Welcome to the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. Our mission is to preserve family history by indexing records; support research with free classes, lectures, special interest groups, one-on-one help; and contribute to public genealogy causes. We focus on El Paso and Teller Counties, but we support genealogical research everywhere.
PPLD Special Collections: 20 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; appointments not required. Great US genealogy collection.
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July 13 Meeting
Migrations in the Southeastern U.S. Prior to 1900
by Evan Wilson
One of the most common challenges in Southern genealogy is tracing your ancestors to an earlier home. That census record reports a birthplace in South Carolina or Virginia, but where do we go from there? Before 1850, we often don’t even have that information, just a cluster of neighboring households—if we’re lucky. In this talk, you will learn some of the specific migration patterns that can help you cross back over the mountains, the Mississippi River, or the county line to the places where those ancestors took their first steps. We will look at the South, not as a group of states, but as a collection of regions and communities, each of which has a distinctive history, geography, and culture. By understanding your ancestors in their cultural and geographic context, you will be better able to trace them to the places that they first called home.
Evan Wilson is a professional genealogist based in Oakland, CA, who specializes in Southern research, genetic genealogy, land records, and American migration. A California resident since 2012, he has migrated a number of times himself: from Birmingham, AL, where he grew up, to St. Louis and New York City. His education includes a PhD in English and Medieval Studies from UC Berkeley and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from BU.
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Guests are welcome to attend the meeting via Zoom. Please request an invitation from the PPGS President.
Wednesday, July 13
6:30 p.m., Mountain Time, Zoom hangout begins
7 p.m., Mountain Time, Meeting begins via Zoom
The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month in The Venue, Library 21c, when the library is open to public meetings (not yet). Guests are welcome. For more information, call PPLD, 719-531-6333, ext. 1252.
The Venue, Library 21c
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, Colorado