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 Calendar of Events below)
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. Afternoon programs will be added as they are decided upon.
|28 March 2018||Noon, Whitman Educational Center meeting room, We will be viewing and discussing the following webinar from the National Archives: 'Non-population Census: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Social Statistics' Handouts related to the presentation will be provided and we will look at some member research finds. ***note*** this is the same program presented at our March 8 meeting; however we will have better sound.|
|28 March 2018||The March business meeting will include appointing MCGS Committee Chairs. We are still looking for a Research Director, Newsletter Editor and the Program Director. Keep in mind that these are committee chair positions. If you are interested in either of these positions please contact the MCGS President.|
|12 April 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Part 1, "Genealogical Evidence and Proof", BYU Webinar presented by F. Warren Bittner, C.G., 'Complex Evidence: What it is? How Does it Work? Why Does it Matter?' This series is a professional presentation that includes detailed handouts that will assist in your continuing genealogical education.|
|25 April 2018||Noon Meeting, Whitman Educational Center meeting room: Sept 2017 BYU Family History Library Webinar presented by James Tanner 'I Read it in the Newspaper' A look at and discussion of free digital newspaper websites.|
|28 April 2018||Grand Junction Family History Center, 8 AM - 5 PM Family History Discovery Day Come out and volunteer at the MCGS table. Share your enthusiasm about family history research.|
|10 May 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Part 2, "Genealogical Evidence and Proof", BYU Webinar presented by F. Warren Bittner, C.G., 'Proof Arguments; How and Why'; This is a continuation of the April 25 presentation and comes with detailed handouts.|
|23 May 2018||Tentative Program: Using FamilySearch Records presented by MCGS Librarian Connie Bunte|
|14 June 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Tentative -- A presentation by MCGS Board Member Amy Provstgaard on attending the 2018 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|27 June 2018||Noon Meeting, Tentative: See above|
|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 Testing" webinar. Topics include Basic Autosomal DNA terms, interpretation of matching segment data, tips for creating a master match list spreadsheet, etc. This presentation includes handouts.|
|August 2018||Date and place to be announced MCGS Annual Picnic|
|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||Tentative Program: State Census Records presented by MCGS Librarian Connie Bunte|
|11 Oct 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Share Session: Review and discussion on what we have learned this year.|
|24 Oct 2018||Noon Meeting, "Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques", webinar. Triangulated groups, Chromosome mapping, and Visual phasing are just some of the techniques presented. Handouts included.|
|8 Nov 2018||Evening Meeting, Garden Room at the Commons, 7 PM: Tentative program subject: Introduction to Probate Records.|
|Dec 2018||Annual Potluck, Whitman Educational Center Meeting Room, details to follow.|
Current Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs
|Stella Ledbetter||Vice President|
|Kathie Vlahos||Amy Provstgaard||Sue Shea|