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Saturday, September 21
Introduction to Genealogy  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Penrose Library - Aspen Room
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: None. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required; call 719-531-6333 ext. 2253. 
Exploration of the methods and records used in researching your family history. Includes discussions of:
  • ​Why genealogy?
  • Setting goals
  • Getting organized
  • Recording information
  • Common record types
  • Where to find records

Thursday, September 26
Using GEDmatch to Analyze DNA Test Results  (Classes)
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
East Library - East Community Meeting Room
Instructor: Dr. Greg Liverman
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner Genetic Genealogist
Class Size: 100
Restrictions: Open to the public. This is a PAID class at $10/person.  Payment is to be made at the time of the class - cash or check at the door.
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at greg.liverman@live.com
This lecture will provide an overview of GEDmatch and a demonstration of GEDmatch tools that are the most useful for the genetic genealogist. Note: Due to time constraints, not every tool or feature will be discussed or discussed to the same depth. The focus will be on the tools and features most useful to most genetic genealogists. This class will be done as instruction, followed by a break for lunch, followed by additional instruction. Included will be: 
- GEDmatch Introduction – what is GEDmatch, relationship to testing companies
- GEDmatch Terms & Conditions and Privacy, including the use of GEDmatch by law enforcement
- Uploading your kits and your pedigree (GEDCOM) to GEDmatch
- Kit Overlap – what does it mean and why do I care?
- Basic Tools (Free)
  - One-to-Many Matches
  - One-to-One Autosomal DNA Comparison
  - One-to-One X-DNA Comparison
  - People Who match Both or 1 of Two Kits
  - 2D Chromosome Browser
  - 3D Chromosome Browser
  - DNA Projects
  - Using GEDCOM tools
  - Admixture Tools, including Archaic DNA Matches
- Tier One Tools (Requires Tier 1 Subscription)
  - Tier One One-to-Many
  - Q-Matching One-to-One
  - Phasing
  - Segment Search
  - Triangulation & Triangulation Groups
  - Multiple Kit Analysis
  - My Evil Twin
  - Lazarus
  - Combine Multiple Kits
  - Clusters
  1. Attendees should have tested at one of the major companies (AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe or MyHeritage) and have had some experience with identifying matches. They should have a working knowledge of autosomal DNA science and the matching tools at the company at which they tested.
  2. Students should have a GEDmatch account (free at https://www.gedmatch.com/ ) and have uploaded at least one set of DNA data and a family tree (GEDCOM) prior to coming to class. Instructions will be provided to registrants prior to the class.
  3. It is recommended that attendees bring a laptop to the lecture so they can practice using GEDmatch during the lecture on their own GEDmatch account. Also it helps see the details on the GEDmatch pages
Item 1 is important as we will not spend any significant time discussing DNA science, how autosomal DNA matches work, autosomal DNA inheritance or recombination, DNA segment size, how to evaluate the degree of relatedness using autosomal DNA using Blaine Bettinger’s Shared Centimorgan Project tables or the DNA Painter tool.

Saturday, September 28
Conference for a Cause  (Special Events)
Speaker: Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist
Sponsor: Larimer County Genealogical Society
  • No person shall ... Gallop Horse in the streets: Using Court Records to Tell the Story of Our Ancestors' Lives
  • No, No Nanette! What Negative Evidence Is ... and Isn't
  • No Vitals? No Problem: Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence
  • After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA
Registration opens May 1. See www.lcgsco.org/

Saturday, October 5
GenGen101 (Introduction to Genetic Genealogy)  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Penrose - Aspen Room
Instructor: Dr. Greg Liverman
Recommended Minimum Experience 
Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only. Students must have a working knowledge of basic genealogy (pedigree charts, use of basic genealogy records, etc.)
Reservations: Required; e-mail instructor at 
This is an introduction to the use of genetic testing for genealogy and will cover testing companies, the different types of tests, ancestry admixture (ethnicity), the basic science of DNA inheritance and will include some examples and case studies.

Tuesday, October 8
Premiere, Finding Your Roots, Season 5, PBS  (TV)

Thursday, October 24
Peopling Colonial New England: 1620-1787  (Classes)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
REPEAT CLASS: This is a repeat of John's class given in February.
Instructor: John Putnam
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at jeputnam@aol.com
From several small coastal settlements in the early 17th century, the early settlers and their descendants as well as new immigrants migrated to other parts of the New England frontier over the next 150 years. Many reasons led to these migrations which infilled the settlement of most areas of New England by the time that the new Republic was established in 1787. As this presentation will demonstrate, there were many ebbs and flows in this process over this time period. Why should this matter to genealogists? If you had ancestors in this region, this presentation will help you understand why your ancestors were part of this dynamic process; where and how to look for your ancestors in this area; and how the population pressures in Colonial New England continually pushed the borders outward. If your ancestors lived elsewhere, this New England settlement model became a template for the future development of the rest of the country as well as fueling the settlement of many areas of the remaining United States.

Saturday, October 26
"Each One ... Teach One" Heritage Festival, Black Genealogy Search Group  (Special Events)
Denver Public Library
Speaker: Angela Walton-Raji, nationally known genealogist, African Roots podcaster, author and founding member of AfriGeneas.com
Presenting topics on the African-American Great Migration and Unique African-American Collections in Large Databases
Free, sponsored by Black Genealogy Search Group, Denver
Contact: Janet K. Taylor, 303-355-3764

Sunday, October 27
Military Records in Depth  (Classes)
1:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Penrose - Aspen Room
Instructor: Suzanne Mulligan
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at katderoet@gmail.com
Surprisingly few years in the Colonial and United States periods were without military conflict – some at a limited level, some worldwide. As a result, a large number of our ancestors are likely to have served during one or more conflicts; leaving behind military service records. In addition, many of our civilian ancestors participated in the cause by providing time, labor, and/or materials and others were effected by conflict directly (plantation burned down) or indirectly (rationing). This class will be a lecture about military records including:
  • A brief overview of Colonial/U.S. conflicts up to World War II
  • Finding military records and not finding military records – records disasters
  • Examples or records types available for the more common conflicts: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, and World War II
  • Examples of records involving civilians

Friday, November 1 through Saturday, November 2
Colorado Palatines to America Fall Conference  (Conferences)
Conference Center, Denver Public Library
Speaker: Roger Minert
"Conducting Family Research in Europe"
"German Training and Research Materials Found on FamilySearch" by Cina Johnson
"German Immigrants in American Church Records--An Update"
"German Census Records, 1816-1916"
"German Residential Registration Records"
"Surnames in German-Language Regions of Europe"
Registration will open in June.
Please contact Sandy Carter-Duff (sandy@carduff.com; 303-777-1391) or Jean West (jgopack@gmail.com; 303-736-2697) for further information.

Saturday, November 9
Connecting the Dots - Turning Indirect & Negative Evidence into a Conclusion  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
21C Library, Room B6
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 16
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com
There are times when it seems that an ancestor must have been dropped to Earth (or swept away therefrom) by aliens. No matter how hard you try, no matter how many records you search, nothing provides you with explicit information (direct evidence) on that ancestor’s parents, or what became of his children, etc. But even in the absence of such direct evidence, it is possible to arrive at valid conclusions using indirect evidence and negative evidence. This class will be a combined lecture and workshop about the thought processes and methods used to arrive at a genealogical conclusion in the absence of direct evidence. Included will be:
  • A review of source types, information types, and evidence types
  • How the Genealogical Proof Standard and Genealogy Standards play into reaching a valid conclusion
  • How to proceed to reach a conclusion
  • Proofs: Statements, arguments, and summaries
  • Conflicting evidence and what to do about it

Wednesday, November 20
Your New England Ancestors Living through the Revolution and Early Republic Years (1765-1815)  (Classes)
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Penrose Library - Aspen Room
Instructor: John Putnam
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at jeputnam@aol.com
Did you have New England Ancestors living in New England immediately before, during, and after the American Revolution as well in the early years of the New Republic? Do you know their history and how they coped with the many historic disruptions during this time? Even though you may not share any roots from this geographical area, there are many factors that started in New England that still impact us all.
In many respects, New England was a catalyst of the Revolution, very active in the formation of the New Republic, the site of the start of the American industrial revolution and was the source of many people who emigrated west during this time.  John will share the importance to understand these events to improve your chances to tackle New England brick walls and to understand the very stressful times in which our ancestors lived.  While records are important to prove your genealogical past, it is often difficult to know where to look for these records unless you know the area’s history not to mention the formative activities that our ancestors undertook which provide rich stories for your family histories. Certainly, events as disruptive of these also can disrupt the records too.
John likes to customize his talks to his audiences. He asks that attendees share with him the following information:
1. What are your top 3-5 New England surnames and in what towns & states did they live during this time period?
2. Did any of your ancestors emigrate west during this time period? If yes, please provide brief details and to where they immigrated.
3. What information about New England during this time period would most benefit your research?
Please provide this information to jeputnam@aol.com show New England PPGS Part 2 in the Subject caption.

Thursday, November 21
Ethnicity: Why Is My Indian Princess Wearing a Kilt?  (Classes)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Penrose Library - Aspen Room
Instructor: Dr. Greg LIverman
Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Beginner. Some knowledge and experience with DNA testing is best.
Class Size: 25
Restrictions: Free. Open to the public.
Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at greg.liverman@live.com
Presentation will include:
  • A brief DNA refresher
  • Our paleolithic kin: Neanderthals and Denisovans
  • Migration patterns of our ancient ancestors using Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA
  • Interpreting "ethnicity" reports - what is ethnicity?
  • What do atDNA biogeographical admixture ("ethnicity") reports tell us?
  • Why is the report different from what I was told by me family? How does atDNA recombination effect the results?
  • Which companies report is right?
  • If time is available: Walk through of AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and LivingDNA