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Learning Resources

Our society’s mission is to promote interest and education in genealogy and family history. We routinely do this through our monthly programs, where we provide free learning opportunities presented by guest speakers who are experienced genealogists from communities along the Front Range and elsewhere in Colorado. 

We also try to schedule at least one annual genealogy/family history seminar, bringing in a popular guest speaker from as far away as the British Isles and Ireland. In fact, we have prescheduled a seminar as part of their 2018 USA Lecture Tour. It will be presented by speakers from the Ulster Historical Foundation who’s offices are in located Belfast, Northern Ireland. Unlike our monthly programs, our seminars are not free. Registration fees, which will be very reasonable, are necessary to cover costs for materials and to support costs for the speaker’s fees, travel and accommodations.

We are also considering holding our own basic and intermediate genealogy classes in July and August. We have received some requests for those types of classes from some of our members. We will be sending out a brief questionnaire to our members to determine if there is enough interest in those types of classes.

Local Learning Opportunities

If you’re interested in taking a beginners genealogy class, consider attending the class presented by Carol Darrow, which is hosted by the Colorado Genealogical Society and held in the Denver Public Library’s, Western History and Genealogy Department. The class is scheduled from 10:00 am until Noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month, except in July and August.  

Online Courses and Webinars

A search of the World Wide Web reveals that there are numerous training opportunities available for persons interested in learning to be a genealogist or family historian, whether you aspire to be an amateur, or a professional. The following referenced sites represent only a sample of the free and fee courses and webinars that available.

Learning Center

An excellent yet often untapped resource, is the free training available on the “Learning Center” page at Family Search. There are hundreds of online courses available, many dealing with the British Isles and Ireland. Lessons are normally supported by an instructional video, student handout and teacher resource. So, take a moment right now to look at the variety of courses available to you at the Learning Center by selecting the link, and remember they’re free! Go there now…

Cyndi’s List

Cyndi’s List is a free genealogy research site that has among it many resources over 89 links to websites that provide learning opportunities, including online courses and seminars, for genealogists and family historians. Go there now…

Is a property of that offers step by step guides, research tips and free genealogical classes in the form of lessons presented as web page articles. The site also has a surnames search and a number of other useful tools that would be of particular interest to novice and intermediate genealogists.  Go there now…

Family Tree University

Family Tree University, is a property of Family Tree Magazine. It offers for purchase, a wide variety of online genealogy courses and workshops for family historians looking to improve their research skills. There genealogy classes cover everything from genealogy fundamentals in their two-week courses to more advanced four-week courses aimed at specific heritages and ancestry, as well as techniques and resources to improve your family research. Go there now…

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