I have a deep dark secret: I used to be a closet genealogist. Very late at night I would creep into my tiny office/guest room with my files and charts and get lost in the past. I was infected with the genealogy bug while attending college. For 15 years, I worked on my genealogy all alone. In defense of myself, I thought that was how genealogy was supposed to be done. After all, it was my family, so who else would be interested?
Shortly after moving to Broomfield nine years ago, I read a notice in the Enterprise about
the Boulder Genealogical Society. Immediately my heart sped up. I had been thinking for a few
years that my research was going nowhere. I clearly needed some help. But, dare I go to a society
meeting where surely everyone but me would be an expert? Jack Lemmon once said “Failure
seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure”. It took me six months, but I finally
attended a meeting. At that first meeting it was clear that genealogy is not a solitary endeavor at
all. While everyone researches their own unique family, techniques and methods can be applied
And so my education in genealogy began. I attended meetings, listened to speakers, and
mingled with the other members. I found that I could ask a question, and usually someone could
answer it. To my amazement, I was even able to contribute occasionally. I can’t imagine how
many times I said to myself, “I wish I would have known this years ago. It would have saved me
hours of work.” I started attending the local events which featured nationally known speakers.
Through the societies, I learned about local and national educational resources. Also, many local
societies sponsored classes at no cost or minimal cost. Some resources for these events are:
Now that you’re eager to begin your education, I know the perfect place to start. There
will be an all-day event right here in Broomfield on September 22. The Family History Quest will
feature a variety of one hour classes for beginners to experienced researchers. Some of the
subjects offered will be census, military, oral history, photo scanning and a variety of other
computer related classes. In addition to the classes, computer demonstrations and Heirloom and
Memorabilia Exhibits are planned. The Quest is free and will be held at The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12th & Main Streets. Workbooks, which include the speaker
materials, are $5. I would recommend getting a workbook but it isn’t required.