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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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Internet Genealogy – The Unusual and Less Obvious

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Ruth Holley Library at Ruth Holley Meeting Room

Unearthing your hidden ancestors and their social history online. Focused on U.S. websites that are: free, less obvious, helpful to family historians, and even a little entertaining. Also, selected websites for discovering the social history of your ancestors and enhancing your genealogy resources will also be covered. Part 1 of 2 part genealogy series, continued May 12. Registration required for each event.

Strategy Strikes Back-How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Manitou Springs Library at Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave

What does modern military conflict have in common with Star Wars? Major Matt Cavanaugh,author, contributor to The Gazette and Manitou Springs resident, will explain how the Star Wars movie franchise has much to say about real life warfare waged in our own time and place. 30+ top military,and strategic specialists, diplomats, counterinsurgency strategists,war journalists, sci-fi writers and ground-level military officers explain the art of war through the Star Wars films.
The program is 30 minutes followed by q&a.
Join us for this very interesting and educational program. Refreshments will be served.
Copies of Strategy Strikes Back-How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict will be available for those interested.

Genealogy Level I Workshop

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Aspen Room

Genealogy Level I Workshop: Getting Started, Standards & Terminology, & Census Records

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: East Library at F1

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Genealogy on the Internet

When: Thursday, May 03, 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.

The Anza Legacy and Manitou Springs

When: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Manitou Springs Library at Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave

Local author & historian, John Anderson will give a slide presentation, Discovering the Anza Legacy. Based on de Anza’s campaign against the Comanche Warchief Cuerno Verde (Green Horn). While the legacy of Juan Bautista de Anza has been fairly well established throughout much of the American Southwest, his influence during the 18th Century remains relatively unknown across today’s Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Recognizing the threat of the Comanche, known as the Lord of the Plains, Governor de Anza led a mounted force of 600 Spanish, 200 Ute and 50 Jicarilla Apache, around Sierra del Almagre (Pikes Peak) attacking the Comanche main camp on August 31, 1779 (at present-day I-25 & Highway 24 in Colorado Springs). A battle was fought outside Manitou Springs.
Everyone is welcome! Refreshments served.

Genetic Genealogy 101

When: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose Carnegie Reading Room

Presented by Dr. Greg Liverman, this is an introductory class on DNA testing and analysis (genetic genealogy) for the purposes of tracing your ancestry and family history. Completion of the PPGS Level 1 Genealogy course is required.

PPGS General Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Where: Library21c at Venue

Monthly meeting for the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society

Genealogy Organized!

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

There are many ways to organize your family history information. Family history is fun when you can find the information you have! It’s very frustrating when you can’t. This class presents an inexpensive, simple to set up, color-coded system that can be applied to file folders, binders, computers or whatever filing system you might use. Alternative systems will be discussed and links provided too. Just a few easy steps and you will be able to avoid the frustration.

A suggested research strategy incorporating this organization system will also be discussed.

Walking Tour of Historic Old Colorado City

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Old Colorado City Library

Join library staff for a free 45 minute walking tour of historic Old Colorado City. No registration necessary, but groups should call ahead. Please come prepared for weather--sunny or cool accordingly. In case of rain, a slideshow will be presented in the library meeting room. Contact David if you have questions.

Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists

When: Wednesday, May 16, 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: Vital Records

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: High Prairie Library at High Prairie Meeting Room

Vital Records and their many substitutes give us the data to make up our ancestral “skeletons”. By providing dates for the major events of birth, marriage and death, these “bare bones” facts about our ancestors’ lives form the foundation of our research. Come learn to excavate the “skeletons” in your family closet.

DNA Study Group

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose AspenChildrens Rooms

Learn about DNA and genealogy.

Brick Walls Behind Brick Walls: Prison Records and Your Family History

When: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Rockrimmon Library at Rockrimmon Meeting Room

When your family history includes individuals who were incarcerated, it can be difficult to find genealogical resources, particularly since these stories are often the ones that families do not share.
Join local genealogist Joe Chester as he describes his own personal exploration of prison records and offers suggestions about this kind of research.

Registration requested for this free program.

Genealogy Level II Workshop

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Aspen Room

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

History Buffs

When: Wednesday, May 23, 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)

Freely Flowing Kiddo Yoga

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Where: Rockrimmon Library at Rockrimmon Meeting Room

Freely Flowing Kiddo Yoga, taught by local Yoga Instructor Leigh Spector, offers routines that provide movement, silly play, and dance. Kids, parents, and caregivers can move together with the poses, make silly noises, and dance freely during the class. This class is designed for children infant to age 8.

Please bring along a pillow or two and a yoga mat. Those with infants are welcomed to bring a "boppy" or breast-feeding pillow and can wear their infant in a sling for most of the poses.

All experience levels welcome (beginners through advanced).

Drop-ins welcome.

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: East Library at F1

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Genealogy on the Internet

When: Thursday, June 07, 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 Regional History Symposium

When: Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: East Library at East Community/Annex

Remarkable Rascals, Despicable Dudes, & Hidden Heroes of the Pikes Peak Region

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

** PLEASE MAKE A SEPARATE RESERVATION FOR EACH ATTENDEE **

8:30 a.m.- Doors open at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918

9 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Writers, Readers, Movers & Shakers - Heroes

* Michael L. Olsen - Andy Adams - Cowboy Extraordinaire

* Maria Sanchez Tucker - Andrew McClelland, A Most Interesting Library Patron

* Takiyah Jemison & Heather Jordan - Unsung Heroes: African-American Women in Colorado Springs

* Katherine Sturdevant - Hidden Hero at the Printing Press: Emma F. Langdon and Miners’ Rights

Mike Olsen – Questions & Answers

10:45 – 11 a.m. Break

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Provocateurs - Rascals & Heroes

* David Rasmussen - John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne: Showman, Storyteller and Historian

* Deborah Harrison & Bernard A. Schriever II - F.L.M. Smith: The Best Colorado Conman You’ve Never Heard Of

* Erinn Barnes - Between Two Worlds: Buckskin Charley, Sherman Coolidge and the Struggle for a New American Indian Identity

* Leah Davis Witherow - A Search for Identity: The Life and Work of Civil Rights Activist Charles Banks

Mike Olsen – Questions & Answers

12:30 - 1:15 - Complimentary Light Lunch

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
The Long Arm of the Law - Despicables & Heroes

* Mariah Hudson – A Real Rat on America’s Mountain – Rattlesnake James and the Murder of Winona Wallace

* Dwight Haverkorn – The Frank Lewis/Dale Jones Gang – Killers in Colorado Springs

* Doris McCraw - Who was Joe Ward? The Tale of the Man at the Center of Colorado Springs’ First Sensational Murder Trial

* John Anderson – Rankin Scott Kelly and Robert Finley, Businessmen, County Officials and Hidden Heroes

Mike Olsen – Questions & Answers

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
* Reception & Oh! Oh! I Know That

Schedule and speakers subject to change.

Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists

When: Wednesday, June 20, 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: Census Schedules

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: High Prairie Library at High Prairie Meeting Room

Census schedules are one of the most used record sets explored by the Family Historian. They are easily accessed, fast, fun and greatly satisfying, but are we missing all the clues to information they hold? Come discover the many “secrets” of the census and how to use their “hidden treasure” to further your research.

DNA Study Group

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Penrose AspenChildrens Rooms

Learn about DNA and genealogy.

Genealogy Level III Workshop

When: Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library at Aspen Room

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

History Buffs

When: Wednesday, June 27, 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)

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