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Regional History and Genealogy

Regional History and Genealogy - PPLD's Special Collections
Regional history and genealogy collections at Pikes Peak Library District are held by Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie Library. The Regional History collection includes books, maps, manuscripts and archives, photographs, oral histories, films and videos, government documents, pamphlets, periodicals, and other materials related to the history of the Pikes Peak region. The Genealogy collection contains extensive family history research materials, covering the entire United States from Colonial times to the present, including books, periodicals, and access to major genealogical databases.

 


Regional History and Genealogy Resources

Reading Lists

Regional History and Genealogy Programs and Classes

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Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Everyone is welcome! Contact this group through the link below to find out more. Visit as a guest for free. Members pay annual dues.

Black History Month "Dark Girls" Film Screening

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Library21c at Venue

Join us in the Venue to watch the documentary "Dark Girls" (2011, 71 minutes, not rated) in honor of Black History Month.

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. (Source: http://officialdarkgirlsmovie.com/)

History Buffs

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: Monument Library at Monument Meeting Room

Discuss history with other buffs! This year's discussion topic is Origins of Modern Europe (500 - c. 1500)

Genealogy on the Internet

When: Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Fountain Library at Fountain Meeting Room

Monthly class explores new databases available and discusses ways to work around your genealogy dead ends. Call for details.

Genealogy Level II Workshop

When: Saturday, March 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: East Library at East Community Meeting Room

Genealogy Level II Workshop: Vital Records, Church & Cemetery Records, Newspapers and Immigration Records
Prerequisite: Level I Genealogy or instructor permission

Monday Musings

When: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Join your Westside neighbors to talk with local historian and author John Anderson, who was the 26th El Paso County Sheriff. He has written a book on the interesting career of this county's first sheriff, Rankin Scott Kelly. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a 50-minute slide presentation and talk by Anderson followed by a Q&A session and book signing for Anderson's recent works.

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: East Library at F1

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose Childrens Room

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose AspenChildrens Rooms

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Family History 101: Organization

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: High Prairie Library at High Prairie Meeting Room

Discovering your ancestral past can be an awesome adventure. But where do you start? As with any successful journey one must start with preparation. Come gather the “necessary equipment” for this exciting adventure. Organization, Forms and Standards, Personal Database Software, Source Analysis, Citing Sources, Taking Notes, Home and Family Sources, Interviewing and Correspondence all will be discussed so that you can take those first steps confidently into your ancestral past.

DNA Study Group

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose AspenChildrens Rooms

Learn about DNA and genealogy.

Legendary Ladies

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose Carnegie Reading Room

Take a journey back in time with the Legendary Ladies!

Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Everyone is welcome! Contact this group through the link below to find out more. Visit as a guest for free. Members pay annual dues.

Genealogy Level III Workshop

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: East Library at East Community Meeting Room

Genealogy Level III Workshop: Military, Land and Court Records
Prerequisite: Level I Genealogy or instructor permission

The Irish in Colorado with Dr. James P. Walsh

When: Monday, March 26, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Library21c at Venue

Learn more about the largest Irish community in the western United States outside of California presented by Dr. James P. Walsh.

Dr. Walsh received his PhD from CU Boulder in 2010, specializing in Irish American history. His dissertation, Michael Mooney and the Leadville Irish, examines a community of Irish immigrant miners and their families in 19th century Leadville. This was the largest Irish community in the history of Colorado, numbering as many as 5,000. Dr. Walsh has taught at UCD for the past fourteen years. He also teaches part-time at Regis University, where he serves as Lead Faculty for the Irish Studies program. Dr. Walsh is the founder of the Romero Theater Troupe, which brings Irish American and other important history to stage throughout the Front Range.

Dr. Walsh along with his co-authors Dennis Gallagher and Tom Noel, wrote Irish Denver in the attempt to illuminate Irish history and culture in Denver, to pull together the 160+ year history of Irish people in this region and their influence on the development of our state.

History Buffs

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: Monument Library at Monument Meeting Room

Discuss history with other buffs! This year's discussion topic is Origins of Modern Europe (500 - c. 1500)

Monday Musings

When: Monday, April 02, 2018 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Join your Westside neighbors to talk with local author and historian Robert Cronk, who penned Outbound Journey, the story of Chief Manitou’s journey from Sante Fe, N.M. to Manitou Springs. Cronk will lead a 45-minute slide presentation and talk starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A session.
Check the event calendar regularly to see the guest speaker and topic on the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays).

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: East Library at F1

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose Childrens Room

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Genealogy on the Internet

When: Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Fountain Library at Fountain Meeting Room

Monthly class explores new databases available and discusses ways to work around your genealogy dead ends. Call for details.

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose AspenChildrens Rooms

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Genealogy TBD, Part 1 of 2

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Ruth Holley Library at Ruth Holley Meeting Room

Part 1 of 2 part series, to be continued 4/28.

Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Everyone is welcome! Contact this group through the link below to find out more. Visit as a guest for free. Members pay annual dues.

Family History 101: Research Process

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: High Prairie Library at High Prairie Meeting Room

The next step in your genealogical success is to plan or map out your ancestral adventure. The Research Process, Evaluating Evidence, GPS, Locality Search, Internet Research, Research Logs, Journals and Plans, Archives, Libraries and Repositories, and Previous Research all will be the topics of discussion so you will know where you are and where you are going… besides backwards.

DNA Study Group

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose AspenChildrens Rooms

Learn about DNA and genealogy.

Regional History and Genealogy Videos

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Regional History Videos

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