Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
 
 
Welcome to the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. Our mission is to preserve family history by indexing records; support research with free classes, lectures, and one-on-one help; and contribute to public genealogy causes. While we support genealogical research throughout Colorado, we focus on El Paso and Teller Counties.
 
Key local resources:
Pikes Peak NewsFinder (index to newspapers and other local records)
 

 


September 11, 2019 PPGS Meeting

 

Overcoming a Thirty-Year Brick Wall:
How We Found the Real Family Name and Our Shtetl in Lithuania
 
 
 
by Debbie Schwartz
 
This presentation is part amazing story, part lesson on careful research and detective work, and part a series of steps anyone can take to increase the odds of overcoming the challenges in their own genealogy research. Jewish-origin genealogy is often difficult; however, the lessons from this type of research can assist anyone with brick walls to find new clues that often lead to more verified ancestors, origins, and information. 
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
 
6 p.m., GenMixer Social Hour

7:00 p.m., program begins

The Venue, Library 21c
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO
 
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society usually meets on the second Wednesday of each month in The Venue, Library 21c. Guests are welcome. For more information, call PPLD, 531-6333 ext. 2252.
 
 
 



Sample PPGS Newsletter (PPGS members can see all newsletters in the Members Only section)


Facts and Tips
When you're doing census, be sure to look at 10-20 families before and after the family you are researching. These folks are the friends and neighbors (and family) of your ancestor. Families do not live alone!
[Census]

The pedigree chart is your road map. Begin with yourself. Use maiden names of married women.
[Basic Information]

Cite enough information so another person could easily find the source later.
[Basic Information]


August 21
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2019
For info: https://fgs.org/conferences/
September 6
MyHeritage LIVE 2019
If you can attend, great! If you can't, many of the sessions will probably be streamed and recorded for free access later, as was the 2018 program.   Sessions will likely be on DNA, MyHeritage platform, and genealogy in general.   For information and to register, click here. 
September 11
Church and Cemetery Records in Depth
Instructor: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG Recommended Minimum Experience Level: Advanced Beginner Class Size: 16 Restrictions: Open to PPGS members only Reservations: Required, e-mail instructor at ngwehner@gmail.com   Most of our ancestors claimed an affiliation with some religion and all of our ancestors eventually died, with most being buried (until recent ...
September 21
Introduction to Genealogy
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 ...