverman
Breaking through the proverbial genealogical “brick wall” is hard. A logical evaluation of facts and evidence is required.
Greg will lead us in the use of the scientific method that has been used for over a thousand years to advance human knowledge in an orderly way. It is regularly applied to all branches of learning, not just those we think of as “science”. This simple method can easily be applied to family history research to break through brick walls using logic and critical thinking. These techniques are particularly important where direct evidence is not available.
Visit Greg’s genealogy site at www.pinewoodgenealogy.com.
Monday, October 18, 2021 at 6:30 PM MDT
“Breaking through Brick Walls, Part II,
Taking the Long Way Around”
Presented by Greg Liverman
One of the most effective techniques for getting around a brick wall in tracing your family is to examine associates: other family members, friends, neighbors, or people who traveled with your family from their ancestral homeland. This indirect approach, the “long way around”, quite often yields new information about your ancestors.
New records are digitized and published every day. Another effective technique is periodic re-searching of those repositories for new records.
Case studies will illustrate how the indirect approach, coupled with re-searching digital repositories broke through two big brick walls. In one case a female ancestor’s family was discovered. In another, a linkage to a European pedigree was discovered that stretched back to the 1500s.
You can visit Greg’s business at www.pinewoodgenealogy.com.
Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM MST
Topic and speaker announcement to be announced shortly.