The Mesa County Genealogical Society was founded in March 1980 as a 501C(3) nonprofit organization to promote an interest in genealogy, and to encourage and instruct members in the art and practice of genealogical research.
We welcome family history researchers interested in all states and countries. Our members have wide ranging interests and engage in research in areas such as: Colorado, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Arkansas, Wyoming, New England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Canada, etc. Come join us and learn new research techniques, brush up on techniques you learned in the past, and enjoy the fellowship of individuals who share your passion for family history research.
Society meetings are held twice a month. (See the Calendar of Events below for details on our program offerings)
Evening meetings are held at 7:00 pm, the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Garden Room at the Commons of Hilltop, located at 625 27 1/2 Rd. (Except August - potluck picnic and December - potluck)
Sack Lunch Meetings are held on the 4th Wed. of the month at noon at the Museum of the West in the large meeting room located at the rear of the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S Fourth St. This is directly across the parking lot from the Museum entrance.
(A regular business meeting follows the Sack Lunch Meeting) No noon meetings in November or December.
For more information the Mesa County Genealogical Society brochure can be found here.
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Calendar of Events2018 Programs Note: In keeping with the plan to present a group of programs this year geared toward a more intermediate/advanced researcher, we will be presenting the following programs. Do not be deterred from attending these meetings if you are a beginner as they are easy to follow, even for beginning researchers, and will put you on the right track to create a well researched family tree.
|14 June 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: In 2019 the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri and in 2020 it will be in Salt Lake City, Utah; if you plan on attending either or both of these you will find the presentation by MCGS Board Member Amy Provstgaard on her recent attendance of the 2018 conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan interesting.|
|27 June 2018||Noon Meeting, If you missed the evening meeting this month you have another chance to learn more about the NGS National Conference. Come hear our Board Member Amy Provstgaard talk about her experiences at the most recent event.|
|12 July 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Part 3, "Genealogical Evidence and Proof", BYU Webinar presented by F. Warren Bittner, C.G., 'Exhaustive Research, Evidence Analysis and Genealogical Proof'; This is a continuation of the May 10 presentation and comes with detailed handouts.|
|25 July 2018||Noon Meeting, "Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA (atDNA) Testing in Genealogical Research" This will be a question/answer share session for members to discuss their use of atDNA testing for their family history research. This presentation will include handouts. We review actual member atDNA tests and discuss tips for using your results.|
|August 2018||Date and place to be announced MCGS Annual Picnic|
|23 Aug 2018||Noon Meeting, Presentation by Erin Schmitz, Curator of Collections and Archives, Museum of the West|
|13 Sept 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Part 4, "Genealogical Evidence and Proof", BYU Webinar presented by F. Warren Bittner, C.G., 'The Web of Evidence; Proof and Disproof';This is the finale of the F. Warren Bittner presentations and comes with detailed handouts.|
|26 Sept 2018||Noon Meeting, State Census Records presented by MCGS Librarian Connie Bunte|
|11 Oct 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Share Session: Tentative topic: Ancestor Illnesses and Causes of Death|
|24 Oct 2018||Noon Meeting, Continuation of the "Use of DNA Testing in Genealogical Research", In this meeting we will continue our share session of DNA testing for genealogical research.|
|8 Nov 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Share Session: Military Ancestors|
|Dec 2018||Annual Potluck, Whitman Educational Center Meeting Room, details to follow.|
|2019 Programs||Are you interesting in being part of the program planning committee? We can use help designing the programs for 2019. Send an email to mcgspres at gmail.com and get in at the beginning of the 2019 planning session!|
Current Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs
|Stella Ledbetter||Vice President|
|Kathie Vlahos||Amy Provstgaard||Sue Shea|
|Darrel Sartin||Research Director|