April Meeting at Denver Public Library

April 5, 2014

Main presentation:        “Members open Mic”

1          “A Walk on the Ground Where Ancestors Walked” by Carol  Shansby
Carol’s challenge was finding the locations that her maternal grandmother and grandfather each emigrated from (separately) in the 1880’s.

Starting with almost no information and doing the least domestic research that seemed possible to a novice genealogist, what is possible?  Joining the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado was the next step.  The rest will be shown in a series of slides that tell how one goes from knowing nothing about her ancestors to standing on the soil and taking in the beauty of the landscape of one’s ancestors.  The slides will end with a few pictures of camping, Swedish style, in Kalmar län.

2          “Two Mysteries Solved” by Jean Adams
The presentation shows how Jean solved two mysteries involving the relationships in her mother’s family.  The first mystery to solve was how she was related to all the “Swedish cousins” in Oakland, NE. The second mystery  involved  her favorite pen pal Tillie Larson. She really didn’t know if she and Tillie were related. She was always told they were cousins with no explanation. Clues were found in obituaries, census records and on-line trees, but the real proof came from research in ArkivDigital during our trip to Sweden.

3          “Who Do You Think You Are Inga Lisa Karlsson?” by Roger Behler
Roger will share the day he spent with his mother’s 2nd cousin, Inga Lisa Karlsson.

4          “Who was John Benson?” by Roland Floberg
For a friend, Roland demonstrated how even limited facts can lead to great discoveries. He will present facts and documentation he found in tracking John Benson from Iowa to Sweden.

(see Programs and Events for details)

 

January Meeting at Denver Public Library

January 4, 2014     9:30 am – 12:30 pm

- Short: Three Things I Learned in Sweden about my Genealogy by SGSC member Brian Rapp

- Program: Castle Garden: New York’s Immigrant Depot, 1855-1890 by guest speaker Carol Darrowpast CGS president, certified genealogist, and author.

Castle Garden, opened 35 years before Ellis Island, was designed to provide a well-organized system of reception of immigrants landing at New York City. Its goal was also to direct immigrants to go west, away from New York.

Carol Cooke Darrow is a board-certified genealogist, past president of the Colorado Genealogical Society, and a wonderful storyteller about the lives and times of our ancestors.

(see Programs and Events for details)

November Meeting at Denver Public Library

November 2, 2013    09:30 am – 12:30 pm
- November “Short”: “Backstugas” by Beverly Harbourt, President SGSC 
- Main presentation: From Castles, to Tenant Farms, to the Poorhouse, to America: What I Learned About Farming in Central Sweden When I Visited the Farms and Estates on Which My Ancestors Lived and Worked.
by Linda Gensmer, Member SGSC
(see Programs and Events for details)