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On this page you find listed events and activities scheduled for the next couple of months.  We'll update this page frequently. 

 BGSG of Denver meets the fourth Saturday of each month, August and December.  Meetings are held at the Blair-Caldwell African American, 2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..  A special writing class usually follows form 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The BGSG award-winning newsletter, "Black Tracks is published four times a year: January, April, July and October.

Prospective members are welcome to learn more about us by attending an event.

March 29, 2105  The Underground Railroad
Presenter: Sandy Sweeney
The Underground Railroad was a network of African Americans, Whites, Native Americans and many religious groups, all working together to help slaves escape.  Between 1810 and 1850, one hundred thousand slaves more northward with the help of the Underground Railroad.
April 25, 2015  What to do with pictures from Vacations, Family Reunions, Etc. (Creating Picture Books using PC and Apple
Software)-- Presenters: Thomas S. Entzminger and Howard Murray 
May 23, 2105  Roundtable Discussion- Using Topics from January meeting discussions

Moderator: Bobbye Dozier;  Review the Brick Wall Discussion and the status of individual issues

  • Discussions of other Media/Avenues available 

Monyett Ellington: Fundraising Project- Genealogy Research Report Family Book

  • Binding BGSG members family research papers in the format for the Group's project including front and back covers, table of contents, and other summary pages. 


June 27, 2015 U.S. 18th and 19th Century Military Records

Presenter--Sandy Ronayne 

Sandy will discuss the 18th and 19th Century military records and show the sources for the records, including the National Archives and Records Administration(NARA),,, veteran groups, and others.  She will demonstrate how to order records from NARA and find records on, and other internet sites.  Additionally, Sandy will share examples of military records from the Revoluntionary War and Civil War.


July 25, 2015 Using the Records of the Freedman's Bureau

Presenter Ted Bainbridge

The Bureau's funnctions, value of records, microfilm and internet assess, etc., these topics and more will be discussed.

Ted has requested input from BGSG members to incorporate into his presentation. 

He intends to develop a document for BGSG to publish as a research aid.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

August No Meeting 


September 22, 2015 

Patsy Kelly: You Can Break Through Brick Walls:

After more than 15 years researching her grandmother, on one road trip to her grandmother's home town Patsy found her grandmother in a mere 15 minutes search at the  small town courthouse.                                 

 Thomas S. Entzminger: A case study on creating a Picture Book using the Apple Publishing Software
October 24, 2015
Heritage Festival  
  • Speaker: Dr. Larry Spruill, educator, scholar, author, theologian and artist. Currently, Dr. Spruill is an Assistant Professor of History at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.  He has a creative vision and has published texts, academic and literary manuscripts.  His motivational, inspirational, and creative talents are demonstrated in some of his photojurnalism and via his global awareness in the civil rights moment. 


  • Speaker: Shmele Jordon, genealogical researcher, lecturer, writer, and podcaster for Genealogy on Demand.  Her highlights include, researcher for the PBS series Oprah's Roots: An African American Lives Special and the African American Lives II.  Ms. Jordon is also the former President of the African American Genealogy Group in Phildelphia, PA; grant recipient documenting the lives of over 100 African American Civil War soldiers and sailors buried in Lawnside, New Jersey.


November 28, 2015 

Roundtable Discussions

1. Iris Hawkins- Documenting your census info

  • Use blank census forms when available
  • Use all the information you find on the census ( age, marriage year, race, occupation, could they read and write.
  • Use different spelling of names.
  • If not able to find parents use children to help identify parents.
  • Note who resided in a household. 

2. Monyett Ellington- "From Clues to Probablity to Certainty"

       (validation and verifaction- I have some information, now how do I verify that information? 

      Does Aunt Sally really exsit? Was grandpa really 100 when he died)


December 2015-- No meeting: Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year

January 23, 2016

Presenter: Pat Roberts: Using Probate records without a Law Degree