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Mesa County Genealogical Society

About Us

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.

First Builing in Grand Junction
First Building in Grand Junction, Colorado

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 Events



14 June 2018Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM Genealogy Research Success Stories Part I. Come join us for a share session that will focus on your research accomplishments. This will be the first of two meetings where you can share what led you to your research breakthrough. Maybe it was hard work and maybe it was serendipitous, however it was achieved we want to hear your story.
27 June 2018Noon Meeting, Whitman Educational Center meeting room Genealogy Research Success Stories Part II For those who often come to the afternoon meetings, here is your chance to share your genealogy research success stories. Your story may be just the motivation another of our members needs to keep hammering away at their 'brickwall'.
12 July 2018Evening 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 2018Noon 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 2018Date and place to be announced MCGS Annual Picnic
23 Aug 2018Noon Meeting, Presentation by Erin Schmitz, Curator of Collections and Archives, Museum of the West
13 Sept 2018Evening 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 2018Noon Meeting, State Census Records presented by MCGS Librarian Connie Bunte
11 Oct 2018Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Share Session: Tentative topic: Ancestor Illnesses and Causes of Death
24 Oct 2018Noon 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 2018Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Share Session: Military Ancestors
Dec 2018Annual Potluck, Whitman Educational Center Meeting Room, details to follow.
2019 ProgramsAre 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

Officers 2018
Karen SturgillPresident
Stella LedbetterVice President
Donna JacksonSecretary
Laurie BunigerTreasurer

Board of Directors 2018
Kathie VlahosAmy ProvstgaardSue Shea

Committee Chairs 2018
Jan WilsonHistorian
VacantProgram Director
Sue SheaMembership/Outreach
VacantNewsletter
Connie BunteParliamentarian
Darrel SartinResearch Director
Connie BunteLibrarian
Karen SturgillWebmaster



Mesa County Genealogical Society is a member of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies and the Federation of Genealogical Societies

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